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  1. Bacms

    Low tech nano in study

    Look like Ludwigia Palustris
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    Anyone had good success with TMC Grobeam 600's?

    I also had a horrible experience with the Grobeam 600. I had a pair on top of my 60x45x30 and struggled for almost two months until I decided to pack them and use the Fluval plant 2.0 LED light that had come with the tank and suddenly all the problems went away even though I was using a lot more...
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    So who has the best aquascape right now on UKAPS, and lives in the UK...?

    You scaped mine and it is looking quite sweet at the moment
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    Crystal Valley

    Hi Nuno great scape. Can you just confirm the distribution of the plants on the background? From left to right I am guessing you have rotala "Green", Rotala Gia Lai, Rotala Coin Leaf, ....?
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    dwarf neon rainbow fry feeding

    I would advise joining the rainbowfish UK group on facebook. The current recommendation on that page is: 1) Initial stages feed them three times a day with Golden Pearls 2) After fry 7 days old start up a microworm culture. 3) After 12 days give them their first feeding of microworm. The worms...
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    The mountain peak

    Just got back to the forum after almost a year and realised I never actually updated this. Have this running for about a year and to be honest the journey to this point has been so miserable that at some point I considered dropping the hobby altogether. It seems to be in good shape for 2/3 weeks...
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    What to !!

    Same experience after coming from holidays here. I have been having problems with cyanobacteria for a while and BBA, so three weeks of complete neglect while on holiday destroyed most of it. After returning I have vacuumed the tank, upped the CO2 and replace the plants that were covered in algae...
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    Calling DIY cabinet builders!

    You are absolutely right Keith forgot to mention that. Glad you pick it up
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    Calling DIY cabinet builders!

    Have to agree with Keith. Would definitely avoid mdf unless you veneer all the surfaces and even then. MDF will easily expand if water ever gets in contact with it so really need to be well sealed. Of the man made boards I would probably go with Plywood but also make sure the ends of your...
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    Macro lense For Nikon D3300

    On the light subject you could probably have an entire thread with several pages just on it. Basically lighting for photography can be divided into two types strobes/flashes and fixed lighting. Unless you really want a full set up of lighting which can be quite expensive most people get away...
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    Macro lense For Nikon D3300

    Your welcome I am sure you will be very pleased with the sigma 105mm, I have that on my shopping list since I bought my DSLR. A macro lens is not the easiest lens in the world to work with specially if you are trying to use the max magnification so don't fret too much if you first pictures with...
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    Macro lense For Nikon D3300

    Hi Nelson, Good to hear from you life as been busy so I rarely come to the UKAPS these days. I am assuming you only have the 18-55mm that came with the camera? The first one you list (Sigma 105 Macro) is the only "true" macro lens on the list. To understand what a macro lens is for most...
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    Dan's 45p - A Blank Canvas.....

    Sorry to hear that. I am also having a current nightmare with a second tank I set up that somehow just didn't work so I understand your decision. Good luck for the future
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    ?Hydor Professional External Filter 250?

    Let us know what you think of it when it is up an running
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    Dan's 45p - A Blank Canvas.....

    Like the new look hopefully things will be more stable from now on
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    ?Hydor Professional External Filter 250?

    Following this one with interest as I need to buy a canister for my 60cm Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
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    Cheapest place online to buy Amano shrimp?

    It is not letting me edit my own post but that should have read Sharnbrook shrimp
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    Cheapest place online to buy Amano shrimp?

    Sharnbrook shrink would be my recommendation Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
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    The journey - 7 Months in

    Got a tripod so got better pictures of the plants by using a longed shutter speed. That does mean blurry fish though :p. This is also probably the last photo before I start lowering light and moving it from CO2 to liquid carbon. Let's see how plants cope with the change but it has become too...
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    Moss without the mess ?

