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  1. J

    Cat litter

    You can use this to make great vivarium backgrounds though ;) I did!
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    General shrimp questions

    So at night when your plants are using oxygen and not producing it? It's not right keeping this many fish in a 15ltr, don't expect to get any other response off the users in here. We all try and take great care of our fish and shrimp and overcrowding is something a lot of us try and avoid!
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    Household GU10 LED lighting

    Damn I was looking at these recently for a few nanos. Might have a go at diying some Cree ones.
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    Household GU10 LED lighting

    Do you know what kelvin they are? In my experience LEDs have always trumped t5's they don't look as bright to the human eye but the par and directed light output means plant growth should be a lot higher than with t5's In this respect you can't really trust your eyes, brighter to you isn't...
  5. J

    Shrimp safe 9mm

    I bought one off the same website you buy special n fertiliser!
  6. J

    Stopforumspam.com

    for the record Im on an Iphone 4S...not a BB
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    Whats this algae and how do I rid of it?

    Nry that was my initial thoughts, cleaning it probably does more bad than good at this stage.
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    Sand Substrate, Plant growth

    Aquatic plants absorb nutrients through their leaves mainly if the substrate is inert (which yours is) make sure your dosing and co2 are spot on and be patient!
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    Stopforumspam.com

    Hmm it's strange I make one post and get blacklisted, then have to go into airplane mode to get a new ip to post again :/
  10. J

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Total cost was £22, every time you take it in they do a leak check and service on the bottle then fill it. They are called OTEAC I won't be using them again their staff even couldn't understand why he'd priced it do high, I suspect they didn't want my business from the attitude the manager was...
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    Whats this algae and how do I rid of it?

    The sponges are your first port of call in the filter you'll always get bacteria growing there in large quantities, your tank has no fish thus the ammonia will be small and due to organic breakdown amongst other things. Probably enough for the sponges to convert but not for a decent amount to...
  12. J

    Stopforumspam.com

    I'm banned for no reason...
  13. J

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Cost me £18 with vat ontop of that to get a 500g refill... Only 1 company offering it here in Aberdeen utter crap! I went in all 3 fish shops in Aberdeen and the only one who knew about co2 tried to convince me to use a DIY yeast setup lmao!!! The only real aquarium around here still sells...
  14. J

    TMC Aquaray 8 way controller

    What whitey said is correct, although im a Chris also you for a few moments I was wondering what was going on! Although if you use the beams then you can use 8 seperate beams not just 4 tiles :)
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    TMC Aquaray 8 way controller

    No all the channels are dimmable mate! Just the first 6 go on one timer with one sunrise and sunset. And the other two channels run in another timer. For instance I have 4 lights coming on at 10am that turn up from 0% to 100% over a 2 hour period turning off at 8pm over two hours (channel 1)...
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    Whats this algae and how do I rid of it?

    Yes, just use tank water de-chlorinating after you've bathed the filter in chlorine does nothing :) I wouldn't worry about the filter boosting products you have everything you need in your tank already you just need to let it move to the right place. Let it run for a week and then remove as...
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    Whats this algae and how do I rid of it?

    That sounds like your most likely problem right there mate, running the sponges under water is killing the good bacteria and the sponges are what converts the waste. By doing this the bacteria are choosing to live in your tank and not your filter. I'm really surprised how many people jump...
  18. J

    Any Marine/Freshwater Biologists on UKAPS?

    It's really not worth it at all mate, I'd stick with your joinery as your much more likely to find a well paid job. The last 4 years I've traveled all over the country for jobs in marine ecology, conservation and terrestrial studies. The last one I applied for had 450+ applicants. Stick with...
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    Whats this algae and how do I rid of it?

    Jaap how do you clean your filter?
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    TMC Aquaray 8 way controller

    Hmm it uses every channel with the storm mode and runs 6 on one with the remaining 2 on another channel. I use 6 strips over a 55 gallon and works well for me but I understand what you mean about smaller setups! The 1% is pretty bright too would be nice of you could moonlight it at 0.2% like...
  21. J

    Any Marine/Freshwater Biologists on UKAPS?

    I did conservation at Aberdeen it had a lot of marine crossovers.
  22. J

    Xmas Moss growing "leggy"

    Re: Xmas Moss growing "leggy" enjoy your algae ;)
  23. J

    Members Backgrounds

    BSc Hons Conservation Biology now working in the local airport with helicopters.
  24. J

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    The local fish shops look at you like your mad if you suggest anything about plants and hitech tanks they don't care about em :/
  25. J

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Can someone update this? In Aberdeen Chubb no longer do refills (well they do but it costs £50 for a minimum order) I'm trying to find an alternative now...
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    Xmas Moss growing "leggy"

    500 posts and this guy doesn't have a clue...honestly sometimes i wonder how we have survived as a species this long....Aqua to get it to be less leggy you defiantly do not need more light...
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    Xmas Moss growing "leggy"

    Re: Xmas Moss growing "leggy" How can you not understand how this relates to mosses? It's basically telling you why your moss is elongating ie it's trying to get above the water level so it can grow more efficiently.
  28. J

    GroBeam 600 - High Pitched Noise...

