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  1. Samjpikey

    Gravel under soil

    No reason what's so ever... the gravel is heavier so shouldnt have a problem with the soil sinking below. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    40 liter

    Cheers pal... I enjoy having a small tank. Everything seems easier [emoji106] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    40 liter

    Haha I was married and I've been single for over two years now.... so no rush for me in that department [emoji12] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    40 liter

    This is a very good question ..... My excuse is that I'm still learning and with a small tank maintenance and water changes are quicker/easier. I don't want to go back onto a larger tank untill I'm fully confident it will be successful. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    40 liter

    Ahh when your single and have a chill zone [emoji41] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    40 liter

    I've used fishing line and it's held on with small spots of superglue, seems to work well but think I need a bit more as I had a mountain minnow trapped inside. Maybe super glue will secure the lume bands ?? Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    40 liter

    It's ok I've gone down the fishing line route [emoji106] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    40 liter

    Planted some more eleocharis sp min today [emoji108][emoji108] Any tips for what to put in the top of the ehiem skim to stop fish getting sucked in ? I have stainless mesh but seems to heavy. Cheers Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    40 liter

    So after coming back from alicante to a major fail of my tank I turfed it all out and 're scaped. Happier with this than the last. Also The kessil is much more powerful than I thought, now on about 20%. Look forward to adding some inhabitants [emoji108] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    Critique my aquascape 3 months old aquascape

    Looks awesome .... great skills Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    60p - Agent Orange AKA 'Roof on Fire'

    Looks awesome ... I can imagine that it will look on the money once fully grown in [emoji106] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    First Planted tank

    I wouldn't worry to much about it , it's probably just oxygen from when you filled the tank.... I had the same last week. Cheers Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    Lubricating Eheim O rings and gaskets with ?

    Hi. Silicone spray is perfect. I use it at work for all kinds of gaskets and also the gaskets on my filters. It also works well when slipping the filter hoses onto glass Lilly pipes and even co2 diffusers. Cheers Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    40 liter

    Hi. Still 8 drops from each bottle, So yea I guess that's just the level once the drops are added. I tested again this morning after reading your post and it's exactly the same [emoji4] Cheers Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    40 liter

    Few pics from 7 days after flooding, not the best quality but taken from my Samsung. Noticed the eleocharis was melting and turning yellow (i believe is common when transitioning) and the Monte Carlo was melting in a couple places over the weekend. Drop checker has been in the yellow and ph...
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    The barns regulator, any reviews?

    Hi I've had 2 barns co2 regulators and one was horrendous and the other was 'ok', I found he needle valve was a pain in the butt to fine tune alongside fluctuating my co2 levels/output. Maybe I was just unlucky but I find with Chinese gear that it's either hit or miss, if it was me I would pay...
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    Uwagumi 60L

    Ahhh ok cool .... sorry I can't really tell from the pic [emoji16] Hope all is going well with the tank Cheers Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    Uwagumi 60L

    Hi If I was you I would try to see if you can position the co2 diffuser in or under the direct flow from that spacer bar and also if possible try to extend the spacer bar so it runs the full length of the tank. Doing both of these will help co2/flow and distribution [emoji16] Sent from my...
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    Return of the Shallow

    This is great Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    River Reef 90ltrs

    Lush and healthy by the looks of it [emoji106] Ps....if there's any cuttings off that moss [emoji6] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    ph testing

    No probs .... I actually got another one in the post today. I'd definitely recommend one Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    ph testing

    Hi. I have a ph pen... exactly the same as in the link you've given. They seem todo the job. Worth having one for £5 Cheers Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    Co2Art working pressure too high?!

    I have a spare solenoid valve if you want it. Just cover postage and it's yours Can post a pic if you'd like Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    40 liter

    So did a quick ammonia test and it seems there is little ammonia in the water depending how accurate those api tests Are! I don't think that's not bad at all after a 15 day dry start! Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    Co2Art working pressure too high?!

    I think my co2 art reg is running at just over 3 bar not 5 but I could have sworn it was 5 last night. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    Correct ei dosing calculator

    I wouldn't w Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    Co2Art working pressure too high?!

    Hi my co2 art reg has the exact same working pressure as yours. There's no issue with the solenoid however I haven't used mine for 2 years up untill last night where I had a few teething problems with setting the needle valve/bubble count.... but seems ok now. It's running an up inline atomiser...
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    40 liter

    Yea man me too [emoji106] Nice solid routine, fine tuning and hopefully will be nicely grown in by the end of the year! Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    40 liter

    Managed to flood my tank this evening, although everything seemed to go wrong and I'm no sure if my reg/needle valve is working correctly...but I'm well chuffed with the denerelle heater as you can barely see it ! Lights are on 40% ... hoping all goes well ! Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    40 liter

    Just waiting for this heater to arrive then I shall be filling. Hopefully it will do the job! Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    Critique my hardscape New 5ft Scape

    I think it looks alot better than it did... definitely more natural to the eye Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    40 liter

    10 days into DSM ..... 10 more days to go before I [emoji474]‍♂️[emoji474]‍♂️[emoji474]‍♂️ Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    Hanging Rock - 45p Iwagumi