    Riccia is a floating plant so as it grows it has the tendency to detach itself from the rocks and it is also a fast grower so it is not surprise it ended up everywhere. Fissidens on the other hand is a completely different animal and I would seriously not worry about it. You can attach with the...
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    Aquascaping Workshop with George Farmer

    Good progress so far another month or so and it should completely fill in
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    Unconditional Love V.1 & V.2 by Yoda

    Love your first one? Is that just rotala rotundifolia?
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    Just to clarify my WPG/WPL

    Plants melting is not due to insufficient light, that normally causes the plant to drop leaves not melting. Melting is a signal of photosynthesis breaking down normally due to insufficient carbon. Liquid carbon helps and does allow you to use higher light than no carbon addition but it is not as...
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    Just to clarify my WPG/WPL

    The first problem you will encounter will be plants melting and water quality deterioration which will probably soon be followed by algae
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    Nikon D3100 macro lens

    You can look at dxomark to see how the different lens perform on the Nikon D3200 http://tinyurl.com/gqj77zw It is important to understand the only thing the crop sensor changes is the focal length and perceived depth of field. Or in other words a 100mm macro will be the equivalent of a 150mm...
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    Nikon D3100 macro lens

    I am planning to buy the sigma but still saving money at the moment. As far I could understand that is something that cannot really be avoided as as to do with the amount of light reaching the sensor. Does it do that even when using high apertures Paulo?
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    Disobedience II (temporary name)

    It just seems to me the blue channel was pushed over as you can see the same effect on the glass
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    Nikon D3100 macro lens

    With £200 you have to look into used market. Both the Tamron or the sigma will give you excellent results and you can also try to hunt eBay for the non stabilized versions which are going cheaper than the current ones and are equally as good in image terms. Also remember that you will be using...
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    Full Frame Mirrorless Vs Full Frame DSLR

    The real question is do you really need a full frame camera? Mirrorless and DSLRs is a constant debate and they both have advantages and disadvantage over one another. Don't go for the size argument that is simply the wrong argument, the decision of one system or the other should be based on...
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    Just to clarify my WPG/WPL

    That is certainly too much light for no CO2 injection and will lead to problems down the line.
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    CO2 Dissolution factors

    Except there is a real serious confusion. Decreasing KH does increase the solubility of free CO2 but does not affect the equilibrium at which concentration of CO2 is stable in water. So in other words it does not really matter for a planted tank but saying it has no effect on CO2 solubility is...
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    CO2 Dissolution factors

    Surface area of the gas, temperature and time of contact with the water are probably the ones relevant to planted tanks. Pressure and kH can also affect gas solubility but they can be ignored on a planted tank Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
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    Another Camera Thread

    Excellent choice Neil I think you will be very happy with that camera. Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
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    Another Camera Thread

    Be careful with those make sure the reviews of it are any good as the shop warranty can mean a large range of things. I bought mine from panamoz which seems to have great reviews and I had a friend with good experience with them. The entry levels DSLRs are great cameras if you stepping into...
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    Another Camera Thread

    Again the canon you link isn't great but what are guy currently only looking at old models? Also I don't recognise the website you are buying from but seems some kind of grey import so make sure they have UK warranty as a lot of them don't. What is the intended use for the camera? How much time...
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    Another Camera Thread

    I ended up getting a Nikon D7200 just because I was always interested in photography and this was the camera that had everything I wanted. If you are just a casual shooter than the Nikon D3300 is a great camera and so is the Sony A600 (The missus got that one). If you can go John lewis or...
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    Another Camera Thread

    The point of having of a DSLR or any other interchangeable lens camera is the range of options you have with it. If you only plan to use on auto mode than definitely spend your money somewhere else
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    Another Camera Thread

    I was in the same situation at the start of the year. On the entry levels the Nikon D3200 is a much better option than the Cannon, if you want to go Cannon I would probably say look at the Cannon rebels 600/650. Also remember it is not only DSLRs at the moment and mirrorless are probably as good...
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    is my light enough to grow HC Cuba?

    Sounds like a CO2 problem rather than a light problem. Plants need to transition from emersed to submerged seems your didn't make it through the transition. HC does not need that much light I have gown mine with just 2T8 over a juwel vision 180 Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
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    What deficiency is this in new nana and crypt leaves?

