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    iPhone 5 promo

    I like it. Does everything you need & looks great & is easy to use. Don't know what more people expected to be honest
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    Electronic bubble counter

    Great Idea & then also link it into a digital needle valve so you can just program in the bps!
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    Electric blue rams

    Thanks mate - great site there! Those cockatoo cichlids look really nice! I'm going to try and find somewhere that sells them near me!
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    Electric blue rams

    Hi, Anyone keep the above? How do they do in the community tank? Also would they be ok in an unheated (but never cold) tank?
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Will amano shrimp be ok? With them being larger and all
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Added some cherry shrimp. About 30... They lasted about 1 minute and then got eaten. Well annoyed - i didn't think any of the species i have would be a problem with shrimp. I hope a few managed to survive & hide but i doubt it!
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    Living off grid solar/wind/geothermal?

    Renewables are a joke. I'd advise going nuclear.
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Cool I'll have a look as I do want a few more plants at the rear of the tank
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Yeah those are the ones Gill. Really impressed with the rocks - can't believe how real they look! The plants are good too but would be even better if they made ones that are replica's of real plant species.
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    I might add some bleach to the water to prevent algae - i'd have to use plastic fish then too though!
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Time will tell i guess. Not to big a deal washing them once a month though I guess. I'd say I probably will have to do that to be honest - rather that though!
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Because I don't have aquarium lights on 7-9 hours a day lol :p
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Nah :P Much less hassle this way & can focus on enjoying the tank rather than silly things like CO2, Ferts & algae.
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dx87bEX ... ata_player Quick vid of feeding time :)
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    ADA stockists other than TGM?

    Why do people always expect a "deal" these days... The price is the price. This isn't a market in Morroco & you can't barter for everything.
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    30cm Cube

    what light is that on your tank on the left John C ?
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Thanks mate - where was i going wrong?
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Uploading pics from an iphone is such a pointless excercise lol :/
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Some pics of the fish :) Thoughts? I got 2 rams - a male and a female I think!
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Some pics of the fish :) Thoughts? I got 2 rams - a male and a female I think!
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    Fish auctions coming up - killis and cichlids

    Re: Killi fish auction coming up - 9th Sept What are these fish like?
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Unsure about the fish, something like: 10 tetras 10 rummynose 5 -6 gourami's ottos Not really sure though. I'd like to try dwarf cichlids...
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Ok i'll try that. You're right though they will probably be more effective in groups rather than just dotted around!
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Yeah i agree tim. Not sure about them myself really. Dont think they are needed really & tey dont really blend in. Tempted to remove...
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Ok so finally picked up my gravel today & have completed the scape, what do you think: Can't wait to add a lot of colourful fish. Hopefully it will be nice & easy to maintain too!
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    Lighting - LED

    Just not sure how bright it will be & how good it will look.
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Where could i get that done & how much would it be?
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    Lighting - LED

    This actually looks decent: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Aquarium-Tank ... 548wt_1397 I am not sure how bright it would be though? Reckon 1 of those would be enough to illuminate a 32inch tank - 45 cm deep. It doesn't need to grow plants though so not worried about wattage etc.
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    Stubborn Algae on silicone

    Lol tap what?!
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Yes tried everything mate - no luck :( Going to just have to live with it I suppose.
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    Stubborn Algae on silicone

    Bleach doesn't work unfortunately ;(
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Tanks all clean & ready now... Only problem is the algae on the silicone which just won't come off. Shame really as it's a nice tank apart from that :(
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    Lighting - LED

    Yeah Just noticed those brackets - they are ugly! I think I could try just balancing the lights on the tank edges. my tank is 82cm and the closest size is 85cm so it should work. I'm sure I could fashion a bracket somehow just to make it secure.
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    Lighting - LED

    Yeah those arcadia look good. Would I need 1 or 2 strips? I found a site selling those true lumen ones but unfortunately they don't do a 32inch size (24 then jumps up to 36 inches). Do you know how you mount those arcadia ones? I would like them to mount just onto the open top tank ideally.
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    Lighting - LED

