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  1. Ashton

    Is it necessary?

    I'm in the process of cycling a new 25 litre cube tank 12 x 12 x 12 ins that actually holds 21 litres. I plan to keep a few WCMM's in so will begin with no plants and then maybe add a few mosses and grasses, maybe Vallis. Do I need CO2? or would something else do? I rather like the look of...
  2. Ashton

    River Reef 48

    I've been looking at these Interpet tanks and was wondering if anyone has any experience of them? 48 litre 40 x 42 x 43h with Twin HDL Compact High Power Lighting & LED Moonlights. I know the Moonlights are worked from a separate switch but don't know anything about the HP lighting except that...
  3. Ashton

    Moss Balls

    I'm not very good at growing mosses but would like some for my shrimps and I was wondering if Moss Balls would be just as good and what are peoples opinions of them :? I bought one a few years back which grew, so I thought I'd make 2 by splitting it in half and in the middle was a horrid ugly...
  4. Ashton

    High Nitrate in Cycling Tank

    I'm in the process of doing a fishless cycle which is taking rather a long time, but today my readings are: Ammonia 0 (1st day its been 0) Nitrite 3.3 (it's been this for about a week now) and Nitrate >110 (my chart only goes up to this but it looks like its gone off the chart) I've received...
  5. Ashton

    Tropica Plant Nutrition Liquid

    I've got a bottle of Tropica Plant Nutrition Liquid and add a few drops to my 50 litre tank each week, I've only got Anubias nana (about 12 plants) and Java Fern and they are all doing well. However, I'm about to start up a new 90 litre tank and I've lost the instructions on how to use the...
  6. Ashton

    Coldwater plants

    I've decided to buy the new Fluval Chi when it comes out in the autumn and thought I'd leave it cold water with just a few Long Finned Minnows. Plantwise, rather than try to plant it up, I'd just put a nice centre plant under the lighting and thought a Anubias barteri ''coffeefolia'' would look...
  7. Ashton

    Which ADA

    I'm a bit confused by the different types of ADA Aqua soils, I want a decent substrate for my 20 litre Arcadia Arc and worked out that I'll need 3.5 litres, so thought that a 3 litre bag of the ADA soil would be ideal (the tank is 30 x 20 x 30) I'm thinking I'd need to go for Africana as my Ph...
  8. Ashton

    Solenoid valve

    My Dennerle CO2 kit arrived yesterday and I'm about to study it to see how to set it all up :D However, I've been advised to get a Solenoid valve for turning it off at night, and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations. I've never used pressurised CO2 before so this is all very new to...
  9. Ashton

    Nano kits

    I'm debating between the Colombo FloraGrow and the Dennerle Crystal Line nano Co2 kits. From what I've read the Colombo's tank is slightly bigger than the Dennerle, but I was wondering approximately how long do these refills last :? My tank is 25 litre 30 x 30 x 30 cm
  10. Ashton

    Nano Tank?

    I wasn't sure which heading to put this in, so please forgive me if it's in the wrong place :? I'll be setting up a new 25 litre tank shortly for my new Betta, and as it's a nice cube tank 30 x 30 x 30 cm, I thought rather than just pop in a few Anubias and Crypts, I'd plant it properly and...
  11. Ashton

    Superfish 18 watt

    I have a Superfish 18watt lamp that I bought with a 40 litre tank, and have been using it on my Arcadia Arc 20 litre tank. I've recently noticed that my Anubias nana has a lot of algae on the leaves that I can't clean off. In the past I've always been able to wipe this off with Tetra wipes...
  12. Ashton

    Internal filter

    I'm just in the process of ordering a plain glass tank, 24 x 18 x 18 ins and want an internal filter. I know an external would be better but I have arthritis in my spine and can't manage lower levels so need something I can maintain easily without all the bending. I was thinking of a U3 as I...
  13. Ashton

    What lighting???

