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  1. Spider Pig

    Auto Dosing EI with a dosing pump (diagram and calculations)

    Re: Auto Dosing EI with a dosing pump (diagram and calculati Thinking about the automated dosing route. Anyone tried D-D peristaltic pump 1ml/minute? http://www.aquacadabra.co.uk/product.php?productid=2874 pricier but would seem more reliable with 4 rollers.
  2. Spider Pig

    Joes first attempt (Rio 180)

    from your planting plan it looks like the vertical section will be the focal point. As such I'd go for set up 3 with the vertical section at the golden/ magic/ whatever point, so a bit more to the right. Are you going to use any other hardscape?
  3. Spider Pig

    Eheim Compact pumps

    That's a good idea to use a t piece and taps at each junction (may add to the resistance though.) wanted to do a similar thing when I got my external but couldn't find a good 3 way valve (didn't think of using a t-piece- doh!). Use a compact 600 as the outlet pipe is the same diameter as...
  4. Spider Pig

    First planted tank- Two Towers

    Been pretty busy over last month or so and unfortunately have neglected the tank a bit. Went away for 10 days over xmas and when I came back all the plants were overgrown. However this had the beneficial effect of acting like a feedback loop as it blocked light and so slowed growth and demand...
  5. Spider Pig

    Akadama - A cheap substrate

    Thanks for the reply. Not sure if you've answered this already or elsewhere, but how have you found this substrate compare to commercial ones like ADA?
  6. Spider Pig

    Akadama - A cheap substrate

    Can you use the sphagnum moss peat straight from the bag or do you need to treat it some way before using it in an aquarium- i.e. does it have any nasties that need to be boiled out? Is there any specific brand that's good for aquaria or is it all pretty much the same stuff? Also if you're...
  7. Spider Pig

    How to scape a room divider?

    Island scape would work well, as you are effectively creating an island with your divider- white sand, gravel, landscape rock and wood. Or instead of the sand create an HC or hairgrass carpet using tom's dry start method. Another alternative would be a triangular arrangement with the highest...
  8. Spider Pig

    My 180 to date.

    Nice jungle. what sort of sword is that?
  9. Spider Pig

    My first planted aquarium

    Check out tom barr's dry start method as well. Seems to be the way to go and definitely what I'll be using on my next tank.
  10. Spider Pig

    Fluidised sand bed filter

    From what I've seen this does seem to be useful if you don't have low flow but not high flow systems. I can see how it should have a greater surface area to sintered glass as it is effectively individual sand grains but like you say, it doesn't seem to have any great advantage in a planted tank.
  11. Spider Pig

    First planted tank- Two Towers

    THanks for the comments. Planning a rescape in the new year. Going to move the volcanic rock to the the right and maybe get rid of the other "tower" all together. This will give more room and give a more traditional triangular arrangement. I knew the current arrangement was aesthetically...
  12. Spider Pig

    Fluidised sand bed filter

    Found this page about rainbow filter specifications: http://www.pentairaquatics.com/produ...duct.php?id=7# Interestingly it says that 9lb of media gives 642 square feet. Looking at my ehfisubstrat pro it says it has 450 square meters per litre which equates to 4843 sq ft per 1.8lb, or 24215 sq...
  13. Spider Pig

    Project Shrimp

    looking good Ade. Have you tried running it without the condensation cover- improve the lighting a bit. Do shrimp jump tank?
  14. Spider Pig

    Fluidised sand bed filter

    Some of the american websites tout them as great for planted tanks because they are a closed set up and so don't lose co2. The other advantage is that they seem to be able to react to changes in ammonia a lot quicker than conventional filters. I imagine this would be a big advantage in planted...
  15. Spider Pig

    Tank at the moment. Need a plan.

