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  1. skinz180189

    Battling with Hair Algae

    It's a thin green hair type of algae. This tank has more & better flow than my previous 2, I know flow is getting there as the moss grows quite quickly to say it's only 1wpg, and you can see waste in suspension and moving in that area. I'm reluctant to go pressurised just yet, as I'm doing...
  2. skinz180189

    Battling with Hair Algae

    Had Hair algae growing in my Java moss for a few months now, and I can't seem to kill it off. I've tried reducing lighting periods (I'm only 1wpg anyway) and nutrients, and I'm still dosing liquid CO2. I've never had this problem before, it seems to be something unique to my 120l. None of my...
  3. skinz180189

    Slapdash - 120l

    Tank seems to be growing quite nicely... Having a battle in the moss with hair algae, so have lowered the ferts a bit to try and combat that. Also the snail population are decimating my plants. Tank is now home to 6 Dwarf Rainbows, 2 Three Spot Gouramis, A Bristlenose & Albino Bristlenose...
  4. skinz180189

    Noisy Tetratec EX1200 doing my head in

    Already on it. Poor customer service though. Won't be buying a tetratec again.
  5. skinz180189

    Noisy Tetratec EX1200 doing my head in

    Nearly a month later, it's still not even arrived.
  6. skinz180189

    Noisy Tetratec EX1200 doing my head in

    Getting a new filter head under warranty, will see if that solves it.
  7. skinz180189

    Noisy Tetratec EX1200 doing my head in

    For the past few weeks now, I've been running a brand spanking TetraTec EX1200 I've had in the loft for over a year. The water's lovely & clear, but blahblahblahblah me is the filter noisy. I can shake it as much as I like but it doesn't get quieter. I've put a towel on the floor and wrapped a towel around...
  8. skinz180189

    Slapdash - 120l

    It grew like a weed in the old tank :)
  9. skinz180189

    Adding more lighting to a Rekord 120

    I dose liquid CO2, might step up to pressurised one day. I'm not bothered for a super quick growing tank, just want nice luscious plants. Don't have the time to be trimming plants every few days. Link's in my signature anyway.
  10. skinz180189

    Slapdash - 120l

    Well it's too loud to sleep with anyway, can be heard from a good few metres away very clearly. I'd contact them but I've had it sat in the loft a year waiting to be used.
  11. skinz180189

    Adding more lighting to a Rekord 120

    Wanting to up the lighting in my Rekord 120. There's currently just the one big long tube in there as standard, which is a 30w Juwel "Daylight" Tube. This gives me 1wpg. Now, I'd like to increase it to at least 2 wpg to give my plants better chance of surviving, as I feel light (or lack of) is...
  12. skinz180189

    Skinz180189's 60L Budget Tropical Tank *Now Planted!* (56K)

    Re: Skinz180189's 60L Budget Tropical Tank *Now Planted!* (5 This tank no longer exists, it's been morphed into my 120l... viewtopic.php?f=35&t=13595
  13. skinz180189

    Slapdash - 120l

    I've finally stepped up from my old 60l into a Juwel Rekord 120 I've had sat in the garage for a year. Basically, I transferred what was left of the 60l into the 120l. Slapdash is the name as there's no real thought or aquascaping, just want a natural looking and relatively carefree tank. So...
  14. skinz180189

    Urgent: Hagen Elite 60 Hood Lighting Failure

    Araldite will hold them no problem.
  15. skinz180189

    Urgent: Hagen Elite 60 Hood Lighting Failure

    I'm currently car less so can't get to Ferry unfortunately. What about those things Clonitza linked me to? Just a case of finding a place to mount the light and plug it in?
  16. skinz180189

    Urgent: Hagen Elite 60 Hood Lighting Failure

    I'd prefer to have a hood TBH, I've done the open topped aquarium thing. Hagen will replace it, but I need my proof of purchase, which I can't find. Looks like I need to fix this somehow.
  17. skinz180189

    Urgent: Hagen Elite 60 Hood Lighting Failure

    I can wait, don't know how the fish/plants will cope with only daylight mind! 11w is a big drop down from 15 in the 60 though.
  18. skinz180189

    Urgent: Hagen Elite 60 Hood Lighting Failure

    How would that work then? Electrics are far from my strong point, I'm a mechanical minded person.
  19. skinz180189

