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  1. Macman6

    Unnamed Ditch

    Like I said, life can go slowly... added some red lizard cats the other day and another female trifasciata... speaking of which the original has fry, I knew she’d laid eggs but with it being the first spawn expected her to eat them before they were free swimming. Oh, the plants have grown in a...
  2. Macman6

    planting in a pond

    Hi, i'm wondering does anyone have any tips for planting in a pond, i have a few lilies currenftly in the pots they came in is buying a larger basket the only option or could i use for example a decent sized shallow terracotta bowl?
  3. Macman6

    Unnamed Ditch

    Thanks Darrel, the new light seems to have made a big difference to growth and the moss on the stump is starting to grow in nicely. cheers for the tip re Trifasciata. There was a reason I’d been put off them as apposed to some other Apistos and I think this is it, ah well, might have to swap...
  4. Macman6

    Unnamed Ditch

    Wow, apologies for no updates. Been a little busy. so I’ve finally managed to get a permanent light and everything is looking rosier in my ditch. Unfortunately I lost one of the head standers and I’ve had a crispy pencilfish on the floor which is frustrating. good news though, my neon fry is...
  5. Macman6

    Unnamed Ditch

    Things can move pretty slowly when you’re a forgotten ditch in a rainforest backwater, and this ditch is the same. Even though not much has happened I thought I’d give a bit of an update. I’m starting to see more activity from some of the larger pencil fry (roughly 1cm long) who are starting to...
  6. Macman6

    Unnamed Ditch

    Thanks Darrel,that’s exactly what I’m trying to create Floema on Facebook posts sme excellent habitat pictures too... I have kept Splash Tetras before, but with the current lack of a cove I decided against them for the moment
  7. Macman6

    Unnamed Ditch

    Here are some more up to date pictures as the tank has progressed with a couple of fry pictures. mad you can see the tree stump is coming along. I’m hoping one day there’ll be plenty of the hydrocoytle flowing from it into the water. And I’m planning on buying another fry box to attach to the...
  8. Macman6

    Unnamed Ditch

    Thanks for the messages everyone, although I feel like I’m under a bit of pressure now. Excuse picture quality, I’m by no means a skilled photographer or picture editor so it’s all just IPhone. also, I know the back wall is a state, I have a very grand plan for it of covering it in a vine fed...
  9. Macman6

    Unnamed Ditch

    Hi, so where should I start? Roughly this time last year I got the ok off the boss to set up a 4ft X 18inch shallow, I’d found one locally for £70 (it’s not the nearest job but a glass box all the same) and promptly stored it away knowing I had to clear out the spare room to be able to set it...
  10. Macman6

    Dirt for low tech

    sorry, i guess i worded it poorly, my tap water is pretty soft, however im worried about a substrate driving up hardness, im sure Tom had this problem in one of his journals?
  11. Macman6

    Dirt for low tech

    I'm going to be setting up a 4x2 ft low tech with Big Tom's scapes as an inspiration, and want to put a bit of soil in ... what would everyone reccomend? i want to create soft acidic conditions so i can keep some Apistos Cheers
  12. Macman6

    Tiny Cory Setup

    i have Pygmeus and I'm not sure what i'm doing right, have a group in a Fluval Spec. i have a massive ball of flame moss they constantly breed in, some slavinia and brazilian pennywort running wild in there. the only tankmates they have are Neocaradina shrimp. last time i checked the PH was...
  13. Macman6

    Pendant Light

    Hi, i'm going to be setting up a 4ft by 2 ft open top tank with emersed growth, and i'm looking for pendant style spotlights to light it. is there anything out there like a kessil but cheaper. doesnt have to be mega quality as i only go for easy to grow low tech plants. Cheers
  14. Macman6


    haven't tried yet, Buying a new house and building a new kitchen which means im allowed to use the current one as a Fishroom.
  15. Macman6


    Not Really Sure where to post this, s thought i'd stick it in the general forum does anyone have an idea of whether a standard kitchen worktop would take the weight of fish tanks (got a 125L and buying a 4" *2") or is it really just a guessing game? TIA
  16. Macman6

    how to get a Tiger Lotus to flower?

    Cheers for the reply! I seem to have a problem with flower stalks too tbh, had an anubias, apogeneton and currently got a sword with flower stalks and none ended up flowering Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. Macman6

    how to get a Tiger Lotus to flower?

