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    Nick's ADA 90 cm

    Morning all.... Been off the forums for a little while, but I've not been sitting idly by on the planted tank front. Well, this tank had been torn down - time for a change and a new scape. So a big box of Tropica plants came into my possession yesterday and and all hell broke loose as I...
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    Nick's ADA 90 cm

    Stevet - yes I went for the full monty on this tank. I only really keep the one going and I'd been planning something special for years. This is really it (certainly in terms of hardware). I can certainly say that it terms of build quality the tank is first rate. With no bracing to help hold...
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    Nick's ADA 90 cm

    Sorry chaps-I'll post some more pics soon! I have some, just not got around to putting them up! Ray - I got the tank from Aqua Essentials, who deal with the company in Germany. I'm sure you could get the contact from Richard there-just drop him a line. It is the same company that make the...
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    Water Quality

    Personally, I would start doing some big water changes (50%) every couple of days. Also ensure your CO2 supply is good-how are you diffusing it? My experience of algae in general, and BGA specifically is that poor circulation (which impacts CO2 disppersal) can have a big impact on algae. You...
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    ADA - UK vs. US pricing

    Believe me, this is a discussion a lot of us have had down the last few years at least. All I can say is that what has been discussed above (in terms of price 'fixing') is more or less correct-ADA, and in particular ADA Europe are very restrictive in terms of their pricing terms. Essentially...
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    George's Algae Disaster!

    You have my sympathy George. Similar issue happened on my ADA tank after a couple of weeks holiday. CO2 line got kinked. Thankfully not quite the issues you look to have had, and have cleared it up now. I think it underlines the importance of a consistent, stable supply of CO2 as one of the...
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    Nick's ADA 90 cm

    Yes, as an aid to getting rid of the algae. One of the key compounds in Excel is polycycloglutaracetal, which, apparently, is a trademarked (by Seachem) polymerized isomer of glutaraldehyde. The latter can be used to sterilize dental and medical equipment, and apparently as an embalming...
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    Nick's ADA 90 cm

    Quick update then... Seem to have sorted out the little algae problem I had after coming back from my hols. It was starting to accumulate in the Lilaeopsis, which was getting very thick and dense. So, as well as trying to work out a way to rid myself of it, I also wanted to think about how I...
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    Nick's ADA 90 cm

    Purigen is made by Seachem. Check out their website for more info on it. In a nutshell it is a less aggressive alternative to carbon. A lot of folk worry about carbon stripping nutrients, whether that is the case or not, Purigen claims not to do it. It aims to remove nitrite and ammonia...
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    Nick's ADA 90 cm

    Gents, Many thanks for your comments! Well, back from my hols now-had a trip to New England for a couple of weeks with the wife. Very nice, except arriving in Boston to find a heatwave at the end of September!! Neil - of course, the clarity! :lol: On that note, I must say the Purigen I've...
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    Nick's ADA 90 cm

    OK, this is the last update for 10 days or so; I'm off on my hols. The tank is currently about to enter the 6th week, but here are updates from the 3rd week. Had a big trim of the stems today. Talking of which, week 3 saw the first big trim of the stems.... Here is a view after 16-odd days...
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    news on new tank

    Agree-will be good to see another journal going up. Looking forward to it! Nick
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    Nick's ADA 90 cm

    :lol: Yes, it is a bit of a jungle when the stems get going!! I hadn't acutally counted up how many pots I actually had altogether, but you're right! It was quite an outlay, but I believe it is the best way to get a good start with your tank. Too many people plant sparesly at the outset, in...
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    Nick's ADA 90 cm

    These shots are after 2 weeks. Excuse this splurge of photos-I've taken a load, and it has taken a while to get organised to get them up on the site. Anyway... After 2 weeks, things have grown on. The rotalas are doing very well at this stage. The crypts have all started putting out new...
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    Nick's ADA 90 cm

    OK, here are a few shots after a week. The main thing that happened in the tank is that the Rotalas started to change from their emmerse to submerse form. They also started to sprout a lot of roots...Which is a good thing. Here is a shot of the system. Awaiting a new beetle counter from...
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    Nick's ADA 90 cm