    Urgent: Hagen Elite 60 Hood Lighting Failure

    Maybe there's no starter to replace?
  20. skinz180189

    Urgent: Hagen Elite 60 Hood Lighting Failure

    There's nothing to see. Just a slot for a T8 bulb, and a flap. Everything is hidden in sealed plastic.
  21. skinz180189

    Urgent: Hagen Elite 60 Hood Lighting Failure

    Can only find them for the Juwel and it's still not that cheap.
  22. skinz180189

    Urgent: Hagen Elite 60 Hood Lighting Failure

    Mine's over a year old now, so will be out of warranty if my memory serves me right. I don't particularly want to fork out £50+ on something I was meant to be getting rid of soon for the larger tank sat in the garage!
  23. skinz180189

    Urgent: Hagen Elite 60 Hood Lighting Failure

    £50 for the 35 litre. Damn, that's a stupid price. Can almost get the whole setup again for that.
  24. skinz180189

    Urgent: Hagen Elite 60 Hood Lighting Failure

    LFS says Hagen don't list them as a stock item. Rang Hagen, got fobbed off to a bloody answer phone, told to press a number to return to the operator, did that and it hung up. What a crock of blahblahblahblah.
  25. skinz180189

    Urgent: Hagen Elite 60 Hood Lighting Failure

    They list everything bar the lid on their site. Don't know what to do about lighting the tank either for the next X days it takes to sort. I've no spare unit, no lamps or anything like that.
  26. skinz180189

    Urgent: Hagen Elite 60 Hood Lighting Failure

    It's broke again. I can't see a starter to replace, plus the unit is all sealed. New unit time?
  27. skinz180189

    Urgent: Hagen Elite 60 Hood Lighting Failure

    I've fixed it.
  28. skinz180189

    Urgent: Hagen Elite 60 Hood Lighting Failure

    Bulb was flickering, so tried a new bulb. Nothing. Old bulb in, nothing again, no light, no buzzing, nothing. I can't see a starter, and the whole unit is sealed. I can't find a replacement hood unit on their site, so do they even do them? This is quite an issue, as my tank now has no lighting.
  29. skinz180189

    Chucking some goldfish food in for tropicals?

    Ok cheers folks
  30. skinz180189

    Chucking some goldfish food in for tropicals?

    Bare with me on this one before laughing. My sister's goldfish died recently, and I'd only just bought it a new tub of food. It seems a waste to just bin it (she doesn't want another fish), so would the tropicals be fine to eat it alongside their usual foodstuffs?
  31. skinz180189

    Leaves yellowing and pinholes

    Today's the first day of using the KNO3 solution I made up. Used 50g of a 900g bag, I think that'll last a long time!
  32. skinz180189

    Leaves yellowing and pinholes

    It's easier to remember for me to dose 5ml of solution as it's the same figure I use for the TPN :)
  33. skinz180189

    Leaves yellowing and pinholes

    Not according to that calculator, 5ml of a 50g into 500ml solution, in 60 litres of water makes the correct PPM.
  34. skinz180189

    Leaves yellowing and pinholes

    Right, so for my 60l tank If I add 50g of Potassium Nitrate to 500ml of Water I will get 5ppm of Nitrate and 3ppm of Potassium, per 5ml of dose. How often should I dose that, twice weekly on top of a twice weekly dose of TPN+? Is it worth trying the Liquid Co2 again as well?
  35. skinz180189

    Leaves yellowing and pinholes

    How would I know I'm getting *ppm of each? Is there a long winded equation or something?
  36. skinz180189

    Leaves yellowing and pinholes

    I don't think that's wise, far too many fry in there to start dropping water changes right down. Plus it might kill the Otos off. That tank's been grown a good 6 months, now it's a really recent issue at this scale.
  37. skinz180189

    Leaves yellowing and pinholes

    Weekly change of 10-12litres in a 60l so around a 20% change at most. I do have some liquid CO2, but I never saw any growth improvements with that before. TPN+ doesn't contain Potassium does it?
  38. skinz180189

    Leaves yellowing and pinholes

    I love talking to myself, seems to happen a lot in my question threads.
  39. skinz180189

    Leaves yellowing and pinholes

    Just noticed a lot of the plants are yellowing and the leaves are holing. There's always been a few leaves doing it, but never to this extent. All I dose is Tropica Plant Nutrition+ Weekly as per the bottle, low light (1wpg), No CO2. Any ideas?
  40. skinz180189

    Cichlids - Could they eat a blue lobster?