    I think flow might be the main issue. I have vallis crawling all over the place and although it does look good I've noticed it breaks up the flow a lot. Having the same problems with algae (GSA/ GDA). However if you give the vallis a trim just above the surface and put the moss on the wood, it...
  16. Spider Pig

    Persistent GSA/ GDA

    Have had my tank set up in it's current incarnation for about 6 months now but still having problems with GSA on leaves and glass, and GDA on the glass. Currently dosing 2 x EI using PMDD+PO4 formula: "This is an example of EI for a 12 week supply for a 20 gallon tank for those with teaspoon...
  17. Spider Pig

    Fluidised sand bed filter

    Has anyone used one of these in a planted tank? Just wondering as thinking about my next tank and what sort of filtration I want for it. Read the basics about these in a book and thought that they might be useful in a planted tank (or any tank for that matter) given that they seem to be much...
  18. Spider Pig

    First planted tank- Two Towers

    Finally got around to offloading some of my platies to the LFS- got good credit for them too which is always good. Was hoping to get some ottos however was told that there was a problem with supply because of bad weather. They had some harlequin rasboras which had just arrived and so might...
  19. Spider Pig

    Planted Tank - open to sugestion

    Any reason you've gone for t8 lights? Why not t5's- more efficient. What sort of set up do you want to have? Have a look at the guides in the aquascaping section. If you want to do a nature style aquarium get hold of Amano's books- really inspirational. Also have a look at the AGA entries and...
  20. Spider Pig

    I'm off to Peru on Sat, see you all in one month!

    just be glad that you're not in america with a generous 2 week holiday allowance, although I understand that they get a lot more national holidays. Yeah, most places seem to be more relaxed about holidays. Met a couple from New zealand who got an extra month off every year to do charity work...
  21. Spider Pig

    I'm off to Peru on Sat, see you all in one month!

    Apparently there is another trail that isn't as restricted but is just as stunning. Doesn't go to machu pichu but goes to other ruins. Goes a bit higher and is harder though. Will try to have a look for it.
  22. Spider Pig

    I'm off to Peru on Sat, see you all in one month!

    Have you booked the inca trail part yet? I heard that there are limited spaces and it gets booked up well in advance. It's a pity that we won't have more time to play with as it's nice being able to do things off your own back as you get a better feel of the place. Did it in Cuba and had a...
  23. Spider Pig

    Money no Object – Space is

    If money is no object have you thought about LED lighting like the aquaray. Looks like the way of the future but bit pricey at the moment.
  24. Spider Pig

    I'm off to Peru on Sat, see you all in one month!

    Lucky to have that amount of time there. Thinking of going to peru next summer. My friend told me that you can sort out some good excursions, such as into the amazon, on the ground in cuzco. but we're only going to have 2-3weeks tops and so probably go with a tour- bit pricier unfortunately. Bet...
  25. Spider Pig

    Money no Object – Space is

    Another option to improve flow and which would take up less space would be to have a circulation pump like this: http://www.aquatics-online.co.uk/addtob ... 1&rets=113 then attach a CO2 reactor and then an inline external heater, like the hydor 300w one. Could even be clever and give the option...
  26. Spider Pig

    First planted tank- Two Towers

    Trying to be a bit more aggressive hacking away the old leaves, but they do grow quickly.
  27. Spider Pig

    First planted tank- Two Towers

    In my next tank I'd like to have a go with some of the other varieties of fern like windelov as well as Bolbitis but no space at the moment as the java fern is taking over. Need to be a bit more aggressive with trimming. Thinking about moving the central "tower" (can't really see as covered in...
  28. Spider Pig

    which tubes???????????

    More to give an idea of the different colour temperatures. I'm pretty sure you can get the same colours in t8s.
  29. Spider Pig

    which tubes???????????

    Here's a good guide: http://www.theplantedtank.co.uk/lighting.htm
  30. Spider Pig

    First planted tank- Two Towers

    5 months later... It’s been sometime since updating this thread…usual excuses time, work, blah blah blah.. Lots of changes, though probably not all apparent. CO2- Got a bigger diffuser (Rhinox 5000) and put it at the bottom of the juwel internal filter stack. Initially used the juwel...
  31. Spider Pig

    Twin T5 Lighting bar for around 50 quid........!

