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    The Nymph's Spring (EA900)

    Really like your inspiration for the your planned tank, big fan of the original early nature aquarium style. I'm no aquascaping expert and I know it is hard but I'd defiantly try a cut down on the proposed plant list. All the tanks you posted above are larger than a 900, and have significantly...
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    The new ice age

    Nice tank for the betta/shrimp combo, personally I prefer Kessil/spot light led's for small cube tanks I think they suit the dimensions more than the bar type light like twinstar etc. I too have a 45cm cube tank that I plan setting up in the future and am likely to go with either a Kessil or...
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    Zebra Otto's

    Don't get the Aquasnack company also trade under the name Aquafood and also have at least one ebay account maybe they like competing against themselves for business
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    Zebra Otto's

    Aqualife in Leyland also stock Zebra Otto's, think they are £11.99 each :)
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    Nicrew LED controller anybody used one?

    Hi, might give the Nicrew timer ago but tempted to wait for the official Twinstar controller to be released hopefully it'll be out by the end of the year, not got the tank up and running yet and going dry start so can wait a few weeks. I have the 450EA same as the E just with adjustable legs, I...
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    Nicrew LED controller anybody used one?

    Hi everyone, I recently purchased a Twinstar light and then a S2 pro controller to help dim/programme the light however when it arrived it didn't work zero signs of life, so I'm considering buying a Nicrew dimmer instead see below...
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    Lighting a 45cm cube

    That looks very interesting any idea if one of these controllers would work on a ADA aquasky?
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    Lighting a 45cm cube

    Thanks for the replys guys, Twinstar 450 does look good however the dimmer swich is not really what I'm hopeing for wanted something programmable giving a kind on sunrise/sunset, hence the inclusion of the Radion into the consideration. Would a single Twinstar cover 45cm front to back well?
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    Lighting a 45cm cube

    Hi all, I've been out of the planted tanks scene for a number of years now having concentrated on marine tank, however I have decided to get a new freshwater tank, I currently have a 45cm cube being built, I am struggling to decide on the best lighting option for the tank. Plant wise it will be...
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    Parotocinclus Nanay Eanea

    As mentioned earlier they'll require high o2 and will probably be trick coustomers to acclimatise to aquarium conditions. The 'Naney Eanea' will more than likely mean where the fish was collected.
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    Cuba moss

    Yeah pics would be great Paulo, I wasn't planning on buying any but I am in the process of setting up a sub-tropical/unheated tank and might give it ago if it'll survive.
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    Cuba moss

    I think the general experience is most livewort don't survive longterm in aquariums, never owned it so this one could be different.
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    suitable fish?

    They usually cost around 2-3 quid when is see them. Breeding shouldn't be too difficult in the in correct conditions, fry may be difficult to raise due to siza. Water will need to be soft below 5°H and acidic less than pH 6, to raise any fry the tank will have to be very heavily planted or...
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    Cuba moss

    Just another example of silly trade names. Looks like it could be a liverwort not ideal for aquarium use.
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    Cuba moss

    Whilst surfing came across this moss, has any one used it the looks very interesting form the small photo. http://www.aquashrimps.co.uk/products/Cuba-Moss.html
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    suitable fish?

    A 40l tank is about the minimum I'd surgest for any Stiphodon, they should be ok with kribs as long as they aren't breeding. Out of the commonly available species I think the 'blue neon goby' Stiphodon semoni or S. atropurpureus is the most attractive and I also smaller than the...
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    Andrew's 90cm

    Beautiful, there much be some amazing scapes this year for this to be # 738, really like the rocks they have a lovely texture.
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    Looking for shoaling fish that like water current

    As jack said danios would be a great choice and much over looked for the planted tank especially when most have a high turnover of water a shoal of 20 or so would be great. 24-26 degrees would be a little high for zebras, but, Danio albolineatus, D. choprai and D. tinwini would be more...
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    A large Wabi kusa

    Amazing!!! any link to a websight with any info/spec on it interesting to see the hardware setup.
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    New Goby for my tank* edit Prolific algae eater!

    looks like a male S. semoni
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    New Goby for my tank* edit Prolific algae eater!