    Because that's the whole reason I paid almost 100 for a controller!
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    GroBeam 600 - High Pitched Noise...

    In the end I ramped my lighting up to 100% to stop the whining it's coloured up a few of my broms which I'm happy about but I still have to deal with 4 hours of whining from the light units a day, still I don't notice it much anymore unless I'm trying to get a very early night!
  30. J

    55G ~ Windswept

    It was pretty much the Aquatic Plants that got me into it, I got to the stage where I wanted More and more plants in the tanks and then I saw another member on here post his Dart frog setup and I was hooked.... 3 months later I'd changed to a terrestrial setup and went from this: to this...
  31. J

    55G ~ Windswept

    its for poison dart frogs :) no water in it at all!
  32. J

    GroBeam 600 - High Pitched Noise...

    Anti I use two TMC powerbox 400 filters, the 8 channel controller and 6 of their lighting units (only 4 of the 600's) I'll certainly ask them if I can't deal with the noise.
  33. J

    GroBeam 600 - High Pitched Noise...

    From what he said its built into ALL new light products as there was an issue with the dimming function that caused spikes in the current, this in turn was killing the first diode in the circuit. Chance's are if yours doesn't make the noise it's probably just an old version. I like having the...
  34. J

    55G ~ Windswept

    This tank now looks like this: Just a little more Overgrown! It's home to a trio of R. Vanzolinii CLICK THE PICTURE BELOW ITS A MOVIE!
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    GroBeam 600 - High Pitched Noise...

    I spoke to Giles at TMC. Very nice and helpful guy he explained to me that to fix the 5th diode failing they had to install an extra component that does indeed output a hi-pitched noise. It only does this when its ramping up or down the light's so when going from 1%-99% it makes the noise... As...
  36. J

    GroBeam 600 - High Pitched Noise...

    I know, Me too but i'm here asking because its late and I'd rather not have to go another 5 days without lights!
  37. J

    GroBeam 600 - High Pitched Noise...

    Yeah 8 way one. I have 4 of the grobeam 600's and two of the old aquarays.
  38. J

    GroBeam 600 - High Pitched Noise...

    hmm this has been on now for about 6 hours and still hi-pitched...
  39. J

    GroBeam 600 - High Pitched Noise...

    Hi Guys, Its been a long time since I've posted but im in need of some opinions. I recently had some LED's fail on 4 of my Grobeam500's which TMC quickly replaced with the new 600's...however after installing them there is a very loud Hi-pitched whine coming from them. Its so bad I can't stand...
  40. J

    Blue rams with shrimp?

    I wouldn't I've had my rams eat all kinds of shrimp! Awesome fish but they have big appetites.
  41. J

    Echinodorus with flower steam

    Anything could trigger flowering I doubt it has much to do with fertilizer levels, It could be Bad water conditions, good water conditions, large water changes, Being emerged during a water change.... Just be happy its flowering and enjoy it!
  42. J

    Witnessing a Natural Death???

    And we all know how reliable test kits are! Lol
  43. J

    Hare Hill - Reborn

    Re: Hare Hill - the shrimp-scape project PM me your address and ill get it sent to you.
  44. J

    Hare Hill - Reborn

    Re: Hare Hill - the shrimp-scape project and of course you have to promise to grow it on and pass it amongst the forum members :D
  45. J

    Hare Hill - Reborn

    Re: Hare Hill - the shrimp-scape project WAIT! I have a stone with some on that im taking down soon, I can send it to you ;) just pay postage
  46. J

    Mr. Big Nose

    nice hat!
  47. J

    Effect of co2 mist on fish

    I remember that thread too something about the more CO2 that's available the more chance of making food over converting O2 or something like that... Look for Plantbrain's posts that's Mr. Barr.
  48. J

    Witnessing a Natural Death???

    I'd be very surprised if it was Nitrate poisoning. If anything it would be the Nitrite that leads to the high Nitrate levels that caused the gasping and loss of appetite.....
  49. J

    Effect of co2 mist on fish

    The drop checker is always just a guide, its not accurate. If your fish and Plants are healthy then it doesn't matter what colour your drop checker is....As you've already got the best working BPS for yourself and the tank I'd be inclined to stick to what's working for you, since there is never...
  50. J

    British Macro-algae tank ~ Now Video!

    Yeah i just wished I could have got it in focus more as it was amazing, fish and crabs everywhere! theres usualy seals too but not that day :(
  51. J

    If you go down to the woods today..

    With a face like that I'd say Barbastella? Used to do alot of bat surveys with my University How I miss those Warm summer nights with nets!
  52. J

    British Macro-algae tank ~ Now Video!

    OK try that :/ lower quality but im sure you get the jist!
  53. J

    British Macro-algae tank ~ Now Video!

    Bah not sure how i can link to it on FB and get it working
  54. J

    British Macro-algae tank ~ Now Video!

    Video Uploaded. Can someone confirm it works? Mate uploaded it to facebook :/
  55. J

    Why can`t I grow Lilaeopsis Brasiliensis

    I have no problems with LB grows like a weed. I have my lighting at moderate levels and high doses of co2 and nutrients. Have loads of stuff Going spare, and I've just given it a second trim so will see if it develops any yellowing.
  56. J

    Tom's Bucket O' Mud - The End

    Tom's Bucket O' Mud - Fish pics page 12 The White spots to me just look like pigment in the shell, nothing I'd be worried about.
  57. J

    10 planted tank myths

    Great Article, I agree with you on all points and I don't see anything "contradictory" Its a pity that CEG is hiding away from this until George gets back I always enjoy his posts! Nice one GeorgeF :D
  58. J

    ever so slightly cloudy

    lol necro thread!
  59. J

    my betta tank

    does he not bother the shrimp? I have some amano shrimp i wouldnt mind moving over to my betta tanks to clean the moss
  60. J

    Dos & Don'ts while using super-glue with mosses

    dont let the moss dry out or it will die, just a tiny amount smeared over a surface and then press the moss into it works fine for me.
  61. J

    Guess how much this little lot cost me

    £45 posted.
  62. J

    P@H/Coopet Nano cube

    Yeah they get sucked into the slider *Cough* lost an otto to the slider *Cough*, I Used to use a piece of filterfloss over it, but it got filthy too fast! Thats where most of the water goes through instead of going through the actual filter unit. 15l = 10"x10"x10" Hogan thats the ones I use...
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    P@H/Coopet Nano cube

    The easy way to "fix" it is to seal the top hole where the power cable goes, and seal the slider that increases and decreases the power. Make sure the slider is locked in the max flow before you seal it otherwise it barely moves water. Seriously guys shame on you for not noticing this the...
  64. J

    Green aphids

    fail, there's no fun in Chemicals! and the more you spray the more you'll end up with in my experience haha. But good luck ;)
  65. J

    pets at home "quiz"

    lol you have to be kidding, I can't believe that!
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    pets at home "quiz"

    I do remeber once at P@H that the woman serving me asked what was in my Aquarium to which I listed my fish which included my Clown plec. She gave me a completely disgusted look and then rattled off a load of reasons why I would have to get a bigger tank or rehome it. I then pointed out that this...
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    pets at home "quiz"

    dosen't help when some good practical fish magazines print outdated articles too lol! We should try and push through some sense into these shops and the hobby. Every time im in a shop and I hear nonsense about PH and test kits and de-chlorination I want to go over and just be like "Hey Actually!"
  68. J

    Water Conditioner

    I have 4 tanks, never used water conditioner...I have lots of very happy fish, lots of egg laying and hatching. Even have shrimp which I use plain tap water. I just don't see the need in conditioner tbh I feel like its just another "buy me or you'll kill everything" product like test kits. I...
  69. J

    Water Conditioner

    Or just don't bother using water conditioner....
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    British Macro-algae tank ~ Now Video!

    Re: British Macro-algae tank thanks for the input guys, I was considering condensation as that would be the main concern, I was thinking about using a Beer Fridge and running the outlet of the filter thought it to cool the tank. Would love to look into Freediving Foxfish, pity im so bad at...
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    Green aphids

    It's true that juvenile ladybirds do not fly but they eat exactly the same thing as their adult counterparts. Usually consisting of spider mites, aphids and mealy bugs. Both hoverfly larvae and ladybird larva would be ideal for solving your problem, both are great to watch as I used to keep...
  72. J

    120cm. Green Neons Fly

    120cm. Nearly given up. I dose 30ml in my 100cm 200ltr tank dosing 5ml is prob the main reason your getting algae. Especially with pressurised co2 and I'm assuming good lighting which all lead to increased nutrient uptake. I'm sure someone else will pop over and confirm my suspicions soon :)
  73. J

    Green aphids

    Hmm ladybirds are great but they fly off, you want to go and look for Hoverfly Larvae ~ they look like this and don't fly. When they go hard they are just pupating and will emerge as a hoverfly (they look like bee's but don't sting) Amazing Flys.
  74. J

    no way. . . . could it be?

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index ... 548AAj5Y4R
  75. J

    is welding co2 gas ok?

    yes as long as its pure co2 and not a mix of Co2 and Argon
  76. J

    British Macro-algae tank ~ Now Video!

    Re: British Macro-algae tank No one have any input?
  77. J

    British Macro-algae tank ~ Now Video!

    I went snorkelling off the coast of Scotland last weekend and saw some amazing algae, I was quite stunned at how much life and variations in colour and texture there was in 6 inches of water! So many hermit crabs and an fish! My question is has anyone setup a cold water macro algae tank? And...
  78. J

    Best Fish Courier?

    Live animals and Fish are two different things it seems. I have had royal mail deliver fish as well as APC, even with "Live Tropical Fish - Handle with Care" Stickers. I also work at the airport and unload both Royal mail and Parcel force cargo planes which regularly contain live fish. I'd...
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    Aquariums limited

    If it were me they would have had court letters by now...
  80. J

    Am I asking the impossible? Fancy goldfish.

    Get rid of the fancy goldfish? :lol: Prob like you suggested some plants on wood, but since there gonna be living in cold water (I think that's correct) then your limited with your plants too. Good luck!
  81. J

    The Banyan Forests of Stickleback Island

    is that a stuffed bird~? what is it?
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    Tom's Bucket O' Mud - The End

    Re: Tom's Bucket O' Mud - Fish pics page 8 Still looking Gorgeous...
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    Transparent Tank - the end

    The Transparent Tank Challenge Tgm's standpoint has been questioned by many in regards to led's. The tests and people using them on ukaps speaks for themselves, very very good results. I'd advise against getting another strip unless your seeing deficiencies brought about via lack of light. The...
  84. J

    OMG Invaders -ID - Drone Fly Larvae

    OMG Invaders from Beyond the Void :sick: I used to get these all the time! They have large tails that reach the surface and allow them to take in air. Very cool and if I remember rightly the goldfish like em too.
  85. J

    [CONTEST] UKAPS @ Aquatics Live, Olympia

    2 weeks should be enough time for my hairgrass to grow back >.< I wish you'd have posted this a few days before I trimmed!
  86. J

    55G ~ Windswept

    Thats the point! Its a dead tree alone on a rocky windy outcrop :) thanks for the comments, ill try and get a decent pic of it sometime.
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    55G ~ Windswept

  88. J

    A Japanese Garden of sorts

    This is a great idea! if you can get this to work it will look amazing, the hardscape already looks great :D
  89. J

    [CONTEST] UKAPS @ Aquatics Live, Olympia

    So we have until the 2nd of july?
  90. J

    Sending FE by courier

    Ive used UKmail before now for cylinders. Very good.
  91. J

    Three Rare bird's (More image's added)

    Re: Three Rare bird's SPARROWS!!! >.< You can't say that! Great pics :D
  92. J

    Sending FE by courier

    They need to be clearly marked so that they aren't damaged in transit, you'd be stupid to not send them safely. Don't be reckless
  93. J

    Why should you grow your own bugs!

    Prob just one of 80 species of "Water Flea" lol http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/ind ... wflea.html
  94. J

    EI tomato plants anyone got a mix?

    Ive just been using mine to feed my Pumpkins, doing well so far just dump it in the water about 10ml or macro and trace and then water with the can through the week.
  95. J

    Transparent Tank - the end

    Re: Mike's see-through tank challenge almost like you planned it.......
  96. J

    Transparent Tank - the end

    Mike's see-through tank challenge I'm sure we've all gassed our fair share of fish and shrimp here!
  97. J

    Cheap LED Strip Light. Your thoughts?

    Hmm these little strip light aren't useful for growing anything I bought off the same seller and there just not worth it. Get a Desk lamp with a LED bulb for it.
  98. J

    120cm - George of the Jungle pg.5 new pics

    try using these to ID it george. It looks almoast identical to the stuff i'm growing out of my nano, but gets bushier as it gets older. http://rbg-web2.rbge.org.uk/bbs/Learnin ... AG%2B1.pdf http://rbg-web2.rbge.org.uk/bbs/Learnin ... AG%2B2.pdf
  99. J

    Plant help please

    I'm sure they crypts will be fine, as long as they don't get uprooted they are pretty hardy.
  100. J

    Something else to think about!

    You already are a southerner....! (im from Aberdeen)
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