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  1. Piece-of-fish

    CO2 manifold with multiple valves

    Bumping again. Still on the first 2 of these. Going strong for 7 years. ;) Not sure there is better quality for the money.
  2. Piece-of-fish

    Finally... UK aquascaping competiion.

    Agreeing or not agreeing does not change the situation unfortunatelly and this is sad truth. 3-4 active with skills to compete in IAPLC and get top 100. Might sound harsh but this is the reality.
  3. Piece-of-fish

    Coming back to UKAPS...

    No pressure. We will accept only a big aquascape journal as an apology :p 200L+ please :twisted:
  4. Piece-of-fish

    Finally... UK aquascaping competiion.

    If you let me comment about the limit on both tank size and limit on entries. The limit on top size in not quite necessary as it is very unlikely that you would get flooded with such size entries and on the other side if you ge any it is deserved to be seen. Planted aquariums of this size are...
  5. Piece-of-fish

    Finally... UK aquascaping competiion.

    10£ fee is a good idea to stop goldfish bowl entries as someone said. On the other hand number of entries could be unlimited and goldfish gang sponsoring and promoting the comp :) Dont think its introduced to pay for prizes as to get 250 entries is very optimistic. Plus they have to work hard at...
  6. Piece-of-fish

    Finally... UK aquascaping competiion.

    Why would you need to know the company? They are one of the biggest wholesalers in the trade so we should not know them. To organise something like this takes a lot of work and lets admit the prizes are very good. First year will be trial and error but it should improve in the future. One thing...
  7. Piece-of-fish

    Finally... UK aquascaping competiion.

    Such exciting news. Surprised not to see more interest on the topic :(
  8. Piece-of-fish

    Finally... UK aquascaping competiion.

    Its a rotating hobby. People get tired of wc in 2-3 years and dissapear.
  9. Piece-of-fish

    Finally... UK aquascaping competiion.

    I bet you can ignore the number of entrants restriction ;)
  10. Piece-of-fish

    Finally... UK aquascaping competiion.

    Get your scissors out guys. Some questionable criteria but overall pretty exciting. http://www.ukasc.co.uk/
  11. Piece-of-fish

    Steve's ADA 120P - Emerald Isles

    Nice scape. My heart is bleeding to see people still waste money on substrate additives though.
  12. Piece-of-fish

    Resolved! Stopped getting notifications about personal messages received.

    As per title. Anyone else experiencing this?
  13. Piece-of-fish

    The Next Episode - 800 litres

    Very beautiful design. This wood looks like dense enough not needing soaking. whats the plan for planting?
  14. Piece-of-fish

    GlasGarten Mini L "Nemesis"

    Nice scape. And I really like Daytime leds. Got myself one this weekend. 7000K version looks brilliant and it looks like give at least double power of same watts T5.
  15. Piece-of-fish

    The art of planted aquarium 2015 - Hanover

    Mr. Stu forgot to update this :)
  16. Piece-of-fish

    Twinstar..what is it?

    Haha, thats cheaper than Twinstar diffuser :)
  17. Piece-of-fish

    Why are ADA Products so expensive?

    Has Amano himself registered on UKAPS undercover? :)
  18. Piece-of-fish

    Why are ADA Products so expensive?

    Dude, sorry to ruin your world. You have just paid 85£ for some water!
  19. Piece-of-fish

    Twinstar..what is it?

    Took mine out few weeks ago, have not noticed any difference. Leaning towards crap :)
  20. Piece-of-fish

    Vivarium 2014

    Thanks, thats the one. Been there twice already. Maybe get a chance to try a pool on the third occasion. Prices are great atm. 120£ for a double room for 2 nights. A higly recommended event guys.
  21. Piece-of-fish

    GAPLC 2014 resuts are out

    Good to see a wabi category and some UK entrants. Well done.
  22. Piece-of-fish

    Vivarium 2014

    mr. vacarium what would be the name of hotel where all guests from abroad stay? its time to book.
  23. Piece-of-fish

    Aquariums Limited

    You will get your tank. Dont worry. It will be a nice early easter present.
  24. Piece-of-fish

    Twinstar..what is it?

    Good man Pedro. Twinstar needs you :p
  25. Piece-of-fish

    Twinstar..what is it?

