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  1. Antoni

    Breaking the radio silence - my latest scapes

    A bit of an update on the large tank - it has been neglected for about 2 months due to other commitments and lost mojo... in this time it also suffered from a technical issue with the solenoid and the result was a great amount of all kinds of algae. Finally I have decided to sort it out...
  2. Antoni

    Breaking the radio silence - my latest scapes

    Strange...not sure why... I am ashamed :angelic::oops: will try to make it up with more regular updates ;)
  3. Antoni

    Breaking the radio silence - my latest scapes

    Thanks mate! Will try to post more regularly and yes I am planning to rescape them soon. Have some ideas but need to find the hardscape first
  4. Antoni

    Breaking the radio silence - my latest scapes

    Hi everyone, I feel a bit embarrassed as I have been so quite for a very long time here at UKAPS... To fix that I decided to post couple of pictures of my most recent scapes: the 120: The Dennerle Scapers tank: Few close ups: Both tanks has been running for about a year...
  5. Antoni

    Thank you UKAPS

    It was fantastic to see the results of a few months team work. Thank you Dan & George for the opportunity to be part of this! So rewarding to read all your comments guys! Thank you for attending and for the enthusiasm and the passion! Travelling such long distances to attend the event, shows...
  6. Antoni

    Top 10 Qualifiers - UKAPS Aquascaping Experience Hardscape Challenge 2016

    Congrats to all! Great scapes and effort! So nice to see, so many good hardscapes! Special thanks to everyone that took part! Can't wait to meet you all on the 5th! Antoni
  7. Antoni

    UKAPS Hardscape Challenge 2016 - How to Enter

    Good luck everyone! A bit more than 14 hours remaining! Do some scaping this Saturday ;)
  8. Antoni

    Video Announcement of UKAPS Aquascaping Experience 2016

    It is official now :) The poster will be updated shortly! ;)
  9. Antoni

    Under the manzi roots - Antoni's new 120cm - hardscape in the making

    Hi mate, or just get in touch with Tom, I am sure, he can sort you a box.
  10. Antoni

    UKAPS Aquascaping Experience - Venue Details

    A sneaky peek of the venue! This is where the Hardscape challenge will take place on the 5th of March! Awesome location for awesome hardscape masterpieces!
  11. Antoni

    UKAPS Hardscape Challenge 2016 - How to Enter

    As Roy said, that is not a photo competition! Just use enough light and you can get a pic with the phone or a point and shoot camera. Good hardscape, this is all its needed ;)
  12. Antoni

    Under the manzi roots - Antoni's new 120cm - hardscape in the making

    Thanks guys! I don't know of any. This batch was from Tom Barr, kindly given to me by George Farmer. Thanks Alex! Yes I was inspired by his scape, but wanted to approach the idea in a bit different way. Creating hight and depth by pushing the focal point close to the centre in the background...
  13. Antoni

    Under the manzi roots - Antoni's new 120cm - hardscape in the making

    Hi guys, Have been working on this hardscape for some time, but due to lots of other projects and assignments, haven't quite finished it yet. Probably will refine some details and finish it after the Aquascaping Experience on the 5th of March :) Tank: Optiwhite 120x50x50 cm Hardscape: full...
  14. Antoni

    UKAPS Hardscape Challenge 2016 - How to Enter

    Hi Manuel, You can send few pics, that is fine, as long as it is the same scape! One hardscape per person! Cheers Antoni
  15. Antoni

    "After the storm" - my new scape.

    Hi everyone, A short video of the tank, taken last week with my phone. So no greatest quality... Everything is growing in nicely. Had to hack down the riccardia on the the right, as it had some algae growing, due to my absence for 2 weeks :) But is growing back nicely. If all ok with it...
  16. Antoni

    Who's coming to the UKAPS Aquascaping Experience 2016?

    Few of us are staying over :). List of the hotels and prices
  17. Antoni

    Announcing the UKAPS Aquascaping Experience 2016

    Hi Roy, the event is free for everyone interested in Aquascaping! ;)
  18. Antoni

    CO2 in Hampshire

    Hi, I use the guys from the link Hoggie shared. But I get standard bottles from them... haven't really seen the smaller size.
  19. Antoni

    Announcing the UKAPS Aquascaping Experience 2016

    It will be brilliant if you can confirm that you are coming on the facebook page of the event UKAPS AQUASCAPING EXPERIENCE, so we have a track of the attendants ;)
  20. Antoni

    Aquascaping event at Emperor Tropicals

    That is great news, my friend! Well done! Will keep an eye on this ;)
  21. Antoni

    Who's coming to the UKAPS Aquascaping Experience 2016?

