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  1. jayne

    Moss

    Has anyone ever heard of this? When I did a google search, brazil moss was something totally different. http://www.ebay.ie/itm/Amblystegium-sp-Brazil-Moss-on-3-Bogwood-Rare-Live-Aquarium-Plant-anubias-/131333969607
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    Diary of a Rather Large Tank

    I'm sorry for the delay in updating,there's been a lot of 'life stuff' going on :roll: Anyway,we chickened out of the high tech,CO2 system in the end,at least for now,but the tank has been set up for a while now and seems fine.We currently have 3 x 150w halides but the tank still doesn't look...
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    Diary of a Rather Large Tank

    The sump arrived last night and tonight the plumbing should be finished and then it should be all systems go :D
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    Chocolate Gouramis - I have Fry and need Advice

    I know,if they didn't eat so well I'd be a bit concerned but they have great appetites and little fat tummies,so maybe they'll suddenly put on a growth spurt lol!
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    Chocolate Gouramis - I have Fry and need Advice

    Haven't updated in a while for a very good reason,there's not much to say! The babies are growing slowly but surely and are now supplementing their diet with baby daphnia as well as their favourite microworm and baby brine shrimps. They have inherited a few tank mates,red crystal shrimps,who...
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    Hurray new camera pics!

    Lovely photos,the frogs' little faces are seriously cute :)
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    Happy Birthday Arana!

    Happy Birthday,hope it's a good one :D
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    Welcome :) Tell us about yourself

    I'm Jayne,and if life begins at 40 then I'm 4 years old :lol: Married to Billy who owns a marine shop and builds fish tanks/filtration systems and we have a daughter Stef who is 17. I love this forum,everyone is very helpful without being judgemental,and I'm really glad to have somewhere to...
  9. jayne

    Next Stage - Plants?

    The current situation with the big tank is that we have the wood and substrate in place.Two of the eventual four 150w halides are here and the tank has cover glasses. The sump will be fitted in approx 2/3 weeks so there is no filtration/Co2,but we can put heaters/water circulation pumps inside...
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    Catfish!

    Just happened to be walking through the dining room by the new tank when I saw that someone has already moved in(and I haven't even cycled it yet :lol: ) Grabbed the camera to show you all: Needless to say the tank is now covered,but at least I'm confident that the wood is secure :roll:
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    Happy Birthday Dave!

    Happy Birthday Dave :D
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    Diary of a Rather Large Tank

    The bracing bars are completely dry now so the wooden supports have been taken off.Billy has also siliconed some glass wedges to the floor of the tank to make extra sure the wood can't kick forwards into the glass. Next will be the substrate :)
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    Chocolate Gouramis - I have Fry and need Advice

    Just call me Captain Birds Eye :lol:
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    Chocolate Gouramis - I have Fry and need Advice

    Haven't updated for a few days,but the fry are still doing well.They are growing and have very healthy appetites :D There are approx. 20 or so Microworm Hunter Extraordinaire :lol:
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    How many weeds do I need?

    I have never heard of this before and I am very interested in trying it as I would like a nice carpet of low plants. Are there any particular types of carpet plants that work better with this method,I'm guessing HC but what about something like a pygmy sword or crypt? I've never tried to grow a...
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    Diary of a Rather Large Tank

    You can go off people y'know :wink:
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    Diary of a Rather Large Tank

    Thank you very much for your comprehensive reply,I'm really getting my knickers in a twist about this aspect of the tank - so much that I'd forgotten about my previous post on the plants forum :oops: I've read your reply several times and it all seems to make pefect sense,I'm going to take a...
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    Diary of a Rather Large Tank

    :o :shock: :( :lol:
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    Diary of a Rather Large Tank

    I must admit that I am a bit concerned about the amount of plants I need to buy,I know that the only way to help to combat algae is by planting heavily from the start but i have no idea how many plants to start with and whether I need to concentrate on stem plants that grow fast or whether I can...
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    Diary of a Rather Large Tank

    We've put the wood in tonight,just three pieces,but they are large pieces! We've also fixed the upper bracing bars,which are currently being supported by wooden planks,giving the tank a lovely 'mock tudor' look,at least for the next 48 hours until the silicone is completely cured. As far...
  21. jayne

    poecilia wingei (endler's)

    Do they have to live in hard water like most livebearers or would they be OK in softer,acidic water?
  22. jayne

    Diary of a Rather Large Tank

    Hello all The towers are now in place and totally dry so we will be placing the wood in position next(possibly tonight). I'll take photos of course :wink: . I'm not sure if you have read my thread on the fish forum but I am currently attempting to raise about 20 chocolate gourami fry,guess...
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    Chocolate Gouramis - I have Fry and need Advice

    Well so far so good. The little ones seem to be eating well and they are definitely growing.I'm doing partial water changes daily and feeding a mixture of microworms and newly hatched brine shrimp.Fingers crossed for continuing success: Can You Tell What It Is Yet?
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    Chocolate Gouramis - I have Fry and need Advice

    Day Two Everyone is doing well,eating microworm and newly hatched brine shrimp.Here is an updated photo,they are much more lively now,especially when food is introduced :lol:
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    How many weeds do I need?

