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  1. Courtneybst

    Tidy Jungle II

    Thank you Wooki, I think you hit the nail on the head! I'm far too modest for my own good sometimes 😅 Like you said, I feel like the videos really capture the essence of the scapes much better than stills can. I'm very appreciative to have been able to share it with you all. I didn't create...
  2. Courtneybst

    Pico Pond

    Just an update on the Pico Pond II Everything is growing really well, especially as it's only been 6 weeks. This was a very inexpensive build (with the exception of the lights). I really recommend it to anyone who wants a slice of nature in their home without the need for a filter!
  3. Courtneybst

    Tidy Jungle II

    It's really really nice. Also great that it maintains good colour even with 'meh' lighting. Thank you Rosie! It was such a fun day and great to show what's been keeping me busy for the last 6 months!
  4. Courtneybst

    Tidy Jungle II

    15th August 2021: The scape is doing pretty well, and it's developed a shape that I'm happy with and maintaining. I even had a batch of apistogramma fry reach free swimming stage, and there are some survivors hiding away now they've separated from Mum. Just shows what can happen in regular tap...
  5. Courtneybst

    Back to T5, mistake ?

    I use T5 lights on my biggest aquarium and it grows plants pretty well. My only complaint is the heat generated but otherwise they're good!
  6. Courtneybst

    Oase biomaster 850 Pros / cons

    Like ecoustic foam?
  7. Courtneybst

    Oase biomaster 850 Pros / cons

    I'm wondering too as my 850 is quite audible and drawing in some form of gas (I'm not using a surface skimmer).
  8. Courtneybst

    ‘Lazarus’...80x40x40, back on track!

    Definitely one of my favourites from this year buddy!
  9. Courtneybst

    The Edible Scape

    Thank you Deano! Thanks mate :) Thank you! I better start eating 😅
  10. Courtneybst

    The Edible Scape

    17th August: The first iteration of Edible Scapes is complete! What an experiment it's been. Short and sharp but it has helped to improve my horticultural, aquascaping and photography skills all at once! Can't argue with that. From a design perspective, I'd say I'm 90% happy with it, but from...
  11. Courtneybst

    Tidy Jungle II

    Thanks Natalie! I was definitely going for drama with this scape. It was originally a 'centrepiece' aquarium if you like but now it's just for me. 😁 Thank you!
  12. Courtneybst

    The new ice age

    They look so plump and healthy!
  13. Courtneybst

    Hanging plant wall

    Oh ok interesting! Would like to see how it goes, it's cool project.
  14. Courtneybst

    Hanging plant wall

    I think it's definitely doable. I would be tempted to use some aquasoil or something because the water run off will be full of nutrients if you use regular soil and that will be a nightmare going into your aquarium.
  15. Courtneybst

    Hanging plant wall

    Are you thinking of doing aquatic plants or terrestrial?
  16. Courtneybst

    Frankenstein

    I almost called curtains on this scape but a friend convinced me to hold on a little longer and I'm glad I did. I did some minor adjustments in to get it back from its wild look and make it more clean looking again but also committed some schoolboy errors. I lowered the substrate at the front...
  17. Courtneybst

    The Edible Scape

    Thank you Michael! Haha yes! Sugar glass is exactly what I had in mind, and I know a great recipe for chocolate soil.
  18. Courtneybst

    The Edible Scape

    Thank you! I definitely know what you mean. I think without any context at first glance your brain doesn't compute that these are herbs, fruit and vegetables. I've had a few people ask me what I fish I'm keeping in there. 😅 Now that would be something! Entirely edible, including the glass. I'm...
  19. Courtneybst

    The Edible Scape

    13th August: On Friday I sowed the final seeds for the foreground! The foreground is predominantly a mix of curly cress and mustard as they grow very quickly and dense. I'm hoping I've put down enough seeds to keep it compact. Whilst they're growing in, the lights are directly over the...
  20. Courtneybst

    Choices of apisto for moderately hard water?

    Yeah give it a go, my water is harder than yours so you should be fine!
  21. Courtneybst

    Choices of apisto for moderately hard water?

