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  1. Dolly Sprint 16v

    ADA Power Sand

    Gang@UKaps I'm currently rescaping my aqua mode 600 tank which had ADA power sand and ADA Amazonia substrate. I've sieved the power sand from the Amazonia and I'm wonder if it worth putting it back into the tank prior to adding new substrate or forget the power sand and just add new substrate -...
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    Two pieces of semi flexible netting with 4mm holes, I overlaped them and secured the edges with fishing line, prior to sowing I open the 4mm holes to 8mm and pushed some medium size suction cups through the back netting, these could not be seen hidden by the front netting. Looked great the...
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    Cut / Trimming Blyxa Japonica

    Thanks for the replies - I will try and post some picture of said stems - they had just got taller than I wanted them.
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    How do you fit a CO2 art inline diffuser

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwilz8q9xJroAhVcXRUIHVzVD88QwqsBMAN6BAgKEAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DGmQ7sHZKW2Q&usg=AOvVaw1_gXuCzrFrFr0bgaTbW7dg Paul
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    Cut / Trimming Blyxa Japonica

    Gang@Ukaps My blyxa could do with a major trimming - any tips on where to cut would be helpful. Cheers Paul.
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    Persistent Diatoms in Mature Tanks & GDA

    Same issue for years with my tank, but I sorted it by changing my CFL tube from 6500K to 4000K no diatoms now. Cheers Paul
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    Algae I'm not sure how to get rid of...

    The support legs on the lighting unit are not long enough, so the light intensity is to bright due to distance between the lighting unit and the top of the water / tank. You need to reduce the light intensity either by the controller if there is one or lift the lighting unit up. Cheers Paul
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    Filter Media

    Guys considering changing my filter media as it looking a bit worse for wear now, 'im using an Eheim Ecco Pro 300 it has three tray, bottom tray has a coarse foam used as a pre cleaner, next tray has plastic tubes and the top tray has small cintred glass ball as per supplied with the filter...
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    Ordinary co2 diffuser underneath the intake pipe to the filter - small co2 bubbles into the filter were they get mashed up even more - thus no bubble emitted from my lily outlet and no bubbles floating around. The diffuser is hidden by my plant, the only issue is the green co2 pipe its visable...
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    Fire Extinguisher CO2

    Richard yes - a jbl regulator will fit onto a fire extingusher, I have jbl regs and used standerd fire extingushers. Paul
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    Losing the Battle to Staghorn/Red Algae

    I would start to add some Easy Life Nitro as well as the above. No Nitrogen or potassium is been added which it vital to good plant growth. Paul
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    Braided wire stop end support

    Like this:
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    Braided wire stop end support

    Warm the nipple up with a soldering iron or blow touch and fill the hole with solder - same equipment as you would used soldering copper pipes.
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    Black/brown dust on older growth, help please.

    Algae is caused by not get the balance between the following: fertz / lights / Co2. Your tank has slow growth plants so you dont need masses of light, 5 hrs would be fine and one lighting period - splitting the period 5.4.5 does not help. Plants consume fertz during lighting period so they...
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    Hosepipe water change

    I fill my tank up using a hose pipe - connected to the kitchen sink tap which is a mixer tap, cold water from the rising main and hot water from the hot water cylinder then I just the mix to get the correct temp. Paul
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    Drop Checker takes forever to turn lime green

    Soapy water is good for checking leaks on pipe joints and I would purchase some new drop checker solution. Paul
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    Moss Wall

    Hi Darrel - many thanks for the offer of the mixed mosses i will give it a miss. I'm considering using Christmas moss - are there any issue with this moss. Paul.
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    Moss Wall

    In the process of making a moss wall, Ive purchased the plastic mess and suction cup but Im stuck with which moss to buy - your thoughts would be grateful. Cheers Paul
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    c02 reactor

    Niail reactors when full of fliter media usually slow the flow rate down from the filter, filter media is needed to mash the Co2 bubbles up. An easy way is the place a Co2 diffuser underneath the external filter inlet pipe, the Co2 gas bubbles will be mashed up whilst passing through the filter...
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    BBA disappeared over night?

