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  1. Wilis

    Algae eating Kribs?

    Hi Henrik, Yes Kribs are fairly well known for eating algae. Make sure you supplement their diet with a good quality algae wafer when they've run out. What else are you feeding them-frozen foods? You could do a search about this topic on google that I'm sure will bring up a lot of useful...
  2. Wilis

    DIY Project DIY Water Changer, No more buckets!!

    Re: My Water Changer Hey guys, The way I use to start the flow is to pump some water up the hose towards the tank,may take a couple of goes to judge it - if there are 2 of you there the first time it helps, as when the bubbles stop you've gone too far :lol: then switch off & disconnect at the...
  3. Wilis

    Washing New Plants?

    Thanks guys, I never have any problems with buying plants from my usual places, Tropica from Rhyl aquaria n TGM, & snails I don't class as nasties either - just snacks for my discus :lol: Just with people talking about buying plants,esp mosses, on eBay from places such as Taiwan & Malaysia &...
  4. Wilis

    Washing New Plants?

    Hi all, Just wondering what people here wash new plants with before introducing them into their aquarium to rid them of any nasties that could affect their livestock, especially when swapping plants etc? Regards Will
  5. Wilis

    Tropica Plant Substrate

    Hi Redstevo, Yeah he's a beautul fish & my favourite discus, I don't have many pictures I'm afraid but I'll post some when I've set up my new tank Regards Will
  6. Wilis

    PLant List for New 'Scape?

    Hey Ed, Yeah I have a plan it's going to be a kind of 'Jungumi' :lol: I'm working on reducing my plants list, as you guys say simplifying it for maximum impact. There may be a small patch of sand & then a carpet, the plants are going to get taller from left to right and front to back, one or...
  7. Wilis

    PLant List for New 'Scape?

    Hi, Thanks Ed I know exactly what you mean, it was more like going through the tropica catalogue thinking what I don't want rather than what I do! So difficult limiting yourself that's why I asked for help really? :lol: Regards Will
  8. Wilis

    PLant List for New 'Scape?

    Hi guys, I'm at the point of ordering my plants for my new setup & just trying to finalise the list-I haven't done a tank of quite this size before-esp front to back, what do you think? Tank is an 83 gallon 48"x24"x20" high, lighting is 300w Metal halide,c02, & I'll be dosing EI, substrate is...
  9. Wilis

    Goody's return to tanks,1st journal,two tanks.

    Hi Goody, :lol: (pun) N yeah that's cool - just checking-I tend to do the same with my filters too. Beautiful fish though & an interesting addition to any planted tank (providing you have wood) & very entertaining! Good luck Regards Will
  10. Wilis

    Goody's return to tanks,1st journal,two tanks.

    Hi, Firstly it might be an idea to check your bogwood for any particularly sharp bits and remove them to prevent this happening again, just incase it is the cause. A split fin will usually repair itself given good water quality & a little time. Is your tank cycled fully as the fish with the...
  11. Wilis

    Help needed to identify shrimp.

    Hi, If you don't get any takers (even if you do it's worth a phone call) I'd return the little hitmen back to where you got them from & advise them that they're not Amano shrimp - otherwise other unsuspecting aquarists will slowly see their fish being offed! :shock: Regards Will
  12. Wilis

    Tropica Plant Substrate

    Hi Colin, I wouldn't use the coral sand personally as it's calciferous & will constantly raise the hardness of the water,it's usually used for tanganyikan cichlids & setups like that. You could go for a complete substrate like ada as or ecocomplete, or you could go for tropica substrate, or a...
  13. Wilis

    Goody's return to tanks,1st journal,two tanks.