    There's a good length of wire from the endcaps so could reach down to my cabinet (juwel vision 180- 55cm height of aquarium). The tubes can balance on the brace bar using the clips supplied so it doesn't touch the bar. Mine are propped next to the juwel light bar using the reflector. Some people...
  32. Spider Pig

    Twin T5 Lighting bar for around 50 quid........!

    Did you see this: http://www.ukpetsupplies.com/Details.as ... entId=1349 Ballast outside the tank. Comes out a bit cheaper. Got the 39w version.
  33. Spider Pig

    Joe's Low Tech 54L

    One note of caution with them is that the nitrate source is ammonia/um (can't remember which) however I haven't noted a difference in the amount of algae or health of fish. Apparently this is similar to Osmocoat which has been used by others with no ill effects in the past. Also remember that it...
  34. Spider Pig

    Joe's Low Tech 54L

    Have you thought of putting some plant tabs in the gravel? I used to rely on water column dosing alone and had some issues with poor growth of swords even though doing EI dosing. Then tried some Miracle gro controlled release plant food tablets that JamesC was using in one of his set ups, only...
  35. Spider Pig

    DIY LED lighting?

    I would have thought that using a few high output bulbs would be a better option that many low power ones as you would get better penetration through the water, although there is the problem with the heat. Thought that these ones look promising: http://www.luxeonstar.com/endor-rebel-c ...
  36. Spider Pig

    Filter recommendation for 3ft tank

    Would recommend a tetratec ex1200. Best price I could find at the time for that size filter volume and flow rate. Also comes with spraybar. Could probably get two for the price of equivalent eheim- bit of redundancy for you. Happy with mine and had no problems, but I have read that others have...
  37. Spider Pig

    DIY LED lighting?

    This is too addictive and I wish I knew a bit about electronics to have a go DIY at this- although I won't need it for another 2-3 years at least, by which time LEDs will have come down in price etc. i remember learning about lumens, steradians, candelas for my exams but all that went out of my...
  38. Spider Pig

    DIY LED lighting?

    So how does a 1w high output bulb or the other one compare with a normal t5- i.e how many would you need to replace 20w t5? Are the equivalencies given on the website (20, 45w) advertising BS- surely you aren't allowed to be that far off if, as you say scott, the 1w is equivalent to only 6w...
  39. Spider Pig

    DIY LED lighting?

    How about these ones: http://www.ultraleds.co.uk/water-proof- ... -1573.html Waterproof, supposedly high brightness- 20w equivalent for 12 quid each. 6000K near enough daylight. What else do you need to run them? Looking around the website they also have bulbs to use on boats. Could you put...
  40. Spider Pig

    EI daily methods or PMDD + PO4

    any chance of making this a sticky- always have to hunt around a bit when I've lost where I wrote it down :oops:
  41. Spider Pig

    JamesC's 200 litre Akadama journal

    HOw beneficial do you think these have been? Do you think they are worth it for non-nutrient substrate? (doubling up a bit here as asked the same question of Tom on the other thread- but always good to see expert opinions- don't worry, won't hold you to it though :D )
  42. Spider Pig

    Akadama - A cheap substrate

    Just to clarify Tom, are you saying that the use of the NH4 as the main source of nitrogen is not problematic as long as the other nutrients are in excess and so non- limiting? Did you find much benefit in using osmocoat in non-nutrient substrate and did you have any algae issues with it?
  43. Spider Pig

    JamesC's 200 litre Akadama journal

    Saw from another thread that the nitrogen is from ammonia- have you noticed this to be a problem with algae?
  44. Spider Pig

    JamesC's 200 litre Akadama journal

    What's in the miraclegro root tabs- is it just micronutrients or macros as well? Do you have to alter your fertlisation strategy accordingly? Only ask because I'm wishing that I had invested in nutrient substrate and this looks like a good way to get the same effect.
  45. Spider Pig

    SAE eating moss?

    I thought it might be a problem with the moss at first but that doesn't fit with the fact that the moss behind the mesh is still green and seemingly healthy. Looking in at the tank at the moment the few trailing fronds outside the mesh have been stripped. :( Plan on tying the moss to the...
  46. Spider Pig

    SAE eating moss?