    No - reading through one of your previous thread https://www.ukaps.org/forum/threads/algae-identification.58371/ you have altered your lighting period, changes to Co2 and the algae has gone. Excessive ligthing is the route of all evil algae. I had a diatoms issue for years and it disappeared...
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    Brown Fuzzy Algae Everwhere. Help

    Tank spec's would help: tank size - how many litres, what filter inc. flow rate, fertz regime, Co2 - yes or no, the big question "how much light T5 or LED and lighting period - how long. Im going to say your lighting is to bright and the lighting period to long.
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    support required please

    here lies the issue https://www.ukaps.org/forum/threads/4ft-tank-1st-in-5-yrs.58007/page-4 with your algae.
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    support required please

    Your have got more wattage over that tank than my car headlight have as standard, your issue is lighting way to much. Lift your lighting hood up if you are using one, if not reduce the wattage.
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    Eheim anti-tamper screws

    A picture of said screw would help as there are that many
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    Excessive Light or Not

    Hi darrel Always had an issue with diatoms only minor / medum and after reading a thread on here I change from 1x 11 watt 6500k 865 daylight (for SAD symdrome) and 1 x 11 watt 2700K 840 warm white , I was only using one CFL which was the 6500k, the tank should be running with 2 x 11 watts as...
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    Excessive Light or Not

    Thanks Darrel I does not want to get back my diatoms which I have been suffering from for years - since changing from 6500K (S.A.D Daylight tubes) to 4000k CFL my diatoms has gone. Cheers Paul
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    Excessive Light or Not

    Bump As per above, 2 x 7 watts CFL tubes @ 4000k which gives me 0.969 watts per gallon / 910 Lumens 2 x 9 watts CFL @ 4000K which would give me 1.24 watts per gallon / 1166 lumens 2 x 11 watts CFL @ 4000k which give me 1.5 watts per gallon / 1800 lumens does the latter seem excessive - Cheers...
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    Is it spirogyra and how to get rid of

    Arh now we have a better picture of whats going wrong - the key thing to getting a correct diagnosis of algae issue is giving all relevant information ie tank position, lighting, fertz, planting regime and contents of aquariums.
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    Is it spirogyra and how to get rid of

    The issue is the strong afternoon sunlight - so move the shrimp jar so it not in direct sunlight if you cannot physical move it put something between the window and the jar to stop the sunlight getting ot the jar . Cheers Paul.
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    Do i need more light ? now co2

    by adding more lighting your plants will grow better and quicker - but the downside is that you will require more injected Co2 gas, you will have to increase your fertz regime, possibly have to increase the flow in the tank and then there is the risk of the dreaded "ALGAE" I would leave...
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    Hair algae

    Hi Looking back through your previous thread postings https://www.ukaps.org/forum/threads/first-aquascape.58314/. Lighting is your problem too bright and too close the water surface. LED lighting is bright (intensity wise) you need to lift up the lighting unit ie suspend it from the ceiling on...
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    Product Review Micro fert bottle

    Trace mix does leave a stain or residue - always worth while given the bottle a shake before dosing. Paul
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    Excessive Light or Not

    I have a Aqua mode 600 - 14.44 gallons or 65 litres, EI fertz and Co2 injection, furna is crypts and Blyax Current running with 2 x 7 watts CFL tubes @ 4000k which gives me 0.969 watts per gallon possibility of 2 x 9 watts CFL @ 4000K which would give me 1.24 watts per gallon or I could use 2...
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    Surface bubbles

    Water will alway get into the Co2 diffuser when the Co2 is not in use, the gas (C02) pressure will force the water out of the diffuser and enter back into it when the gas pressure has depleated, you have done the correct thing add a check valve as you dont want water in the solenoid. As for the...
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    Another EI question

    I dose both daily leaving 3 hrs between dosing with no issues.
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    Max mix co2 reactor problems.

    yes you could - the only issues is that your flow rate will be reduced - it wont be 1200 litre per hour, as your restricting the flow with media. Paul
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    Too much light?