    Hi, i was just wondering if theres anything i can do to encourage my tiger lotus to flower? had if for about 6 months and it's healthy but hasnt flowered yet? is there something i need to do other than have patience? it has sent out runners for new plantlets if this helps. Cheers
  18. Macman6

    Golden eyed dwarf cichlid

    I'd get a Trio 1M 2F otherwise theyll beat eachother up
  19. Macman6

    South American clear water stream fish list???

    Pencil fish are great, I have both marginatus and eques in mine and they’re always up to something! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. Macman6

    Hydrocytle leucephala flowers

    In case anyone wants to see I have a few flower stalks of Brazilian pennywort.... There are more but I only have an iPhone and it’s rubbish for pictures Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. Macman6

    Underwater spores

    Has anyone seen this before? I have what was sold as flame moss growing in a clump in the front corner of my tank and it has sprouted the spores or whatever they’re called you see on terrestrial mosses Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. Macman6

    Has anyone eaten any plants

    i do have a couple of stems of this, hoping it will grow emersed as it's poking through at the moment. will chuck some in the next Stir-fry i make is the Mrs will let me! i've also tried water mint and Pennyroyal before, i was hoping i could find a better use for my excess Hydrocotyle leucocephala
  23. Macman6

    Has anyone eaten any plants

    didn't really know how to categorise this, but has anyone ever grown and eaten anything in their tank? i'm aware some Pennyworts are edible but unsure on others
  24. Macman6

    Air Driven Filter

    I'm planning building a pond (about 2M in length) as was going to do a Bog filter, i dont really have power access in the garden so was wondering does the lift of an air driven filter (was going to use solar power) only apply from above water level? going to use it to drive current through a...
  25. Macman6

    Journal Mission Bathtub 2018

    this is really going great. has inspired me but im really struggling to find an old bath tub or Trough for cheap enough (can't dig a pond as its a paved garden) hopefully i will soon though
  26. Macman6

    400 gallon.

    Ed, i'm sure you previously said that Apisto's have never been a success in this tank, what do you think has change that will work this time? i'm not trying to have a go, just curious as they are a Genus i love.
  27. Macman6

    My dilema

    Two is better than one when it comes to aquariums
  28. Macman6

    Tropica mini pots

    from both angles, as you can see I drilled a hole in the wood and stuffed it in, roots overflow with lower portion still submersed. I’d say I bought it December time? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  29. Macman6

    Tropica mini pots

    i'll take one when i'm home, roots are in the water ..... drilled a hole in the wood and stuffed it in, coconut root and all
  30. Macman6

    Tropica mini pots

    i bought a lobelia one a while ago and have it growing emergent stuffed in a hole in some driftwood, seems to be doing pretty well so far.
  31. Macman6

    apistogramma borellii fry

    Darrel has experince with apistos i think (dw1305) personally i've had a few spawns from my Golden Eye Cichlids but they never make it past a few days of being free swimming as they get picked off by the other fish. what else is in the tank?
  32. Macman6

    Fern ID please

    Would someone be able to ID this fern I got from a garden centre please. Looks like maidenhair to my untrained eye... also I have a clover fern that would be nice to iD... sorry for the poor picture of the clover, just dumped the big fern pretty much on top, I put it in a few weeks ago and...
  33. Macman6

    Palm house / Tropical house

    Cheers, yeah planning a trip to Kew with the other half at the moment so good info. We were in Copenhagen last year and visited the botanical gardens. Was great seeing emersed crypts etc in the palm house Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  34. Macman6

    Palm house / Tropical house

    Anyone know any palm houses or tropical glasshouses that are good viewing? preferably around manchester area ish.
  35. Macman6

    My first - "3 of life" :)

    yeah, i just have itchy fingers and want to get going. Cheers
  36. Macman6

    My first - "3 of life" :)

    Thanks, i meant the feather leaf, although i am planning on using bog pimpernel too.. just have to find somewhere that sells them now...
  37. Macman6

    My first - "3 of life" :)

    Great Journal this. could i ask what the plant front left is here?
  38. Macman6

    Aquarium Terrestrial Plant Hanging Baskets

    here's the hydroculture list Marcel mentioned http://www.hydro-culture.net/plants.html i've found it useful when rummaging through the garden centre house plants section. also now spring is on the way its easy to pick up marginal plants from the ponds section
  39. Macman6

    Planting a HOB Filter

    i have just started growing Emersed, most aquatic plants grow emersed... i have lobelia Cardinalis growing well as well as Lileaopsis Braziliensis. with terrestrial plants don't be scared to use a big cutting, i have gone too small so far and they struggle as its hard to stop them getting their...
  40. Macman6

    How/Where did you hear about Ukaps.org?????