    Hi, Is that a veiltail variation of Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus? Do you have any good closeup pics? They do have white edges to their fins & they can appear feathered or a little jagged-could be worth dropping into planet catfish with a pic or 2 & getting an opinion though if you're worried Regards...
  14. Wilis

    New tank advise please

    Hi Fishkeeper, Yes I agree with aaron, although aquasoil is (allegedly :lol: )the best it is expensive & you can get some good deals if you can shop around, I managed to get the last lot of ecocomplete for £17 a bag reduced from £23! Tropica substrate is good stuff as I've used it on a...
  15. Wilis

    Fire extinguisher CO2

    Hi, Can't you just use gas leak detector spray? It's available from all good plumbing suppliers & DIY stores & only costs a couple of quid a can-you just spray it on joints & it bubbles if there's a leak? Regards Will
  16. Wilis

    Can Bigger Wood Look Good?

    Suppose if I soak it anyway n then when my tank's ready for the hardscape I'll post some pics then, it's probably a lot easier to offer up an opinion when it's seen in situ Regards Will
  17. Wilis

    Aquascapes 2003 to present

    Re: Six years of 'scaping Beautiful, all have a unique charm which makes it hard to choose a favourite. Having 6 of George's scapes on one page is awesome,especially as they mean a lot to many-anyone else think this one should be made a sticky? Regards Will ps Not a big fan of P.helferi...
  18. Wilis

    Blyxa-Bolbitis scape

    Yeah looks like Limnophila aromatica or Pogostemon stellata (Eustralis)? Will
  19. Wilis

    The Forgotten Valley - 60l

    Hi Aaron, Nice scape n great jounal,it'll be interesting to see the changes soon too. Hope to be starting my own in the not too distant future :shock: lol Just wondering Sam if you could expand on this for me, CAU? Regards Will
  20. Wilis

    How Many Rams in a 200 litre?

    Thanks Ed, I'll be keeping a very close eye when I get them- I can't help it-so fascinating! Regards Will
  21. Wilis

    Old substrate & Filter mulm under New EcoComplete?

    Hi, Thanks for the input guys, much appreciated-it's good to know I'm going down the right track-I try n do the best for my fish, & plants, & if I had time on my side I wouldn't just swap them straight over but I think with the right amount of care & maintenance they'll make the transition with...
  22. Wilis

    Filter media bags

    Hi Luke, I checked out that store-it has a good range of stock but I felt the delivery at £4.69 for 2 mesh bags priced at £4.50 was a little excessive! Thanks for telling me what to look for though - I couldn't think what to call them before n have been typing in 'fine mesh bags' etc on ebay...
  23. Wilis

    How plants are grown by AquaFleur

    Very interesting, thanks. The voice over guy sounds like Roger Moore :lol:
  24. Wilis

    Change of External Filter System.

    Hi Paul, There's a very professional comparison of the Fluval & Eheim to be found here http://www.discusforums.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7080 This is one of the best filter reviews I've ever seen if you read it to it's conclusion. I'm upgrading my 180l tank to a 380l & have opted for the fx5...
  25. Wilis

    Old substrate & Filter mulm under New EcoComplete?

    Hi, I'm almost at the point of setting up my new tank, I have bought EcoComplete,managed to get it for £17 a bag reduced from £23-probably due to the current economic climate! I was wondering if i should use some filter mulm & some of my old substrate-tropica substrate under fine gravel-which...
  26. Wilis

    Scott's boring aquascape aka 'undergrowth'

    Re: Scott's boring aquascape Hi, Are you talking about a paper by the National Taiwan University:New Fluorene-Acceptor Random Copolymers: Towards Pure White Light Emission from a Single Polymer where "The present study suggests that the single polymers based on three fluorene-acceptor segments...
  27. Wilis

    How Many Rams in a 200 litre?

    Hi, I'll begin with ten - only if they're Bolivians, as they will all be juveniles, if as they mature they become territorial I will remove 2-4 fish, they are easier to sex once they get older & may pair off. A lot of opinions suggest that they do well in small groups, such as on the...
  28. Wilis

    Can Bigger Wood Look Good?