    Hi all, I am not growing plants in my next tank - but I need a decent light for viewing. Ideally I want something as small & minimalist as possible - so I was thinking an LED strip? Needs to be about 82cm long. Does anyone know if those "True Lumen pro" things are for sale as they look...
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    Stubborn Algae on silicone

    It doesn't feel like the silicone is stained though - you can feel the rough texture of the algae on it. Just seems like really stubborn algae.
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    Stubborn Algae on silicone

    I dont get it though. Surely there is someway to remove it. Its basically ruined the otherwise clean tank :(
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    Stubborn Algae on silicone

    Tried Lime light - didn't work. I need something stronger... something industrial
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    Stubborn Algae on silicone

    Hi all, As the title suggests I have extremely stubborn green algae on my aquarium silicone. It simply won't come off. I have tried everything: Scrubbing with a pad Toothbrush Metal toothbrush (was careful) Emptied the tank & soaked in bleach Vinegar Nothing has worked... I think I need a...
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Emptied tank to clean it all today. Still couldn't manage to scrub off the green algae from the silicone. I have filled the tank up with warm water & bleach and am going to leave it to soak for a day or two. Is it safe to do this? The bleach won't corrode the silicone or anything?
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Mmm well i'll see how it goes with no lights (just for viewing). I can't see how algae would thrive as there simply won't be enough light/nutrients for it to grow (only fish waste). The tank is heavily over filtered too. I have 4 otto's and some cherry shrimp though too - they don't make much...
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Thanks :) I have changed it slightly & will experiment more before cleaning out the tank and doing the scape properly. Only thing I'll miss is watching the growth of the plants - but I suppose this is the trade off of having very little maintenance.
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    I have some lilly pipes in the loft that I have had for a few years but never used. They were Poweren ones off ebay
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Haha don't worry this is all just experimentation. I am draining the tank first & bleaching to remove stubborn algae. Then glassware will replace the spray bars also. Really impressed with the plastic plants though.
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Plants (lol) arrived today so I had a play with the layout, I'm thinking something like this? With the white sand sloping towards the rear obviously. Looks good I think! Impressed with the plants - and like the red one in the middle. Anyone have any scape advice?
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Fine :)
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Thanks Harry. Wow Nry thats cheap - i just paid £27 from aqua essentials for a 12.5kg bag & 2.5kg bag - including delivery.
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Thanks Harry. Wow Nry thats cheap - i just paid £27 from aqua essentials for a 12.5kg bag & 2.5kg bag - including delivery.
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    15kg of Maui sand ordered :)
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Don't suppose you have some photos of the maui sand IN a tank? Can't seem to find any... Edit - just found some. I really like it. Currently torn between that and a sand... Unsure. Where is the best place to buy the unipac sand?
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Do you have any pics of the maui sand in your tank at all? It looks nice. I think a 12.5kg bag & a 2.5kg bag would do it?
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    I like sand though :/ mmm what to choose.
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    First Planted Tank - High Tech

    Have they not uprooted all of the HC?!
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    I would highly doubt I'll be getting algae when i won't be running any lighting (except when viewing)?
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Jealousy :p
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Is the maui sand very fine? I don't want it too thick. I was thinking about something like play sand? I will also add gradianted pebbles to make it more natural around the rocks
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Love this scape george did using plastic plants: http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/m ... p?sid=3753 I hope i can get something close.. But now am starting to worry that the resin rocks won't look as good with plants added :/
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Haha yes it is a bit blasphemus isn't it! I just honestly don't have the time/interest to keep a planted tank looking healthy anymore. So i thought I'd give a scape a go where i have no plants. To be honest if these plants arrive & look crap then I may even just attempt some sort of rock only...
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Thanks mate - I'll check out the Samoa. Yeah I know what you mean about those plants. I hope they don't look plasticky too - they weren't cheap! They are the same ones used in this PFK article: http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/c ... p?sid=4189 So I hope they are of similar quality. PS...
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Right so I emptied the old layout today and was left with this: I won't be adding the gravel/sand/plants until the weekend so I had a play with the Okiishi rock I ordered & thought about this: I don't think theres enough rock there so I have ordered another piece of the one on the right -...
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    130Ltr - Rescape - Fake plants!