    Has anyone had any problems with SAE eating moss? I've been trying to grow moss in my tank for a couple of months now, some as a moss wall and some tied to features. The stuff tied to the features grew very stringy then turned brown and died. The moss in the wall is nice and green but all the...
  47. Spider Pig

    My First Planted Tank (The End) Juwel Rio 125

    Re: My First Planted Tank - Juwel Rio 125 That happened to the moss that I tied to stones, but at the time I assumed it was just a dodgy batch of emersed stuff that hadn't taken to submerged well. How do you grow the moss on the windowsill- just leave it in an open container or do you need a...
  48. Spider Pig

    My First Planted Tank (The End) Juwel Rio 125

    Re: My First Planted Tank - Juwel Rio 125 That's where I'm going wrong then (or just being impatient). Will try that will the wall when I get a chance. Using xmas moss on one side and taiwan on the other so see which is best- hope to have patches of different textures in the future. By the way...
  49. Spider Pig

    My First Planted Tank (The End) Juwel Rio 125

    Re: My First Planted Tank - Juwel Rio 125 So how do you attach the moss- do you just tie it on to the front of the mesh? Only ask as mine is taking sometime to come through the mesh and I suspect that the SAE are nibbling away at the growing ends that poke through. Got a nice portion of taiwan...
  50. Spider Pig

    Advice/ opinions on co2 reactor

    I tried this first with the glass diffuser below the intake to the external. But found it to be very noisy and would get large collections of gas forming in the filter, with regular out gassing into the tank. I also found that there didn't seem to be a huge difference in efficiency. However just...
  51. Spider Pig

    Advice/ opinions on co2 reactor

    Thinking about getting a co2 reactor for my tank and was wondering firstly how these compare to glass diffusers in terms of efficiency and maintenance, and secondly, which one to get. I know there are some slick glass models out there but I think they are a bit out of my price range- looking at...
  52. Spider Pig

    Project Shrimp

    If you've got any willow moss (or even some riccia) let me know as would be interested in taking it off your hands. Got some xmas moss off Dan and that's growing slowly- want something faster.
  53. Spider Pig

    Another RIO 180.

    Have the same problem with my wife. Platies weren't on my original stocking list but she saw them in the shop and wanted them. I relented thinking that no fry would survive. HOw wrong I was. I wanted to get rid of all of them (back to the lfs) when I rescaped the tank, but she wasn't having any...
  54. Spider Pig

    Off to Wales! Yay me!

    Piece of advice, avoid Caernarfon at night. Beautiful castle but rough as hell at night. Was there over the bank holiday and popped in for some food and saw a couple of fights just wondering back to our car- got out of there sharpish. If the weather's good and you want a bit of a thrill with...
  55. Spider Pig

    Bow fronted aquariums?

    Visually I think they are more striking than flat fronted aquariums, and are more suited to smaller spaces as the front can be viewed from other angles. This would make them an ideal choice for displaying fish but I think that flat fronted aquariums are better for plants, especially for photography.
  56. Spider Pig

    Crypt melt?

    I was wondering that as the leaves do look otherwise healthy, but as I ordered 25 plants I didn't think they'd all be incorrect. They also all started off green. Never mind, quite like the brown look, but it does change the colour scheme I was hoping for. Will get pruning. Thanks for the help.
  57. Spider Pig

    Crypt melt?

    Are these brown leaves a sign of crypt melt and if so should I remove the leaves? These are crypt wendtii green and I got them from greenline about 7 weeks ago. Seemed ok for the first couple of week then gradually turned brown and got loads of GSA on them. Think I’m on top of the GSA problem...
  58. Spider Pig

    What Diffuser

    I found that with my diffuser once cleaned and started with no water underneath the ceramic disk the bubbles were evenly distributed over the whole disk. When the co2 was switched off and water seeped through the disk (haven't got a non-return valve- on shopping list :roll: ) the bubbles were...
  59. Spider Pig

    Fitted an inline diffuser tonight

    So I assume that most of their sales are online :) . Well you're certainly correct that when you buy online you have no idea of the sort of place you're getting it from. So far stuff I've ordered has been mechanical and service has been good but may tend away from stuff that may be affected by...
  60. Spider Pig