    Cool looking scape you have there [emoji108][emoji108] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    Replacing ADA Soil

    I could be wrong but isn't ada soil a productive CEC substrate ? Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    40 liter

    Wide eyes Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    40 liter

    Yay .... love the glass Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    40 liter

    Few close ups of some Monte Carlo And staurogyne repens in my current dsm.... not the best in the world but I still find them Interesting! Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    40 liter

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    James ADA 60p Iwagumi Journal

    I made that error once before ..... had a load of melt and algea after a dry start. I didn't have any patience at the time and hacked it all away I do have another dry start under way now though. But I enjoyed reading through this journal.... gave me confidence the next time I have a serious...
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    James ADA 60p Iwagumi Journal

    Awesome come back from the algea invasion, High maintenance and patience seemed to pay off nicely. Great journal, as said above this will look ace once fully grown in [emoji106] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    Return of the Shallow

    Great looking tank there. When you say you've pinched out the tops of the staurogyne repens do you literally take the top off ? Do you replant these tops ? Cheers Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    River Reef 90ltrs

    Looks awesome ! I like it ... lots of plants All doing well.. perfect [emoji106] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    INLINE OR INTANK co2 diffuser

    Hi. Thanks for the input... Very much appreciated. I already have a small neo in tank diffuser and I already have an up inline diffuser. However I'm steering towards the neo but I've never used an in tank ceramic diffuser so not sure which is more efficient in all aspects. Cheers Sent...
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    INLINE OR INTANK co2 diffuser

    Cool thanks for the replys guys . I'm stuck between using an up Inline diffuser or an in tank neo diffuser. I've never used an intank diffuser so not sure how well they Work, the tank it will be used on is only small so I'm guessing that it could be quite effective . I don't mind them in the...
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    INLINE OR INTANK co2 diffuser

    I know this has probably been posted many of times. But ...... As of today who uses what and why ? The reason for me asking is because I'm currently on a dsm and when it comes to it, I can use either way of diffusing the co2 .... need some inspiration. Cheers [emoji4] Sent from my SM-G950F...
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    Deansie's Ada 45-P Iwagumi

    I like this journal .... I'll be keeping a close eye [emoji16] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    Aquascaping Workshop @ A Casa dos Discus 06/04/2017 (PORTUGAL)

    Very nice scape .... looks so natural. Dave.... do you not find that you get large ish bubbles amongst the mist? I bought a neo diffuser from aquarium gardens but not sure if it will be more efficient to an up inline ? Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    River reef 90ltrs

    That's some healthy growth [emoji108] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    40 liter

    Added a black background today. I'm guessing it will become more effective once it's planted and as for planting and trimming stems to the shape of those rocks .... that's a good piece of advice [emoji106] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    40 liter

    Soooooo after a long winded two years of not having a tank set up due to personal reasons .... I've now got a project under way. Bought myself a few new little bits but still using the same tank. Had a little play last night and this is what I have come up with it. Posting for some...
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    Stones in cube | 30x30x30 cm | 27L

    Love this.... good skills [emoji108] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    Andys 60l cube

    Sweet . Mine seems to take a lifetime to grow but I've had a few times here and there when the light has been off for over a week and then a lack of water changes. But I'm determined to keep a routine now [emoji16][emoji16][emoji16] Would you like some queen moss ?
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    Andys 60l cube

    That's awesome ^^^^[emoji6][emoji6] Nice carpet
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    Andys 60l cube

    Can't see no pic dude
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    40 liter

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    Dan and Andy's crypt

    I always like tanks like this rather then generic aquascapes filled with one plant and a rock , much more exciting and also the plants look very healthy :)
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    40 liter

    I had a very very quick mock up of some LED back lighting , Placed behind the tank and it looks effective . When I get some spare time I will rig something proper up but I think this could go down well , I have warm white , day white , cold white and royal blue LEDs so I could have a few...
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    Castle Crag

    Loving this . Good job
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    Andys 60l cube

    Nice , look forward to see what you do :) I'm going to give back lighting a go :) Have you got any fish in this yet ? How you finding the glass spraybar ??
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    Andys 60l cube

    Looking sweet
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    40 liter

    What do you guys think of the black background ??
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    40 liter

    Cheers for the heads up though , I will keep an eye on that now :)
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    40 liter

    Ahh ok . I didn't think I have been adding enough. Ph only drops from 6.7-5.6 and drop checker just about hits lime green ( water is very soft ) If you do a basic search online for cherry rasorbas/tetra/barb the red gills look fairly common on the females .
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    40 liter

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    Glass lid and light

    You could always use a piece of self cleaning glass for a glass lid , this should stop the condensation to a certain degree , as it will have a special coating in which water doesn't like to 'adhere' to , a bit like if you were to spray a surface with silicone spray . Just a thought
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    40 liter

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    Can We use this led bulb

    Here's a nice shot :) Yea it's not too bad , pleased with the lighting though as it's fully dimmable ( LEDs) I would never use non-dimmable lighting again :) I keep raising the intensity every week , only a little but it widens the threshold :)
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    Can We use this led bulb

    Trailing edge dimmer switch £9.99 :) I use it with these £3.00 a bulb
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    My Wabi kusa journey