    In my opinion Stiphodon arn't ideal tank mates in hi-tech planted setups, although it is possible as andy has shown, A fish gasping slowly is usually not a good sign, and this maybe down to the dosing of co2 as high levels of co2 do effect a fishes ability to use oxygen efficiently so for a fish...
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    My messy emmersed swamp

    do you know what the plant in the bottom right corner is? crassula?
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    How the Other Half Live.

    Thats the ulglyest car I've ever seen
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    Daniel's 60l cube

    Very cool lighting setup you've made I too think a "how to" would be a good idea. Also it looks as if the plant you have used in the background is a non aquatic plant commonly sold in shops :crazy: oftern called fountain grass carn't remenber the latin think it begins with O though.
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    165l 'fissidens and ferns' scape

    Well I think it is about time for an update, progress has been quite slow really had a couple of issues with the tank mainly co2 the canister was sold to me as full but ran out after 1-2months of use just before xmas I then went away for a couple of weeks over new year so the tank had been...
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    Ultimate unusual planted tank fish

    Gobies are allways good, Brachygobius aggregatus one of my top 5 gobies I must keep before I die a true fresh water bumble bee goby that actually schools. (not my pic) also got your twig catfish in the background Adam. Or Yunnanilus cruciatus a really great andentertaining small loach that...
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    45cm rock scape

    Yeah George I am a bit of a goby freak, just think they've got really funny characters. I think you'll be dissapointed when you see the 'Isotes' as I don't think it is whats in Amanos scapes. Its still a very nice plant though kinda a cross between tenellus and V. nana. Your right most barbs...
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    My Private Island - 240l tank

    Re: 240l tank rescape (name coming later) Wow I can't believe I've missed this thread, just my type of tank the sharks impressive too.
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    45cm rock scape

    It is slate, black slate to be precise and I got it from a local gardern centre, they also have a aquatic centre too where the rocks were nearly twice the price/kilo and all tiny pieces. Its really worth checking out local gardern centres they usually have a good choice of rocks and there cheap too.
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    45cm rock scape

    I plan on filling the gap around the main stone but I didn't have enough gravel to this with what I had left over from another tank. I went back to the shop I originally brought it from but they dont stock it anymore, its Geosystem river gravel if I remember correctly.
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    45cm rock scape

    Over christmas I visited my uncle and he had a tank he didn't need so I was more thank happy to take it off his hands. As I was never planning this tank its gonna be set up as cheaply as possible, helps when you seem to be permanently skint. So far all I've spent is £5.80 on the rocks and £24...
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    165l 'fissidens and ferns' scape

    I picked up the latest copy of pfk today saw the little article on red nose shrimp. Wouldn't have brought them if I'd brought it sooner. Any how I picked up 12 amanos and 8 otos today, hopefully they'll help clear up the minor algae problem I've got. I'm also thinking of replacing the E...
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    165l 'fissidens and ferns' scape

    So thought I'd post a little progress report, no new pics because frustratingly for me the there doesn't seem to be that that much has happened, Other than there being a few fish in. I went to a lfs in the hope of picking up some amanos and ottos. They had no amanos and the ottos looked very...
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    Adam's 40cm Nano

    Sorry to hear about the brigittae. I also had kept some a while back in a planted tank and also suffed quite a few losses from the original 10-12 after a month I only had around half. Think they are probably a fish better kept in a tank with conditions as close to the natural habitat as...
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    A different Iwagumi - now with video

    Saw this in PFK before here and I was amazed. Kinda my type of tank i.e. hillstream, lots of rock, little or no plants. equally as beautiful as any of your planted tanks. Could do with some Rhinogobius though.
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    Discus

    Great pics George, I really need to get a macro. I agree there also a little gaudy for me I don't see why people prefer these seletivly bred types, the wild ones are much more beautiful IMO.
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    what car are we driving?