    A revised feedback after a long testing period. Verdict: piece of junk in most cases unfortunately. I had different feeling about it with some moments of excitment also but in the end it is what it is. The unit might do the job but diffusers are well to fragile. Damn the things you cannot do...
  26. Piece-of-fish

    GA PLC competition - Anybody entering?

    I tried. The file was not big enough :) Next time. Seem like a nice contest. Had a silent year this one.
  27. Piece-of-fish

    Vivarium 2014

    Weekend. And more jagermeister, why less? :)
  28. Piece-of-fish

    Vivarium 2014

    Was going to call you Paulo. We have some room in the car for 1 or 2. My number has changed so will let you know.
  29. Piece-of-fish

    Vivarium 2014

    I should be going Oliver. Unless something unexpected happens. Bring back good all days ;)
  30. Piece-of-fish

    Arcadia OT2 Freshwater 4x39W T5 900mm - opinions

    These are great units. You have 2 plugs so you can run 2 or all 4 bulbs or have a midday burst. Used several of these and still using 1 unit.
  31. Piece-of-fish

    To hot to post??

    Not too hot. Avoid days when its 26+. There arent so many in this country ;)
  32. Piece-of-fish

    Interzoo 2014 - Tropica Scapes

    +1 on best booth. And far above in honest opinion. I would give eheim the second ;)
  33. Piece-of-fish

    The Green Machine- a bit disappointed.

    A very wrong plant selection for a shop display aquarium. I bet they are dreaming nightmares about the stems :) You want it to look good more or less all the time if its the only planted in the shop so strong middground with occasional slower growing stems at the back. Replanting the stems, not...
  34. Piece-of-fish

    Crystal black shrimp?

    Wow, a recommendation to put a food under the substrate. Nicely done Graham.
  35. Piece-of-fish

    Where to buy 90cm optiwhite and cabinet

    Yes post in the section. I recall they mentioned they can do undrilled.
  36. Piece-of-fish

    Where to buy 90cm optiwhite and cabinet

    I was told undrilled are possible. I would inquire somewhere.
  37. Piece-of-fish

    Natural Aquario sold?

    The price wont be 1$ to 1£. It will be normal exchange. Plus if I am not mistaken the price includes delivery to your door. Dont quote me on that though. Stu you will have to eat some hats :p I think it is still manufactured in Europe so it should make things easier. There is no need to import...
  38. Piece-of-fish

    Natural Aquario sold?

    Was very surprised not to see ADA at interzoo.
  39. Piece-of-fish

    Natural Aquario sold?

    You lot (aquascapers) is a tiny part of the industry :p plus a very demanding one :) so companies cant really count on it. However I have noticed a lot of bigger german brands developing more aquascaping products during Interzoo visit. Denerrle, Tropica, JBL, most likely others also are all...
  40. Piece-of-fish

    Natural Aquario sold?

    So the difference is double. No particular obsession with full setups. But it looks much better with bigger items to be complete (lights, tank and and cabinet). Its all personal choice in the end surely. I have always placed high demand on design. I understand its not everyones choice. Hope...
  41. Piece-of-fish

    Natural Aquario sold?

    Hmm ok. But yes ES600 is not enough for 90. Having a light with only 1 metal halide? No thanks. Here we go again. Can do this can do that, can get cabinet elsewhere etc. Then its not a full system and the point is lost :) Yet to see anything close to Aquavas cabinet quality. The filter is...
  42. Piece-of-fish

    Natural Aquario sold?

    You have selected wrong lights and forgot lily pipes :pit would be interesting to see the price comparison of a full TMC system. something tells the price might surprise few sceptics.
  43. Piece-of-fish

    Natural Aquario sold?

    Controllable enough for scapers. Plus replaceable if it busts. How many solid units had to be returned cause of faults? There was no business model yet. Its just starting now. I do honestly hope George will bring changes but it all comes to money. Quality things are expensive to manufacture so I...
  44. Piece-of-fish

    Natural Aquario sold?

    Take a deep breath and look what you get with the package guys ;) 120 does have 2 LED lighting units. Although there is an option to get it without the filter you pay only 200£ for a stainless steel one with japanese pump! Try to put 120 ADA system together, it will go over 5k. TMC and Aquavas...
  45. Piece-of-fish

    Twinstar..what is it?