    Always suffered from diatoms on the leaves - was running with CFL tubes x 1 @ 11 watts 6500K day light over 65 litres or 14.44 gallons which gave me 1.5watts/ gallon which seemed excessive, now changed to 2 x 7 watts 4000K which now gives me 0.9 watts per gallon - so see how thats goes on. Paul.
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    Fish for a 19L with shrimp?

    +1 for ember tetra's I have these in a 60 litre tank Paul
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    BBA going purple

    The lights are to bright - can you lift the lighting unit up that will reduce your lighting intensity, say 12" from the top of the water Paul
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    Rate my scape.

    Personally - I would leave it as it is - good growth with your hair grass Paul
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    Help confused

    Yes - T5 tubes are classified as high lighting - if you want a low energy tank go for T8's Paul
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    Problem-solving my newish planted tank

    An air stone will produce a surface ripple which will vent residual co2 gas within the water column. Paul
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    Empty fire extinguishers

    Stuart is that M&S Fire Protection Limited in rutherglen if it is, that who I use. Paul
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    Empty fire extinguishers

    Paul Could always weight them in as scrap metal and get some pennies for them. Paul
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    Problem-solving my newish planted tank

    Sarah To sustain good plant growth you need light, fertz and Co2. If you have bright lights or high lighting / long periods of lighting you need lots of fertz and plenty of Co2. LED lighting is bright so I work on the prinicple that bright lights needs high fertz regime and high rate of Co2...
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    Stopping Shrimps and Fry ending up in the filter

    or cover the inlet nozzle with some old stockings or cut an old fish catch net up and wrap around inlet nozzle. paul
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    Problem-solving my newish planted tank

    Looks healthy to me, as you have reduced your lighting, what I would do is increase your fertz regime. Paul
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    Algae control advice

    Danny turn your lighting period down to 5 hrs, double you dose of liquid carbon, triple does your fertz, 50% water change every week and buy some shrimps - let everything settle before you add Co2. Paul
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    Name That Plant

    looks like Ludwigia repens...
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    staurogyne repens

    Mick Pictures as promised.
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    staurogyne repens

    Hi Mick The pictures are a bit deceiving there is about 30 stems in there, I have no room to plant anymore, ever struggle to wipe teh glass. I bought four pot and I must of used at least 3 1/2 pots averaging 10 - 12 stem per pot and they are spaced out an 1" or 25mm between the stem. Iwill take...
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    staurogyne repens

    Mick Going to cut semi hard at the weekend - rows 2 & 3 are to cut back just leaving 2 / 3 sets of leafs up from substrate and row 1, 2 sets of leafs up from the substrate I think it will stand it but your thoughts would be appreciated Darrell Thanks for your input too Thanks Paul
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    staurogyne repens

    Mick Thanks for the reply - the cut would that be below or above a leaf node or does it not matter, example in the middle of a stem. Paul
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    Ferts with co2

    With a tank of 183Litre I would use E.I fertz (these being dry salts) http://www.ukaps.org/index.php?page=dosing-with-dry-salts. As for stocking levels (fish and Shrimps) add those before you add your Co2 gas - I would let your tank settle in before adding the gas. As for Co2 I would look on...
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    staurogyne repens

    Mick Please find attached pictures taken today - back two rows are very similar in height. Some of the stems front, middle and back rows are showing signs of side shoots. Are you saying that I should cut a third of the stems away on both rows (middle and back) and then do the same to the front...
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    staurogyne repens

    Thanks Mick I have three rows of stems, some of the stems on the back row are reaching te desired height so I am nipping the tips, when the second row reaches the desired height I will nip those tips out and likewise on the front row. Once the side shoots of the three rows reach the same...
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    staurogyne repens

    Guys Quick question above staurogyne repens some of my stem are at the correct height as I am trying to tier or produce a slope with the growth - low at the front and semi high at the back (just to hide the stem on my crypt's) nipping the tip out should stop the upward growth, thus producing...
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    Plants to cover equipment?