    OK, here are some specs for you. The only other thing to add here is that I have purchased an Aquamedic 3 channel Reefdoser, whcih I will be using to automatically dose my ferts. We're off on our hols for a couple of weeks from Sunday, so I needed something to dose the tank while I'm away...
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    Nick's ADA 90 cm

    Well thank you for you comments. You can be sure I'll be posting more stuff over the coming weeks. Anyway, I think you'll like it when I post some pics of how it has grown in. Suffice to say, it is my pleasure to share this with you guys! :D
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    Nick's ADA 90 cm

    OK, having promised this to George, Neil and Richard for a long time, and having spent more than 2 years planning and getting everything together, I thought it was high time I got my journal going on my latest tank. Since inception more than 2 years ago, I've had other tanks come and go. I've...
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    Neil's 60cm ADA inspired Nature Aquarium

    Sorry chaps, I shall get after it this weekend. Going on my hols for 2 weeks in a weeks time, so got a few things to do it too before i go. Anyway, you've waited long enough, a couple more days won't hurt :wink:
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    Neil's 60cm ADA inspired Nature Aquarium

    regarding the Vallis, when I tried it in my first planted tank way back (when I used RO), it never did well at all. No doubt it likes harder water (I suspect it would do alright here now since I'm using the tapwater). Cyperus h. would be a good alternative, and the leaves would give a great...
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    Neil's 60cm ADA inspired Nature Aquarium

    Always a pleasure to see your tanks Neil. Great pics, and such a 'clean' looking finish. The moss looks fantastic in those close-ups. George is right, you are far too modest! Let's not forget that, as far as i'm aware, you were out there producing this kind of NA layout before many of us got...
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    Greetings!

    Neil, Zig, many thanks, don't worry Neil, I have been noting the clarity! :lol: Zig, the tank is finally planted now, and has been going for nearly 4 weeks. Really pleased to be having a new set-up going (who isn't?), and as soon as I get five minutes I'm going to post some things in the...
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    Hair Algae

    Agree with the above. My top 3 would be: 1. keep CO2 stable 2. Be prepared to do big, freuqent water changes (50% daily at least, as necessary) 3. Give it some Seachem Excel : start with a daily normal dose and see where you go from there. Stick with it too, all too often people aren't patient...
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    PFK Aquascaping Contest Blog - Teaser

    Agree with the sentiments above. I must say, I am really impressed with the Iwaugumi shown there, and I'm always impressed with Neil's work, which I've been fortunate enough to see developing over the past few years now. I am certainly keen to see the winner if those two are runners up...
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    need advice on substrate for new tank

    ceg4048, good points. I agree, it is important to have a view on priorities when thinking about what you're trying to achieve with your tank, and there is no doubt that the larger the tank (I prefer 3 footers or less these days from a personal 'manageability' perspective) the bigger budgetary...
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    need advice on substrate for new tank

    A picture speaks a thousand words....Lilaeopsis runners just about a week after planting in Aquasoil Amazonia.
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    need advice on substrate for new tank

    James, just my 2 pence worth on the Aquasoil question... If you’re looking to carpet the tank with HC etc then is the colour (dark grey AS vs ecocomplete) really tthat much of a big deal? Once carpeted the Cardinals will be against a green background anyway and respond accordingly. I’m...
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    Greetings!

    Kind words George! Many thanks. In that case I shall have to start my Journal soon!!
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    Greetings!

    James, Thanks Yes, it was October '06, page 42. Just looked back at it-excuse the Riccia-as I recall it had floated off not long before I took the shot! The ADA tank i'm doing is the best I've done to date I think. I'd like to post the journal on here-not sure which sub-forum to start it...
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    Greetings!

    Afternoon... Just to introduce myself having finally signed up... Been keeping high-tech planted tanks for a good few years now and am currently doing tanks with ADA goodies. Posted a few of my tanks, and my last (Rio 125, ADA substrates) had a journal on AE forum, and (courtesy of Mr Farmer)...
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