    Try them on facebook. You can also try asking TGM about it and about replacement diffusers.
  46. Piece-of-fish

    The Green Machine- a bit disappointed.

    To be honest there is no shop in this country which is worth visiting for an aquascaper. For planted aquarist maybe. Kind of surprising with strong economy and higher buying ability. Charterhouse is not worth a visit sorry. Been there. Nothing a scaper with a year of experience couldnt do. Sad.
  47. Piece-of-fish

    The Green Machine- a bit disappointed.

    Ye, certainly plants have to be best shape to ship. But lots can happen in transit. Its very interesting to hear such a bad feedback. Would have thought they have to be on top with tough competition these days. We need greenaqua branch in London ;)Its weird that they send different plants...
  48. Piece-of-fish

    Value for money wood for tanks.

    Nice find.
  49. Piece-of-fish

    The Green Machine- a bit disappointed.

    All i know it is extremely difficult to maintain a 100% feedback. We are deeling with perishable items here especially in regards of plants. I am sure any online NA supplier would be on top of their service with dry goods or advice but give the guys a break with live plants. The pricing policy...
  50. Piece-of-fish

    Twinstar..what is it?

    Ye, this looks weird. Try Twinstar on facebook if they ignore emails. Curious to know what it is.
  51. Piece-of-fish

    Twinstar..what is it?

    Try household limescale remover. I do really like my Twinstars now. Been sceptical I must admit. I do want them in all my tanks now. They are not magic but they do what they claim. My maintenance has reduced and both hardscape rock and glass are much cleaner now. I have been talking with...
  52. Piece-of-fish

    Twinstar..what is it?

    They look crap.
  53. Piece-of-fish

    Twinstar..what is it?

    I have tried to find out how to safely clean with something different than superge. Heard Twinstar is releasing special liquid soon. On the feedback note I am loving my 2 units and would like them in every tank now :( Having more than 5 aquariums with co2 does not help!
  54. Piece-of-fish

    Berried wine red!!!!

    I put shrimp straight in after filling with ebi and all active shrimp substrates even with shadows. Low ph makes ammonia and nitrites not toxic if there are any. Would not do that with inert substrates though.
  55. Piece-of-fish

    The Quick Planted Tank - 80 or 90liter Juwel Rekord

    Nice start. Very interesting to hear the feedback on the heating cable later on.
  56. Piece-of-fish

    Looking for Co2 refillers in London

    All the way for Londonbeergas. Yes the start is expensive but if you are in for a long journey makes it worth. Its by the way 24£ for either 3.15 or 6.35kg (same price). The problem of the larger bottles they are higher than usual and wont fit standard cabinets. Oustanding next day free delivery...
  57. Piece-of-fish

    New full-time career in aquatics

    About time. And in that case I will say congratulations TMC!
  58. Piece-of-fish

    'Back in the Saddle' 90cm - 1 year on!

    Its time for a new challenge ;) You have taken all out of this one. It looks much more mature and complete. Plant groups work well together.
  59. Piece-of-fish

    No name 60... Ug!

    Nesaea Pedicellata ;) Very nice hardscape and sexy hairy hand!
  60. Piece-of-fish

    IAPLC 2014

    I will try to combine something fast and spontaneous like last year :)
  61. Piece-of-fish

    nominations for plant retailer of the year

    PFK nominations are total fix and should be ignored! Its all business. AE dont advertise and dont get it. If you look at a shrimp retailers a runner up was nominated a shop which even DOES NOT EVEN SELL SHRIMP OR SHRIMP PRODUCTS plus has no clue about shrimp. That is all said... Well done PFK...
  62. Piece-of-fish

    Bucep's bluff thread finished :-)

    Nice tank and buces. Your lfs did not fool you it is pagoda rock.
  63. Piece-of-fish

    No amano shrimp anywhere

    It was a rain season. Should be back to normal now.
  64. Piece-of-fish

    1-2 Grow Storage?

    MC is incomparably easier. You will like it. Ian Sutherland managed to grow it dense and low in low tech, magician.
  65. Piece-of-fish

    1-2 Grow Storage?

    Both these species will store for a very long time in the fridge the althernathera being the leader of the two, sorry Ian. But there is a but. It depends how long and how your supplier kept them in ;)
  66. Piece-of-fish

    Natural Aquario sold?