    Si You need some back ground plants Paul
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    My two set ups

    Hi John very nice - I do prefer the smaller one of the two tanks - maybe because it has more plants than your larger one, have you thought about adding more any plants to your bigger tanks. Paul
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    Growing on mesh

    I would plant as normal, then place the mesh over the top and make some "U" shapes from garden wire to peg the mesh down. Hopefully once the harigrass starts to grow it will come through the mess same principle as the moss grows on mesh pokes through the hole. Paul
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    Unknown plant problem

    Nout to do with Co2 as XIM say and I'm of the same opinion - your issue is your lighting especially the 10 blue & 10 red, the 6500K is ok, its class as a cool white light probably as close to natural day light, 5000K is more of a natural light but probably hard to find LED with that colour...
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    Planted tank

    Thomas If this is your first planted tank - my view - keep your tank low tech, but buy some decent substrate like ADA as for plants crypts (foreground plants) Echinodours (midground plants) these plants can be quite striking and dont need much work - they look after themselves. Fertz Neutro +...
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    dwarf hair grass

    Seperate the two area using some flexible plastic sheeting - bottom of the tank to just underneath the subsurface, this should stop the runners...
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    Ei dosing and water changes

    Are you storing the old water for watering the garden or storing the water prior to a water change. Paul
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    Ei dosing and water changes

    Could you advise why the need for a bin to keep the other half in. paul
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    1 - 2 grow

    That what Im afraid of - thx for the replies - going to buy submerged plants. Cheers paul
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    1 - 2 grow

    Gang@UKaps As per the above thread title - are these 1-2 grow plants any good, grown within a lab where there is abundance of Co2 - I would expect poor growth until the plant becomes use to being submerged underwater are my thoughts correct and are they worth paying the extra money or should...
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    Brown algae crisis

    LED lighting is bright - bright light = lots of fertz + lots of co2 + good flow. I would incease fertz regime to 15mls and reduce your lighting period to 5 hrs and monitor plant condition if possible raise the lighting hood up to reduce the intincity of the lights say 12" from the top of the...
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    Brown type algae

    Ian Well I have to disagree - been running like this for 12 mouths with no issues at all. Depends which Neutro or Tropica fertz your purchase. Tropica Premium & Neutro T fertz is just a trace mix - for low tech tank with out Co2 hightech tank with Co2 injection. Neutro + contains trace...
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    Brown type algae

    James How many ltr of water does you tank hold. Paul
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    Brown type algae

    James 5mls of fertz does not seem a lot - could you advise on the fertz you are using. I use E.I for my 60 ltr tank, but I treble the quantity of dry salts used in my mix, but reduced the amount of mls added daily to the tank by 1/3. This is what I was refering to when I said tweeking your...
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    Brown type algae

    James What quantity of fertz are you dosing at the moment. I too dose with E.I but I mix my fertz to what I thing is right, I started off low dosing and tweeked my fertz to suit and I dose my NPK & trace on the same day not alternative days and its worked for me. Paul
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    Brown type algae

    James Could you advise of the lighting period - if its greater than 5 hrs especially with LED lighting as it very bright - I would turn down your lighting period to 5 hours max. High lighting Inc. excessive time period trips the algea into growing ( that my view), so balance your fertz + co2...
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    Adding co2

    Hi Chris There is a all in one Fertz available Neutro+ this contains all element plants require for growth NPK (macro nutrient + Trace Elements) https://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/bmz_cache/n/neutro-mediumjpg.image.330x330.jpg currently you are just adding a trace elements Neutro T. A low tech...
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    Adding co2

    Chris Its advisable to add liquid co2 in your case Neutro Co2 as well as Co2 gas - I add both to my tank + E.I fertz Paul
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    Filtration for EA aquascaper 900 200L tank

    Rory I should have stated last night in my thread reply - that the LPH stated by filter manufactures is when there is no filter media within the canister, I had a Eheim 2080 filter LPH was about 1850 (i think) once the media was added the flowrate decreased by half :wideyed:. A lot the guy's...
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    Filtration for EA aquascaper 900 200L tank

    Rory Eheim https://www.eheim.com/en_GB/products/technology/external-filters/professionel3e-700 Paul
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    What to stock in my 60l

    Just stock my 60 ltr tank with ember tetra's super looking fish and they are only tiny. As for Co2 injection add fish, let the tank cycle with them - then add your co2 but do it gradually and build up the levels over a few weeks. Paul
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    Foreground Plants

    Hi Konsa many thanks - plants to consider. Paul
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    Whats the cause of melt?

