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    Resolved! Tapatalk not working?

    Any advice getting this resolved, tried re installing it, keeps coming up with this error message.
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    Gender reveal ...hopefully

    Hoping someone can sex these two! Rescued from a local Facebook ad 5 mins walk from me. These guys have been in a 19L edge with around 15 other fish including large loaches. They have both coloured up well since been in my tank for 24 hours but look very similar so guessing they’re both...
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    22mm elbows

    I need to re-route the hoses on my new tank, in order to have them where I want, I need quite a sharp bend from the lily pipes. Has anyone used these? Any cons with using them? I need to do what is in the 2nd picture. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Seeding a new filter

    Normally wouldn’t think twice about this, but it’s scaling up bigger than I have before. I’m assuming putting all the old media form the sunsun into the oase isn’t going to be sufficient enough to keep a 140L cycled enough to house shrimp and 4 CPD’s? Or will it? Will be doing daily 50%...
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    80cm island

    Thought I’d start this off as the plant orders been made and everything’s coming together. Tank: 80x40x45 optiwhite tank Filtration: oase biomaster thermo 600 Light: twinstar 600EA Substrate: tropica soil powder Hardscape : landscape rock, spider wood. Plant list: 3ish bolbitis 3...
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    Help with plant layout.

    Never done an island scape before and struggling to work out how to plant the stems at the back. Do I go one plant type at the back, or 2 or 3?! I originally thinking a mix of Ceratopteris thalictroides and Heteranthera zosterifolia But scared it’ll look unnatural with just two background...
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    Critique my hardscape Critique away.

    This will be a low energy, slow growth tank, lots of buce, anubias, bolbitis, Microsorum pteropus 'Trident'/‘narrow’ With lots of crypts in the mid ground and Ceratopteris Thalicrodes and bacopa caroliniana in the back ground. Maybe some vals I’ve gone for a harsher approach with the...
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    Plant ID please!

    Never planted it just started frowning from my moss! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Journal New project for me week off

    So, I’ve wanted a pond for as long as I can remember. The wife gave the go ahead so I’ve started looking into it! Got a bit excited and did a quick layout. Looked into pumps/filters and liners so will list what I’ve seen below! I want to keep koi in there as well as some others probably...
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    Smart extension lead

    Not sure this is where it belongs but has anyone got any experience with these? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Mini Christmas moss growing but brown

    Any advice for the above, growing well but still brown and dying off, been glued on for around a month, Lights at 60% 6 hours a day Co2 steady lime green before lights Dosing tropica green as recommended on here (Will be switching to Salts soon) Filter gives 10 times turnover Thanks...
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    Crackling solenoid...fault?

    So as the video shows?!? Any advice? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Loss of water in bubble counter

    Is this a sign my extinguisher is nearly empty? Saw a pretty dramatic reduction within the last 3 days?! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Advice needed

    Starting to see some algae on stems and H. Pinnatifida. Set up looks like : Chihiros 45 rgb on for 5 hours a day at 60% Co2 one hour before lights. Indicator shows Dark-ish green when lights come on Set up 2 weeks ago Any advice? Thanks
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    Furry wood!

    Anyone suggest a shrimp safe treatment for furry wood? Been in 2 weeks, scrubbed twice and still furry Driving me mad. Thanks Edit*** I did mean to put furry not fury [emoji2359] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Kitchen nano 35L

    So after many many months of renovations I’ve finally set the kitchen tank up. Here’s the basics Tank: Dennerle 35L scapers tank Hardscape: Redmoor root/mini landscape stone Substrate: Tropica soil, basic river sand. Light: Chihiros 45 RGB set at 50% 6 hours a day 1 hour after co2...
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    External filter hoses kitchen cupboard HELP

    Wanting to put an external filter in a kitchen cupboard. Trying to figure out the best way to route the hoses. Don’t mind cutting holes in the door, just want it near and tidy. Also will need to open and close the door. Any ideas? Extremely crude and awful picture of tank on the end of the...
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    Filter help?!

    So I have a 35L ScapeRs tank from dennerle I have bought a 400LPH all pound solutions external filter, however the hose is 9mm-12mm And everything I have is 12-16mm. I have an aquamanta exf200 which is 850LPH Question is if I pack it with filter wool to reduce the flow will it still be...
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    Critique my hardscape New hardscape critique wanted!

    As the title says, time to rescape the nano! Options... 1. 2. 3. 4. Thanks in advance Disclaimer; I will never be able to re-create these in a tank! But general ideas are always handy! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Someone just got the deal of the century

    Just got sniped bid on this [emoji2959][emoji2959][emoji2959] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Drop checker “sludge”

    I have this style indicator I have noticed that after a few days it will display a strong yellow indication, and have a cloudy slime build up at the orifice. Once I clean the foul smelling slime out of the way it goes back to green. Firstly, what is causing this? Secondly, shall I just by...
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    Critique my aquascape Quick 30 min rush

    After moving house and not been able to set the big shallow one up yet, so I set my little holding tank after it’s been at a friends being neglected The tanks been running with shrimp for around 6 months but looked a bit of a mess. Thought I’d give it a 30 minute overhaul, before popping...
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    Foreground plants in shade?

    Trying to plan my next tank, I’ve got a basic layout planned but the hardscape casts some shadows, Looking for “foreground” (smaller plants) that won’t mind a shady spot. Planning on having lots of microsorum trident, crypts, bolbitis and H. Pinnatifida and glosso. So low light crypts would...
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    Travelling Vietnam

    Currently spending just short of a month travelling round Vietnam, so thought I’d start a thread to show some of the fish keeping related things I see, some bonsai and general tropical plants. I have a small jungle in my house. And these lucky sods can grow nearly every plant I own outside...
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    Resolved! For sale section!

