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    Saintly's 120cm 'hill's of desire'

    Sorry if ive missed this, but what filter do you use for house-hold use? (im in the market for a new one!)
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    Whitespot

    Well the latest news is as follows: Monday morning I went to my LFS (maidenhead Aq) as my shrimps had gone VERY pale, they suggested turning the temp back to 27 and adding interpet whitespot treatment, which I did. yesterday evening my Rummys had gone WHITE, all the colour from nose and tail...
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    Whitespot

    update: all the colour is draining out of my shrimps, could this be temp related? Im worried im about to lose them :(
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    Whitespot

    thanks guys, would the inverts etc be ok with the salt? also, if I did move the shrimp to another body of water, would it matter that it would be un heated and un-filtered? finally, is 2 tsp per gallon really what people do, as that sounds a lot of salt, 50 tea spoons! One rummy nose is just...
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    Whitespot

    Well, according to online instructions ramping the temp up to 31 is the first step to take. So ive done that, Im also going to do 20% water changes daily and will head down to to lfs in the morning for some meds. If anyone has better advice please let me know Ger
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    Whitespot

    Hi guys, my rummys have whitespot, but none of my lapeyes or my mosquitos bizzarely. I also have a snail and 5 red tiger shrimps. I have turned the temp up to 31 degrees. Should I be doing anything else, like adding salt, or buying meds? (can shrimp tolerate salt?) Any help or advice will be...
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    saintly's "Autumn Blush"

    Would Someone (Saintly ideally!) be able to tell me what plants A and B are, as I would like some for my very own! Thanks - LOVELY tank by the way Ger
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    DIY Clear Cover - Materials?

    I use a local plastic supplier on the industrial estate. £6 for a 1.5m clear plastic to replace the yellowed one in my Arcadia Luminaire and £7 for 4mm thick top to fit my 36" tank (It sits on the braces, slightly too small so I can fit my fingers in it)
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    Fire Ex help.

    you can get free empty ones (or full out of date ones) from your local tip too.
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    Ger's 36" Clearseal

    ps. I am now dosing with TPN+ and Easycarbo.
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    Ger's 36" Clearseal

    Update: My cycle is going well, just waiting for the nitrite bacteria to colonise a bit more. I have planted some rotala, a green one in the middle and a redish one on the right. I think I need a shorter plant to disguise the stop from sand into plants, maybe more hairgrass or some blyxa. I...
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    How do you stop your fish jumping out?

    Thanks for the useful replies.
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    How do you stop your fish jumping out?

    Hey guys, as I'm going to be stocking in a week or so: I currently have an open topped tank, and notice a lot of you must also as you have wood/plants sticking out the top. Do you normally stick a glass sheet on top, or leave it open and cross your fingers? That also reminds me: My amazon...
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    Ger's 36" Clearseal

    Right, Rotala it is on the way home, Im putting my foot down! (shes just used my back card to buy Aladdin from Amazon.co.uk, so I feel justified!) :D
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    Ger's 36" Clearseal

    Well the cycle is moving along just fine now - nitrites are on the rise! I see what you mean about the left - I might fiddle with that later today. I want more plants - I fancy some Rotala, but the Mrs. says it looks like enough plants :o :? Ger
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    Ger's 36" Clearseal

    Hey guys, dont know if you can help me, but my cycling seems to be stalling. On day 1, I planted, added 'bactinettes' to the filter, then I added 4ppm of household ammonia to the tank. Now on days 2,3 & 4 the ammonia has remained at 3.7ppm. So Im not sure if it has stalled, or what to do next...
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    Hydor eth 200w power consumption

    ah, that makes sense. It has a red light when its on, I guess I could time it over a 5 mins period, and do the maths. Thanks
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    Hydor eth 200w power consumption

    Hi guys, I have the Hydor eth 200w heater for my tank. Is there anyway of working out the watts used for heating my 95l tank to 26 degree? I know my lights are 25, and my filter is 32, but am unsure of the heater. Thanks for any help
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    Matts 60L Jungle Edge (update 27/09/09)

    Re: Matts 60L A quick Q matt: "0.5 ml PNT+ 1.0 ml PNT 0.5 ml easy-carbo" Is this daily? Also, I am using TPN+, should I also be using TPN? Tanks looking good by the way Ger
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    Ger's 36" Clearseal

    The latest!
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    A few questions regarding cycling.

    Thanks, yeah hair algae (i presume) has started to take a grip. So Im gonna do a water change in the morning if things are any worse. Ok, thanks for the for Arron. Geraint
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    A few questions regarding cycling.

    Hi guys, well Im up and running, and yet again have a question. 24 hours ago, I filled the tank, added bactinettes, and brought it up to temp. Then, I added 3.5ml of ammonia to make 3.5ppm. now, its 24 hours later, I have added a mix of plants, and just done an ammonia reading, which still...
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    A few questions regarding cycling.

    Just to clarify, will a nitrite test kit be sufficient? just wait till the readings peak, then go back to zero once again? :?
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    A few questions regarding cycling.

    awesome, I'm getting an education here! Last one: Do I need a fair few plants in order for the shrimps to survive?
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    A few questions regarding cycling.