    Hiya, the day will be fully packed(from 10am till 6pm), the hardscape challenge, 3 seminars and some other activities. Won't get bored. :) Here is the program, but please note that it may change! 10:00:00 Opening and Greetings 10:15:00 Aquascaping Demo with Dan Crawford & George Farmer 11:00:00...
  22. Antoni

    Announcing the UKAPS Aquascaping Experience 2016

    Hi Nelson, There will be a qualifier, where you need to take part: details here QUALIFICATION ROUND How to Enter Email a jpeg image of your own hardscape layout to admin@ukaps.org by 1200GMT, February 20th 2016. Rules It can be a current layout or one from a previous work One entry per...
  23. Antoni

    Announcing the UKAPS Aquascaping Experience 2016

    Hi Brian, there are few hotels around, but the Orchard Self-Catering Apartments are cheap and decent.
  24. Antoni

    "After the storm" - my new scape.

    Lovely plant! Fast grower! It is a weed. Haha, I pretend I don't see it everyday too...but might be easier to clean them :D I have made acrylic ones, but needs to cut the openings on the intake...
  25. Antoni

    "After the storm" - my new scape.

    Don't have many more pictures from the initial period :angelic: but will try to update regularly. The plant is the elatine triandra
  26. Antoni

    Announcing the UKAPS Aquascaping Experience 2016

    There will be plenty of hardscape, some of the contest tanks and other items to buy. Also the UKAPS garments ;)
  27. Antoni

    "After the storm" - my new scape.

    Thanks Roy! Antoni
  28. Antoni

    "After the storm" - my new scape.

    Thanks Alex! It is visible on the last picture right low corner above the stone.
  29. Antoni

    Announcing the UKAPS Aquascaping Experience 2016

    This is going to be the biggest event ever in the UK and probably one of the best in Europe for this year! Lots of seminars, live scaping and great prizes! Come on, lets make history :) Hope to see many of the UKAPS faces there! CAN'T WAIT! :)
  30. Antoni

    "After the storm" - my new scape.

    Hi guys, Sorry for the lack of update! A quick pic from December, before I went on holiday. Tank is growing strong, just some diatoms and few filamentous algae has appeared during my absence, but will manage that with some water changes and a good clean. Sorry for the equipment in and the...
  31. Antoni

    hard scape

    Hi Piotr, welcome on UKAPS! Was great to meet you on Sunday at the seminar! Sent from my Nexus 10 using Tapatalk
  32. Antoni

    eco complete"

    You are welcome! You don't need Tropica growth substrate under Tropica soil. Tropica soil has everything needed in, so you use it on its own. Not sure what fish you have, but if they are bottom dwellers and there is a chance to disrupt the substrate, then use gravel size 2-5mm. Don't use sand...
  33. Antoni

    ISTA UFO Diffuser

    Some of the new diffusers will produce large bubbles at the beginning, but shortly will start producing only fine mist.
  34. Antoni

    eco complete"

    Hi, If the price is the main factor, go for Tropica growth substrate capped with gravel. Will work fine. Good water colomn fertilising and plants will trive. If you can spend the extra cash, go for Tropica soil, Colombo or Amazonia. Much easier to use, results are great, looks very good too...
  35. Antoni

    Woth the cost to change the substrate?

    The manado is not the greatest of substrates...I haven't used it personally but the reports we hear all the time are confirming this. It is definitely disadvantage that it rises the pH. Changing the substrate - to me that means total rescape. It is hard work, but the best way! This will allow...
  36. Antoni

    George Farmer Workshop Portsmouth

    It was great fun, hard work, but very satisfying! Great to meet you all there and to catch up with Roy and Andy! We must have more events like that down south :)
  37. Antoni

    solenoid or not?

    Hi guys, Lately I use co2 24/7 and I feel the results are better. Better growth, less problems. To be honest, running co2 24/7 doesn't waste that much of a co2 compared to pumping it for 8-9-10h a day. Generally I use lower bubble count - around or lower the 1bps per second 24/7 compared to 2...
  38. Antoni

    60cm dry start...

    Looks good Iain! And glad to see you back in scaping ;) Mini fissidens will make you rich :D
  39. Antoni

    "After the storm" - my new scape.