    If I could drive theres only one car I'd drive a MK1 Golf coolest car on earth. I'd choose one over a ferrari any day.
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    165l 'fissidens and ferns' scape

    Cheers for your kind replys Cheers will do. BARGAIN!! off ebay, one of the far east sellers think I got them from here http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Lily-Pipe-inflow- ... 3a4a905aea there a little rough around the edges but worth it compaired to the price you'd pay for ADA (IMO). There are quite a...
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    Camara advice?

    I have a 1000d with the 18-55mm and have been very impressed with it for an entry level slr, however I find the kit lense a little frustrating for taking photos of my fish and tanks. I'm saving for a macro lense so as mentioned earlier best to try and get some better lenses than body
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    165l 'fissidens and ferns' scape

    Well the tank has now been planted for nearly a week now after having a few issues with the CO2. I only have a pic taken shortly after setup, I will get some better shots once my bro brings back my camera. Excuse the floating blyxa and the plastic tub, the tub had some moss in which has been...
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    Is this Microsorum 'narrow'

    For a scape I'm in the process of making I planned on using Microsorum 'narrow', I brought three pots of the web. When they arrived they looked larger than expected. I already had a tiny amount I'm a tank I used to keep some Betta coccina in, their leaves are less than 1cm wide and the...
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    165l 'fissidens and ferns' scape

    No updates as yet only got half the plants due to the postal strike :evil: , should have the rest this week so expect it planted by the weekend.
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    165l 'fissidens and ferns' scape

    I think I'm set on the layout now, it's the best I can come up with the wood I have. Now comes another easy job choosing the plants. I originally wanted to use only 3 or 4 different plants, sort of a less is more approach but that’s kind of gone out the window now. I have come up a with a list...
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    Barbucca Diabolica

    Can't see any of them being a problem, any luck with wildwoods?
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    New Goby for my tank* edit Prolific algae eater!

    Andy you may well be right with it being S. semoni, S. semoni and S. atropurpureus are very similar in appearance and ID'ing any goby to species level is usually very difficult. When I brought this one it was labelled as S. atropurpures but may well be S. semoli, I've not really looked into the...
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    Barbucca Diabolica

    I actually keep these super little fish but difficult to keep, I got mine from wildwoods in essex a few months back, doubt they still have any though. But give them a call they'd be your best bet of finding some.
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    165l 'fissidens and ferns' scape

    Quick update I've now add some wood to the tank, I'm not really happy as the wood has all different colours and textures as I brought them from 3-4 different places, hopefully they will blend well together in time. Please feel free to advice on any tweaks or improvements I could make.
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    Eheim 2227 or 2026

    Cheers for clearing that up for me I'll go with the 2227 then.
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    165l 'fissidens and ferns' scape

    got them for Aquaessentials I brought 20kg if i remember correctly, I've used around 2/3 -3/4 of them in the tank.
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    165l 'fissidens and ferns' scape

    Your right I think I'll use fissidens mainly on the wood and probably xmas moss amongst the foreground rocks and java fern and/or bolbitis on the larger rocks. Thats the only draw back of fissidens, every place that sells it, sell it for £6+ for a couple of inches sq portion, I'd probably...
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    Eheim 2227 or 2026

    I remember in the past reading that with the 'wet and dry' filters caused co2 to leave the water colomn a lot quicker than conventional filters, can't seem to find where I read it unfortunatly.
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    Eheim 2227 or 2026

    I'm setting up a new tank and have a choice of filter to use either the eheim professional II 2026 or a eheim 2227 'wet and dry'. I'm sure the 2227 should be the better filter but am a little unsure as to whether the filter suited to a planted tank setup using CO2. If anyone has any knowledge of...
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    165l 'fissidens and ferns' scape

    Well I recently took delivery of my new tank, built by Aquariumsltd, which I have to say I was extremely pleased with it when it arrived. I was brought into the hobby purely because of fish but since the whole planted tank scene has taken off I've always wanted a real nice planted tank, and It...
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    Fissidens fontanus vs Fissidens nobilis

    I'm planning a new scape where Fissidens will be heavily involved, I was just thinking what the difference was between F. fontanus and F. nobilis. I've managed to get my hands on some fontanus, does anyone know anywhere I can find F. nobilis?
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    New Goby for my tank* edit Prolific algae eater!