    Thanks again. The article says to add plants before filing with water. But is the any problem with me adding plants in a few weeks, once I have decided what ones to get? Plus I kinda dont wanna buy all my plants having never kept them before, incase I spend £30 and they all die! Ger
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    A few questions regarding cycling.

    Thanks , that was a typo. Yes Cherry shrimp, so should I get 10? So would I be ok with just a nitrite test kit, and once it has reached 0 im good to go?
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    A few questions regarding cycling.

    Hi guys, a quick few questions regarding cycling: Q1: If I do this am I going down the right track, or do I need to change any of these steps? 1. add water and de-chlorinator and bactinettes 2. add some plants and start dosing with TPN+ 3. add some food every day for a week 4. add some...
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    Ger's 36" Clearseal

    Thanks steve, I will adjust the placement a little.
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    Ger's 36" Clearseal

    Thanks for that Saintly - I needed some advice! I will try that when I get some time this evening. I quite like the idea of a shoal of tetras swimming around the big dark stone, so may try some layouts with that one still in its place, plus it shields the TV from the fish's view, I thought this...
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    Ger's 36" Clearseal

    Well, ive been messing around with my rocks, and ive fitted my lily pipes (which I love as the tank look so clean and clutter free). With regard to the lily pipes, should the inlet be at the back of the tank and the outlet at the front etc? or does it not matter? Ger
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    Ger's 36" Clearseal

    Thanks for the comments guys - Im 'trying' to stick with my rock style as it is all from local rivers, and the sand is from local dunes, so its kinda personal to me - but I appreciate that they are possibly not the best rocks available. (plus they are free and I'm trying to keep the costs down!)...
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    Ger's 36" Clearseal

    Initial experiment with some rocks. This could take some time!
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    What are your other hobbies?

    Squash, Surfing, My Lovely Wife are my main interests. But most of my life seems to be work, diy and cleaning!!!
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    Ger's 36" Clearseal

    Well finally it begins! My wife is away for the weekend so I thought I'd do all the messy stuff while she was not around :) I got the tank from PaH, took the black bits off and at the moment its sitting on the unit, empty. But I plan to plug away at it this weekend. I have been sourcing bits...
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    Filter Media

    Thanks. A useful reply, much appreciated.
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    Filter Media

    Well I guess you wouldn't for maximum efficiency. But, if scrubbies hold 'more than enough' bacteria then at 89 pence I know which one I would chose. The trouble is, I dont know if scrubbies do hold 'more than enough' ... Ger
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    Filter Media

    look here for scrubbies surface area: http://www.wernersponds.com/biofiltermedia.htm and here for a thread about it: http://www.tropicalfishforums.co.uk/for ... =scrubbies I got about 20 scrubbies for 89p!
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    Filter Media

    Hi guys, I have a second hand aqua one filter, would this be an acceptable way of filling it up, albeit a little unorthodox: Bottom Tray: Scrubbies, as many as will fit until full Top tray, Included filter sponge, then a few more scrubbies, then an inch thick layer of filter floss (JBL) or...
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    Steve's 200ltr... First Attempt

    Steve, Could you talk me through which plants you have from left to right? if you like I could send you a pic of your tank with some numbers photoshopped on and you could tell me whats what? One quick Q - did you add the plants on day 1 of sticking the rocks etc in, or did you have it filled...
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    Steve's 200ltr... First Attempt

    Steve, where did you get such light sand? I went to look at B&Q playsand, and even though the pic of the bag was white, I opened it and it was dark grey! Also, you thought about removing the black plastic on the top of the tank? - does it just clip off? Ger
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    Matts 60L Jungle Edge (update 27/09/09)

    Re: Matts 60L Is it safe to use this aquarium without the top brace piece? I really like the look of rimless tanks, and this one with rounded corners looks really good. Ger
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    Steve's 200ltr... First Attempt

    Thanks for posting this Steve - I enjoyed reading the thread as I'm about to embark on a very similar project myself. Ive almost finished piecing the bits of equipment together. Im going for a 36" clearseal as the Mrs thought the 48" was too long for the lounge! :( Anyway - keep us posted...
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    Eco complete and B&Q topsoil/mud from my garden.

    Hey guys, a quick update question: I like the look of pale bright sand at my local maidenhead aquatics - BUT if I put soil underneath it, will it eventually mix and look horrible? or do they stay seperate? - I have visions of the mud rising above the sand, and having a horrible soup! If so, am...
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    which rocks shall I use (complete beginner!)

    Thanks Adandrews - I guess I will collect a few more of each, decide upon some sand, and maybe experiment with some layouts. I will keep you guys posted on progress. Thanks again
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    which rocks shall I use (complete beginner!)

    thanks Matt. Opinion appreciated. Would I be able to grow hairgrass and some other basic plants in a sand substrate? or would I need some soil in there somewhere too? - im willing to dose the water column.
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    which rocks shall I use (complete beginner!)