    Thanks guys! The tank has been planted for 17 days now...carpet is 90% ready, but didn't have time to take a pic yet. Will update later on this week!
  40. Antoni

    Through the Rock - An Epic Journey

    Yep, this is the one ☺ I think it will start at around noon, but not sure just yet. Will be great to meet you there Sent from my Nexus 10 using Tapatalk
  41. Antoni

    Hygrophila Pinnatifida in substrate

    I have some pinnatifida planted in the substrate (tropca soil) in my new tank and it is already showing nice copper/ brownish colour. And the tank is only 16 days old.
  42. Antoni

    Through the Rock - An Epic Journey

    Yep I have started one for the new 45 cm, but need to update it. :) it is called: After the Storm And this weekend I am starting a new 120 and will use an extra hand from George, while down here in Portsmouth for the Seminar in the Local shop ;) So will post updates and new journals, I promise!
  43. Antoni

    Through the Rock - An Epic Journey

    Thanks my friend!
  44. Antoni

    Through the Rock - An Epic Journey

    Hi, that is Fontinalis antipyretica or willow moss, just hasn't been trimmed for awhile :)
  45. Antoni

    which diffuser/ atomizer/ reactor?

    The Tropica ones are great! Also the Fluval nano diffuser. It is black, but creates great mist.
  46. Antoni

    Aqua Soil... What is the damage to the environment?

    I suppose it is a biggish mine and they have concessions and all the needed licenses to extract from natural source. I don't think it is recycled. It is baked clay/soil mixture. Since most of the soils are coming from Japan, I believe they are all well regulated. The same as brick clay yield etc.
  47. Antoni

    How much damage will I do by removing co2 from my tank for a week or so?

    When too much co2 injected in the water, the fish usually are grasping for air on the surface or become lethargic and hide away in the spot with the least current(the lowest concentration of co2).. To me this behaviour looks like a parasite, but not a fish expert. A way to rule out co2 is to...
  48. Antoni

    Co2 dosing (newbie)

    The scapers light is 8000K, I have 2 of them over my scapers tank. It is a good light, but not strong enough for me :) Anyway, I would recommend better filter as well. I am using the JBL Cristal Profi 701 on this tank, which provides enough flow and enough filtering media for planted aquaria. If...
  49. Antoni

    Switched to a Bazooka for diffusion. Question about bubbles!

    I think there will be a distribution problem and plants will suffer. Ideally you can use a lily pipe, as the spray bar reduced the flow rate. The other option will be to use a small power head above the atomizer.
  50. Antoni

    Window sill emersed set-up!

    Great project, Hoggie! Keep posting pics of the progress! ;)
  51. Antoni

    "After the storm" - my new scape.

    Thanks Jim! Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
  52. Antoni

    Through the Rock - An Epic Journey

    Hi Henry, the music was a free to use tune from the youtube library, but to be honest, don't remember the name, sorry! Rovkwork is fun ☺ You will need a lot of rock to create a mountain or a gorge effect. I have used around 50kg of stone for this scape. Just make sure you support the stones...
  53. Antoni

    "After the storm" - my new scape.

    Remind me! Will sort some out, after the first trim. Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
  54. Antoni

    "After the storm" - my new scape.

    Thanks Tim! I am quite excited about the elatines. They are awesome plants and have been hunting for them, quite some time! Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
  55. Antoni

    "After the storm" - my new scape.

    Thanks. I don't think its a talent, just spent too long doing it Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
  56. Antoni

    "After the storm" - my new scape.

    Thanks Troi! Its not my workshop, but a friend of mine allows me to use it :) Thank you mate! Will make some better pics of the cab and the tank, as the pics with the phone, didn't come up well.
  57. Antoni

    "After the storm" - my new scape.

    Hi guys, Here is my new creation. Dennerle scapers tank 45x36x31h (cm) Cabinet Custom made by me (DIY) 2 x 24WDennerle Scapers lights Tropica soil JBL CristalProfi 701 Inline heater Hydor 200w CO2 1.5bps 24\7 Plants: Tropica's Hemianthus Cuba, Riccardia Chamedryfolia, Cladophora Aegagropila...
  58. Antoni

    Through the Rock - An Epic Journey

    Thanks mate! Thank you! :) In this particular scape the hc is either just anchored between the rocks or growing on top of the cladophora. I did an experiment to use it as a "growing media/ anchor" and it works perfectly fine :) I just siphon out the fish/ plants waste and the sand that is...
  59. Antoni

