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    Juwel Rio 180L ADA Malaya

    Hi Everyone, Just wanted to post an update of my tank. Enjoy! And now.... The current state:
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    Juwel Rio 180L ADA Malaya

    Had a trim and a bit of a move around: BEFORE AFTER (rotation lag)
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    Juwel Rio 180L ADA Malaya

    My rams laid eggs last week, YEH!! (pics will be added later today) with the male mainly guarding the eggs with female on odd occasions BUT the eggs disappeared after few days and at the same time one of my angelfish had died with torn fins. Im guessing the rams nipped him for eating the eggs...
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    Juwel Rio 180L ADA Malaya

    Re: Juwel Rio 180L ADA Malaya. Pic Heavy Cheers guys. Had Mister Starkey pop round a week ago and should flower soon if feeding maintains normal. This is how it has developed so far. There seem to be three nodes altogether, one 1/4 up, half way and then near the surface it has split into two...
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    Juwel Rio 180L ADA Malaya

    mine is doing very well other than starting to nip at some plants. Should hopefully stop when I get a females in their. My water is generally hard but hasn't been an issue so far for the Ram. The ADA Malaya soil makes the water nice and soft which is nice help. Sorry keeps doing it with...
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    Juwel Rio 180L ADA Malaya

    Some more images of tank with the best shot I could get of my Electric Blue Ram (crap camera). Amazon Sword Stem? New leaf just emerging. Literally came out of nowhere. Is it normal? Plant Growth Week 1 Week 2 Week 3
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    Juwel Rio 180L ADA Malaya

    I kept doing the Malaya spelling wrong on my tablet, Thanks for pointing out. I know there is little ammonia in Malaya so that would mean it would take longer for the filter to cycle? Doesn't matter now as I have had a small bloom of green and brown algae on the rocks so I'm presuming its had...
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    Juwel Rio 180L ADA Malaya

    I was assuming the wrong plants, easerthegeezer, Sorry. The ones nearest to the filter are Alternanthera Reineckii. They are doing really well with liquid carbon only with no decay but has had little growth compared to others, Should develop well over time.
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    Juwel Rio 180L ADA Malaya

    Not sure forgot to note down the name but my best guess is a form of Ludwiga.
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    Juwel Rio 180L ADA Malaya

    Update Additions to the tank: I have added some pagoda rocks and wood to the left hand side. 8 Rummynose Tetra 5 Ottos 1 Electric Blue Ram Changes 1. Sudden growth of green and brown algae on right-side rocks. The amazon swords and lotus plant have both had the older leaves 'wilt' with...
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    ?orrible algae problem, advice needed

    Nitrate levels is fine at 5ppm but not 0ppm otherwise plants will not be able to uptake nitrates. Also i would increase easycarbo to 2ml at least for 125L tank as I believe its 1ml for every 50L depending on density of plantation. When adding easycarbo spot drop it over areas where there is...
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    Juwel Rio 180L ADA Malaya

    Re: Juwel Rio 180L ADA Mayala One week later: Mainly notice large amount of root growth. Glosso much more difficult to tell but have no decay of leaves. Fish and shrimp are completely fine and alive. Bacterial bloom if fading away but with the appearance of little browning around the edges...
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    Juwel Rio 180L ADA Malaya

    Hi everyone, I am setting up a new tank to replace my 60l tank with a Juwel Rio 180L tank. I have planted the tank straight away to see if the ammonia spike can be avoided and still allow good growth of bacteria in filter as malaya soil leeches little ammonia in comparison to amazonia. I have...
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    Cleaning glassware

    A bristlenose plec will clean up the algae quickly. I have 2 adults and about 12 young and never find any algae on the glass. Sorry didn't read it properly. Weak bleach solutionn with warm water is best as others have stated.
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    Bristlenose Plec Eggs

    Hi everyone, My bristlenose hatched fine at the start of the month and are developing fine. They're just over a 1cm long and really cute. I think there are about 10 that survived and they are constantly munching on anything edible. They've done a better a job of removing algae than a group of...
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    Bristlenose Plec Eggs