    Has it disappeared for anyone else?!? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    sphaerocaryum malaccense

    Anyone know where I can get this?! Seems to be an elusive plant I the U.K.! Or any other alternatives available? Thanks Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Beer, sun and reclaimed fish tank stands.

    Was meant to be building holiday cottages but got my priorities ironed out and knocked up a new unit for my 50L shallow tank. Made purely from the scaffolding boards I should have been standing on building said Holliday cottages and left over roof lattes. Doors will be done tomorrow...
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    What can I use to bulk out substrate?

    I’m looking for an idea to make a slope using tropica soil, but can see the point in using what will probably be 2 bags just to make a slope!? Can I just put gravel/sand/stone in one of the misses tights? Any risk of water stagnating ? Thanks Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Cycling with Increase in water volume (new tank)

    Looking for some advice! Not sure this is the right place but; Going from a 17L to 50L using same substrate, hard scape, plants filter, and media. Will the tank be cycled with this increase in water or will I have to quarantine livestock and cycle the tank? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    another Mystery creature

    As the title states! Another critter to add to the collection! Any ID on this?! Shrimp and plant safe?! Thanks in advance! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    I have a severe infestation of limpets [emoji2959][emoji2959] It’s in my shrimp tank, so any shrimp safe solutions would be appreciated! Thanks Thom Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Any advice on this??

    So set this tank up a week ago, lights set to 6 hours a day, with a 12 x 0.5w LED light, 250LPH filter, (realistically 150LPH after adding media) dosing tropica premium once a week, 50% water changes 2-3 time weekly! And now this has appeared yesterday and seems to be rapidly growing. No...
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    15L edge of the pond.

    So my 50L cube has come to a halt due to an imminent house move! I’ve been ordering plants over the last few weeks (for the cubs) from forum members and forum Members alone! So big thanks too all that have sold them to me! But alas I have run out of space in my “holding tank” aka clear...
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    Friends turtle tank!

    So I have been asked to scape a friends turtle tank, It is a 150L cube, it gets low light, and I have a limited choice of plants. Mainly amazon swords, hornwort, java fern, java moss and Anubis’s purely because the turtle will eat everything else! My question is; how do I make this look...
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    So I’ve restored and strengthened (I can stand on top of it and weigh 95kg) this tall boy ready for my tank, I live in a 200 cottage with what I thought were fairly level floors, they are not, by a long shot... Can I use self levelling legs? Shall I just buy a proper unit?! Or should I...
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    Critique my hardscape Critique wanted!

    Go easy.... Any advice? Thanks Thom Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    50L with a aquamanta 200 efx

    Got the efx for £10 from eBay, stuck some hoses on it and it works a treat, Question is; it’s rated at 800LPH, do I save this for a larger tank? I get the feeling 16 times the tank every hour is a bit excessive? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    I’ve seen a few of you have used fired/dead heather in their scapes! Just wondering: what, if any effects on water does it have? How long did it last? How did you prep it ? Did it work out ok? Thanks in advance! Thom Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    50L shallow cube

    So it begins, after a 4 year break I’ve started collecting bits and bobs to make another scape. I intend on a heavily planted ermergant tank. Undecided whether to go down the co2/LED set up again or to go o’natural, self sustaining type! Tank: 50x40x25 shallow optiwhite tank made by interfish...
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    Decent price?!

    I’ve been offered a DO aqua 35x26x22 nano for £30, is that reasonable? It’s immaculate! Can’t find what the retail price was! Worth the buy? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Plant storage

    I’m sure this is fairly simple. But I’m looking at buying full set up, with fish plants... everything, There are some beautiful plants in the tank including crypts, microsorum trident, Anubis’ of many varieties and a serious abundance of buces which I would like to keep for this tank, the...
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    British tree roots ok?

    Found a dead ash tree while walking the dogs, trees come down but roots are still there and sit in the river! because they already submerged in the river, would these be ok for a scape? Would they take much soaking? If they’ve been soaking for the last 20 or so years? Sent from my iPhone...
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    Help with light bulb/fitting choice!

    Slowly setting up again after a 3 year break from the hobby enforced by the wife... apparently I can’t ski, scuba dive, and build motorcycles as well as have fish tanks... but I’ve decided I’ll prove her wrong... I have a Ada 60p, it’s going to be as maintenance free as possible, lots of Java...
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    Low tech with carnivorous plants

    Just thought I’d drop this here for viewing! Can’t take credit for it, just someone I follow on instagram, but he states no filter, no heater, just an ikea desk lamp! Love the carnivorous pinchers on the bog wood! And it is stocked! Here’s a link to a video...
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    Plant ID please!

    I’m sure this will be listed somewhere, but anybody know what this is? I’ve seen it loads and can’t find the name! I know the h. pinnatifida it’s the other one! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Monstera adansonii emersed?

    Has anyone tried this?! I want to try and grow it down the side of my lily pipes to hide them?! What ways do you guys grow “trailers” down the side of your tanks?! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Old member but now new?!

    So I have an account from around 5 years ago, I thought it was this one but Tapatalk says no, and I can’t for the life of me remember my old username (that is if it wasn’t this one) but anyway, I’m back. House Move / getting married / job have got in the way of me having more than one hobby...