    All I know about the Cichlids is they are Malawis. Not sure how big the lobster is/was lol.
  41. skinz180189

    Cichlids - Could they eat a blue lobster?

    As per title really. There's a kid at work who tells me so much BS it's unreal, so I don't know when he speaketh the truth. He reckons he bought a blue lobster, and within a few days his Cichlids had eaten it. Plausible?
  42. skinz180189

    320l Discus tank, becoming planted !

    What an awesome tank. I'd be very proud to own this.
  43. skinz180189

    Silver Lining - Alex's 96l (Planted)

    Love the simplicity of this tank.
  44. skinz180189

    Skinz180189's 60L Budget Tropical Tank *Now Planted!* (56K)

    Tank as it is now, will need a trim with this week's water change... Sorry about the image quality, photobucket sucks. Down to 2 adult mollies and 1 adult guppy now. They haven't lasted me that long, I had the water tested and it was fine, so they must have been old or a crap stock of fish...
  45. skinz180189

    Skinz180189's Old 40L Planted Breeder - No Longer Running

    Re: Skinz180189's 40L Planted Breeder The tank is no more. Trying to salvage the amazon swords but they have been chewed up pretty badly. The vallis I'm not bothered about, chucked it all in the garden recycling bin.
  46. skinz180189

    JBL Filter Bargain

    Mine cost me £80 a few weeks back :(
  47. skinz180189

    Skinz180189's Old 40L Planted Breeder - No Longer Running

    Re: Skinz180189's 40L Planted Breeder As of tomorrow, this tank will be torn down. Have relocated the 2 Otocinclus into my 60 litre, which will all be moved into the Rekord 120 when I get that set up.
  48. skinz180189

    Rekord 120 DIY Tank Stand - Progress Thread

    Well it makes a good finish on smooth metal, and the surface of MDF is fairly smooth so all should be well. Will cost a fortune all that spraypaint mind lol.
  49. skinz180189

    Rekord 120 DIY Tank Stand - Progress Thread

    I'm an engineer in training James, and I like to know things are built well ;). I'm not sure, I want a sleek modern finish to match my room, which has glossy white furniture, light laminate flooring, and brushed metals. I'd love an ADA style finish, but I doubt I can afford a nice laminate. Will...
  50. skinz180189

    Rekord 120 DIY Tank Stand - Progress Thread

    Latest progress.... That's just a dry run mind, no screws lol. This is where I really am progress wise... So that's 4 screw strips fixed to the base and one corner built.
  51. skinz180189

    'joining' filters

    I was thinking along the lines of my first post in here, in which I mentioned it would need to be a larger bore spraybar :)
  52. skinz180189

    Rekord 120 DIY Tank Stand - Progress Thread

    Well progress is halted after 30 minutes today, my borrowed cordless screwdriver has already run out of power :roll:, struggling to screw through 3 inch of wood. So tomorrow I'll get one of my drill bits from work, and drill holes for the screws to follow, should make life easier for the feeble...
  53. skinz180189

    'joining' filters

    Can you not plumb both outlet into one long spray bar using a Y connector?
  54. skinz180189

    'joining' filters

    I don't see why it would stress the pumps anymore, although with twice the volume of water trying to get in there, the pressure of water leaving the spraybar will increase. You could combat this by using larger bore spraybar/hosing/bigger holes in the spray bar.
  55. skinz180189

    Rekord 120 DIY Tank Stand - Progress Thread

    I've recently acquired myself a Rekord 120, to merge both the 60 and 40 Litre fishtanks into. It came with a cheap metal stand, that there is no way I'm using on laminate flooring. The cross section of the feet is so small that with 120-150kg on it, it would punch straight through the flooring...
  56. skinz180189

    Options? External Filter 100-150L tanks

    I ended up stretching the budget and getting the EX1200, seems a lovely piece of kit. Can't wait to get the tank stand built, tank set up and running to see what it's like.
  57. skinz180189

    Options? External Filter 100-150L tanks

    Anybody have anything to say on the filters search or am I just talking to myself?
  58. skinz180189