    Fitted an inline diffuser tonight

    Is that professionally or just because they play loud music at night and won't cut their leylandii? Use them for most of my stuff at the moment as they seem to have good prices.
  61. Spider Pig

    First planted tank- Two Towers

    I tried floating the hairgrass as this was the advice from greenline (not there before though). I'll see how it goes but one advantage is that you can pick out the viable plants after a week and get rid of the dying ones. Also hopefully the longer root will give it a better chance of staying in...
  62. Spider Pig

    First planted tank- Two Towers

    Tank update week 7 It’s been some time since an update so decided to put up some pics now that I have a DSLR. So nice to be able to actually focus on things! Couple of changes. Started EI dosing now that I’ve got a pump and hosepipe for water changes instead of buckets. Having tried this I...
  63. Spider Pig

    +5 Close up lens/ filter

    Think I need to do a bit more research. My understanding was that although it does reduce the minimum focal distance it also magnifies the image, as it is a +5 lens (in this case) but I'm unfamiliar with the lens set up inside the main lens and what effect it would have on this. I'm sure I read...
  64. Spider Pig

    +5 Close up lens/ filter

    Thanks for that LD, might well get that. I notice that you're now using a macro lens. How does this compare with the close up lenses?
  65. Spider Pig

    +5 Close up lens/ filter

    Does anyone have any experience of these? http://www.jessops.com/Store/s30152/0/F ... lse&comp=n Basically thinking about getting one of these before I can save up some money to get a good macro lens. How good are they as a cheap alternative for a true macro lens? Also how do you work out the...
  66. Spider Pig

    Superman's 180l Asian Retreat

    Re: Superman's First Planted Tank (Now Rescaped 17.08.2008) Love the shoal of harlequins, look really effective in a planted tank. Planning to get some for my tank after I lost my shoal of cardinals.
  67. Spider Pig

    saintlys big tank journal on speed.(picture heavy)

    Love the look of the riccia and glosso. How do you plant it, just put the riccia under the glosso? how long did it take to form those great undulations?
  68. Spider Pig

    YAR180 (Yet Another Rio 180).

    Can see this being a nice set up once it grows out. Regarding the diffuser, do you have any problems with its placement directly under the filter intake. I have a rhinox2000 size one and initially started with it under the intake but found that gas would build up in the filter and spew out...
  69. Spider Pig

    Auto dry salt dosing, possible with this?

    Peristaltic pumps look good but not cheap. Still think the gravity fed version would be the cheapest if it can be tuned to deliver only 10ml/ day. You could tidy it up by setting it up to inject into the outflow of your external filter. Might require a bit of bodging though.
  70. Spider Pig

    Auto dry salt dosing, possible with this?

    Found the link: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/equip ... thods.html Looked at the kent aquadose- basically an IV giving set with a bottle. If you can get the giving set separately then you can easily set it up with a drinks bottle. Still need to calibrate the output though.
  71. Spider Pig

    Product Review JBL CristalProfi e1500 Review (Picture Heavy)

    Damn, I wish I'd seen this before, mainly because it can fit into a vision 180 cupboard. I've just about squeezed my ex1200 into the central space but it is touching the sides and so there is a bit louder. Saying that it is still reasonably quiet. One of the main factors though is the price-...
  72. Spider Pig

    Auto dry salt dosing, possible with this?

    An easy diy job would be a drinks bottle with a hole in the top and the tubing coming out of the bottom, after all that's all IV sets are. The main problem would be getting an accurate drop checker and fine tuning the rate. If you want to be really simple about it you could get a small clamp and...
  73. Spider Pig

    Long-Term Low Maintenance 120cmx60x60 Tank (new video on page 6)

    Re: Low Maintenance 120cmx60x60 Tank This reminds me of one of the prizewinning aquascapes where the guy made an expanding path of sand between the two mounds to create the illusion of depth.
  74. Spider Pig

    diffusion problems...