    Through the Rock - An Epic Journey

    Thought will share some close in shots of the plants and fish Rotala Goyas - not sure why the pic came up so noisy...
  60. Antoni

    White Rock Mountain - Wabi Kusa

    That looks promising Evita, love the stones and the composition! The moss ball - usually in the kokedama world, they use some clay to keep it together. But if you have managed to tie the ball, should be ok, as long as you don't move it, replant in it too much.
  61. Antoni

    "Wabi garden" - Wabi Kusa project

    Hah true, no updates for a long time... Planning a new wabi now. Will update soon! Sent from my Nexus 10 using Tapatalk
  62. Antoni

    Through the Rock - An Epic Journey

    Hi guys, this is the final picture of the tank. I am about to take it down and start a new scape in the Dennerle Scapers tank :)
  63. Antoni

    First days of aquascape with ADA Amazonia

    As Andy said, do water changes every day, for the first 1 or 2 weeks and then providing there are no algae you can reduce them to 1 or 2 a week(30-50%) for a week or so and then go to normal 1 WC a week. The guide by ADA: http://www.adana.co.jp/en/contents/process/index.html Hope this helps...
  64. Antoni

    Substrate/Soil for Emersed Grow?

    I have been using shirakura shrimp substrate with great success, also akadama, different mixes with akadama, peat etc adding some ferts with the water, no problems at all. If I were you, I would use the tropica soil. It will get the plants established and growing in no time. No need to add...
  65. Antoni

    Antoni's 60 cm scape - Autumn déjà vu

    Thanks mate! It is classified as an advanced plant in the tropica's catalogue, which means it needs a very good level of light and co2. It will grow easily, but getting it dark orange/ copper coloured ...that is the difficult part ;)
  66. Antoni

    Journal Starting point Wabi-Kusa

    Awesome work as usual!!
  67. Antoni

    What's interesting about this picture.....?

    He was a rebel ...
  68. Antoni

    The Goias nook - New pics

    Hah, not in best shape- hasn't been trimmed for months and lots of stock plants in my get a pick before I put it down next week. I am getting an 120 and need to make space for it Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
  69. Antoni

    Antoni's 60 cm scape - Autumn déjà vu

    Thanks! I had managed to get some red colours, but was difficult to maintain.. after a trim, they turned green again and had to wait to grow close to the surface to get the colouration again... However I have learnt a lot through that scape, how to run a very powerful light on such a small tank...
  70. Antoni

    The Goias nook - New pics

    Thanks mate! That is a very old post, but the tank is still running... my longest running tank ever 25 months now... Re: edit - my idea at that point was to use more light during the shoot, so less post editing would be needed. Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
  71. Antoni

    "Nature's Envy" Chilli Rasbora Pics

    Looks awesome!
  72. Antoni

    Swell Limpopo Black Sand

    It depends what is the foot print of the tank and how high of a slope you are after... But lets say if your tank is 50 cm tall and you want 10cm of a substrate, you will need around 36l
  73. Antoni

    Dennerle nutribasis 6in1

    It is a great product, if you are planning of having heavy bottom feeders like crypts or echinodorus. Otherwise you can supply your ferts through the water column without any issues. My current tank has acadama for a substrate(old and very inert by now) and I add all the ferts through the water...
  74. Antoni

    4dKH Solution

    I would personally do a larger amount, as you can be more precise and to get the correct amount of salt. If you do 100mls only, every tenth of a gram less or more, due to a calibration error or human error will affect the solution.
  75. Antoni

    Going Dutch by the book - tank sponsored by Tropica

    Yep..could be many reasons combined that brought the bacterial bloom...Hopefully with regular maintenance and patience (or UV) the problem will be solved. H2O2 - I wouldn't recommend it. Happened that I killed some fish and shrimps with it in the past... :(
  76. Antoni

    Going Dutch by the book - tank sponsored by Tropica

    Hi Pedro, lovely Dutch! Could the cloudy water be due to a green water issue or a bacterial bloom? Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
  77. Antoni

    Valley of colors

    Wow, I love it Alex! That is a great tank with lots of colour and very interesting solution with so many floating plants! Yet getting enough light for a good growth! Love the pic with the floating plants!!!
  78. Antoni

    Through the Rock - An Epic Journey

    Couple of shots from the summer, which I just found:
  79. Antoni

    Through the Rock - An Epic Journey

    Thanks mate! Yes some of it is glued using silicone, other pieces are just weighted down with the stones.
  80. Antoni

    Through the Rock - An Epic Journey

    Thanks Troi!
  81. Antoni

    Through the Rock - An Epic Journey

    Hi guys, Sorry for not updating the journal. Was busy with work and a lot of travelling and the tank has suffered greatly from this neglect. But finally it resurrected from the ashes and turned out quite well. :) In the last 3 months I have the lights on for 7h a day at 54W output. Have...
  82. Antoni

    Hi from Portsmouth

    HI and welcome! More from down south in the forum, the cheerer :)
  83. Antoni

    Amano RIP?