    Hi everyone, Just an update on my BN fry. All the eggs have hatched now and can just see their tiny white tales fanning about but Dad is keeping them covered and is constantly fanning. The fry still have their yolk sac with them, guess it will take a few days for them to digest that up. What...
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    Bristlenose Plec Eggs

    The eggs have hatched and the fry are with the dad under the bogwood. WICKED!!!. He's constantly fanning them now. There's still one that hasn't hatched. I fry have got good flow of water aswell as the dad has decided to have his cave near to the filter inlet. I've had my water tested and...
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    Bristlenose Plec Eggs

    The male is guarding the eggs from time to time. I think there may be anothe clutch of eggs as he disappear for periods of time. i have seen him cleaning and fanning the eggs aswell. I have made a small network with three caves. I haven't disturbed other caves. this is the first time they have...
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    Bristlenose Plec Eggs

    I found a clutch of eggs while I was messing with the tank the other day. They are strong orange and can already see small white catfish around the yolk sac with their black eyes, so they are not far from hatching. Here's the best pic I could get of them with my crappy camera. Tried to use a...
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    sparkling gourami disappearing trick

    Plecs are very good magicans for making dead fish disappear very quickly
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    Liquid Carbon Offers

    Have not used excel before but have used Aqua Essentials Liquid Carbon and it is noticably weaker than Easy Life EasyCarbo. I saw a dramatic difference in plant growth when I started to use EasyCarbo.
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    Plant Name??

    Cheers guys. I had a look at plantgeek.net to see if I could find it but no luck. The leaves are red when they sprout out of the ground and as the leaf opens up it goes a strong green colour. They are growing quiet quickly. How would I go about propagating the plant? Do I just separate the...
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    Plant Name??

    sorry if i've got the wrong wording. the pic doesn't help either. i'm on about the ones that are circular, look like lilypads next to the crypts and to the left of fissdens moss and in front of the windelov
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    Plant Name??

    Could someone help me identify the stemed plant that is in the foreground to the right and the one to the left of it. I got the plants in the pic from the LFS who were getting rid of them anyway but forgot to ask about their names.
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    bbc 'life'

    Definitely getting it Life on blu-ray as Planet Earth was mind blowing to watch as my first blu-ray purchase, watched it about 5 times now. Would also recommend getting blu-ray over dvd as detail in the images makes watching it soo much more worth it. (excluding the need to buy a blu-ray player)
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    Sunshine's 60lt Tank

    That's what I was thinking when I took that pic (sorry for late reply). Recently had been given a bunch of plants from LFS and Mr John Starkey which I have introduced and thought I'd give everyone an update.
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    Boraras maculatus

    The flow is pretty strong as I am using the spray bar that came with the tank. The fish don't seem to mind the strong flow but don't like to be in it all the time as majority of the time I find them where the flow doesn't dictate their movement. The shoaling is interesting as the movement of the...
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    Boraras maculatus

    Once they are bigger you should be able to remove the spnoges covering the inlets. I have a 54l tank and am planning to have a total of 31 boraras brigittae with 5 shrimps and 2 bristlenoses. I only have 16 at the moment but shoal real nice. I would say about 15 in your 35l tank depending on...
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    Boraras maculatus

    AdAndrews I have ordered some at Aquajardin in GLoucester that are coming in a couple of weeks as I have had no luck nearby with the LFS. You may have better chance online and won't have top wait a couple of weeks for them to arrive. I have had a batch off them before and are doing really...
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    Shrimp/filter question

    I found a deformed cherry shrimp last weekend in my filter. Non functioning 'whiskers' and the head was slightly upwards. Still alive but died the other day.
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    Am i paranoid?

    Funny
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    what car are we driving?