    Re: Big Wood Viable? Hi Thomas, Yeah I made sure all the little critters could escape by taking all the bark & rotten bits off it outside & then I had it on a rail over a rad for a few days initially. It's been in a room with heating for over a month now, I've taken the bark off & taken off...
  29. Wilis

    How Many Rams in a 200 litre?

    Hi, I'm planning on keeping a slightly larger group of rams,possibly ten, in my new tank with my discus, I haven't decided as yet on exactly which species, probably Bolivian (Microgeophagus altispinosa) as they are supposed to be very peaceful in groups & good 'community' fish. In my experience...
  30. Wilis

    Can Bigger Wood Look Good?

    Hi, I'm beginning to set up my new 48x24x20" tank n I had an idea in mind for the scape-I tend to go for a kind of jungle feel but intended to mix it up a little with this one n have a carpet too. I use bogwood, slate n different rocks but nothing that big usually because i'm limited by the size...
  31. Wilis

    Filter media bags

    Hi everyone, Any updates on the tights trials? I've just bought 500g of purigen to split into 2 for the new tank i'm setting up,so I can swap them around when they need resetting. Just wondering what denier you guys were into at the moment as I'm keen to keep up with the latest fashions n I...
  32. Wilis

    Where are you from?

    Much appreciated :D Also I feel an apology is in order-didn't realise you were 16! :lol:
  33. Wilis

    Where are you from?

    Hi-funnily enough yes-take it you don't do much travelling or reading then!? Conwy County, but it's named after a famous walled town with a castle built by Edward the 1st (along with Criccieth, Caernarfon etc) called Conwy,also Telford's suspension bridge leads over to it & there's a town called...
  34. Wilis

    Where are you from?

    Conwy
  35. Wilis

    Shrimp in a discus tank?

    Hi, I keep about 15 amano shrimp with 6 large discus, they don't seem to bother with them as long as they're well fed. Being in a well planted tank with wood there are plenty of places for them to hide where the discus couldn't get to them but they've never seemed bothered. Discus do love tiny...
  36. Wilis

    Unhealthy Fish....

    Hi, Best prices I've found for esha stuff are on ebay, couple of shops depending on product & postage,last-trading-post & peteramos1 are good reliable sellers with usually good delivery times, API melafix & pimafix are also good medications to look at, I've used these with success as well as...
  37. Wilis

    DIY LED lighting?

    Hi Ed, Yes using LEDs is certainly viable as a DIY option, most will need to be behind say a perspex cover though as they have an inadequate IP rating especially the ones you are looking at from Maplin. Try looking on different sites for example http://cpc.farnell.com/ and search for led...
  38. Wilis

    Here is the proof...

    Hi Dave, Awesome looking tank, she's a very lucky lady, any chance you could pop round n help me with my new 48"x24"x20" when i set it up in a couple of weeks? :lol: What kind of wood can you use & how do you know if it will alter the water chemistry or not, I've always bought wood from...
  39. Wilis

    DIY Project DIY Water Changer, No more buckets!!

    Re: My Water Changer Hi All- My mixer shower water changer: (apologies if it's been done before I took some pics n these are the first I've tried to upload to the site!) Luckily for me opposite the room in which I have my biggest tank is a shower room with a mixer shower, for a while now I'd...
  40. Wilis

    upgrade to juwel internal filter powerhead

    Hi, I upgraded the internal filter power head in my vision 180, as well as adding an external of course, using a hydor power head, these fit perfectly with the plastic adapter on the bottom from the juwel unit and come in a variety of sizes which are all more powerful than the juwel range-i'll...
  41. Wilis

    Akadama - A cheap substrate

    Hi James, Sharp-EEK! :shock: Certainly no good then especially considering the other drawbacks you mention. Thanks for the info Regards Will
  42. Wilis

    Akadama - A cheap substrate

    Hi, I'm considering akadama for my new 48L x 24W x 20H, the thing that puts me off though is the colour but when looking online found something called kyodama,also a bonsai 'soil'. Looks interesting & a viable alternative, it is darker which attracted my attention first off, is slightly smaller...
  43. Wilis

    TPN+ Vs. Easy Life Profito?