    A couple of weeks ago I suffered from minor melting after I had moved some crypts trimmed the roots and re-planted, I think the main reason for the melts was due to the big water change that I did at the same time at least 3/4 of the tank capacity. James Findley of the green machine told me many...
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    Foreground Plants

    Gang@UKaps Can anyboby advise on a foreground plants - I would prefer a leafy plant rather than a carpet covering plant like hair grass or glosso etc, maximum height 1" to 3" so it hides the stem on my crypt plants - any ideas would be helpful. Paul
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    Java Fern Holes

    Do you have a plec within the tank.
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    Drawf Hair Grass

    Gang@ TDC Drawf hair grass - plant the plantlets and trim straight away or leave until established then trim. best method please. Cheers Paul
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    Co2 lighting

    Co2 needs to be on before any lights come on - as hoggie states at least two hours prior to any lights coming on. Paul
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    Moss Wall

    Thx Neil for the reply - considering Christmas Moss but I dont know how much (quantity) to buy to cover and area of 500 x 300 mm.
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    Algae Issues

    Hi Ross There lies the problem. I have tried and it does not work - well didn't for me. My idea was to get an established tank full of tank than add fish but I ended up with diatoms. Get some fish / shrimps in there it will help removing the algae Paul
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    CO2 system leaking - am I being stupid?

    Sound like the "O" rings which is a seal is missing from that needle valve. Remove the reg from the bottle and unscrew that needle valve - you should be two "O" rings. Paul
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    Algae on plant leaves

    Luke Photoperiod of 8 hours is to long and I would not use the blue light - had a similar issue with a red and blue light, change to 6550k day light CLF and algea disappeared with 10 days. Paul
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    Moss Wall

    Thanks for the info Marcel Paul
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    Loss of flow

    Neil Filter media in the correct position - could be that's it's move blocking the flow Paul
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    Loss of flow

    Neil Have you turn the power on :p Paul
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    Moss Wall

    Guys@UKAPS I want to make a moss wall - could any advise on the quantity of moss required to cover an area of 50 x 30cm and what is the best moss for a wall. As for the mesh I was considering whether this would be ok to use...
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    Shrimps Dying

    All my red cherry shrimps have died - but on Monday morning I did see a very tiny baby shrimp so I dont think there is much wrong with my water.
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    Thats what I plan to do next. Paul
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    Quick up date - all diatoms g Quick update - change CFL tubes from white / red to 6500K day light CFL tube which are brighter, also increased my EI fertz regime and the diatoms has disappeared, Co2 injection still switched off. Paul
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    FE Help

    Your spot on with your comment - that securing nut is part of the regulator - if the threads are damaged you need a new reg. Paul
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    Shrimps Dying

    Gang@UKaps I have a issue with my shrimps as per the thread title. Amano shrimps - bought 4 at the end of last years still got 4, shed their skin on a regular basis. Red Cherry shrimp - bought a batch of 10 - nine died bought some more (10) only two are currently alive. One thing I have...
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    What am I doing wrong? At wits end

    Buy yourself a diffuser with ceramic disc like these ones http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CO2-glass-diffusers-for-CO2-systems-/171288109921?var=&hash=item27e1912361:m:mEN7L3yrvcZzw4pDazd8vUA Paul
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    What am I doing wrong? At wits end

    High lighting, poor feet and poor flow = ALGAE I feel your pain as I have been there too. remove the reflector turn the lighting period down, increase fertz, remove leafs covered in algae Paul
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    What deficiency does my plants have?

    Plec's usually suck the green pigment from the plant lleaves - not bite holes, as time goes by and the plecs sucked all the pigment out of the plant the leaves with end up looking a lace plant