    Re: what car are we driveing? Seat Leon 1.6 Sport but planning to change to an Audi A3 Sportback or another Seat Leon with a turbo.
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    Trapping Pakistani Loaches

    Got rid of the loaches after labouring hour. Tried trapping them in pipes with bloodworms to entice them but no luck at all. Got impatient and removed all plants and decor in the tank. Chased them with the NET!!!. One hid in the pipe, just got him before he scuttled out. The older one (much...
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    Trapping Pakistani Loaches

    Don't know why I didn't think of that method as they do love their piping. I took most of the tank apart last night and spent nearly an hour catching with a net and a small cup but they always have a planned escape route. One dug himself under the cup. Gonna try the pipe idea today which I got...
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    Trapping Pakistani Loaches

    Don't know why I didn't think of that method as they do love their piping. I took most of the tank apart last night and spent nearly an hour catching with a net and a small cup but they always have a planned escape route. One dug himself under the cup. Gonna try the pipe idea today which I got...
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    riccia macro.

    Amazing image. What did you use to get that shot?
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    Trapping Pakistani Loaches

    I have been trying to get rid of the 2 pakistani loaches I have in my planted tank but with no luck. I don't want to move the wood and plants about to catch them till last resort. I have tried trapping them in bottle with some algae wafers at the end of the bottle but do not go in the bottle at...
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    Grrrrrr! surface scum - help please!

    I have had a great decrease in the amount of surface scum in my tank since upping the macronutrients. Mine was plant related and not food related. What do people feed their fish to get this scum on the tank? I use tetra pro colour and when I feed the fish the oily surface film contracts away...
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    Grrrrrr! surface scum - help please!

    I've been following this post as I am having similar problems. I get an oily, hydrophobic layer build up. I understand its most likely from plants releasing lipids and carbs as I reduced my EC dosage by half and noticed an increase build up of this oily layer. Did a water change on Sunday and...
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    Life BBC1

    Are some of the scenes on some animals in the LIfe series from his old documentaries like the one with the frog (forgetten name) that carries its young tadpoles up to a special plant in the trees and lets them develop in the small pool of water found in the plant. I may just be having a bad case...
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    Boraras brigittae

    Cheers for everyone's advice. The rasbora are doing really well now and shoal amazingly well. I have got them feeding off fine flaked food but are still too small for cyclops, I think, as they spit it back out straight away. The loaches tried to get at the rasboras for a few days but no longer...
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    Parasite... uninvited guest in tank... can anyone identify?

    What's weird in mine is that I don't have nerite snails and never had any in my tank. Happy to see it was some help.
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    Advice on plants for a non-CO2 setup?

    I would suggest starting with Java Fern (most of the microsorum genus are fine) as they will grow but a lot slower than with a CO2 system. I feed mine with EasyCarbo everyday and they are sprouting everywhere and I have some lush green leaflets growing. The lighting is about right for java fern...
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    Parasite... uninvited guest in tank... can anyone identify?

    I had an infestation of white spots in my tank aswell recently which I asked about on another topic. Here's the link: viewtopic.php?f=21&t=8113&p=89551&hilit=white+spots#p89551 Mine were over the bogwood only and noticeable. It may be the same thing. Guessed it to be nerite snails.
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    Mirror Glass Tank

    Cheers guys. Thanks for a nicely explained answer. I have tried feeding the fish in smaller amounts of food and feed them more often so they wander around the centre (where I feed them) rather than shoal along the back of the tank. It has worked with most of the fish as I have found the...
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    Mirror Glass Tank

    I think I'll just finish my degree in Biochemistry first.
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    Mirror Glass Tank

    I have a black background on the back and on one side. It seems to have little effect. The fish spend most of their time at the back of the tank but a couple wander to the front. The loaches never come out like they used to before.
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    White Spots

    I haven't seen any nerite snails wandering about just ramshorn snails. Most of the ones i have seen are small newly hatched ramshorns ( the shell is still quite soft and colours have not fully pigmented). Not seeing a huge increase at the moment. Just the same ones wandering about.
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    Mirror Glass Tank

    My tank is reflective on the inside of the tank and produces a mirror of the tank. This fools all the fish so they wander along the edges of the tank. Is there any way of reducing the reflectiveness of the inside of the tank? Is it reflective to reduce the stress of the fish? Cheers.
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    Sunshine's 60lt Tank