    Re: New Goby for my tank Yeah mine also eat Hikari algae wafers too, more so the red one. At the moment I only keep these two species of stiphodon, but have owned a couple of other types in the past. But I also have variouse other gobies too, they are by far my favorite type of fish. My...
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    New Goby for my tank* edit Prolific algae eater!

    Re: New Goby for my tank I'm a big fan of gobies and own both the types you have and although I would surgest they're ideal candidates for a planted tank, I've found them quite hardy, especially the red ones, probably S. rutilaureus. They are mainly algae eaters but over time will eat bloodworm...
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    V. nana max height

    Cheers guys, V. nana it is then.
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    V. nana max height

    I'm currently having a tank built and should be ready this or next week, so I'm just compiling my plant list I have most sorted but I'm stuck on wether to choose V. nana or V. spiralis 'tiger'. I prefer the look of nana but the tank is 20" (50cm) tall and I'd like the leaves to run across the...
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    saintly's"henge the revenge the 3rd and final installment"

    Really great scape and pics, I also like the mix of stone and gravel. The rocks mini landscape right? Whats the gravel and pebbles you used? I'm planning on using mini landscape rocks in a future scape with graded gravel but the TGM gravels look kinda orange and look like they'd clash with the...
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    reccommendations for a budget dslr

    I've just brought my first slr and got a 1000d, and would highly recommend it. Its probably the cheapest new slr out there with a bit of searching mainly e-bay you can find them for around £300. But you could get and better model second hand if you'd prefer.
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    First slr photos

    Well I think you've all been very generous with you view of the photos. George, I've had a go with the Av setting and think they have produced some better quality shots. No real luck with moving shots, tried to take some pics of the Tanichthys micagemmae (Vietnamese minnow) that are in the same...
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    First slr photos

    Well my camera arrived today, its a canon 1000d which I think is the most basic slr they sell. Any how thses are a couple of pic I took of some of my gobies I'm not sure wether to be happy with them, I have no knowledge of slr so it was all done on auto. These are the kind of photos I'd like...
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    Recommend a cheap flash

    Hi guys cheers for the reply I've been looking at the 480 and 220 canon flashes, I'd obviously rather get the 480 but can't really afford it at this time. Are there any models from other manufacturers say metz or sunpak that would be compatible and cheap that you can recommend? Bugs that a...
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    Recommend a cheap flash

    Hi I'm new to slr cameras, I've just purchases a Canon 1000d mainly for photographing my fish and tanks. I have zero knowledge of slr camaras and equiptment and would just like a few pointers for the correct equiptment I'll need to get some good shot. I've read that lenses and flashes are as...
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    Anyone used this diffuser

    Has anybody used this diffuser - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/CO2-Carbon-Dioxide-Diffuser-Dispenser-Aquarium-fish_W0QQitemZ110416020543QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Pet_Supplies_Fish?hash=item19b54ec43f&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12%7C66%3A2%7C39%3A1%7C72%3A1686%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50 Or anyone have an...
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    my first time aquascaping!