    I just checked on her this morning and the eggs have hatched! She's swimming around with fry. Clearly they can successfully breed in hard water. 🙂
  22. Courtneybst

    Choices of apisto for moderately hard water?

    I keep Macmasteri in hard water and the female lays eggs. I'm yet to see any babies but she's been hidden in a cave for the last week so maybe it's possible! I've not had the female all that long either and she's still quite young.
  23. Courtneybst

    Glass Catfish Experience

    They are truly awesome fish, and the one I kept got more and more comfortable with me over time. It went from hiding all the time to constantly being up front. It also didn't bother any fish in the scape. I hope when I settle down to keep one long term.
  24. Courtneybst

    Glass Catfish Experience

    I think around 2-3 years? It didn't die though, I re homed it.
  25. Courtneybst

    Glass Catfish Experience

    The Knifefish was great, best fish I ever kept.
  26. Courtneybst

    The Edible Scape

    11th August: Today I added the wheatgrass to the background after successfully germinating it. I can't believe how fast it sprung up! Yesterday it was barely poking out if the soil, and this morning it was suspending the circle kitchen roll in the air. I've noticed some of the Oak Leaf lettuce...
  27. Courtneybst

    Glass Catfish Experience

    I used to keep a Black Ghost Knifefish so everything else seems small in comparison 😅
  28. Courtneybst

    Glass Catfish Experience

    See, this is why I come to UKAPS! Real life experiences.
  29. Courtneybst

    Glass Catfish Experience

    That's slightly reassuring! I'm going to a fish shop tomorrow and was planning to ask them what the parameters were in their store tank. A lot of fish seem to be acclimated to similar water to your own if it's relatively close by. Unless they specifically use an RO system. I'll see what they've...
  30. Courtneybst

    Glass Catfish Experience

    I really like the look of the Debauwi cats too! Not as much as the other 2 but they're definitely cool looking. I'm just cursed with hard water.
  31. Courtneybst

    Glass Catfish Experience

    Amazing! Thank you. I think I can provide everything you have in terms of water parameters except the soft water 🙃 my TDS is about 360 from the tap and it's pretty much the same by the end of the week in the tank. Do you think they're out of the question?
  32. Courtneybst

    Glass Catfish Experience

    Hey everyone, I'm interested to know if anyone has experience keeping glass catfish, particularly Kryptopterus Minor. I see a lot of basic care information online but very little personal experiences. I especially like to hear from UKAPS members, and that's normally what I search for first...
  33. Courtneybst

    ”Juniper”

    Stunning!
  34. Courtneybst

    The Edible Scape

    8th August: The day before yesterday I started soaking seeds for some of the background plants, and yesterday they were sown externally before being transplanted in. On the right, we have sweetcorn. It requires a blackout environment in order to keep the shoots tall, bright yellow and sweet...
  35. Courtneybst

    The Edible Scape

    7th August: Already making continental breakfast with the spoils from the scape! @Geoffrey Rea edible trimmings are definitely my kind of party.
  36. Courtneybst

    New Decade, New Decadence...

    Thank you! Yeah it's a lot more resourceful haha.
  37. Courtneybst

    New Decade, New Decadence...

    I'm always so impressed by this. You have more trimmings than I have plants in my entire scape 😅. It's looking beautiful though Geoffrey!
  38. Courtneybst

    The Edible Scape

    Haha thanks Michael! You can count on it!
  39. Courtneybst

    The Edible Scape

    Thank you! Yeah it should really transform the scape. I'm over seeing bare soil now. 😅
  40. Courtneybst

    The Nymph's Spring (EA900)

    Classic shrimp mischievousness! 😂
  41. Courtneybst

    The Edible Scape

    Oops! I seem to have missed updating my journal on the progression of this edible scape. I'll try and piece the last month together! 9th July: At this point there is noticeable growth on all of the seeds, most prominently the lettuce and mizuna. The tank is still being tightly covered with...
  42. Courtneybst

    How would you position 3x lilly pipes outflow/inflow running on 3x canister filters ..Staghorn and bba comming back.