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    40 liter

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    DIY led fixture nano tanks

    I have also built an led light using 1watt bridelux LEDs on starboard, soldering , heatsink and meanwell driver etc. I had 28 x1 watt LEDs over my 125 liter and it was just to much . If you do go down that route then I defiantly recommend getting a driver that is dimmable. Cheers
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    Amano dead after 4 days

    I feed mine cucumber and courgette , otherwise they feed on stuff in the tank , I would get at least 2 more , if nothing else is effecting the tank . Obviously that's your call :)
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    Amano dead after 4 days

    Ottos prefer to be in a shoal , so maybe he is unhappy , I have 5 in my 40 litre and they swim all over the place especially during peak co2
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    Amano dead after 4 days

    That's a really high dose of excel for a 40 litre. Did you do a water changed since adding the excell ? How are you diffusing the co2 ? When I nearly gassed my ottos in my 40 litre it showed symptoms like yours . Was the drop checker in the yellow ?
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    DIY led fixture nano tanks

    Use gu10 LEDs , Cheap , and easy to set up . I have mine running through a trailing edge dimmer switch The dimmable bulbs cost £3.00 each . The dimmer cost £9 The bulbs are gu10 LEDs 3x4 watt 7000k 60 degree lenses. Hope this helps
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    40 liter

    2 quick pictures from just now :)
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    Rena Smart Heaters - HUGE SALE

    What's the dimensions of the 50 watt ?
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    Tds/ro tap water

    Yep I'm adding a dechlorinator without fail , always have but no I'm also going to start letting the water stand for 24hrs before. Not sure of the tap ph after 24 hrs , I will see what the is . The tanks ph is 6.4 and drops to around 5.4 after co2 . Cheers
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    Tds/ro tap water

    Yep I did tell him and he said gh 0-5 I've just tested my tank water ,water change was yesterday Tds 146 Gh 4 Kh 2 Also tested the tap water again Tds 66 Gh 3 Kh 2
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    Andys 60l cube

    Ahhhh noooo , savage dude , Don't worry about the pics , Get yourself sorted ..... :)
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    Tds/ro tap water

    Ideally what parameters do we need to keep crs ? A shrimp breeder told me to try lower my gh for crs :/
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    Tds/ro tap water

    Shrimp minerals to do what exactly ??
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    Tds/ro tap water

    Well that answers my question really :) Will mg raise gh ?
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    Tds/ro tap water

    Hi guys . I've never really kept 'designer' shrimp before so Im in need of some opinions please. My tap water has a tds of 66 , kh of 2 and gh of 3. I live in Devon and the water is nice and soft :) Is it really worth me messing with ro water ? I tested my water at the end of the week before...
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    My Wabi kusa journey

    That looks Awesomes :) They do look great and add a great addition to evening lighting .
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    My Wabi kusa journey

    The previous wabi kusa overgrew and went mad then dried out and died when I was holiday hahaha :( So here's a new one :)
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    40 liter

    The sp mini arrived today from eBay seller underwatergarden , good quality and good amount for £3.99 posted .
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    40 liter

    It's getting there , been a lot of growth recently and planting some eleocharis sp mini in the foreground , so should be good once it all grows in :)
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    40 liter

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    40 liter

    The spray bar is already a little short so there is room but it's more convenient where it is already , would be handy if I can get away with it . It's on a timer, only runs for 15 mins at a time every few hours or so . Wasn't sure if that would have a negative effect on things .
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    40 liter

    Hey guys I've just stuck a temporary spay bar along the back to see if the distribution is better , but I'm worried that my ehiem skim will have a conflict with the main flow What are your thoughts ?? ,
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    Eheim skim350 fix - no more death trap

    Came up with this idea , it's not rocket science but thought I would share , probably has already been discussed ... I've cut my sponge in half and I've wedged it in the top skimmer part by the bottom (the remove able part) , I've done this because I can now easily clean or swap out the sponge...
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    Small nano?? heater

    Ideal cheers guys will check that out
  94. Samjpikey

    40 liter

    Day shot at lights on And a shot right now
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    40 liter

    Cheers , looks great but WILL look better . :) The plants are the healthiest I've ever had, I think I've always gone over kill with lighting .
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    40 liter

    Yea that's what I want a small self sustained family of shrimp :) It took a major bk seat for me also but I'm glad I'm bk on it :)
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    Small nano?? heater

    Hey guys . Looking for a small and tidy heater for a 40litre . I've got glass in and out so it can't be too obtrusive . Just need some input , Someone probably knows something I don't and can point me where to get one ;) Not keen on an inline ext heater. Cheers
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    40 liter

    Not forgetting some nice shrimpies , I need shrimp
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    40 liter

    I'm hoping it will look better once it fills out abit and I can get some better shots with a decent camera. Also maybe add some a red plant inbetween the ferns at the bk . The wife did turn the whole thing off at the switch ( it was in a bad way ) That's when I needed to sort it , but I'm...
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    40 liter

    The fissedens was swallowed in green hair algae up untill last week , but it's now completely gone and looks sweet :) But takes forever to grow
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