    I'm just about to order a new plain glass tank from Aquariums UK and think I have decided on a luminaire for lighting. The tank is 24 x 18 x 18 ins and looking at the lights, the T8 is 600mm and the T5 650mm. I was wondering if someone could help me out on this, will the T8 be sufficient or...
  14. Ashton

    Black Bushy Algae

    I've got this horrid black algae now all over my tank. I introduced it to the tank via a piece of bogwood that the LFS assured me would clear up in no time at all. It soon spread to my Echinodorus 'Ozelot' and forms a edge to all the leaves. I've cut some of the big old ones off, but as soon...
  15. Ashton

    New Luminaire

    I have a Classica Aquacurve 50 litre tank which is 2ft x 1 ft x 1 ft. I'd like to replace the lid with it's 14 watt light with a Luminaire and I can't make my mind up between the Classica OTL-T8 which has 2 x 15 watt T8 lamps or the Aqua One Triple T5 which has 3 x 24 watt lamps (2 white & 1...
  16. Ashton

    New Luminaire

    I have a Classica Aquacurve 50 litre tank which is 2ft x 1 ft x 1 ft. I'd like to replace the lid with it's 14 watt light with a Luminaire and I can't make my mind up between the Classica OTL-T8 which has 2 x 15 watt T8 lamps or the Aqua One Triple T5 which has 3 x 24 watt lamps (2 white & 1...
  17. Ashton


    I'm not very happy with my South American biotope so I was thinking of doing a revamp and just keeping the fish South American. I've got a beautiful Juncus Repens which I love and I was thinking of keeping this in a corner and just covering the rest of the tank with low growing foreground...
  18. Ashton

    Plant Book

    I'm looking for a good book on Aquarium Plants, I'd like details of the size, light requirement and country of origin of each plant. I'd also like some aquascape photos for smaller types of aquarium, preferably below 20 gallons. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  19. Ashton

    AquaEL Brillux 60

    Sorry if I'm posting this in the wrong place. I'm planning a 2ft tank with just rocks and mosses and low growing plants, and I was wondering if anyone had used the above tank, I've seen it advertised with 2 T8 lights with the capacity for T5's On other sites I've seen it as T5's as standard. I...
  20. Ashton

    Arcadia Arc Pod

    I have a 20 litre Arcadia Arc tank with a 9 watt Arc Pod which I've not used up to now but was thinking of using it when I revamp the tank. Has anyone used this lamp? It doesn't seem very bright to me but will it be sufficient for plants to grow? I'll only be planting Crypts and a couple of...
  21. Ashton

    Minimal Tank

    This is my 2ft tank that I'm trying to make South American, I don't want it heavily planted but just a few plants in with the bogwood. I bought the Echinodorus 'Ozelot' and some Egeria densa which has now 'melted' and died off leaving an awful mess of the tank. The Ozelot is bigger than I...
  22. Ashton

    South American Biotope

    I'm trying to create a river biotope using just a few plants, plenty of bogwood and leaf litter on the bottom. However I've been told to use either beech or oak leaves as these last longer than other leaves. But I just can't get hold of these leaves at all. Has anyone any idea what other leaves...
  23. Ashton

    South American Biotope

    I'm trying to create a South American Biotope with my 2 ft tank, keeping planting to a minimal 2 plants and having plenty of bogwood and slates. I'd like to add some branches to the tank and can't get hold of any Beech branches at the moment, (I only know what a Beech looks like when it's in...
  24. Ashton

    No Co2

    In the past I've always used Co2 in my tanks except for my 20 litre where I've used Seachem Flourish Excel on a daily basis and any liquid plant food that I had available. I've recently parted with most of my tanks and am now starting up a new 50 litre In which I'll only have a few species...
  25. Ashton

    Slow Growing Floating Plant

    I'm looking for a slow growing floating plant for my 20 litre Betta tank, all the usual plant I buy seem to take over in a matter of weeks and I just get fed up and end up throwing the lot out. One I'm looking at at the moment is Azolla caroliniana has anyone any experience with this?
  26. Ashton

    I really need Ideas

    Hi, I’ve only just discovered this form and hope you can give me some advice about one of my tanks. I’m down to 3 small aquariums at the moment, a 35 litre Arcadia Arc, a 20 litre Arcadia Arc and a 28 litre Aqua One 320 which I’m setting up as a shrimp only tank. I love the idea of...