    Yes sorry, couldn't help but notice the scape is beautiful!! I'm watching along to see what others advise. I hope you find resolution.
  43. Courtneybst

    Biomaster 600 to big?

    Hey Jan, As long as you can control your flow so things aren't blowing around e.g. using a spin pipe like you said, it'll be just fine. The more filtration capacity the better!
  44. Courtneybst

    Thoughts on these?

    Omg, I thought you were joking! What a liberty!
  45. Courtneybst

    Pico Pond

    Thank you! Having the mini one indoors is great for when the weather is bad.😅 It's my understanding that Imperata Cylindrica does pretty well in water as long as it's not submerged too deeply, but I will keep you posted! I think it would look amazing in your garden.
  46. Courtneybst

    Water meadow gardening

    Next level beauty!
  47. Courtneybst

    Pico Pond

    It is indeed! Good eye 😉
  48. Courtneybst

    Pico Pond

    Yesterday I gave the Pico Pond an upgrade! The old one is still in place but I put the new one together, largely inspired by Chris (Shrimpery). This is will be an interesting experiment to see what plants thrive and die. The container is very very shallow yet holds more water than the...
  49. Courtneybst

    Can't figure out the IFC Calculator, need help!

    Hey everyone, I've had a few attempts to use the IFC calculator to make some DIY fertiliser and I can't work it out! I currently use Aquarium Plant Food UK salts to make their standard EI. However, I want to try and recreate a leaner fertiliser similar to APT Complete and use more root tabs...
  50. Courtneybst

    Tidy Jungle II

    Hey everyone, this is a monthly update from the Tidy Jungle II. I feel like a lot has changed, and a lot is still currently changing. It's a great example of how dynamic aquariums are and are just never the same one day to the next, keeps me on my toes! The Nymphoides Taiwan I was gifted has...
  51. Courtneybst

    Creepy Hollow

    That is some crazy good growth! You should be proud!
  52. Courtneybst

    Journal Jungle pond project...

    Is that Gunnera Manicata? I'm only just seeing this journal for the first time and I love it! Jungle? Yes please. Pond? Yes please! Jungle Pond?! It's a yes from me. Edit: According to my likes I have seen this before 😂 I just have a terrible memory.
  53. Courtneybst

    APF recipe adjustment

    Just curious as to why you want to halve the dose? Btw, I haven't forgotten about Spotless.😉
  54. Courtneybst

    45p Modern Iwagumi

    I like the first picture @Siddy ! It's playful and intriguing and I'm sure there's a great scape to come.
  55. Courtneybst

    Best custom tank builders UK?

    Who would people recommend in 2021? I got a quote from one place but the 14 week lead time seemed quite long. Is that normal?
  56. Courtneybst

    500L room divider aquascape

    If you don't mind me asking, what was your quoted lead time?
  57. Courtneybst

    Neo Flow Premium - goodbye standalone surface skimmer?

    @erwin123 I've ordered a set so I'll let you know when I set it up!
  58. Courtneybst

    The Nymph's Spring (EA900)

    @shangman I never quite realised the extent of the animals you kept! Sounds like Noah's Ark! Also, let the scheming snowball! Here here!
  59. Courtneybst

    Chihiros WRGB2 height

    @medusa3604 Oh wow that fits perfectly! I'm pleasantly surprised. Thank you!
  60. Courtneybst

    Red Tiger Lotus training

    That's an interesting concept actually. Yeah with no constraints the leaves are growing over 1ft wide!!
  61. Courtneybst

    Chihiros WRGB2 height

    Does it actually fit on the rim? Was thinking of getting one for my Rio but wasn't sure if it would sit right.
  62. Courtneybst

    Red Tiger Lotus training

    Thank you! That's quite interesting actually and would explain why one of the offshoots an old bulb produced is still small. It has very little reserves since there's virtually no bulb.
  63. Courtneybst

    CO2 Reactor UK sellers?

