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    Neo_ad's 350Ltr Journal (Prometheus)

    This has got to be the most depressing thing I have ever seen, its been nearly 6 months since I have posted on my first planted tank journal! So just a small update on what has happened since then! Last thing I said on my journal was that I had purchased a cheap job lot of plants (the...
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    tims 20g clearseal tank :)

    I had the exact same issues with the Fire Extinguisher until I relasied it is no diffrent than paying £££ for the real thing only to find out it works exactly the same :) As long as you take your time, make sure the connections are tight its a piece of cake.
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    Few questions about C02

    I removed the bioballs (still have them) and changed them to the ones you can see in the picture as they are supposed to be better :) when I take a look at the reactor I might swap them back to the bioballs.
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    Few questions about C02

    Hi Dan unfortunately I don't own a diffuser, I opted for reactor as I had such a large tank. I might strip down the reactor and take another look at it (guh) You can see my reactor here (sort of) I was thinking of maybe putting the plastic tube more into the centre of the cylinder as at the...
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    Few questions about C02

    Full details on my tank and equipment are located here viewtopic.php?f=35&t=6193 if you should need them. I am using an external Aquamedic 1000 reactor with Fire Extinguisher 1, I can get the bubble checker set to something like 1 bubble per second and 95% of the time it comes out as really...
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    Neo_ad's 350Ltr Journal (Prometheus)

    Thanks for that m8 will have a good read when I get home tonight.
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    Neo_ad's 350Ltr Journal (Prometheus)

    Cheers for that. At least I know it not just me suffering from this! I did my weekly water change last night and have re arranged my flow again and dosed my ferts. Did a bit of plant maintenance and some general tidying up so I will see what happens to the scum/oil and wait to see how you get...
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    Neo_ad's 350Ltr Journal (Prometheus)

    Hi everyone No I am not dead! hehe Tank is fully up and running and 80% of the plants are going amazingly well. (Pictures to follow soon) I have a few questions below hopefully some of you can answer for me as they are driving me somewhat insane :P 1, Oily substance on the surface, doesn't...
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    Neo_ad's 350Ltr Journal (Prometheus)

    Big update! Right first thing is first I have been getting overly obsessive with getting my aquascape correct first time, so in a change of tactics I have re arranged it again to something I like (it might be wrong/right/better) but I can change it again later once I get better. (its also an...
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    Neo_ad's 350Ltr Journal (Prometheus)

    Small update: All my Co2 equipment is up and running, using the FE method. (not in use atm just ready to roll) Plants are all ordered and due for delivery next week, woop! Got some more rock too! I have arranged my new rock with old rock and came up with the below as my first attempt, I could...
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    tweezers

    I just purchased http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/index.p ... ts_id=1594 I will let you know what they are like, should get them today/tomorrow (if your not in a rush)
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    facebook

    Could I make a suggestion, it would serve UKAPS better I think if you created a "page" on facebook and not a group. Its free works the same way but with a few added advantages, users will become fans which sounds better and spreads out via "friends you may know" Also the main reason, if you...
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    TDI's Blyxa - Riverbank (picture update 19/5/09)

    Very nice tank m8, I am thinking of converting my Plec tank to something like this. After *cough* my current tank, always thinking about my next project :)
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    unusual fish

    Haha I purchased a large group of fish one around 15 or so, and the guy said are you sure your tank is ready for them. I said yep all ready, he said ok no problem before I sell you them explain the nitrogen cycle to me :) I thought it was quite nice of him to check that way.
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    Neo_ad's 350Ltr Journal (Prometheus)

    Mini update Another 25kg of rock on order (due Tue/Wed ish) Plants on order too (due next Fri) Working on getting all the pipework and equipment set up and made neat over the weekend. This is the tank at the moment with a slightly changed rock placement, obviously nothing is final as I have...
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    Choosing Plants (need advice)

    arh right ok, cheers for that :)
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    Choosing Plants (need advice)