    Great wood. I agree 3 is definatly my fave, could be a great river biotope scape.
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    ph lowering substrates

    James, funnly enough when I first set this tank up around a year ago I thought of using Akadama decided against it as it was still a little new to the scene. have you any opinion on Kanuma http://www.bonsaiuk.co.uk/kanuma-14l-bonsai-soil-p-68.html?currency=GBP if I'm right ericaceous plants...
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    ph lowering substrates

    I reciently aquired some wild type betta (betta coccina) they are currently in an tank with some standard aquarium gravel and a little play sand. The fish require a ph of 4-6 and dh ideally of 0-4. I use a shoddy ro unit (gives a dh of 2-4) and have added some oak and catappa leaves but the ph...
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    Rock only setups ?

    Funny you mention this as, just this weekend I have been set up a 200L tank that will not contain any plant. I really like biotope tanks I have a Amazon biotope tank that contains very few plants, and lots of wood. But the 200L tank will be South East Asian, river setup with lots of large rock...
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    Apisto Heaven

    Ed I'm looking forward to this tank, i'm a big Apiso fan too i'm looking for a new pair to go in my biotope tank after my original pair a A. iniridae died of a infection after i introduced some tetras from shoddy lfs beginning with the letter 'B'. Anyway have you got a group of juviniles as or...
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    Elatine triandra

    I've never grown it, I've also never seen it for sale in the uk. I remember reading that is has similar needs to glosso, It also travels very poorly.
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    Plants ID

    Cheers for the link it does look like it and the write up sounds similar to my plant, but it also looks like some of the Didiplis photos off apc plantfinder. Tall trees My plant doesn't really change the direction of its growth, probably because the new growth it is in the top 1/4 of the...
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    Plants ID

    Brought this plant from a lfs, at the weekend. Since then its grown a couple of inches and started growing more horizontaly, also the new growth is a orange/red colour that fades to yellow/green as apposed the original green. Its also started putting out a few side shoots Heres a pick - I'm...
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    My new scape named Variance.Sneaky pre-ADA peak.

    Re: My new nameless scape! Really nice Graeme, I really like the foreground planting mixing the Riccia and Eleocharis together rather than large clumps of each, looks very natural. Good work.
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    Help with my EI dosing regime

    Sorry forgot about this I ordered some yesterday. I'm not sure of the levels of Mg in my tapwater, but it wont be high when I start my water changes with RO (got a new system on the way). So again just halfing the dosage of your thread for Mg, 3tsp to 240ml, done 20ml 3 times a week. Cheers...
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    Help with my EI dosing regime

    I didn't want to dose too highly with NO3 because the fish i entend to keep Dario dario (scarlet Badis) are quite sensitive to nitrate. How much would 20ppm of NO3 rate in mg/l? as this is what my test kit measures in. Your right decided it would be better to dose 3 times / week. Thats a...
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    Help with my EI dosing regime

    Help with my EI dosing regime I've been trying to work out what dosage I should start with for my new tank. The tank is about 45l in volume but holds 40l of water, with substrate hardscaping etc. Lighting will be 2 x 36w compact t5 is this too much? Should I use just 1? I’ll obviously aim...
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    Eheim Liberty HOB filter

    Yeah I wondered about that, I surpose I can move my Eheim 2215 classic from my 50g thats currently empty, and buy a new one fro that when I set it up again in a month or so. Cheers.
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    Eheim Liberty HOB filter

    I'm thinking of buying a Eheim Liberty filter for my 42L tank. Has anyone used them before or has anyone got an opinion of them? Regards.
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    Dragon Stone

    I've tried with Dragon stone, I first got some about a year ago and found some pieces impossible to break with a hammer and chisel. But others broke quite easily and as Dan said they break with the direction of the wholes. I also found that with most of the stones I broke were a different less...
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    60cm - Sumatran Chocolate

    George this i a beautiful biotope tank. Recently i've really got into biotope tanks, I have a tank that looks similar to this set up for Apistos, I got a pair of wild A. Iniridae, unfortunatly i lost them to infection soon after acquiring them. Do you plan any other biotope setups?
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    fish to suit planted tank with hard water