    Options? External Filter 100-150L tanks

    Anybody used one of these? http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/EXTERNAL-FILTER-4 ... 1607wt_941
  59. skinz180189

    Options? External Filter 100-150L tanks

    Right. I've got a Rekord 120 now. I have one recommendation, the Aqua One Aquis 1200. I know I'm looking for around 1200lph, anybody got any more recommendations close to the budget? (can be new or 2nd hand)
  60. skinz180189

    Transferring existing setups into a new tank

    Just curious how you guys go about transferring an existing setup into another tank? I'm going to be transferring fish and other aspects of the setup (plants,decor,substrates) into a larger tank. I will be using an external filter this time instead of internals. I don't have the space to let...
  61. skinz180189

    Rekord 120 built in filter

    Cheers Nick. The tank I've been offered still has the internal filter/heater, the silicone has been removed for easy cleaning though. TBH I think I'll go external anyway, was just interested how good this filter is. Can always flog it along and get a bit of money back.
  62. skinz180189

    Rekord 120 built in filter

    Just a quick one, how good is the internal filter that comes as standard in the Juwel Rekord 120? Can't find much information about it.
  63. skinz180189

    Options? External Filter 100-150L tanks

    Might be getting a 96Litre tank, if that affects any recommendations?
  64. skinz180189

    Red "Blob: hanging off tail fin - Guppy

    Well the females seem to be dying of vitamin deficiency after pregnancy, despite me feeding them all sorts of different foods to try & stop it. This male is the first male to die. I don't know where this infection could have come from though, I haven't introduced any fish for months now, and I...
  65. skinz180189

    Red "Blob: hanging off tail fin - Guppy

    It's died. Guppies are dropping like flies at the moment :?
  66. skinz180189

    Red "Blob: hanging off tail fin - Guppy

    Will try tomorrow. Lights are out now & it was hiding in all the Wisteria.
  67. skinz180189

    Santa Pod RWYB 18/10/2009

    Cheers. I kept shivering whilst panning, causing a wave motion rather than a smooth turn, so most were blurred!
  68. skinz180189

    Santa Pod RWYB 18/10/2009

    Pick of the bunch from Santa Pod RWYB 18/10/2009. Took about 40 pics, most were blurred lol. Really struggled panning with cold hands, made a rookie error there. As I went with a mate & his friends from IbizaOC, I got asked by Spitfire Performance (who he is a friend of) for a...
  69. skinz180189

    Red "Blob: hanging off tail fin - Guppy

    One of the male guppy's has a red "blob" hanging from it's tail fin. The end of the fin also looks darker too. Any ideas?
  70. skinz180189

    Red Crabs

    That sucks then.
  71. skinz180189

    Red Crabs

    Read a few differing articles about these. My LFS has some, and so does a friend at work. My friend says his isn't aggressive, and just prunes the odd plant now and again whilst sitting on top of the filter. But I've read they destroy planted tanks and are aggressive to long finned and small...
  72. skinz180189

    Options? External Filter 100-150L tanks

    Right lets get this thread back on the right track, any more filter options?
  73. skinz180189

    Fish Illness ID needed...

    I feed them a variety of live/processed & natural foods. It's not like I can give them orange for Vit C lol, anything I can use?
  74. skinz180189

    Options? External Filter 100-150L tanks

    I don't need to trim it every week, bar the odd dead leaf. I give the glass a scrape, give the gravel a good vacuuming, knock all the rubbish out from the plants and syphon it up, strip the filter down and clean it all out, clean the heater weekly and give the inside of the hood a clean every...
  75. skinz180189

    Options? External Filter 100-150L tanks

    I can't commit to a High Maintenance unfortunately, particularly when at least 3 months a year solid I have to work 12 days, 2 off, 12 nights, 2 off in that sequence for 10.5hr shifts, plus other commitments too :(
  76. skinz180189

    Options? External Filter 100-150L tanks

    AH, but i'm staying away from CO2 injection so that's a lot of the work gone right there :)
  77. skinz180189

    Options? External Filter 100-150L tanks

    WHAT! Takes me about 45 minutes at most in the 60cm for a 50% water change and a trim up. I'm going to be staying low light/ferts and maybe liquid CO2 with this, and it's a fairly steady growing tank bar the wisteria.
  78. skinz180189