    Hi all, After a lot of thought I have decided to tear down my current scape & redesign my tank. The reasons are: 1. the scape is circa 18 months old & is in need of a big clean 2. maintenance is just not possible any more due to time constraints I have decided to go down the route of fake...
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    Flourish Excel gone from Ebay?

    Yeah I'll just buy easy carbo instead.
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    Flourish Excel gone from Ebay?

    I'm annoyed :(
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    Flourish Excel gone from Ebay?

    Hi, Wierd thing - has anyone noticed that there are no Flourish Excel's on ebay anymore? The only ones I can see are in the USA...
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    My 130ltr Tank - *Updated Pics*

    Thanks :) It's made a big difference since i stopped messing with CO2 & fert doses etc. keeping everything at a stable/constant level. Still wanting the HC to grow more - sp theres hopefully no substrate visible.
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    My 130ltr Tank - *Updated Pics*

    Been a while since i updated: Doing much better now since i stopped fiddling with co2:
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    My 130ltr Tank - *Updated Pics*

    Been a while since i updated: Doing much better now since i stopped fiddling with co2:
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    Plant growth affect DC colour

    Thanks Mark - that makes sense!
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    Plant growth affect DC colour

    Hi guys, Not so much of a problem more a general query here. Basically I was having issues for ages with my tank & wasn't getting the growth I wanted etc. Finally I realised that I was messing with my co2 too much and too frequently - so my tank was unstable. So I have left my CO2 stable at...
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    Cleaning glass - stubborn dirt

    I ordered one of those JBL glove things lol! Will see how that works
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    Cleaning glass - stubborn dirt

    Hi, I normally never have a problem cleaning my glass (tank) clean however recently i have a stubborn browny dust algae on the sides that wont scrub off for some reason. It's not diatoms as it wont scrub off. Looking on the aide its almost seethrough but if i put some fiter wool against it its...
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    Killing algae with excel

    Pointless answer...
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    Killing algae with excel

    How can you kill green algae?
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    CO2 changes - adjustment & recovery

    CO2 changes - adjustment & recovery Thanks ceg! Great read there. So I think by overdosing the Excel I've been shooting myself in the foot! Oh well at least I've kept my gas stable. Still awaiting for my HC to recover from the blackout I did. Looking greener and melting seems to of stopped...
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    CO2 changes - adjustment & recovery

    CO2 changes - adjustment & recovery Still unsure here - does overdosing liquid carbon count as co2 instability & cause the plants to be damaged by the enzyme thing?
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    Brown dusty 'algae'

    Just do the T5's for 8 hours
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    CO2 refills - West Yorkshire

    There should be like an engraving on the cylinder itself. This will be when it was made (i believe) and as long as its within 10 years they will refill it.
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    CO2 changes - adjustment & recovery

    CO2 changes - adjustment & recovery Ok cool. Also does adding liquid carbon count as co2 instability? Or as its in liquid form does this not count?
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    CO2 changes - adjustment & recovery

    CO2 changes - adjustment & recovery Does doing water changes in a hi-tech tank not cause unstable co2?
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    CO2 refills - West Yorkshire

    Just do a search for some fire saftey businesses round your area - they should refill them if they are in date. £20 seems a bit expensive for a refill though...
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    CO2 changes - adjustment & recovery

    Hi all, I’ve read some good articles recently regarding CO2 changes & enzyme production – noting that when changes are made it takes time for plants to adapt properly. I didn’t realise this previously & was constantly adjusting my CO2 (putting it up due to frustration with lack of growth – then...
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    Make shift filter

    Hi, I've set up a small 10 litre tank to keep some baby shrimp in until they reach maturity & then I'll release them into my main tank... I had no filter though so I used a small powerhead (100ltr/hr) and attached some foam pieces around the inlet... Will this function well enough as a filter...
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    EI DOSING USING DRY SALTS

    Is this a good mix or am I overdoing it?
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    EI DOSING USING DRY SALTS

    I believe if you have those conditions then the plants themselves will thrive & not allow algae to take nutrients up for themselves?
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    How importent is stability?