    Hey- Ok you've convinced me! The Ceg crusade claims another! :lol: I'm setting aside an evening this week dedicated to sussing out EI for my new tank that's replacing my 180L (the 83 gallon we discussed in that lighting post) & I'll use the TPN I have left with the addition of KN03 & KH2PO4...
  44. Wilis

    TPN+ Vs. Easy Life Profito?

    Hi, So if I combine Profito with Fosfo & Nitro, it's a complete dosing solution? 500ml & 2 x 250ml respectively all for £21 from AE - seems good value til I get time to sort out dry ferts for EI & a good alternative to TPN+ Will
  45. Wilis

    Ech tenellus changing colour!

    Hi Wayne, The colours are awesome aren't they!? Read this somewhere, if I remember where I'll post the link! It's basically the leaves' natural sunblock, optical filters called anthocyanins, they're produced when leaves receive more light energy than can be used in photochemistry &...
  46. Wilis

    TPN+ Vs. Easy Life Profito?

    Thanks Ceg :mrgreen: Will
  47. Wilis

    Riccia Carpet?

    Hi Dave - You don't know what I do with my moss! :lol: I generally like my plants on wood eg anubias,mosses etc & my moss to grow quite large having used it on a few interesting pieces in my tanks & even had it as a partial carpet in my 180. Gaining inspiration from my nature aquarium books &...
  48. Wilis

    Riccia Carpet?

    Hmmm, thanks Dave, although the area I'm thinking of carpetting is quite expansive so maybe I should go with one of my other ideas & then use some riccia like I normally use other mosses, decisions, decisions... Will
  49. Wilis

    TPN+ Vs. Easy Life Profito?

    Hi, Anyone know how these 2 compare? I've used Tropica fertilisers & substrate before & found them to be good but. I'm changing to ADA aquasoil for my new setup due to opinions on here & was wondering about changing to Profito too as it works out cheaper than TPN+. It all depends on how well...
  50. Wilis

    Riccia Carpet?

    Awesome! Pics are good & the guides v useful, thanks guys. As riccia doesn't put down any roots though would my aquasoil develop anaerobic spots under the carpet? Will
  51. Wilis

    Riccia Carpet?

    Hi everyone, I'm thinking of using riccia fluitans as the carpetting plant in my new 48 x 24 x 20 as I think it looks gorgeous, I'll be using ADA Amazonia & was wondering what the best method of keeping it secured was until it settles in? Also I believe it needs trimming fairly often to keep it...
  52. Wilis

    Floating plants.

    Have you considered riccia fluitans? This is traditionally a floating plant & should be available from stores stocking tropica Will
  53. Wilis

    Fluval Fx5 & Co2 Diffuser

    Hi, I realise that this may be a little late but could be useful for future reference, I posted a topic about DIY lights & my new tank,for this tank I'm having 2 external filters, an FX5 & possibly an Eheim 2217 for the inline stuff & TDI posted this "Re: New Tank-DIY Lights?Opinions Gratefully...
  54. Wilis

    New Tank-DIY Lights?Opinions Gratefully Accepted!

    Hey Mick, wasn't sure about the acrylic but you've convinced me, I can cut n drill holes in it myself so defo much easier than waiting for glass to be cut etc, just a trip to B&Q. N yeah halogens - toasty warm :twisted: Hi Matt, Yes I'll definitely keep a diary of this one, have a few photos...
  55. Wilis

    New Tank-DIY Lights?Opinions Gratefully Accepted!

    Hey everyone, Picked up my new tank today-Awesome! :D Think I'm gonna go with 2 x 6mm? cover glasses that don't overlap, as being made from glass they won't degrade over time, i'll have to keep them super clean, with some subtle as poss plastic runners? (& do I need handles?) as I think I'm...
  56. Wilis

    New Tank-DIY Lights?Opinions Gratefully Accepted!