    Got a nice pic of my plec today.
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    White Spots

    Sorry for the late reply. Cheers for the info on the white spots. I found more are appearing and the loaches are failing to their daily chores. I have added a pic of the snails appearing. It is on the end of the thermometer.
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    Boraras brigittae

    Cheers for the advice. I tried to crush the Tetra Pro Colour crisps up into finer pieces which worked well on some of them. I also added some cyclops and brine shrimp to the mix and found that some wanted cyclops, some on the pro colour and couple trying the brine shrimp. They must have been...
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    Boraras brigittae

    I'm little trouble feeding these critters at the moment. I've tried Tetra Pro Color, flake food and frozen cyclops but only some are taking to them. Any ideas welcomed.
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    Boraras brigittae

    I bought 18 for my 60l tank for £24 and are they are doing amazing. they won't stop wandering about as group, following each other in a line. They are hard to see at first but at a closer look there is so much detail to these little critter. They really do look like tiny mosquitos. Would...
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    White Spots

    I have just found white spots all over the bogwood in my tank today. Not sure what they are exactly but I have seen an increasing number of snails on the glass over the last week. I have a pic to show what the white spots look like. Any suggestions on what these white spots are would be...
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    A cheaper liquid source of carbon by AE Design Aqua Carbon

    I have found the Aqua Essentials Liquid Carbon to have a slower growth rate than the EasyCarbo, which I find is the best. I think it has been more diluted than EasyCarbo sloution of glutaraldehyde. Maybe its just me.
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    Boraras brigittae

    Hi, I'm from Worcester. I rang Aquajardin in Gloucester and said they would have some in two weeks. So i'm going to get them from there as its an amazing shop and I don't have to hassle with ringing other shops Andyh, Your 60l tank is out of this world. I can't believe you we're able to fit...
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    Boraras brigittae

    I work in an off license so I've had a good read of the newest PFK mag, its just some LFS I have called have said that they are very active and curious fish and are not shy at all but I trust more of what is said in PFK more than LFS. I am planning to house them in my 2ft tank with a couple of...
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    Boraras brigittae

    Experiences with Boraras Brigittae ( Mosquito Rasbora) I would like to know if anyone has kept Boraras Brigittae in their tank and their experiences of them as there are mixed opinons on how these fish behave.
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    Boraras brigittae

    Cheers for the replies guys. I am planning to just have them and 2 bristlenose plecs and some amano shrimps so they should be confident enough to behave normal. Seems I may have to travel a bit to get these fish as none of the LFS stock these wicked fish at all. Cheers again for the help.
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    amano fry?

    Amano shrimps release their eggs in brackish water ( half strength of marine water) where the zoes mature and return to freshwater once fully developed. I fed mine infusoria which seemed to work but water changes have to be done daily. I failed twice to produce any mature amano shrimps and since...
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    Boraras brigittae

    I am planning to replace my Dwarf Neon Rainbows with a shoal of 15-20 Boraras brigittae. Does anyone know any fish store that stocks them in the midlands? Also would they survive with bengal loaches? They are very active and curious but have yet to eat any of my amano shrimps. Any advice would...
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    is liquid carbon a touch on co2 ???

    Is it possible to get any plants to pearl with liquid carbon like you can with high CO2 input and other excess nutrients available?
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    Sunshine's 60lt Tank

    Hi everyone, Got annoyed with the look of my tank so I moved things around but shoud be changing the substrate and fauna soon hopefully. Here are some pics anyway:
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    Where do you guys work?

