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  1. castle

    Are there any laws for posting fish/shrimp?

    Shipping was a flat rate, quite high so assumed next day - similar price to other sellers, and never even thought to check. Now I don't doubt the shrimp should be fine but it's a bit off in my view. Additionally, live animals should come with a delivery date and timeslot. It'll be negative...
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    Organic Soil

    If you've had success with JI no2, that's great - but with double the blend (as it were) there is a lot of nutrients in that soil, and could be a disaster if any of it gets into the water column. If you go into the garden with a spade, just take some from there (under your grass would be a...
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    Are there any laws for posting fish/shrimp?

    Simply, I bought some shrimp online, they've posted them second class a few days ago. I still haven't received the shrimp, and I'm really very unhappy about this. Not unhappy that I don't have them, more at the time they're spending in post. In my eyes, they're in a box with depleting oxygen...
  4. castle

    External filter for 30L tank

    I'd suggest the Eheim Liberty 75, perfect for a 30L.
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    Algae problem.

    I think you're replying to me @Nick72 While this may be the worst algae outbreak I've ever had, I'm still of the school that there are not such thing as too many water changes, but I relent and I'm down to 50% every other day. CO2 isn't an option for me, and don't use easy carbo either. I've...
  6. castle

    A nice website I found

    I found this cool little ecosystem 'game' which you may find enjoyable.
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    Algae problem.

    I'm suffering from this too in my puffer tank - i noticed I'd done a few things differently which really triggered the explosion of algae, much like you I'm doing 50% water changes daily. I removed 75% of my floaters as they were covering the tank - as soon as I did this, within a few days I...
  8. castle

    Scape Contest Comments

    Figured it out, pictures over an unknown file size limit won't be displayed :)
  9. castle

    Scape Contest Comments

    I can't seem to get my entries image to display 😬
  10. castle

    UKAPS Hardscape Challenge 2020

    Country: UK UKAPS nickname: castle Tank: 30x30x30cm Title: Edge of a Norfolk weir
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    "Bottom" fish suitable with ADA Amazonia substrate

    Ambastaia sidthimunki - are from leaf litter/sand substrates so I suspect Amazonia soil to not be for them, but I doubt they wouldn't survive in your tank. Almost all bottom dwellers will fall into a few categories, they'll sift, dig or predate (as in, bigger things than 5mm) - so with the...
  12. castle

    Why every fish keeper should have.......

    I'm from Norwich, it truly is in the a*** end of nowhere, but it's nice. Water is a bit 'ard though. I've never known much in the way of pollutants in the rain water.
  13. castle

    Scape Contest Comments

    I'm still going to have a go :)
  14. castle

    Journal A nursery for my Carinotetraodon Travancoricus.

    An update :) It's definitely starting to show growth.I've had to remove a handful of Limnobium laevigatum each week - I need to offer this up on here - which I think has grown so well, keeping most algae at bay but it blocked a lot of light from the Rotala. I think growth is clear, so I'm...
  15. castle

    Scape Contest Comments

    Professional scapers have dashed my hopes a touch :)
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    Why every fish keeper should have.......

    Water isn't full of organisms, they're strained out :) Additionally, most of the year the water doesn't have such a high density, but spring/summer is their peak. They'll find their own way in there very quickly :) but you can add bags from the aquarium store and Daphnia will multiply...
  17. castle

    Kessil?

    Your negative points are fair, but they produce to my eyes the most natural looking light for an aquarium.
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    Buying Tropica plants online

    Tropica have videos for planting out their plants, they state they only send out plants in pots that are mature and tank ready, especially as again Tropica shows cutting off the root growth from the pad things they're grown in as a step we should take before planting. To me, that extra growth...
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    Confirmed Planaria- eating fish.

    Absolutely infuriates me @mort when a fish in my tank turns their nose up at live food. off topic: pygmy puffer foods tried/failed: Ants (red) : Yes (when sinking and alive only) Ants (black): No Centipede: No Millipede: No Moquito: Yes - Faster than I can click my fingers. Midges: See above...
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    Confirmed Planaria- eating fish.