    Thanks both of you for the advice, I am going get some cheaper ones to begin with. I can always add in some Tropica specimens as the tank progresses too. One more question is the only difference between these two plants one it slightly shorter in overall length? Eleocharis Parvulus Eleocharis...
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    Choosing Plants (need advice)

    You can see my Journal here, it has full specs and a tank plan. http://www.ukaps.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=6193 I am getting to the stage now I need to finalise my plants but I am after some advice. The plans I know I want to keep are the following: Eleocharis parvula (Dwarf Hairgrass)...
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    Rescape And Aquasoil

    Grab yourself a spare bucket/plastic storage container fill with water from the tank and move fish into that. Your only going to be an hour or so just make sure your ready. If something goes wrong just wack the heater in with them and poor some water through your filter etc etc. (Edit Garuf beat...
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    Cherry Barb, Celestial Pearl and Glowlight Danio, Boras Brig

    I own some cherry barbs myself and I think they look really nice, when you first get them young the colours are quite dull but feed them up with some specialised colour flakes every now and again and they become amazing to look at. When I show friends they always pick out my cherry first even...
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    Neo_ad's 350Ltr Journal (Prometheus)

    Getting more rocks is not a problem I just held off when collecting my equipment together :) I keep forgetting how big this tank is! I was thinking maybe getting a rock double the size of the largest one so there would be a cluster of 3 on the right hand Not shown in the picture above I was...
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    Neo_ad's 350Ltr Journal (Prometheus)

    I haven't got any more rock I held of buying it in case it was too much, I will probably buy another decent sized piece to bring the total to 3. I will mock some rock placements tonight and draw in a 3rd piece to get an idea of what piece to look for. Not sure if I should go for a larger piece...
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    Neo_ad's 350Ltr Journal (Prometheus)

    First real update :) Tank drained (Pumps officially rock, got my new one today so easy!) then gave it another clean inside and added the substrate. Based on my plan above I have gave it my first shot at Aquascaping! and I have to say its very HARD probably the hardest bit so far arg! You can...
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    Neo_ad's 350Ltr Journal (Prometheus)

    Cheers, hopefully all should be good :) Parcel 1of2 of more equipment just arrived on my desk at work, almost there now.
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    Stopped Eating

    .25 is still too high in all honestly, what are your Nitrite levels at the moment? If your ammonia and nitrite is over zero I suggest daily water changes until they are both zero. (this may take some time) Did you do a fish less cycle out of interest?
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    Cherry Shrimp gone in to hiding

    I don't know how true this is but I did read somewhere that Cherry Shrimp tend to hide when in low numbers the more of them you have the more safer they feel so tend to come out more. When I added 10 I never saw them hardly, I added another 10 now I see all 20 quite often. Strength in numbers I...
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    Neo_ad's 350Ltr Journal (Prometheus)

    Sorry I should of explained, technically you don't get 450L great marketing eh! my dad has the same tank granted its marine with his equipment and rocks in it held around 350L so I am calculating my volume around that for the time being :) I think its probably 350-400L for me as I will have less...
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    Neo_ad's 350Ltr Journal (Prometheus)

    Hi Nick Thanks for the kind words, we will see if my research pays off first :P The reactor is the Aqua Medic reactor 1000, with the bio balls swapped out for the new media (sorry forgot the name) TheGreenMachine swapped them out for me for free. http://www.thegreenmachineaquatics.com/ ...
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    Neo_ad's 350Ltr Journal (Prometheus)

    Well its about time the newbie got one of these going, you can skip the sections below your not interested in :) Introduction I have been keeping fish on an off since my dad got me into the hobby when I was around 12 in which I was given a 3 foot tank to stock and look after myself. My dad also...
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    Stupid question about tube lengths

    Glad I saw the thread about the cheap replacement tubes going to save me loads of cash now :)
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    UKaps BBQ 2009

    Garuf we can travel down on the train together if you like? and getting down via train is easy for us just takes a while it will be something like Leeds > Birmingham > Dan's about 4 hours at a guess. (do a similar trip quite often) I will buy breakfast to make up for getting your hopes up for...
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    Quick plant ID please.