    Student in Manchester studying Biochemistry. All over my head.
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    Atomic Microscope

    Can this be a real image of a molecule or has it just been created on photoshop? http://gizmodo.com/5346964/crazy+powerf ... s#comments
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    240L

    Very nice job. Looks amazing at the moment. Can not wait to see the mature version.
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    The Future Kitchen Tank

    It 10mins long so skip nearly half way through to see the future. Enjoy.
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    Snail eater for a 60 Litre

    Loaches are the best in removal of snails naturally but the baby cherry shrimps will more than like be eaten but the adults will have a greater chance of surviving. I have amano shrimps in my 60lt with bengal loaches and they are fine but get the loaches get the urge to try their luck on the...
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    Microsoft's Photosynth

    Hey, Tried making a 3D image of my tank but have found it difficult for Microsoft's software to match up and common features between each photo but there are some nice images to look at.
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    Sunshine's 60lt Tank

    I've made a few rearrangements as I have found the moss is starting to ground itself into the bogwood and gave the loaches and plecs more dark areas to hide in. Still not fully happy. But it'll do until after I've done my resits. Here's some photos:
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    Red area behind/to side of gills?

    I think it is just a build of ammonia or nitrate levels out of their tolerence. Possibly do some water changes over the next few days.
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    Sunshine's 60lt Tank

    I feed them Tetra Pro Colour Crisps. It makes such a difference to their colour and is fun to watch the males perform their mating singles by a flashing yellow 'light' on their forehead in the mornings. Thing is though, they only now like the crisps and brine shrimps. Bloodworms is mouldy bread...
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    Microsoft's Photosynth

    Hey, I am gonna try and see if I can get my tank in a 3D view using Microsoft Photsynth and see if it is any good. Has anyone tried using it for any purpose?
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    Whats the ultimate shoaling fish?

    Why doesn't my LFS do any of these amazing fish. Would DEFINITELY have had shoaling fish like those!!
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    Sunshine's 60lt Tank

    Thanks Mr. George. I feel it has a fresh feel to it. I think the moss is dying aswell, as I've had nearly over a month now and little growth in some areas. Other plants seem to be ok. The brown/dying moss brings down the look of the moss on the bogwood aswell. I'll try and sort something out...
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    Sunshine's 60lt Tank

    Had a move around as I got the new external filter for the tank and so have taken more pics. Got some more neon dwarfs today, so I'm gonna wait for them to clear up before I take more pics. Gonna try and get one of the males flashing pigment they have along their forehead. That'll be...
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    Recommend an external for my 60l

    Got my tetratec EX700 and is working like a dream. Never seen the tank water soooo CLEAN!!!. Its only been running for about a day now aswell. May even be cleaner to drink than my tap water?, maybe not. Cheers for the advice everyone!!
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    Recommend an external for my 60l

    Cheers, Mattyc. I given up looking around for which filter to go for. I've dug myself a hole looking at everyone's review. So I decided to toss a coin for either fluval and tetratec, ended up being tetratec in the end. Sorry Mattyc. I'm gonna go for the tetratec EX700 from Zooplus for £57.
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    Contolling direction of " Runners "

    Yeh, sorry. I'm working in the shop and on ukaps at the same time. Just re-read all the posts. Men truely can't multi-task at all. I'm a numpty.
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    Recommend an external for my 60l

    Would an EX700 be able to provide enough flow in the tank if the unit is placed about a foot and a half below the tank? I really don't want to spend a £100 on the EX1200 although it would be worthwhile for future upgrades. May have to endure a bit of a rollicking off my parents for a while...
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    Contolling direction of " Runners "

    The runners from my Hygrophila difformis are just cut from the main stem and planted as normal. Found that they grow slight skew and then straigthens out afterwards as the plant grows towards the source of light.
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    Recommend an external for my 60l

    Would an external filter help in reducing the need to perform a water change of 50% every two weeks at all because at the moment I'm using an Internal Tetratec 400. Its fine once cleaned but have to give a clean when doing the water change as flow rate has dropped considerably. My journal shows...
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    Recommend an external for my 60l

    Cheers Nano Jake, my tank is pretty much packed with with plants and wood, so you have trouble with a fluval 205 flow rate, which mean I will more than likely need something more powerful. Also you reminded me about adjustable flow rate on the unit aswell. Will have a good look tonight and see...
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    Recommend an external for my 60l

    I'm also after an external filter for my 60l tank. Never had an external one, always used internal filters but find the flow rate slows done after a week. My main priority is the flow rate and maintaining it. Nano Jake: How is the Fluval 205 with your tank before it needed repairing? Would I...
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    Potassium deficiency??