    I can confirm CPD do.
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    Buying Tropica plants online

    Why no love for Aqua Essentials? Java Plants? Scaped Nature? Swell? birstall? Pro Shrimp? Anyway, I've bought from the above, all plants arrived in very good condition - except Scaped nature, I was there in person.
  22. castle

    What fish for my 60P tank

    I did! 45cm is too small imo for a community tank, even for two nano fish. I'm one who preaches large tanks for small fish though - unless you're trying to breed.
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    Found snails

    I will always pay for snails :) Puffers get through 10+ a day each. Actually wish I could keep them alive long enough, snails are welcome in my tank(s) and I do think they make a noticeable difference to algae, but their waste can be a problem.
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    DISASTER

    Really sad to hear, do you have water escape insurance? It's something I've been paying extra for, for years. Best to contact AquaOne as that doesn't sound right. I would get a bucket (got some rain water?) fill it with any hardscape from the wreckage and then with water. Put all live animals...
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    What fish for my 60P tank

    I found the males to be quite boisterous and you definitely need a higher ratio of males to females. They're at real risk of stress and disease in the wrong ratio setups too - just my experience. ... I created a list of fishes to their recommended sizes, I didn't clean up the code too much so...
  26. castle

    Corydoras fry found in cannister filter, advice please

    What other fish are in the tank, if it's just smaller fish, at 10mm I'd say they're tank safe and ready. BTW congrats, pandas are lovely lil fish.
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    A big decision on major project

    You're right insulation is key - this will save you a fortune, but not all fish will breed at 23°C - some will need a warmer temperature. A good radiator will do the job, but don't place it behind any tanks. Filtration, while matten filters are excellent and have some very good positives I...
  28. castle

    Just unlucky or is Eheim just what they used to be?

    Haven't strayed from the Liberty series, I don't think I ever will. And they sell replacement parts, which is good.
  29. castle

    Scape Contest Comments

    I'll be entering, just need to free up the nano - will do it in a couple of weeks :)
  30. castle

    ADA plants in UK/Europe

    Yeah, I don't trust ebay with plants outside of k2aqua and I'm not sure I should pay for overnight shipping from America for it... (70£+) Thanks for your response, I've reached out to Aquasabi - they do plan to get them back in. Makes me want to see the internals of their operation, it must be...
  31. castle

    ADA plants in UK/Europe

    I'm trying to find ADA Lagenandra meeboldii 'Green' but it seems to be out of stock on Aquasabi and I don't know anywhere else stocking ADA plants, GreenAqua have said they cannot help :arghh: Anyone know anywhere that could help?
  32. castle

    Low Energy ADA 45H

    Hows this one getting on @Mike Moran
  33. castle

    Journal A nursery for my Carinotetraodon Travancoricus.

    Algae is not getting any worse, or better, so I am adding 5 amano shrimp for the next few months - very nervous about that as the substrate hill may flatten a lot sooner with them rumbling through it! The tank is pretty stable and I had a filter running from another tank from day one, so I'm...
  34. castle

    Godswood - my personal paradise.

    We can all agree aquariums are not the wild, I must have clouded the point I was trying to make. I wasn't making a comparison about aquarium sizes more about the needs/activity of the fish. Very jealous of your Columbian(?) trip, do you have any photos as many of us would love to see what you...
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    Godswood - my personal paradise.

    It's really a comment in relation to 20 litres being enough space for 20 tetras, I've seen these in display tanks at zoos (warsaw/berlin) and they will dart the entire length of 3 meter displays in a flash - they're some of the most active fish we could keep, 20L just feels horrifically cruel to...
  36. castle

    Godswood - my personal paradise.

    Big difference between surviving and thriving though.
  37. castle

    What's wrong with these crypts?

    Water hardness, PH?
  38. castle

    Reloading filter cartridge

    What zozo says, but do keep the filter pad at bottom, as that will stop most of the detritus. In a bucket of tank water rinse that out once a month, replace every 6 or so.
  39. castle

    Journal A nursery for my Carinotetraodon Travancoricus.

    Thanks! The twigs are just for it to look a bit natural, missus says it looks like the edge of a loch, which is nice. The tank truly needs to be a jungle - I find line of sight breaks quite easy to create that way - they're explorers and don't necessarily sit in one area of the tank, they go...
  40. castle

    Journal A nursery for my Carinotetraodon Travancoricus.

    Full tank shot, added the Lutea, and got some snails pottering about. You can see the algae kinda clearly in bottom left, and it's pretty thick on some of the Albida leaves. Rotala has grown :) Pretty sure this may turn into a nice little tank, just needs some time. Also, I added sticks...
  41. castle

    Which fish species is the most underrated in your opinion?