    I was quite surprised that more co2 wasn't dissolved even with microbubbles, especially going along about 11/2 meter of tubing before reaching the filter. For me the main concern was the noise and disruption to the tank. I can't imagine the microbubbles having too much effect on the impeller but...
  75. Spider Pig

    diffusion problems...

    Had a similar problem when I had my co2 going straight into my ex1200 intake. Would get gas build up in the filter causing noise and big discharges every so often. Interestingly when I moved the diffuser under the spray bar so that the bubbles were blown around the tank, I found that the bubble...
  76. Spider Pig

    Long-Term Low Maintenance 120cmx60x60 Tank (new video on page 6)

    Re: Low Maintenance 120cmx60x60 Tank Looks really impressive. Really like the combination of the harlequins and the cardinals. The shape looks nicely balanced too.
  77. Spider Pig

    Auto dry salt dosing, possible with this?

    slightly off topic but are there any automated liquid feeders? I would have thought that this would be easier to do than a dry feeder and would also allow a more constant dose of fertiliser. I guess a simple method would be something like a drip that you see in hospitals.
  78. Spider Pig

    First planted tank- Two Towers

    Thanks for the offer LD. I'll probably order some of the mesh from aquaticmagic soon so may take you up on your offer then. Just come back from a long weekend and the growth rate has really shot up. I think the plants are responding well to the higher fertiliser dose.
  79. Spider Pig

    First planted tank- Two Towers

    Hadn't thought about diffuser maintenance- could just unplug the mesh from the wall though. If the bubbles are getting trapped could move the diffuser to the side wall. Thinking of upgrading to a rhinox 5000 as some of the current bubbles are quite large. If I do then it should be less of a...
  80. Spider Pig

    First planted tank- Two Towers

    Week 4 update Things have moved on a bit with a few additions and plant moves. Added 4 ottos just under a week ago- all seem to healthy and well. They had been in the LFS for 7-8 weeks and had nice fat stomachs so hopefully will be ok with them. Moved the vallis from behind the volcanic rock...
  81. Spider Pig

    DIY Project DIY Water Changer, No more buckets!!

    Re: My Water Changer Thinking of setting up a similar system to this using pump and hose. One of the risks of using hot water straight from the tap is that if the plumbing is copper then you can get this in the water. I was told that a lot of new places have copper plumbing so have to mix water...
  82. Spider Pig

    arowana... euwww. Would anyone pay £58000 for this fish?

    Asian arrowana are pretty much my dream fish and I can already visualise the 4m tank 20 years away- hopefully by then they'll have sorted out LED lighting, and won't have to worry about heating due to global warming. The high price is probably to lure superstitious people who think this'll...
  83. Spider Pig

    Poor taiwan, xmas moss growth

    Thanks for the prompt reply Got it from Greenline 3 weeks ago now actually. It is tied to some lava rock (taiwan moss pictured) and the flow from the spray bar pretty much hits it first after being deflected from the front so I don't think I can improve that. The temperature has been on the...
  84. Spider Pig

    Poor taiwan, xmas moss growth

    I've have some taiwan moss and christmas moss in my tank for 2 weeks now and both have pretty much degraded to brown strands. However a clump of pelia has just started showing signs of new growth. Is this the end or is it a case of watch and wait? If it is the end then what did I do wrong-...
  85. Spider Pig

    First planted tank- Two Towers

    Purge completed. Definately need to do some more reading. Thanks Ceg The dosing I'm doing now will be adding about 4ppm of phosphate a week so hopefully kick start the other plants and stop the algae overrun. Just looked closely and can see the glosso roots running between the glass and the...
  86. Spider Pig

    First planted tank- Two Towers

    I've upped the co2 and will add easycarbo on top of that over the next week to see how things go (use 4kdh in the drop checker). Do you still get algae on the glass? I think the fact that the glosso keeps getting uprooted probably isn't helping, but it's definately growing. Just wish the...
  87. Spider Pig

    First planted tank- Two Towers

    Thanks for the comments Dosing-wise I'm adding 3 tsp KNO3 and 1/2 tsp KPO4 to 500ml of water. From James' website this is 18g KNO3 and 3.3g KPO4. I started on the 2ml/40L calculation giving 9ml/ day for a 180L tank. I've just looked at the website again and think I may have got confused between...
  88. Spider Pig