    @LondonDragon Was it easy to setup? I'm thinking to get one but I have no idea how and can't see any videos on YouTube, unless I'm searching for the wrong thing?
  64. Courtneybst

    Red Tiger Lotus training

    Thanks Gill, I'll do that.
  65. Courtneybst

    Red Tiger Lotus training

    Hey everyone, I think I know the answer to this but I'm not 100% sure. I've got some Red Tiger Lotus that are doing really well, the only thing is the leaves are getting huge, like 1ft wide kind of huge...I was hoping to have smaller leaves on shorter stems, so if I keep trimming it will the...
  66. Courtneybst

    MTV-Kribs

    That buce looks cosmic! Bravo!
  67. Courtneybst

    Dark Start

    Would you recommend dark start for mature/used soils? Or only for new?
  68. Courtneybst

    The Nymph's Spring (EA900)

    I'm really liking how this scape is coming along and very glad I could help! I hope that suction cup keeps sticking! Also @shangman 's scapes in pictures are great of course but in person they are truly something. You've created such good depth in this latest scape, I can't wait to see it all...
  69. Courtneybst

    Waterbox clear 4820

    This is definitely one of my favourite scapes right now!
  70. Courtneybst

    Cherry shrimp breeding

    Apologies Idris, I don't mean to hijack the thread but @jamila169 when roughly do the sexual dimorphisms become apparent? It's been a few years since I've bred cherry shrimp and my recent shrimplets look all male, kept them at 23c almost exactly. They are only 4 weeks old though.
  71. Courtneybst

    Mangrovium

    Loving this journal! It's making me want to setup a macro algae tank even more, especially knowing that it's somewhat accessible in the UK! Beautiful work.
  72. Courtneybst

    New Decade, New Decadence...

    I don't know how much weight it holdd I don't know how much weight it holds but supposedly there could be some connection to the Grand Solar Minimum which we entered last year. In essence a period of reduced solar activity, although minute for the sun can impact us significantly.
  73. Courtneybst

    New Decade, New Decadence...

    You have some beautiful plants Geoffrey! That onion harvest looks amazing. I too have had issues with this season. Normally by now I'm already harvesting courgettes, gherkins, beetroot, early tomatoes. This year everything is really behind, not by a little but by a lot!
  74. Courtneybst

    The Edible Scape

    Haha could fit maybe 4 in here? 5 pushing it. Thank you!
  75. Courtneybst

    Rotala blood red

    How much do you need?
  76. Courtneybst

    The Edible Scape

    Small update but something interesting I observed; the seeds I'm using typically sprout within 5-10 days (I usually grow them for my garden). However, in this bright, warm and humid environment almost ALL of the seeds germinated within 24 hours. It will be interesting to see how this bodes for...
  77. Courtneybst

    The Edible Scape

    Experiment within the experiment... One thing that is crucial is getting my timing right, and so I started testing based on what will happen last and worked my way backwards. The growth pattern of these terrestrial plants are linear and so not everything can be planted at the same time for the...
  78. Courtneybst

    The Edible Scape

    Yes it's true! So this isn't going to be flooded so I have chosen plants that are ornamental, edible and have a distinct culinary use. Most of which are common herbs/vegetables. The planting will be staggered so each species is ready at the 'right time' which may be different to when they are...
  79. Courtneybst

    Andys 60p

    Looks lovely! How long have you been using APT zero? And have you had to supplement potassium and phosphate? I have very high nitrates so that would be great for teasing out colours.
  80. Courtneybst

    The Edible Scape

    Over the past weeks and months I've felt a surge in inspiration, creativity and a desire to put my hands to everything. I have plenty of future projects I'd like to do but after speaking with a friend I suddenly realised there was one on the list that really should be happening now, there's no...
  81. Courtneybst

    Staurogyne repens and nitrate?

    I reckon they're definitely running out of nitrates.
  82. Courtneybst

    Staurogyne repens and nitrate?