    RIP, Master Amano! You was the biggest inspiration for aquascaping and you have changed the life and perception of the World forever for many of us. Soo sad! Still can't believe it... Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
  84. Antoni

    Massive BGA bloom in a local fishing lake

    Thanks for the input, guys! So nothing really can be done, they will come and go unless we scrape off the bottom of the lake It is then very interesting why we add more no3 to fix the problem in our tanks...
  85. Antoni

    Massive BGA bloom in a local fishing lake

    Thanks mate, it is in the UK
  86. Antoni

    Massive BGA bloom in a local fishing lake

    Hi guys, One of our local lakes has a massive outbreak of bga and the landlord has asked me, if can recommend a solution... now usually in a tank, I know how to fix it :-) will increase nitrates, improve filtration, black out as a last reaort, but how you deal with it in a lake few acres in...
  87. Antoni

    Shrimping tour 2015 Chris Lukhaup

    Thanks for the nice words, Andy! It is flattering, but I am just a hobbiest as most of us here. Lovely to have an UKAPS comrade down South :-)
  88. Antoni

    Shrimping tour 2015 Chris Lukhaup

    Great talk by Chris, yesterday! Totally enjoyed it! And nice to catch up with him and Andy!
  89. Antoni

    Penthorum sedoides Maintenance

    Hi, penthorum is a nice and relatively easy plant. Just trim it really low(leave couple of leaves though) when it is established and replant the top. With regular trimming, adequate light, CO2 and ferts will thrive.
  90. Antoni

    Shrimping tour 2015 Chris Lukhaup

    I will be on the Southsea one, so if someone is coming down, give me a shout. Met Chris few times before and I can assure you, it will be a great event!
  91. Antoni

    Stu's 120x45x45 tank sponsored by Tropica

    Nice one, Stu! That will be a winner ;)
  92. Antoni

    Through the Rock - An Epic Journey

    Thanks Dantrasy. I will play with the acrylic next week to see if I can get it bend nicely and to cut some slits in it... small evening project for me :) Thanks Troi! Yes will see how the GSA will behave so close to the light....the pinnatifida and the stems on the back should shade it a bit...
  93. Antoni

    Through the Rock - An Epic Journey

    Thanks mate! No space on the back! I have broke the inlet yesterday... that is my 3rd glass one :( Have some acrylic pipe now, just need to bend it and to figure out how to tap the bottom end and to cut openings for the water....
  94. Antoni

    Through the Rock - An Epic Journey

    Hi guys, After having a great time and Hanover I got Inspired from the Art of Planted Aquarium and I have rescaped my 60 cm with lots of Seryuo and redmoor and plants, kindly sponsored by Tropica. Here is a short video of the evolution of the hardscape: And this is how the tank looks today -...
  95. Antoni

    HAC 2014 - Hungarian Aquascaping Contest Result

    Hats down Victor for such a wonderful event! I know how demanding and expensive is to organize a comp like that and you have managed brilliantly! Getting stronger year after year! Wonderful tanks!
  96. Antoni

    Aquarium recommendation

    HI Paulo, For aquascaping I would definitely go for open top, as you are dipped in most of the time and the hood will be annoying... You can get LED or just a sit on top fixture. On my 60 cm I am using 2 x boyu fixtures with 3 x14W T5 each. Plenty of light for any plant (84W in total over 54...
  97. Antoni

    Wabi kusa - Spontaneous setup - unexpected visit - Ladybug

    Thanks Mick, for pointing this out... I was confused by the emmersed growing of the plant, but as you said, flowers don't lie! :)
  98. Antoni

    Ohko Ocean, now 'Peaks'

    Wonderful hardscape! Just not sure if you have thought about maintaining it - scrubbing the stones etc.... especially the top left stones if not properly fixed, will be pain to clean and as they are closest to the light, I presume will be the ones that will need most attention.
  99. Antoni

    Wabi kusa - Spontaneous setup - unexpected visit - Ladybug

    Thanks mate! On the last pic it is Lindernia!
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