    Most fish you find in your lfs will have been bred in Europe and can cope with a wider variety of water parameters than wild ones, so like Lisa you should be able to get away with some cardinals, I’m less sure about the rams.
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    idiots guide for me please

    Heres a .link that has help me, for making up solutions of dry ferts i always feel abit more comfortable dosing a solution than a teaspoon of this half a teaspoon of that. As cag4048 said effective and consistant co2 dosing i very important and is where i fell down on my first attempt at EI.
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    My return to planted tanks

    I'm only using one type they are some Dragon stones from a old tank, got them from AE a while back. The two only left are alot less 'holey' than the large one. I'm intrigued to see what it looks like up close it looks really interesting for a grass like plant, I've always wanted to use it...
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    My return to planted tanks

    Cheers for the reply guys, it good to be back. Hopefully i will get the plants in within the a week or two, when i eventually decide on my final plan is? This is the my current short list of plants - Hemicanthus callitrichoides and micranthemoides Rotala sp. green, rotundifoila, sp...
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    Difference between Mayaca sp and Rotala 'nanjenshan'

    For a new tank i am planning i am considering using one of these plants, but what are the differences between the two?
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    My return to planted tanks

    I have decided to return to planted tanks after concentrating on my apisto tank for the past 6+ months. I visited a old friend a couple of weeks back and whilst there noticed in his beautiful 4ft planted tank a group or Dario dario (Scarlet Badis) and immediate fell back in love with this fish...
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    Echinodorus for open top aquarium

    Cheers for the replys guys. Garuf I found the link you were talking about it was very helpful. I've decided to go for E. cordifoilus sks as for the problems you outlined with you experience with large Swords I don't think these will be a problem in my tank, in terms of the compaction of the...
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    Echinodorus for open top aquarium

    Hi, I am planning a south American biotope aquarium with Apistogrammas tetras etc, I will not be using many plants but I am planing on having a large Echinodorus in one part of the tank with its leaves comming right out the tank. I would like to know if any one knows of any that would be...
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    Mini pelia - Riccardia chamedryfolia

    I've never actually grown this plant, but i was thinking of it before i found out it likes alot of light. I found this a while back from a different forum - "Ideally, water on the soft and cool side would be good but not needed. It does however need a lot of light and CO2. It will...
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    International Aquatic Plants Layout 2007 Winner.

    I really love the tank it isn't my favourite, i think the messy looking moss used mainly in the back right corner lets it down. The rest of the top 27 can be seen here - http://www.adana-th.com/limagegal/thumnail/2007_1.htm Although in not a fan of aquarium scapes replicating a sceen on land...
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    cryptocoryne wendtii

    Do you know what type of wendtii it is? what 'chrisi' said is likely to be correct i have a large amount of wendtiis 'tropica' and 'brown' these were both supplied from tropica with flat green emersed leaves these eventually melted away and the new brown submersed leaves are now present on both...
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    Gloomy Iwagumi.

    Great pics Dave, I've had a small tank lit with a desk lamp, not great for plants but it gives a really interesting feel to a tank especially when there is surface movement. Looks as if you could be looking into a shady pool or stream.
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    Vallisneria nana - any experience

    The lighting was 2 x 24w t5, (1x6500k, 1x aquamedic plant tube) for 10hrs a day and 1x150w for 4hrs. The tank was about 25g The plants did reach the surface of the tank which was 15" in height. The scape was my first attempt at a high tech scape and wasn't all that successful and i'd say the...
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    Plagiomnium

    Here a a couple of photos of some emersed Plagiomnium i brought from Aquatic magic a couple of months ago I tied it to a piece of wood in my 50g tank but all the growth below the water stayed a nasty dark green and didn't put on any growth i have now removed this, but there were a couple of...
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    Vallisneria nana - any experience

    I had V. nana in a scape thats no longer, it was a great plant and definatly the best of the Vallis sp i've had. It speads quickly but the new plants stay quite small 6-8" and do seem to take a while till they send out long 12"+ leaves.
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