    What are your current nitrate levels without dosing? If you're bottoming out on nitrates because of it, it's not surprising.
  83. Courtneybst

    Fluval Edge 25l first attempt at an aquascape

    It looks good! I would personally start the CO2. Plants will use up their reserves when freshly planted but once that real active growth kicks in it's going to need that CO2.
  84. Courtneybst

    My 200g window

    I can't remember what the thread is called but there's one on here with pictures from what I think is an ADA booklet about trimming. It's very good and goes into a lot of detail. Maybe @dw1305 could jog my memory?
  85. Courtneybst

    Pico Pond

    The Pico Pond has turned into a bit of a swamp but the plants are still growing. The Lindernia Rotundifolia and the Hydrocotyle Verticillata have actually started to flower. I may upgrade this down the line but I'm quite enjoying watching it do its own thing. I just add a cup of rainwater when...
  86. Courtneybst

    Holiday care for planted Tanks

    I think the automation part is fairly easy to do but my concern is if going away for extended periods and the CO2 runs out. I don't think anyone else would be able to change the bottle.
  87. Courtneybst

    Tidy Jungle II

    Thank you Kogre! I'm definitely grateful that it's coming along nicely and the fish seem to be happy. The snails seem to come whether I feed or not haha, I even only feed every other day. I don't mind to be honest. I think I also underestimate how much cleaning the Clithon Corona snails are...
  88. Courtneybst

    Journal My First Terrarium

    Hey Paulo, this might be a good alternative to the tree moss you were hoping to find. One of the reviews I read also mentioned that the photos don't do it justice, which is unsurprising to be honest...
  89. Courtneybst

    Tidy Jungle II

    Hahaha yeah I'm not surprised, since I've only ever seen one at a time I figured the population can't be too out of control so we can stay friends. The only 'pest' snail that I remove on sight are pond snails. I spotted one the other day and don't know how the hell it got there. Thank you...
  90. Courtneybst

    Tidy Jungle II

    I spot him every couple of days or so... At least I think it's the same one haha.
  91. Courtneybst

    Tidy Jungle II

    Thanks Ady! Yeah the lily has really become the star of the show. The melting has actually been going on from the start back in February but I suspect a CO2 issue as well, maybe more on the distribution side of things. The filters and the powerheads need upgrading so hopefully that will resolve...
  92. Courtneybst

    Tidy Jungle II

    Monthly update (where is the time going?!) It's been a month since I reworked the background plants and added Nymphoides. It's just now starting to take off but it's being hindered by something munching it. At first I thought it was melting but it's without a doubt being eaten. The Amano shrimp...
  93. Courtneybst

    Tidy Jungle II

    Thanks mate! I appreciate that. I'll have to upload a more recent photo as it's growing in really nice. The nymphoides is a bit slower than I was expecting but it's getting taller and taller.
  94. Courtneybst

    The Nymph's Spring (EA900)

    Just curious about the pump actually, are you not able to just use a hose and tap connector? I use a 20ft hose to drain my water into the toilet (nearest waste point) and then connect it to the kitchen sink to refill the tank.
  95. Courtneybst

    New Decade, New Decadence...

    Wow! That's some seriously impressive leftovers.
  96. Courtneybst

    chihiros wrgb2 45cm. par data.

    It's a good starting point but I don't think the 30% increase in wattage translates into 30% increase in par data otherwise you'd be able to work out the par data from the data they've given for their other light units.
  97. Courtneybst

    Twenty Seven Thousand.

    Update on this; a few of them have started laying eggs but nowhere near the rate of the Nerites who peppered every possible surface (even the front glass).
  98. Courtneybst

    Frankenstein

    Ahhh I see, I'm not using the stock light that comes with the superfish home, I'm using a Chihiros C2 RGB light unit. The RGB stands for Red, Green and Blue which are form the colour spectrum for LED lights. So the diodes can produce a mixture of red, green and blue depending on your settings...
  99. Courtneybst

    Frankenstein

    Thanks mate, I'm glad it's finally growing well. Yeah that staghorn is definitely backing down. There isn't actually a white option on these lights, just RGB. Is that what you meant?
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