    Hello all,me again :oops: Another question about setting up the 8 footer. Right,I know that I need to plant as many fast growing weeds as possible at the start to hopefully stop any algae blooms but I'm unsure of how many/what type to get. Should I aim for x amount of bunches per sq ft, should...
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    Chocolate Gouramis - I have Fry and need Advice

    They all seem alive and well this morning :D I can't really take any credit for getting them to breed,they are in a softwater community tank and they just did it themselves,I certainly didn't try to recreate any special conditions etc.It was just luck really,but I'm not complaining 8) The...
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    Chocolate Gouramis - I have Fry and need Advice

    Thanks for the replies.A friend very kindly bought a microworm culture round this evening and we could see the fry hunting for them,very cute :D
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    Diary of a Rather Large Tank

    We will be using 4 x 150w metal halides with a moonlight for night time viewing.I've asked about this previously and was told this would be enough.The lights will be individual pendants rather than a multi light unit. A couple of people has mentioned unstable CO2 because of the type of...
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    Chocolate Gouramis - I have Fry and need Advice

    I have posted this on PFK and TFF but so far no one has been able to help. I have a large group of chocolate gouramis and one of them has realised a mouthful of fry today.I have set up a separate tank but I have never raised anabantoid fry before so I'm hoping someone with experience may be able...
  30. jayne

    Ulster Exile's Training Wheels Tank.

    I like the first and third positions best of all
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    Diary of a Rather Large Tank

    The tank will have it's own RO unit set up with a float for automatic top ups but as far as large water changes are concerned we are still undecided about setting up a perry pump and solenoid.The tank is just a few feet from an outside drain so it's fairly easy to attach a tube to a pump in the...
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    Diary of a Rather Large Tank

    You'd be more than welcome,we have a barbecue and we're not afraid to use it :lol: (and we're only in Stourbridge so not too far for you :wink: )
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    Diary of a Rather Large Tank

    I've just realised after reading your post John that I haven't posted the tank dimensions :oops: . It's 8'x3'x3' and the sump will be approx.6'x2' although that hasn't been finalised yet.We are going to use 4 x 150w metal halides and for the first time we will use Co2 and go a bit more high...
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    Diary of a Rather Large Tank

    We have been searching for large pieces of wood for some months now and have sourced a few from Wharf in Nottingham.These have been soaking in the Koi pond but today we took them out to jet wash them and to place them in a separate large vat which will be covered to prevent any light getting in...
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    Diary of a Rather Large Tank

    Some of you may have read my previous threads about my new large tank. I thought I'd do a diary,so you can follow me step by step into the unknown :) Everything started last autumn,when we decided we would definitely go ahead,the radiator was taken off the wall,the floorbaords taken up and...
  36. jayne

    Substrate for a large tank - Ecocomplete plus what else?

    Thanks for your reply,I've found a supplier of Akadama not too far from us in Redditch who sell it for £5.99 for 10kg so that could be the way to go I think. Using the substrate calculator I need another 250lbs of substrate so I reckon 12 bags of Akadama may be about right,at £6 per bag...
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    Substrate for a large tank - Ecocomplete plus what else?

    I've already done a thread on general discussions telling you about my new 8'x3'x3' which is currently being set up. I'm looking now for some specific ideas/help for areas where I'm unsure and the first one is the substrate.I currently have 16 bags of ecocomplete waiting to be used in the new...
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    Large Empty Tank - Looking for Suggestions/Help

    I should've said that hubby builds tanks/filtration systems as part of his job,sorry for not mentioning that before :oops: The glass is 15mm on the walls and 2 x12mm at the base,siliconed together. The photo shows the tank after the first stage was completed,since then the lower bracing bars...
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    Large Empty Tank - Looking for Suggestions/Help

    Thanks for your comments/suggestions everyone. I think we'll start off with the low tech approach with the option of adding Co2 to the sump at a later date.We have several large pieces of wood which are currently soaking,these will form the main structure to the design.Then I think it'll be...
  40. jayne

    Large Empty Tank - Looking for Suggestions/Help

    Hello All I am in the process of having a large tank/cabinet set up in my dining room.The tank is 8'x3'x3' and will have two towers connecting to an undertank sump for filtration. After much thought and discussion with hubby we have decided that we definitely want the tank to be a planted...
  41. jayne

    ID Required please

    I hope you're right too,I was expecting to be told it was a house plant that would live a fortnight :lol: Certainly looks like the Cryptocoryne undulata doesn't it?I'll keep my fingers crossed,thanks.
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    ID Required please

    I normally try not to buy anything I don't recognise but yesterday I spotted an unusual plant with lovely red undersides so I took a risk and bought it. It was potted and showing some root growth but it was not labelled and no one in the shop knew what it was.It's about 3" tall at the moment so...
  43. jayne

    Wood for tank

    Not sure if you're looking for mail order only,but if you can get down to Gloucestershire then Aquatic Habitat and Aquajardin both have some in. The piece in my tank was from Aquajardin and cost £15.
  44. jayne

    Thought I'd say hello

    Quick update as things have moved along :) Firstly I should just mention that the tank was fully matured as it had been used for larger fish and plastic plants for the last 18 months, which had been moved, so I did not have to think about cycling etc.I did not make that clear in my first post...
  45. jayne

    In praise of Otos!

    I've got 16 ottos in my 95 gallon tank and I love them,they never stop :D
  46. jayne

    Kerri tetra

    This is one of the species on my wish list so I'll be very interested to see photos and follow their progress.They are a lovely fish.
  47. jayne

    Thought I'd say hello

    Hi Chrisi,I live in Stourbridge :)
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    Thought I'd say hello

    I've just joined and so I thought it was only polite to introduce myself. I'm Jayne,live in the West Mids and have been a fishkeeper for many years. Have to admit that plants have always been a bit of an afterthought before,with my main interests being cichlids and catfish. But that is about...
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