    Options? External Filter 100-150L tanks

    3 foot isn't much of a difference from my 2ft 60L though. I really would like to double the 60L in size as I plan to scrap the 60 & 40L altogether. Plus a 4 foot would fit just nicely where my 60L is lol.
  79. skinz180189

    Options? External Filter 100-150L tanks

    I'm looking for a 100-150 litre tank, and want to get some ideas for filtration whilst on the look out for a tank. This time I want to go external filter, it needs to be quiet as it's in my bedroom, and reasonably cheap. I'd like to spend no more than £50/60 if possible (don't mind second hand...
  80. skinz180189

    Fish Illness ID needed...

    This fish died a few days after this thread was started, as did another female guppy of unknown causes. I think they may be either getting old or just too stressed from pregnancy/male harassment.
  81. skinz180189

    Fish Illness ID needed...

    Not much meat on it for a Sarni. Guess I'll have to humanely put it out of it's misery.
  82. skinz180189

    Fish Illness ID needed...

    Had it a few months. It's only just started to look that way, and seems quite "lazy" now.
  83. skinz180189

    Fish Illness ID needed...

    Any ideas? It's spine seems arched.
  84. skinz180189

    8l mini mountain scape

    Really really like the scape. Want to rescape my 40l for me? lol.
  85. skinz180189

    Skinz180189's Old 40L Planted Breeder - No Longer Running

    Re: Skinz180189's 40L Planted Breeder Update time. Well, back down to 2 otos. Never found the body of the 3rd one, which I still find peculiar. Been dosing easycarbo, and quite frankly it has not helped in any bit (not been using the airstone before people say it.) The crypt is down to roots...
  86. skinz180189

    Skinz180189's 60L Budget Tropical Tank *Now Planted!* (56K)

    Not updated this for a few weeks... The tank had started to grow pretty wildly now I'm using TPN+ for ferts, so I trimmed out around 2/3rds of it. Mostly Wisteria & the other stem (still don't know exactly what it is). Moss is really taking hold of the rocks, Java fern is still slow as ever...
  87. skinz180189

    First Time DSLR User, Please Take a Look

    Good attempts for your first shots. I would up the ISO (film speed) to allow faster shutter speeds when shooting the fish to help define them a bit more.
  88. skinz180189

    Why I no longer keep fish

    Awesome panorama. If it was on flickr, I dare say it would make explore.
  89. skinz180189

    help with autostitch

    Yeah I noticed the slight bow to the fence. Never had that problem myself.
  90. skinz180189

    help with autostitch

    It's due to the alignment of the images. It usually does that, then you just need to trim it up using crop and get it looking neat.
  91. skinz180189

    Photo of mine might be used on TV!

    Just logged onto flickr, and found this message; This is the picture... I have given them permission, I'm just happy to have had the interest!
  92. skinz180189

    Random Molly Behaviour

    Just noticed a tiny bit of white fungal growth on it today. LFS is shut, so have put some aquarium salt in, and will get some treatment tomorrow.
  93. skinz180189

    Random Molly Behaviour

    One of my Mollies has recently started swimming along the water surface and splashing the water out with it's tail fin. It's really quite random. Just the Molly playing around? I can't see any signs of disease on it.
  94. skinz180189

    sams wabi kusa

    Ooo this is interesting. Will keep an eye on this.
  95. skinz180189

    Skinz180189's 60L Budget Tropical Tank *Now Planted!* (56K)

    7 more fry last night! 15 in total now.
  96. skinz180189

    Skinz180189's Old 40L Planted Breeder - No Longer Running

    Re: Skinz180189's 40L Planted Breeder Certainly do.
  97. skinz180189

    Skinz180189's Old 40L Planted Breeder - No Longer Running

    Re: Skinz180189's 40L Planted Breeder I hope it turns up. Finding it may be a good excuse to rip the tank out and start again though lol.
  98. skinz180189

    Skinz180189's Old 40L Planted Breeder - No Longer Running

    Re: Skinz180189's 40L Planted Breeder Grrrr Oto's are so frustrating. 3rd one has disappeared. Just sifted through the whole tank and can't find it nor a corpse anywhere. Been gone 2 days now. Isn't outside neither.
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