    I like the tank just want to see it fully matured with the plants taking advantage of the space and begin to fully colour up. Do you have a CO2 checker for you tank by the way? If so what's it indicating?
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    will not be on UKAPS as frequently from now on :(

    i don't believe there is much in the way of a simple false monitoring software developed at the moment on open source as ISP would not like that at all.
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    will not be on UKAPS as frequently from now on :(

    I'm a student in Manchester and some halls have to use the uni based ISP called Hornet. It blocks any P2P but found that its possible to work around using LogMeIn, however that does involve software installation which you most probably can't do. At school we used to use proxy servers to bypass...
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    Riccia problem- lack of light?

    I'm guessing here, but I'd say there is a lack of a particular micronutrient (or macronutrient). I not going to suggest which ones as I'm still trying to remember them all but the connoisseur's will soon post something helpful up. I would remove them if you are going to be away for a while just...
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    Sunshine's 60lt Tank

    Cheers for the comments everyone. I was trying to get that kind of tank, relaxing yet entertaining. The fauna is kinda there as the loaches are always chasing each other everywhere over the tank. It's like a playground, the shrimps tustle over the algae wafers and the loaches aswell, until the...
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    Cardinal Tetras - Unexplained Deaths

    My first fish were cardinal tetras and black phantom tetras. I found that the cardinal tetras were prone to a motor neurone disease which meant them losing control of muscular motion, if I'm thinking about the right fish of course.
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    Sunshine's 60lt Tank

    Hey Everyone, Had a tank for ages but never got round to putting it up as a journal. This is my first tank, just been changing it around and finally built to a semi- finished verison. Oke doke, here are some of the specs: Fauna: 5...4...3 Dwarf Neon Blue Rainbowfish 1 Bristlenose Plec 5...
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    Light? Medium? or High?

    I been using liquid carbon intermediates and EI dosing for over a year now. It might take a while to understand and get used but it becomes really easy to do and can alter plant nutrients depending on their uptake. I find it may take a minute or two longer to do but the health and growth of the...
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    To the computer experts... see if you can solve this

    Strong fan or hoover through the vents or opening of the casing of the back of the monitor may solve its death, and removal. DAMN FLIES.
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    Bengal Loaches and Crystal Red Shrimps: Live or Die?

    I thought as much. Cheers
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    weird life form found in my tank.

    My bengal loaches have all been fine and respect the plants, not sure about other loaches though. The devastator (transformers)(geek) in my tank is my bristlenose plec who goes wherever he wants and chomps through anything in its way. Eg. Wisteria Stems.
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    weird life form found in my tank.

    I have some bengal loaches and they are amazing at neutralising snail infestation. Had snails everyhwere in my tank and found some eggs hidden under some bogwood. Let these guys loose and about a week later empty shells everywhere. Not a fun time removing them but better than snails all over the...
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    Bengal Loaches and Crystal Red Shrimps: Live or Die?

    Hey, I have 3 bengal loaches in my 60l tank and with them are 5 amano shrimps. I would like to get some red crystals (RC) shrimps aswell but feel that they may get eaten or chased to death by the loaches. The loaches have come accustomed to the amano shrimps in the tank but the addition of more...
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    Dwarf Neon Blue Rainbowfish Gasping

    Cheers for the reply.a a The scales only seem to fall off at the latter stages of bloating. I did not observe any pineing effect of the scales, just some flaking off by the digestive system just to the bloating of the stomach. I have re checked the water quality and all seems to be fine. I...
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    Dwarf Neon Blue Rainbowfish Gasping

    Hi, I had 5 neon blue rainbowfish and lost one yesterday. It had been gasping for about a week and was being to bloat up. Yesterday some scales could be seen protruding off and died later that evening. The water parameters are all within the suitable requirements. What I have now seen this...
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