    First planted tank- Two Towers

    Week 2 Things trotting along nicely although do have some algae problems. Had some BGA growing on the side glass facing the window. Removed it manually and covered up the bottom with some black plastic- seems to have done the trick of preventing it. Also had some tufts of hair algae growing. I...
  89. Spider Pig

    My First Planted Tank (The End) Juwel Rio 125

    Re: My First Planted Tank - Juwel Rio 125 Thanks for the offer, but I'll just see how my current patch is going. Has been planted for 2 weeks now and some of it looks like it's taking but hard to be sure. Tried to plant some more in the open but alot of it just got pulled up by the corries...
  90. Spider Pig

    My First Planted Tank (The End) Juwel Rio 125

    Re: My First Planted Tank - Juwel Rio 125 Looking good there. How long did it take for the glosso to root in the gravel and start spreading? Great to see this tank as there are a couple of nice bushy plants I would like to try out once my tanks a bit more settled
  91. Spider Pig

    CAU planted tanks!!!! (seizure warning)

    Really inspirational. Seem to take aspects of different schools and merge them beautifully. Have to say that these are my favourite styles, preferring them to nature style alone. They are actually from Hong kong. If you visit the aquarium shops there quite a few have big displays like this-...
  92. Spider Pig

    First planted tank- Two Towers

    7 days later… Here are the latest pics from the tank after the carnage passed. The final death toll was 12 cardinals, 3 guppies, 2 neon rainbows. Definitely not going to make that mistake again and stick to using established tank water in the future. The plants seem to be settling in OK. A...
  93. Spider Pig

    First planted tank- Two Towers

    Thanks for the comments With regards to the health of the fish, I'm more convinced that there was some toxin in the new tank that caused the deaths as oppose to ammonia toxicity from the temporary tub, although the stress of that may have contributed to it. I did two 50% water changes and after...
  94. Spider Pig

    Hagen Glo T5 HO ballast Unit

    http://www.ukpetsupplies.com/Details.as ... rentId=181 26 quid. Ordered the 39w double version recently, out of stock at the time but came within a week- good service overall.
  95. Spider Pig

    Best moss for moss wall

    Would love some if you can spare it. Just set up my tank (in the journals section) not without its hitches unfortunately. Trying out the taiwan and christmas moss, and pelia. I've not started a moss wall yet but would be useful to grow on some moss so I have enough to fill it out. Let me know...
  96. Spider Pig

    First planted tank- Two Towers

    Fish returned, all apparently healthy. Lights on- quite dazzling having been used to weak juwel lights for some time: It's a bit hard to see what's going on from these shots but the idea is to have a slope down from right to left. The background is a mix of swords, with the egeria densa...
  97. Spider Pig

    First planted tank- Two Towers

    Next was bodging the lights. I’ve got the juwel reflectors on the t8s so first straightened the longer side out. Have the arcadia reflectors for the t5s (much better than juwel IMO). The clip has a sliding attachment, so I attached mine so that the distance from the bulb to the edge was...
  98. Spider Pig

    First planted tank- Two Towers

    Next step- turned everything off and drained the aquarium. The fish were transferred to a 30L tub with aeration, heating and some egeria. I also transferred the old filter sponges to a bucket of water. I felt that this should be suffient as I only expected them to be there for a couple of hours...
  99. Spider Pig

    First planted tank- Two Towers

    So here’s my set up journal of my first proper planted tank. Here’s a picture of the tank beforehand: Here’s my plan for the new set up, which like all good plans, is only a vague guide: Equipment Specifications • Tank- Juwel Vision 180 (92cm W x 40cm H x 55cm L), 180L •...
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    Best moss for moss wall

    Looks really nice. Seen your other posts of the spiky moss- look good too. Just ordered stuff from greenline- quite a good selection of mosses and reasonable prices too. Opted for weeping, taiwan and pelia. Thought I would try out the taiwan moss as I saw that it had been used effectively in...
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