    Neolamprologus multifasciatus - if you're in a hard water area (like me) I think these are excellent enjoyable fish. I had a 'colony' in a 90cm tank, after two breedings there were over 100. I gave the lot to my LFS. Too many fish, but lovely to observe the behaviour and social dynamics. They're...
  42. castle

    Which fish species is the most underrated in your opinion?

    It's the breeding that puts me off, just feels like a little bit too much work.
  43. castle

    Journal A nursery for my Carinotetraodon Travancoricus.

    @jameson_uk was kind enough to send me some Limnobium laevigatum and an assortment of baby snails - this is excellent news for me, I added them yesterday. I will take a photo tonight. I'm somewhat annoyed at myself for not sticking to the '3 plant rule' but as I'm not 100% sure the Rotala is...
  44. castle

    Which fish species is the most underrated in your opinion?

    A couple: Kryptopterus bicirrhis - a default in shops, seen as a common fish but I don't think many people have seen a dozen of them in a tank where they're the biggest fish, with plenty of floating plants and infinite bugs in the substrate. They shoal, have individual characters, live for a...
  45. castle

    Which fish species is the most underrated in your opinion?

    Lovely fish, but for me too fast - every other fish in the tank got the scraps. Also, I never observed any kind of 'character' in them.
  46. castle

    Best food for Pygmy Corys

    @dw1305 I've used lobster eggs. In a previous life, I used to defrost a single cube of multiple frozen foods, then on a sheet of tin foil create equal sized 'dots' of food. Freezing these sheets so that I could do these dots in a single feed a once or twice a day. Worked very well. I've never...
  47. castle

    Journal A nursery for my Carinotetraodon Travancoricus.

    I've filled this, and ordered some Crytocoryne Lutea to bunch up across the mid left, to back right. Photos a little later. Unfortunately I got some algae from the dry start in the water parts, so I have got that to deal with, also added some moss on stones. Puffers have spawned in the cube...
  48. castle

    Using old light to grow plants indoors

    I have a Arcadia Stretch I was thinking of using; details are: Contains 10 LED lights comprising of: 1.5W 10K x 2 1.5W 8K x 2 1.5W RGB x 3 0.24W RGB x 3 Low energy consumption lighting for various sized freshwater tanks Light unit waterproof to IP67 Day and moon light modes Complete...
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    Using old light to grow plants indoors

    Alrighty, I have an old terrace with no direct sunlight for the next year, not wanting to lose some cacti I have had for a good 10 years I have to get an artificial light source to hopefully keep 'em good. I don't have any T5s but I have a few LED aquarium lights from the last few years, could...
  50. castle

    Scape Contest Comments

    Deadline is "Entries must be submitted by 1200GMT, Sunday May 17th 2020" I was stressing thinking this was today..!
  51. castle

    Started rescape will it be ok until tomorro ? help needed please

    I kept a blackmoor, big eyed goldfish in my university room, in a 60L stacking container, his name was Dennis and he now lives in a big pond in Norfolk. He was in the tub for about 8 months with some Elodea, and with the occasional water change he didn't ever moan. I got him young, I saw he had...
  52. castle

    Started rescape will it be ok until tomorro ? help needed please

    Will be fine for a few days, just don't turn the house heating on
  53. castle

    Corydoras breeder with planted tanks

    Looks like an excellent setup Substrate looks quite shallow for some of those crypts? Is he using root tabs, or?
  54. castle

    Best place to get starter cultures

    I need to source a microworm culture too
  55. castle

    Journal A nursery for my Carinotetraodon Travancoricus.

    Oh, and a whole tank shot:
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    Journal A nursery for my Carinotetraodon Travancoricus.

    Let's do this. I've added the base layer: Not too deep... Then, I capped that with some gravel, I also added some left over Tropica Soil to ramp up the back left. I left some space at the front so that I can just have sand there: Adding some sand, this is a mix of DOOA River sand and...
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    It's not much, but I'm happy to have it

    90% water change, and cleaned out filters. Had gotten a bit messy, lost a puffer and pretty sure that is why - gutted as they spawned a couple of weeks ago :( Still need a further clean, mainly bubbles from water change on glass. The back has established Crypts now, getting there. Added some...
  58. castle

    Scape Contest Comments

    I'd take part, happy to donate a prize too.
  59. castle

    Pro Shrimp

    Ordered plants and sand from them, all good. Order arrived yesterday
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    Journal A nursery for my Carinotetraodon Travancoricus.