    You mention the ferts you add but not the amount Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
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    Rocks for black substrate

    Mini landscape or any other grey stone would be my suggestion as well Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
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    Impulse Aldi buy - propagator

    Anubias also come from emersed growth I believe so shouldn't be a problems either although it does seem to be one of those that people have troubles with in these kind of set-ups
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    Impulse Aldi buy - propagator

    Any fertilizer will work so I wouldn't worry too much at the end of the day they all are a mixture of nitrates and phosphates to variable degrees
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    Aquaticlife Halo Led

    I am not sure you aware that the deficit of reds on the Kessils only matter to you and not to the plants since they can adjust their pigment composition. Some people just don't like the colour they give but that is only for your viewing pleasure
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    Few questions about EI dosing

    The only problem I have with your approach is the 1:1:1 ratio. Although we can discuss the precise ratios, there is no doubt that plants need a lot more nitrate than they do phosphates. The reason why MgSO4 is so high is that you are using a salt constituted mainly of non Mg hence the need for...
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    Impulse Aldi buy - propagator

    Can't see any reason why it shouldn't work I am tempted myself :D
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    Options to mount grobeam 600 twin

    I am really tempted to just drop the LEDs and simply buy the all ponds solution 2 T5 luminaire which ends up working about the same price as the fittings for the grobeams. I do loose the ramp up/down options and the intensity control but to be fair just makes everything a lot easier
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    What is Aquascaping anyway?

    The use of reds plants it is basically the simplest way of creating contrast. If you ever studied color theory you will now this is the easiest way to focus attention on a spot. The problem is that complementary colour contrast can be quite harsh and look unnatural. As mentioned already color...
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    Options to mount grobeam 600 twin

    I knew you lot would have something I had missed. the ikea one is a great suggestion although probably a bit too much DIY for what I was looking but still useful to see how he suspended the lights with DIY fittings. Nelson the problem with that one is how to make it work with two times but less...
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    Options to mount grobeam 600 twin

    Not really an option as it is a rented house so unless I buy suspending bars that attach to the cabinet I don't think I have that option
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    Options to mount grobeam 600 twin

    Hi guys, I am planning to move my two TMC tiles to a 60cm tank and I am wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to mount this over the tank. The cheapest option I could find was using rim mount clips but apart from ugly it is also quite expensive for such a simple system since I need to spend...
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    The journey - 7 Months in

    Hi guys, Sorry for the lack of updates but have been through a bit of a nightmare with this one which finally seems to be in shape. After the new year I experienced a lot of melt due to variable CO2 which turned out to be a blown diffuser which I only found out when it collapsed emptying half...
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    How do you plan your Aquascapes

    I normally choose a style and then pick the stuff I need and just fiddle with it. Normally ends up being something quite different from the original idea
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    First low tech need some guidance

    Ok plants ordered ordered mainly Monte carlo but also a couple of pots of both lilaeposis and marsilea and parvula so will try a combination of them and see how it works. I also have loads of tenellus on my high tech so could move some over just not sure how it will cope with the change as it...
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    The mountain peak

    Thank you Dantrasy I think the photos make it look flatter than what it is but I was thinking about the plants today and also thought how visible they will be with Glosso around Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
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    New Bucephalandra & Free Postage

    Yes if you don't mind Dave I will be placing an order shortly (as soons as the missus decides on the plants) to fill the nano cube I bought at the weekend. Can you save me one Brownie brown
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    The mountain peak

    Since you asked for it. I actually think it works better just need a small stone closer to the big one where the wood was
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    New Bucephalandra & Free Postage

    Hi Dave do you know when you will mode of these in stock?
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    First low tech need some guidance

    That is really helpful Iain I will actually use the 9W CFL I bought on the weekend although it is only a 30L tank so may have a bit more of bite but is is still quite a deep tank.
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    The mountain peak

    Yes and no as I can keep changing my mind. At the moment I am thinking in keeping it more or less like a iwagumi but maybe add a few short stems on the left side and behind the rocks. I also know I want to play with grasses and glosso so I am thinking in either a bit of a mixed carpet or add...
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    First low tech need some guidance