    Hi guys, these are 2 rock options I have open to me, both of which I can collect locally from streams, beaches etc. Do you think the smoother lighter rocks, or the more angular darker rocks would be best? both get darker still when wet too. Im thinking of mostly having a sandy bottom with...
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    Would this kit be a good buy for the price?

    Yeah, I agree with all you are saying - Think I will give this a miss
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    Is this fert any good?

    sari - can i get a pic of your tank, with some photoshopped arrows and names of the plants on? So your easy carb dosing replaces the 'need' for co2? When people say 'dose the water 'column'' what exactly do they mean by column?
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    Would this kit be a good buy for the price?

    My tank is to be 100 litres - am/was tempted to go without co2, as im new to all this and there is so much to learn so was thinking one step at a time. Although part of me wants to go the whole hog. Standard fitment sounds the best bet - what is the technical term for the 'standard fitment'?
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    Would this kit be a good buy for the price?

    wow that was a detailed reply. Im off out for a meal now, but will digest it later (your post - not the meal!). Thanks for all that - I suspect a cheap kit which fits standard fire extinguishers would be a better bet. no? Ger
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    Would this kit be a good buy for the price?

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Full-Co2-System-K ... C294%3A200 Do you guys in the know think thats worth it for the price? Or more importantly, would that fit on to a fire extinguisher? Cheers Ger
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    Is this fert any good?

    Thanks Matt
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    Is this fert any good?

    Its a clearance item from Aqua essentials, anyone think it would be worth it for the price? Aquili Fertiliser - 250ml http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/index.p ... cts_id=780 also, do I need water conditioner or does no one use it? Ger
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    Point in the right direction?

    Hi guys, Im in a very similar situation to gravil, so I hope you dont mind me hi-jacking the thread. I would like a planted tank with some kind of plant growth covering the substrate - like a carpet effect (a la picture on the www.ukaps.org homepage) - which plant would you recommend for a...
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    quick tube question:

    thanks both. cheers!
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    quick tube question:

    I have just won an arcadia ebay auction and the seller has written this to me via email: "Am packing Item and have just noticed that one of the tubes is an FO 25 Original Tropical Plant Growth Tube - pinkish in colour. The FF 25 High Output Tropical is white in colour. Can fit two FO 25s or...
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    Eco complete and B&Q topsoil/mud from my garden.

    thanks for the info!
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    Eco complete and B&Q topsoil/mud from my garden.

    ok my current thoughts after all your advice is: option 1: this fert: http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/index.p ... ts_id=1811 top layer of substrate: eco complete bottom layer of substrate: some dark gravel mixed with some topsoil from the garden at the for some extra nutrients. cheaper...
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    Eco complete and B&Q topsoil/mud from my garden.

    nry, why use the kitchen towel? (I assume to stop the peat mixing and getting messy - but wont this also stop the nutrients mixing?) Also what is aquarium peat? Lastly, why should sand be better?
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    Eco complete and B&Q topsoil/mud from my garden.

    Thanks When people say 'dose the water column' is there a product you can recommend which comes in bulk and is cheap?
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    Eco complete and B&Q topsoil/mud from my garden.

    thanks for that detailed reply. Your last sentence about using gravel under the EC: "In the end though, a less messy solution is to simply bulk up your EC with similarity coloured plain gravel and ensure that you dose the water column." I thought soil from the garden would contain more useful...
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    Eco complete and B&Q topsoil/mud from my garden.

    hey guys, im thinking of getting some Caribsea Eco-Complete http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/index.p ... cts_id=190 purely cos I like the look. I dont know much about substrates - but, to bulk it up, can I use topsoil from B&Q?, with the eco-complete on top? Also will topsoil sink? - and can I...
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    Budget Rimless tank - Removing clearseal glass bits??

    thanks guys for all your help. I think, unless I can find a second hand tank, I will buy a clearseal one and live with the look for the time being - not ideal but I cant really justify a £200 quid tank to the mrs when she doesnt really get the whole fish tank thing. I might post a thread on...
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    Budget Rimless tank - Removing clearseal glass bits??

    Okay, no worries I was just referring to the post at the top of this page: viewtopic.php?f=35&t=1311&hilit=clearseal&start=20 I rang Clearseal just now and they concur with you. Ger
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    Budget Rimless tank - Removing clearseal glass bits??

    are you guys sure the glass bits along the length are braces? or just there support drip trays / glass covers.?
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    Budget Rimless tank - Removing clearseal glass bits??

    I thought they were just there for supporting the lights or something. It didnt occur to me that they stopped the glass from bowing! How about if I just kept them but filled the water up to that exact level, would they 'dissapear'? They would probably always annoy me though! I will pm the...
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    Budget Rimless tank - Removing clearseal glass bits??

    Hi guys, Im trying to achieve a rimless clean aquarium look, with overhead luminaire. But on a budget - as this is my first tank. Ideally, I want to buy a 36" clearseal tank, and remove all the black plastic. BUT, and here is the big but... I also want to remove the two strips of horizontal...
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