    I was looking for Farlowella information and found Big Tom's Poco Pozo .... spent the next three days reading his Journals. if you haven't tried them, do... especially if you like Nature aquariums
  41. Macman6

    Anubias and Apogeneton Flowers

    I've had my Anubias and apogeneton send up flower stalks recently, but they have both times stopped short of the surface. anyone know why? i run a low tech tank, will this be a factor?
  42. Macman6

    Clear plastic riparium planters

    the Breeder box is a good idea, wish i'd thought of that. i made a couple out of Cordial bottles and ordered in suckers, they tend to slip as the water level drops though so i've strung them up with fishing wire. therefore i'd stay away from suction cups if possible
  43. Macman6

    Seen but cant find - Growing emersed bare rooted

    i've seen on here a picture of someone growing a plant out the top of their tank with the plant bare rooted and emersed wrapped in some mesh, but i cant find it. looking to make a similar contraption, does anyone know what i'm referring to?
  44. Macman6

    Wild caught or captive bred? what is your preference?

    There are many great conservation projects such as project piaba which help ensure a sustainable population of wild caught fish, as well as maintaining habitat for them and other animals, and I believe for our hobby to survive we all need to be as environmentally aware as we can be. Therefore...
  45. Macman6

    Best terrestrial plants for Emersed growth

    HC lobelia cardinalis and Lilaeopsis definitely grow well as shown in the pictures, strugglesdto get spath or pothos going, I think I might be letting the water levels vary too much. Currently trying an anthurium and palms. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  46. Macman6

    Nannacara and Apistos

    Yeah that’s been my thinking, female golden eye has already spawned once too Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  47. Macman6

    Nannacara and Apistos

    As yet i haven't done it as i'm confident i can't but.. in a 125L tank could i keep a pair of Apistos with a Nannacara Anomala pair?
  48. Macman6

    Extra Lighting

    So, i'm looking at buying some extra lighting for my tank for helping emergent growth, i've seen a few clip on led lights such as these https://www.amazon.co.uk/LifeBee-Flexible-Gooseneck-Greenhouse-Hydroponic/dp/B06XBW3QZY/ref=sr_1_23?ie=UTF8&qid=1518777325&sr=8-23&keywords=led+grow+light...
  49. Macman6

    DIY Emersed planters

    i'll try and get some pictures when i get home. they're nothing special though
  50. Macman6

    DIY Emersed planters

    looks like i'll have to have a rethink, at the moment i have fishing wire underneath counter-weighted by a half full water bottle, not the prettiest. doesn't help i have a rim on the tank as i wasn't aware of the emersed growth possibilities when i bought it!
  51. Macman6

    DIY Emersed planters

    i've got a couple of DIY planters for Emersed growing, but im having a bit of trouble stopping them slowly slipping down the tank walls, i've already had to chase hydroponic clay balls around the tank a couple of times. i make them using the bottom half of a milk carton type bottle and put a...
  52. Macman6

    My Freshwater Reef

    This is nice, i'm interested to see how this develops over summer with he natural light, i have a Tank directly opposite a west(ish) facing window and didn't experience problems last summer... .. personally i have a feeling that if you can keep on top of the algae, Natural light is beneficial...
  53. Macman6

    Best terrestrial plants for Emersed growth

    Thanks everyone, got some pennyroyal and an anthurium today that I’m going to try, want to try HC or hydroctyle tripartita overflowing from the tubs. If it turns out ok I’ll get some pictures on Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  54. Macman6

    Best terrestrial plants for Emersed growth

    Hi, I'm currently in he process of making my tank open top and growing Emersed plants using DIY suction cup planters and was having trouble finding a good list of the best Terrestrial / lower humidity plants to grow Emersed? i'll start off by saying i've got as far as Pothos(Epipremnum)...
  55. Macman6

    Clay balls

    Hi, I’m looking to grow some emersed plants from pots, will expanded clay balls affect my water parameters? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk