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    Rio 300 plans

    Hi everyone! It has been a while (too long) since I posted on this site...mainly as I have been embarrassed by my attempts over the last year or so! I have recently decided to turn things around and put a bit of effort into my tank again. The setup is the same as before... Rio 300 tank...
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    aquaspot world?

    Thats an interesting list of plants. I would be happy ordering things like tennelus, ferns, mosses & glosso, but the more delicate things, especially didiplis and rotala i would look at ordering from tropica if you can because you can guarantee the quality rather than get let down. Express...
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    aquaspot world?

    Hi i have just rec'd my order from this place. Dispatched monday from singapore and arrived this morning - iv only just got in to deal with it. Well, I have mixed opinions about this. The first thing i got out was vallisneria americana and i must say it was in a pretty terrible state, the bag...
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    Big filter... Small tank. Opinions please?

    I have had this filter running for about 2 months now. My view is...get it! its got plenty flow for your tank and is one of the best filters iv ever used. It is silent, has great power and is easy to adjust if needed. It looks cooler than most of the other filters around atm as well. :)
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    aquaspot world?

    Yea no problems i have ordered ech. tennelus, eleocharis parvulus, various vallisnerias, eleocharis sp. j, and a few others i cant think of right now. I will post pics when i get them, which may not be until next week..who knows?
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    aquaspot world?

    Hey, i have only this week done an order with them. they were pretty common species, though i ordered a fair few and it was cheaper than any other plant orders iv placed, even with shipping. They do deal in dollars yes. That said, i ordered on sunday morning, got the paypal email straight...
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    Why isnt vallis nana growing?

    funny you bring this up. I had vallis nana up until about last week. It was in the tank from set up, high light, co2, ferts..the lot and it just didn't grow, everything else went mad, except that, which just kind of sat there, not dying, but not particularly growing. Then, after a few months it...
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    Which stem plant?

    Hi Dave, thanks for the reply. I already have Didiplis in my tank and it has settled in nicely, growing at a steady rate and has really bushed out, i am really happy with it. I have also tried hemianthus micranthemoides originally but it didnt settle in well and i ended up pulling it all up...
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    Which stem plant?

    Hi all, im looking for a bit of advice. I currently have heteranthera zosterifolia growing in the back corner of my 300l. My tank has settled and and that plant was pretty much there as a stand in while the tank settled and i got into the swing of a high-tech tank. Anyway, i feel that i now...
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    TPN+ or EI?

    In my opinion id say dry ferts. Try to work out how long a bottle of TPN+ lasts, and then comparative amounts of dry ferts you could get for that money. Once the ferts are mixed in with water and you have the dosing plan written down it is literally as easy as 1, 2, 3. I use them on my 300...
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    saintly's "The Miracle Mire" scape over

    Re: saintly's ??????? scape Thats really good wood (anyone else think that sounds a bit odd?) what type is it? and where did you get it from? I loving the shape you made, looks great i know its probably on a previous page but whats the planting plan? Howard
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    JBL kit solenoid

    http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/index.p ... ts_id=1942 HTH Howard
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    Silver & Sparkly

    This was almost my exact mission a year or so ago so i feel for you! I found, that even though its a bit more expensive, something from tiffany's never fails to impress..they have something to suit all tastes, and most depths of pocket!!! If not, a few of the earlier ideas might work, if she...
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    Gears of War 2!!

    It was my bday the other week and i ended up getting fallout 3, farcry 2, fable 2 and deadspace. Must say i cant get off of fallout, and am enjoying dead space, however the other 2 seem to have fallen to the bottom of the pile..maybe the sort you have to get into. Looking forward to COD 5 though.
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    Tetratec EX 1200 filter

    There seems to be a growing number of us who have had a bad experience with the Ex1200. As sam says above, the ex600 is great, iv not had a leak and its quiet..apart from the problem mentioned above. Its a shame as for the price (if it worked properly) itd be a good filter. Thanks, Howard
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    Rio 300 plans

    So you should be! :lol: Thanks though. Just for the record i am currently dosing half of what James recommends on his site for a 300l tank.
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    Rio 300 plans

    Thanks for the comments, really appreciate them :D I know its in the early stages but as my first ever high tech set up i am so pleased with how its coming along, with only a few minor snags along the way! Il probably do an order from AE sometime this week so i could possibly put in for...
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    Rio 300 plans

    OK, after many a delay my tank is finally suitable to be showing on here....clarity-wise anyway. After suffering about a week with green water i did a 50% change yesterday and i wake up today to find it is almost totally clear :D That is from a distance. As you can see the heteranthera is...
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    Rio 300 plans

    Sorry for no update the other day..my water decided it was going to turn into a pea soup. I changed 50% of the water and havent dosed or had lights on for a few days...this was in waiting for my new filter (eheim 2078) which arrived and is now set up (see another thread) once this has cleaned up...
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    Filter noise...

    Hi all, just wanted to make a reply to this as to what i have decided. I ordered an eheim 2078 professional 3e 'terminator' (:P) filter and it arrived today Ordered it with 8l of media - the little balls and the small ceramic tubes. I must say it was so easy to set up, the only problem being...
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    Rio 300 plans

    Morning beeky, its been a while since i have updated on this so you commenting will encourage me to go get some photos! The plant that the 'left side' picture shows is Heteranthera Zosterifolia. That was literally just after i planted the top part of the stems i received. It is now a proper...
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    TetraTec EX 2400 - review

    Hi, as on my other post mentioning buying an eheim filter, my main problem with my Tetra1200 was the humming noise... also it seems to get air trapped in it too easily, and with it being in my cupboard its not easy to shake...also when i shake it it leaks....and then theres the U-bends supplied...
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    Filter noise...

    Hi sam, i am also running a Tetra1200 on it. currently that is all i am running along with a 600lph powerhead. However, i have started to notice, about 2 weeks after set up that it is just inadequate for the tank and i need something bigger & more powerful. Im away all weekend so il probably...
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    Filter noise...

    Thanks for all your replys guys. I have decided against the FX5, i have read mixed reviews on it and therefore will probably not choose that now. Also, as someone suggested, i already have a Hydro 300 external heater, and have been looking at the Eheim 2078 pro 3 electronic. I have heard...
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    Fifa 09 xbox 360

    TKO, ima go on in a minute. Got FIFA 09 yday and have been playiing PRO cos its totally different to other modes, playing with one player. Its excitign when you score aswell cos you dont get as many opportunites. Il go on COD4 now and kick you sons a**. haha. gota try and steal the wireless...
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    saintlys "The Henge"

    :cry:
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    Fifa 09 xbox 360

    My xbox live is simply 'howardish' if anyone wants to add. Maybe everyone should post it and start some sort of UKAPS clan :lol: Havent got FIFA 09 yet, though i will probably go get it tomorrow if i have nothing else to do. currently its COD4, Rock Band & Army of Two. Howard
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    Plants Alive

    Hi, sorry for no update! I received both orders.. you can tell from the moment you open the box that the tropica plants are better quality, but in a way you expect that for the price you pay. The plants i got from Plants alive were all in very good quality considering time it was in the post...
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    Onlive Vivarium Store

    Joe, i have a 25k bag of black gravel 1-3mm sitting in my room. was gonna use it for my tank but changed my mind and never returned it. I will post it for you for the cost of the postage if you want?? I live in essex so delivery/pick up isnt really reasonable. havent got an idea how much it...
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    Tom's 30cm Cube

    Ha, i can see you had a bit of a hack at the back. Id definitely try to keep that moss in check at the front. Never had any experience myself with moss but it does seem to be distracting from the scape behind it slightly. Thought about a type of grass to go there? Eleocharis etc... Im crap...
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    Filter noise...

    Evening all, I am looking at buying a Fluval FX5 or Eheim Professional 3 Thermo to supplement the Tetratec 1200 on my 300l. I am pretty much open to any suggestions but the main point i would like advice on is how noisy are they? It will be sitting next to the tank, which is about 2 foot from...
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    Rio 300 plans

    Ok, so the plants came today. All from AE, Tropica plants. this is my first experience with tropica and you can see, as soon as you open the box that the quality is so much better than any other plants i have bought, well worth the extra. I spent about 3 hours trimming them down, separating and...
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    Rio 300 plans

    Hmm i believe i changed the Hygro for something else but at this moment it escapes me what. I am getting majority of my plant order tomorow... is it normal to be this excited about a fish tank? :? Howard
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    JBL kit solenoid

    No worries mark, everyone on here has helped me loads so im only passing on their knowledge & my limited experience. I am currently running the jbl kit with jbl bottles for exactly that reason - i dont quite trust myself with FEs! I have ordered the adaptor & when my bottle supply has depleted...
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    JBL kit solenoid

    Through personal experience, and through what i have read on this site, the best way to go for CO2 is individually pieced kits. I have the Easy set 1 (without solenoid) and must say the regulator is easy to use and read, however, it does only fit the JBL CO2 bottles and not FEs (unless you buy...
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    Tetratec 1200 ext filters

    Hi, im currently running a tetratec ex1200 on my 300l. I have the spraybar at one end which creates good circulation around the tank (you can see this if you watch small particles floating around). However, i also have a nano 600lph powerhead at the opposite end shooting towards the gravel to...
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    Rio 300 plans

    Hi, thanks for your thoughts. I do agree with what you are saying...the rocks are quite stumpy, however, i dont intend for the hardscape to be too visible...they are mainly there to fill in gaps that i can see appearing as things grow and hopefully break things up slightly. Heres an image of...
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    Rio 300 plans

    Water changes :( not looking forward to them! 50% of 300..thats 150 Litres!!! (incase any of you dont know :lol: ) im off to the LFS today to hopefully pick up about 10metres of tubing to fit on the pump i have from the removed juwel filter. Stick this out the window into the gutter and...
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    Rio 300 plans

    I only realised recently that hydro was going to be a problem...if it does start to get leggy it will be moved towards the right hand side or totally removed..any ideas what i could put there if problems start? I currently am not dosing..lights are on for a minimal time and the other plants...
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    Rio 300 plans

    Hi all.. An update on my tank progress (if anyones interested :? ) I filled it with water last saturday and got everything running... installed the CO2... primed filter... made sure all was running correctly... and that the tank didnt go through the roof...(as yet it hasnt) I am not yet...
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    Plants Alive

    Cheers everyone...iv taken the dive! Iv ordered as many tropica as i could from AE. Hopefully have them in the next couple days. Then the remainder i have ordered from Plants Alive, only about 4 plants or so. Thanks for all your help...il probably need your assistance again when they die/get...
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    Which regulator??

    Ah excellent, as i said i have about 4months supply of co2 so im not in a rush at the moment. As for now you can be my guinea pig and report back :lol: Seriously though thanks, i look forward to hearing how it goes. Howard
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    Plants Alive

    Im very near Southend in Essex. Its a good hours drive to the nearest Maidenhead and the P@H arent that great for aquatics. I mainly rely on a swallow aquatics which is have gone to from the start but they are mainly bread & butter stock - good quality but never much variety. =] Howard
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    Plants Alive

    Thanks for that, im really debating what to do. I have placed a list in the hands of my LFS, they deal with aquafleur and so i picked a good list off of their site, and the girl said she would pass it on to the ordered who would call me. Well so far he hasnt..since thursday..so im gonna chase...
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    Which regulator??

    Hmm, that is a very good option ed..thanks, never knew they did those. do you have experience of using these with the JBL reg? they look almost identical to the JBL bottles so cant see much of a problem. Thanks again. Howard :)
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    Plants Alive

    Hi all, im looking for more help :? Im thinking of ordering off of plants alive and had a couple of questions: 1) How have people found their orders? in a good condition when arrived and have they lasted in your tank well? 2) I dont understand the ordering...i know that sounds silly...
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    Which regulator??

    OMG, how have i not heard of that before?! :lol: and that will work connecting it to a fire extinguisher? im guessing it does but it doesnt have the measurements of the adaptor on it. Might email Richard. Thanks so much, youv just saved me -counts fingers- loads!
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    Which regulator??

    Hi all, I currently have a JBL Easy set 2 which i got cheaply with enough supplies to last about 4 months. I am thinking of changing to FE as i can see the cost will mount if i keep buying the 500g cylinders for £15 each month. I have read all about the Diy FE route and am pretty ok with it...
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    Tom's 30cm Cube

    Re: Tom's 30cm Cube - Update 22/9/08 Looking good tom, I like it very much. It has developed a lot since the start and has really grown into shape. :)
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    Bank Charges?

    If only the majority of my customers realised that :lol:
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    open topped tanks - advice needed please

    erm...on top of my previous post about having no problems with open tops... im just doing maintenance...water changes...trimming etc... on my tank and i have just found a dried out otocinclus on the floor next to the filter. :cry: So err.. maybe the plastic top might be a good idea after...
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    Bank Charges?

    I work for a bank quite heavily involved in the charges case *cough*LTSB*cough* (though not directly with the charges side of things) banks can charge for going overdrawn past your limit..this should all have been laid out at the start when you open the account... however, the charge should be...
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    open topped tanks - advice needed please

    I have an open top in my room and the only problem i get is evaporation, on a 60l it works out around 1 or 2l a week. I have spray deoderant and havent had a problem but assume the obvious...that the closer you use it the more likely damage is going to happen...answer to this...face the other...
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    Rio 300 plans

    Afternoon all, thanks for the comments =] firstly, yes the polysperma is likely a temporary plant while it settles in. If it doesnt need pruning it'l likely stay there but otherwise (which im sure is more likely) il remove it and replace with a slower grower once things settle...thanks :) im...
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    which is best out of these diffusers

    I bought the 1st set you were looking at, one didnt make it into the tank as i broke it when my little finger brushed it :x The 2nd i managed to get into the tank, tubing attached etc. only to find the ceramic was solid and no gas was coming out at all. when removing it...it broke. So...
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    Rio 300 plans

    The idea is to have the rocks closer to the front and only have glosso infront. that way hopefully the rocks will still be on display but with growth around the sides and behind i quite like the current layout..that added to the fact i cant really afford more rocks :( i think i might leave it...
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    Rio 300 plans

    ok ok, iv had a play :wink: heres what i have come up with: front: right: left: Thanks for making me move them as i think this looks better any thoughts? thanks, Howard
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    Rio 300 plans

    hmmm i did try various ideas I currently have 5 large rocks. i did think of doing 2 on the left and 3 on the right, unfortunately none have much height. I will go play with them now to see what i can come up with and report back asap Thanks :D
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    Rio 300 plans

    Hi all, thought i would look for a bit of constructive criticism on the plans of my new tank. Its not up and running yet..the idea is to get peoples opinions first before i go filling it up and realising im not prepared! Specs: Tanks: Rio 300 - 121 x 51 x 62 cm Lighting: 4 x 54w t5 - 2x...
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    Which media?

    Thanks guys, Starting with colonised media isnt a problem, ima run the tank on plants only for as long as i need 2 anyway, my other tank can stay where it is for now. I will be running solely on a ex1200 during this as the 600 is on the other tank...i have got a spare 600lph powerhead to help...
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    Which media?

    Hi, I am currently setting up a 4ft (Juwel Rio300) planted tank. I have most of the equipment i need. but before i start i need some advice of what to put in my filter. I have removed the internal and currently have a Tetratec ex1200 ready to go when i fill up and plant the tank. I will...
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    Welcome :) Tell us about yourself

    Hi everyone! I am new to this forum as of yesterday but have been on the pfk one for a while... I am 20 and live in benfleet, near Southend On Sea, Essex. I work as a customer service assistant/mortgage administrator. i have been keeping fish for about 2 years, but only in the last 9months...
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