    Thank you all for all the suggestion. I am thinking in doing a dry start on this one just need to find a heat mat so I can have a bit more of coverage by the time I fill it. The missus really likes the mini harigrass but I am trying to persuade her towards a better option. Lilaeopsis mauritania...
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    The mountain peak

    Seems we have a consensus of no wood so far I just hadn't have the guts to take it out after buying it and the right side looks a bit empty without it. Will remove it today and see how it will look Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
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    182l Optiwhite tank "Sherpas way home"

    Truly stunning indeed Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
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    The mountain peak

    Hi guys, After setting my first planted tank last September and have it growing for almost 7 months I have started to feel I will never be happy with it partially due to the tank itself. So I have decided to start converting that one to a no CO2 to reduce maintenance and get a smaller tank I...
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    First low tech need some guidance

    I thought about tenellus as I also have a tone on my current tank but it gets huge (about 20 cm for some of the older ones) so I am worried the same is gonna happen in low light Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
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    Aquascaping Workshop with George Farmer

    Sorry didn't saw you at all otherwise would have said something as after the wabi kusa seminar you are now a star. Hopefully you are right and we will get a chance to meet soon Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
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    First low tech need some guidance

    Good shout Neil I wasn't considering the option of moss. It may be a bit of a nightmare to try and make it fit perfectly between the rocks but otherwise don't seem any problem with it Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
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    First low tech need some guidance

    I have seen the carpet thread but had completely miss the DSM one thanks for pointing it to me. However I did not see any dwarf hairgrass carpet not it's smaller version so I am still wondering if it is possible at all. Thanks for the tip on the buces I had them as being the same true aquatics...
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    First low tech need some guidance

    Hi guys, I was I picked a dennerle nano cube 30L for the missus to play with as a shrimp tank. She wants it to be low maintenance so I am keeping low tech. The problems then starts that she wants to scape it as an "island" type setup with grass around some central rock and just a stem plant...
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    Aquascaping Workshop with George Farmer

    I will remember that for next time ;)
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    Aquascaping Workshop with George Farmer

    Hi everyone it was great indeed even if I ended up hurting the credit card a lot more than expected. And Nelson great to finally put the face on the name sorry I had to cut our talk short as Iain wanted to leave but we will hopefully have another chance soon. Will have to start journals on the...
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    Aquascaping Workshop with George Farmer

    Also looking forward to this hope to pick loads of hardscape Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
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    thinking of switching to UP inline diffuser

    I am also already on my third up after about 6 months. Can't say I am impressed. I bought a Jbl to test once this one decides to fail Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
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    Can I make my anubias rhyzome grow from the other end?

    You can normally tell by how old the leaves are and the old end is normally "square" while the growth side is round and as leaves attached to it. Hard to say without actually looking at it
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    is this bleach okay to use for cleaning diffusers

    Normally just leave on a solution of 50/50 water/bleach for a couple of hours. Then rinse it will and leaving it soaking in water and prime for another hour or so until you can no longer detect the bleach smell Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
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    is this bleach okay to use for cleaning diffusers

    The one you list is the non scented one but they also one that is scented at the same price so I was just trying to avoid you pick the wrong one if you go to the shop Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
  77. Bacms

    is this bleach okay to use for cleaning diffusers

    That is the one I use. Make sure you don't pick the scented version or the thick one Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
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    Can I make my anubias rhyzome grow from the other end?

    Zozo sorry to disagree with you but the direction of growth has nothing to do with physical pressure. The cells at the tip of a stem are different from the others below it. You can search for meristem to find more about it. There is also a strong gradient of hormones between the top of the stem...
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    Can I make my anubias rhyzome grow from the other end?