    As the title suggests... How importent is this in a hi tech tank? Ie... Co2 Lighting Water changes Dosing. I am beginning to think a lot of my past failings are due to messing round with co2 too often, irregular dosing/changes & also fiddling with light...
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    Non-planted Aquascaping Inspiration

    I love the shelldweller tank... But would it look wierd if i had cardinal tetras in a layout like that :/
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    Preasure gauge moving

    Just to check - does the preasure gauge fluctuating mean that the co2 flow is unstable?
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    Non-planted Aquascaping Inspiration

    Hi all, I've had enough with all the hassle & maintenance required for planted tanks & i am thinking of converting mine into a completely non-planted tank. I'm just looking for a bit of inspiration, perhaps from some of the good scapers on here for a tank which has no plants. I like the...
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    Preasure gauge moving

    It's just moving constantly up & down... I inject co2 straight into the filter & can't find any leaks. Can injecting into the canister be unstable due to co2 bubbles building up inside?
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    Preasure gauge moving

    Hi all, When my reg is hooked up & running the preasure gauge on it is not still. It moves very slightly up & down. Between 1.6 - 1.8 bar. I use a wave co2 reg. is this normal? I am beginning to think my co2 supply is not stable & could be fluctuating - is this an indication of this? Thanks
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    Co2 & nutrients

    Probably a silly question & has probably been covered before... But... Does having more CO2 mean you need more nutrients? Or is it only light that drives the nutrient demand up? Or does having a tank with a yellow DC need more nutrients than one with a Green DC? Just wanted to double check
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    EI DOSING USING DRY SALTS

    Hows this for an all in one mix! 10 teaspoons kno3 4 teaspoons kh2po4 9 teaspoons mgso4 5 teaspoons of trace Asorbic acid & potassium sorbate added All mixed in 1000ml of water. Dosing 50ml daily into my 130 litre tank! This strong enough?!
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    Cherry Shrimp & CO2

    Well i've noticed wierd behaviour of my shrimp - floating about and upside down sometimes... I really think its co2. Can't see what else would be in my water column that could cause this.
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    65x45x42 DIY

    Jesus :/ that guy is ridiculously fast & accurate too it seems.
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    Staurogen repens stopped growing

    As the title suggests... My staurogen seems to of simply stopped growing. Ita very wierd as my tank is hi tech with excellent co2 & flow & i am dosing via EI. My other plants are also growing too. The only thing i can think is a lack of nutrients - but surely that would effect the other plants...
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    Cherry Shrimp & CO2

    Ok so i know its not CO2 ... Really dont know where they are. Yesterday i put 30 in and observed them all for a few hours. Now today i can see maybe 3? But no dead bodies. The only fish i have in there are cardinal tetras & a guppy & 4 ottos.
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    Cherry Shrimp & CO2

    Thats what I don't get - theres nothing "new" in the tank that could be killing them. They just seem to dissapear :/
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    Cherry Shrimp & CO2

    No different places - they are all healthy shrimp. Don't know if that image is showing but my DC is bordering on yellow. I only have 1 bps as well. Have turned it down this morning to around 0.7bps
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    Cherry Shrimp & CO2

    Hi all, I have a strange problem. In my tank whenever I try and introduce cherry shrimp they all seem to dissapear/die.. Ive never had this problem before and i am at a loss as to what it could be. My tank is fully mature & specs are as follows: 130litre 1500ltrhr filter T8 x2 6 hours a day...
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