    Hi All, Thanks Ceg food for thought indeed, think my tap water is low in everything so I won't rely solely on the fish & will opt for the TPN+ & use the TPN for my low light tank. TDI that reactor looks the business, much more solidly built & shouldn't restrict the flow as you & Ceg say could be...
  57. Wilis

    New Tank-DIY Lights?Opinions Gratefully Accepted!

    Hey Garuf, Sounds interesting-why are you selling n how much? PM me? Ceg, I am certainly considering dry ferts for the long run but I just need a few more hours in the day to get things organised & then into the regime! so for the moment the more expensive but convenient TPN will do Cheers...
  58. Wilis

    New Tank-DIY Lights?Opinions Gratefully Accepted!

    Hey Guys, This is getting interesting! The scores so far: T5's 3 - 2 DIY MH hmmmm...cost isn't that much of an issue - the majority of the cost I'd offset by DIY I think I may spend in getting the right k lamps so the T5's with the tubes could work out £50 more which is not an issue - how...
  59. Wilis

    New Tank-DIY Lights?Opinions Gratefully Accepted!

    Hey, Thanks Matt-I'm definitely leaning towards the MH too, I think they could look quite good, black, white or silver units - either a suspended track with the 2 or 3 lights on or flood types fixed to the wall behind, there also seems to be quite a range of lamp options from 3000k to 20,000...
  60. Wilis

    New Tank-DIY Lights?Opinions Gratefully Accepted!

    Hi Thanks for the swift reply Aaron, good to have a vote of confidence, I'll find out some prices tomorrow if I can. Oh n I mustn't forget to mention that the new tank is a 30th present from my girlfriend Ella, who, as you can see, actively encourages my 'hobby', else I'll be in trouble! :lol...
  61. Wilis

    New Tank-DIY Lights?Opinions Gratefully Accepted!

    Hi, I'll hopefully be taking delivery of my new 48L x 24W x 20H (roughly 83g/375l without substrate/plants etc) tank this week :D & am buying all the extra peripherals that I need to complete the changeover from my fully planted dicus vision 180 & I'm down to the lights :? Fluval fx5, for...
  62. Wilis

    Low Maintenance Carpetting Plant

    Shame about the rotala rotundifolia!lol but yeah that Oliver Knott link is interesting thanks, that bacopa looks how yours sounds if you catch my drift!? Also that tank is deep at 70cm, maybe it needs very intense light to stop it reaching up & to carpet, sound plausible? How deep is your tank...
  63. Wilis

    Low Maintenance Carpetting Plant

    Hi James, I've not personally had any experience with Bacopa Australis but came across it in my 2007/8 catalogue & was looking at it with interest possibly for my next tank? Here's a quote from Tropica: "Bacopa australis was discovered in southern Brazil (australis = southern), and it does...
  64. Wilis

    Low Maintenance Carpetting Plant

    I agree with Ed here it's a lovely little plant a bit like four-leaf clover n definitely slower growing than glosso. Another alternative is Bacopa Australis. Conversely if you wanted a more 'grasslike' carpet, provided light is of a sufficiently high intensity & it's not overshadowed by...
  65. Wilis

    Fluval Fx5 & Co2 Diffuser

    Yeah I did notice the difference in diameter but hoped to overcome it fairly easily with a reducer, roughly 1"-5/8", something like this: http://www.koicarp.net/pvc_plumbing/reducers.html & cope with any slight differences by using ptfe &/or sealant? Hopefully this wouldn't inhibit the fx5's...
  66. Wilis

    Fluval Fx5 & Co2 Diffuser

    Hi, I currently run the internal and an external on my fully planted vision 180, I too have the c02 feeding directly into the external & find this to be a very effective method. I'm also currently planning my third tank (if I can negotiate the space-eeek! :lol: ) a 48" x 24" x 20" & am also set...
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