    It’s quarantine for me, so I’ve got some time to create a replacement tank for the nano upstairs. After choosing Rotala Rotundifolia as the main plant of the tank, then reading that so many people having problems with it and that I’ve been lucky that Carinotetraodon travancoricus spawned in a...
  61. castle

    Brown edges on anubius nana petite!

    I think that's a lovely looking Betta.
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    Apistogramas & Shrimp?

    Generally shrimp are only ever safe in shrimp only tanks. They're jumpers in open top tanks too if being chased by fish. Tetras will be at a minimum a nuisance to the shrimp, and the Borelii will definitely take a shrimp. Hope this helps, and in a larger tank shrimp may survive especially if...
  63. castle

    Low tech substrate

    Yeah, but plant first then trickle fill. So really, you want the plants crown to hit the gravel but not go much further.
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    Low tech substrate

    I don't know the densities of the substrates so I can't be super accurate. Roughly you'll need 18kgs of sand (for 1 inch depth) Around 18kgs of gravel to allow for it to sink into soil, but also give a layer above. Soil I have no idea. But also, use your discretion the numbers are best...
  65. castle

    Big plant suggestions needed please

    I have a soft spot for Limnophila sessiliflora, it's super easy growing but needs a tall tank and steady water from my experience. 70CM to me sounds like you'd get the very best out of it.
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    Low tech substrate

    I'd triple layer... whatever soil from the garden (dig down about a foot under the lawn is a good bet) put about 1 inch of that down in the tank (wet it so that it is saturated), then put about 1 inch of gravel on top of that (this is for the plants to get wedged in. Then, add your sand on...
  67. castle

    Plantbase

    I have tried, but I think the information for each plant isn't granular enough for my needs; i.e plant origin, not plant continent of origin.
  68. castle

    DOOA Tropical River Sand

    Looking for this in the UK - anyone stocking?
  69. castle

    How do I make this work (Sarracenia in aquarium)

    I now have a bigger vase to reattempt this, that sarracenia didn't make it through that winter :( The vase is huge, about 55cm in height and 22cm in diameter. I'm thinking of making a miniture bog garden in it, and can guarantee a sunny position in summer, and a sunny summer position in...
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    2,000L High tech BEAST

    Is draining and re-gluing not an option? New to acrylic, but with glass in the past I'd fully drain, eat away silicone, dry and then reapply silicone. I hate to be this person, but it looking ugly probably shouldn't be your main concern right now? There must be a serious amount of force being...
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    Tropica Crypts

    In this situation, I'd suggest putting them into a propagator with a gravel/peat bottom. Lay the plants on top, preferably upright and make sure the substrate is saturated. You could use cocktail sticks as support to keep the plants upright. I did this with some Cryptocoryne Albida Brown years...
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    Wood rotting

    When I change the substrate next week, I'll start a journal. I need the help ahaha
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    Wood rotting

    Guys/Girls I think you were right. I think it is snail/shrimp waste. I have a new system in place now - I got a turkey baster today, which get the detritus moving, getting as much as I can towards the front of the tank, I syphon the water through a muslin cloth into a watering can, which I...
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    Wood rotting

    Yeah, I'll consider upping the dose.. However, if you look at this image: https://www.ukaps.org/forum/attachments/20191004072632_img_2247-jpg.128083/ there were no shrimp in the tank at this time and there is still clear detritus in the substrate like there is now.
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    Wood rotting

    Alrighty, could be shrimp poop. I give the tank some of that green tropica stuff, probably once a week, I generally fertilise after a water change. I will do another water change Sunday, I've also ordered a turkey baster as I think that would be a good way to syphon from targeted areas.
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    Wood rotting

    Yeah, in this case I'm almost certain it isn't animal waste - that photo was before the fish were added and the shrimp are 4 strong - I just don't feel like there is enough life in the tank to cause that.
  77. castle

    Wood rotting

    Hello, This tank: https://www.ukaps.org/forum/threads/its-not-much-but-im-happy-to-have-it.55689/ seems to be having some growing pains. The wood I think is the cause of it all - it’s shedding a lot - there is a constant supply of tiny wooden pellets across substrate. I think this is adding to...
  78. castle