    Unfortunately the answer it is no, as the side that is growing is the "embryonic" active one. However you could just detach it and flip it around if possible
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    Activated carbon and BOD

    The answer to your question is no as BOD is proportional to the amount of organic material the aerobic microorganisms in your tank need to be able to decompose that material. Activated carbon does not provide oxygen so as no impact on this at all. I believe your question is whether the activated...
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    Litres vs KG

    They also are more expensive though so keep them in mind. And you are not paying for a refill you basically just swap it for a full cylinder
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    Litres vs KG

    Their 60L refers to the amount of soda you can produce with a single of their bottles. In reality the each refill corresponds to 425g of CO2 so it is less than a 1/4 of a 2Kg fire extinguisher
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    Thank you UKAPS

    Thank you everyone as a recent member of the forum this was certainly one of the highlights of the year. I also took a lot of photos during the day and made them available on a public album on facebook, I still to recall there was a thread for that sort of thing but I can longer finde it. In any...
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    Honest opinion?

    I don't mind too much although I do think your tank is too symmetrical at the moment which makes it look a bit unnatural. If it was mine I would probably just move that to the left side right in between the two reds. But again it is your tank so if you like I wouldn't change it
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    hygrophila pinnatifida problem

    Hi guys, I am about to loose this plant as it was growing like crazy but amount a month started to developed some sort of deficiency. I have searched on-line and came up with potassium deficiency being the most likely so upped the doses of macros on my EI regime. However the problem continues...
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    The journey - 7 Months in

    this: http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/pseudomugil-furcatus/
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    The journey - 7 Months in

    Hi guys, Sorry for the lack of updates. I am starting to have all sorts of problems. My CO2 bubble rate is having problems causing variable CO2 which I have only noticed after after all the bonsai was floating on the top of the tank due to melting at the stem base. In addition my hygrophila...
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    Aquascaping Workshop with George Farmer

    This should be easy to get to so you shall receive my email very soon Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
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    Disobedience II (temporary name)

    Really like the wood in this one Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
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    help with ei dosing

    I wouldn't recommend this calculator because they have decided to drop the MgSO4 option since their starter kit is now design around you matching whatever hardness you want from RO. This is stupid and obviously a commercial decision that makes no sense whatsoever
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    help with ei dosing

    EI is neither better or worst than any other fertiliser regime. It has some advantages mainly being simpler to maintain and simplifies trying to find out whether you have enough off a certain nutrient. The main disadvantage is that it requires large, normally at least 50%, once a week. The...
  92. Bacms

    Comple active substrate choice

    I would look at tropica soil as well. Good size particles, black, no ammonia, lowers pH and kH and best of all it is great for plants Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
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    Rainbow with big white spot on belly

    The best I can do photowise
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    Rainbow with big white spot on belly

    Just noticed this morning one of my red laser rainbows is doing poorly. Seems to show signs of clamped fins and has a big white spot on it's belly. Can't really see any other spots so not sure whether it is white sport. Also a slightly raised scales. Can't really get a good photo of it...
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    Quad Odyssea t5HO light unit enough light to carpet different plants

    It depends on the plant and whether they are submerged or emersed. But I would say about a week you should start to see roots
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    My amanos have disapeared

    I am only surprised I am not finding any bodies. I did manage to spot 2 last nights when lights were out but the numbers have definitely decreased from the 20 I introduced and that were visible most of the time. My guessing is there was some problem as even the fish were less active on Saturday...
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    Quad Odyssea t5HO light unit enough light to carpet different plants

    That is definitely on the overkill camp of lighting for any tank. Be aware that is really hard to keep a tank stable with that much lighting and your plants will need really high supply of CO2 and ferts to keep in shape. You could most likely be fine with 2 or 3.
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    My amanos have disapeared

    I used to see them all the time which is the reason I am surprised and they normally hang around when I add some courgette. But in the past 2 or three they simply seem to have disappeared at first I thought they were just hiding in the plants since tank is now a bit of a jungle but couldn't spot...
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    My amanos have disapeared

    Hi guys, Feeling a bit down at the moment. Just did the weekly water change and confirmed by suspicions that all the amanos have disappeared from my tank. Only explanation I can find is them dying but shouldn't I find their bodies if this was the case? Tank is stable and they have been on it...
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