    Thanks.
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    Quick plant ID please.

    While I was over at TGM drooling at the tanks last Sunday I liked the look of this plant growing out of the grass and was wondering what it was called, and if I needed to know anything special about it, I know I should of asked at TGM, I forgot :( Sorry the only image I got, the plant id I...
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    Stupid question about tube lengths

    Cheers, thought I had better check :)
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    Stupid question about tube lengths

    I was reading this thread here viewtopic.php?t=523 about getting cheaper T5 tubes, but I notice the 54watt ones are 1149mm on the website linked, but my current tubes in my Ibar are listed on the Arcadia web site as 1150mm. http://www.arcadia-uk.info/product.php? ... &sub=&id=4 Does anyone know...
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    Tank Planning

    Cheers for the responses, at least I know I am going in the right direction :) My research shall contiune! I am hoping to convince my dad to spare me some drive time so I can pop over the Green Machine meet this Sunday too. Edit: Thanks for the heads up on the "Lilaeopsis brasiliensis" they do...
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    Tank Planning

    After lurking and posting some random posts myself already, I thought I would put out my plans for my upcoming tank! Using all the info I have picked up from scratch mainly for this forum I might add :) I have got my tank and equipment together and most of it set up apart from the Co2 which...
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    Cherry Shrimp Food

    :oops: I have yet to set the tank up correctly, had to do it in stages (at least the tank is fully cycled tho) :P Co2 being installed this week hopefully, then buying my plants (just have a random java in there at the moment)
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    Cherry Shrimp Food

    I was messing with the camera, so I thought I would show you a quick snap I took of them in there new home :) http://www.brokenoath.net/personal/images/IMG_0217.JPG
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    Cherry Shrimp Food

    Cheers for the info will do, dam I don't really like shrimp but hey in these credit crunch times we do what we have to :P
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    Cherry Shrimp Food

    cheers for the fast reply and thanks for the links to the food. I already have some JBL Pleco food (mix of a algae wafers and other such stuff), I just wanted to give them something different :) I will give the Hikari Crab Cuisine a try, do fish tend to eat it or leave it alone? (I have a fair...
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    Cherry Shrimp Food

    I would like to give my cherry shrimp a good diet and I was looking to invest in some food tailored for them. I have been looking on http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/index.p ... th=257_296 but they all seemed to be aimed at different types of shrimp (not cherry) although I expect they can all...
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    A few questions about Substrates

    Thanks I have seen a really cool mound style which looked sort of like a hill with rocks and grass that looked cool so I might do something like that, I played with a few other ideas about having a sort of canyon too. Getting some bits a bobs over this weekend so I will start making some design...
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    A few questions about Substrates

    Hi thanks again for answering another of my topics :) I have purchased my sand already but not to worry I only spent 20 squid on 8 bags not the end of the world, I really would like some sand in the scape so I think I will make an area for the sand instead. Got a couple of aquascape books on...
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    Wet&Dry Filter

    Thanks for the reply I guessed as much I think I might run it on my fish only tank and run dual Eheim 2028's instead, not sure how happy I would feel about uping the Co2 over the recommend to keep it compensated. I will play it safe, thanks for the advice.
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    Wet&Dry Filter

    Hi there I have read through the posts and topics on here and on other web sites that say a wet & dry filter shouldn't be used in a high-tech planted tank but this seems to be 50/50 on the subject. I have a brand new wet and dry filter available to me which I was planing to run along side a...
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    A few questions about Substrates

    Hi Great forum you have here! After being a lurker for a few weeks reading the mass of topics on the planted subject I am starting to get more of an idea how this all works. This will be my first time I have aimed for a high-tech planted tank! I have worked around what fish I wanted to stock...
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