    GRADED GRAVELS, INCREASING SIZES - CONTRASTING

    Gravel is my second favourite substrate (after uncapped dirt), I've always loved how sediment collects within the gravel - always has aided organisms in my tanks to thrive. Only recently moved to sand, and in the next tank I will be using gravel and sand in a 70/30 split. I don't like pure sand...
  79. castle

    Aquarium 30wx25dx20h cm

    https://www.scapednature.com/products/ada-cube-garden-mini-s
  80. castle

    Aquascaping meetup - Norwich 26.01.2020

    A bit too short notice for me, maybe next time, for sure. Plant swap would be a nice thing to have.
  81. castle

    Welcome new sponsor

    I had a pretty large braceless optiwhite tank from these guys a few years ago. Very good quality.
  82. castle

    Rock sizes

    There is a scape shop in Norwich, forgot the name, but at the top of St Giles that has a very nice selection of rock. Ahh, think it's called Scaped Nature.
  83. castle

    Thermometer that records

    If you're inclined, this is very easy to do with a raspberry pi I can write a guide if you're interested and can wait a few days
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    It's not much, but I'm happy to have it

    You're right! I'd like to introduce a larger grain sized gravel purely as I think it's a little more low effort, having to vacuum the sand regularly isn't my idea of fun - perhaps a 10/20/20/50 split between gravel mixed gravel sizes from small to larger and sand, with the standard soil beneath...
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    It's not much, but I'm happy to have it

    Not meant to be a journal, but we're getting there. Hoping the Limnophila heterophylla branches out, it is slowly. Updated the light too, previous lamp wasn't doing it. Probably going to replace all stems with crypts and replace the substrate later in the year, but wanting the moss to grow...
  86. castle

    Low tech 60p

    Saying luck isn't said to devalue what you've done - you're right balance is key - but I still think a little luck goes a long way in this hobby
  87. castle

    Low tech 60p

    patience, time, luck
  88. castle

    eBay LEDs

    those Chihiros A-Series leds are pretty good tbh - especially for the price.
  89. castle

    New Year, New Scape...

    phenomenal.
  90. castle

    New journey island

    Although I take into account the filter - which is a beasty! - I agree this tank is too small for that many Discus.
  91. castle

    Thai micro crabs

    Yeah, they're pretty obvious. I can't say for certain some fry didn't make it, they were in with relatively voracious fish that ate anything that moved. In 2 years of having them in one tank, I had the same 12 I put in there, I think. I suspect the issue with these is that they're not suited to...
  92. castle

    Thai micro crabs

    A little, pretty easy to keep - lots of floating plants, bigger tank is better as water quality is more impactful than with cherry shrimp. Not known any babies to make it past a day or so though. Kept them with badis badis for about 2 years, larger ones survived without much issue. However as...
  93. castle

    The American Pond

    If it's on first floor, how will the floor hold the weight of all that? seems like a couple of ton?
  94. castle

    The American Pond

    The depth will be fine in portugal, we only have deeper ponds in the UK for koi due to the freezing we get, 3ft is plenty for a koi if freezing isn't a worry (temp fluctuation protection). Your pump doesn't have much info, but that needs to turn over a lot of water. Koi need a lot of oxygen in...
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    It's not much, but I'm happy to have it

    I started a tank a few weeks ago, as in put some sticks in some water and then went on holiday. I got back a week ago, and planted some Sagittaria subulata and Limnophila sessiliflora, coupled with some frog bit. All tropical pots, all really healthy plants. In the first photo below this is day...
  96. castle

    Low Energy ADA 45H

    I too am about to setup a 45H, but I went against Manzanita sticking out of tank and have collected some birch and hawthorne branches (will see how I get on) When I last setup manzanita sticking out of tank it molded at the water line and it put me off a little - just a warning for you, in case...
  97. castle

    Looking for a rock

    Yeap, the idea would be to weld a stainless steel plate to a pipe, this is called a bad plate in the building industry I think Looks like I may just drill through some premium stone like frodo or any stone which has enough flat sides to go with. Providing I can get pieces that all look like...
  98. castle

    Looking for a rock

    I was thinking of emulating something like this, but in a 30cm cube, so rock size would be an issue I am sure too. I've had this photo stored for an age, unsure of the source
  99. castle

    Looking for a rock

    Good suggestions all; I was definitely going to drill out a central hole so that I could give some reinforcement flagstone is probably more to my taste - will hunt some out, I guess I may have to get a bit messy and try and split/change its shape
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