    The rumours are true. It will be only win win for customers from what I have heard.
  67. Piece-of-fish

    NA 120cm - Asian Dreams-IAPLC # 251

    'When you see a tank every day its easy to just spot the things you arent entirely happy with so really does give me a new appreciation for it and motivation to get more images up.' This is very true, we get used to seeing our tanks and the spark is lost a bit sometimes. The rising start has...
  68. Piece-of-fish

    Twinstar..what is it?

    It wont kill it for sure. Might prevent it but cannot confirm that. It does not say it will kill it either though.
  69. Piece-of-fish

    ISTA WATER PLANT SOIL

    No it is not :)
  70. Piece-of-fish

    ISTA WATER PLANT SOIL

    Read you follow up. You will perfectly be good with gravel and EI. Nothing more to add.
  71. Piece-of-fish

    ISTA WATER PLANT SOIL

    Man, you should get your basics covered first and then possibly look into the substrates. Basics are co2 and nutrients. Not even light. Spending money on substrates would be my last thing on the list for the planted aquarium!
  72. Piece-of-fish

    Taiwan Bee Nano

    Shadow mosura. A litttle crawling fortune!
  73. Piece-of-fish

    Twinstar..what is it?

    Why I cannot edit the post :( shows blank field when trying to edit.
  74. Piece-of-fish

    Twinstar..what is it?

    I did not complain about people saying it does not work. I am fed up about people calling it snake oil or anything else really and even more about people saying shops are trying to sell snake oils. That is was what it read. Sorry if I got it wrong.
  75. Piece-of-fish

    Twinstar..what is it?

    Mine is in...
  76. Piece-of-fish

    Twinstar..what is it?

    In all history the majority of the ordinary crowd were in DENIAL with new things. Its ok people, its quite common for us mortals. Only the bravest made there ways :lol: while the rest were sleeping. There are many more ways to make money than selling snake oils these days and people feel very...
  77. Piece-of-fish

    Twinstar..what is it?

    Quite excited to try mine after Viktors posts. Got it lying around in the box for couple months already :facepalm:
  78. Piece-of-fish

    "Clan" Show off : NA vs TMC vs ADA Poll

    Please I want a full ADA setup at NA price :dead: where do I get one?
  79. Piece-of-fish

    Mark Evans-120 x 55 x 55cm.... 'Convalescence' The joy of shrimp

    I think it is ready for a final pics :p
  80. Piece-of-fish

    London aquarium places to visit

    It is but they are in every day so it is easily arranged, just give them a ring.
  81. Piece-of-fish

    IAPLC top 27

    Like the Brazillians. Turkey was a surprise having in mind how I used to hate them :) Few more interesting scapes but overall quite boring :(
  82. Piece-of-fish

    Giving Up on Shrimp (or maybe not?)

    And I never ever used dechlorinator in any shrimp tanks including high grade species. Do not take that as an advice though ;)
  83. Piece-of-fish

    Giving Up on Shrimp (or maybe not?)

    Might be just coincidence and you will succeed in different tank. I dont think your tds is a problem I dont think your water changes is a problem. Someone mentioned a bioload of shrimp which you can ignore. CO2 is not a problem. The best success with cherries I had was always in High tech...
  84. Piece-of-fish

    Great!

    Haha some fun. If you do manage to get it out Miranda you are up for a prize from me. A glass pipe with same blahblahblahblah happened :) Its not htat bad as Ians, the brush is stuck in the bend.
  85. Piece-of-fish

    IAPLC 2013 - Results are out!

    If first place does not have fish or plants I will burn my letter and curse amano.
  86. Piece-of-fish

    'Back in the Saddle' 90cm - 1 year on!

    Hi Vito, the picture definitely must have been the reason. The scape is great. If the picture is not FTS then it is 100% the case. If the space is limited then consider wide angle lens. The tank will fit from less than half distance. Spend some time with photography or ask someone to help you...
  87. Piece-of-fish

    George's TMC Signature

    George you unlucky. It is a super healthy tank and so many comments show how good it really is. I have a feeling though that the second photo is much much stronger as well. It gives completely different feeling to the eye. The angle is also different? Gives deeper feeling and the fact that red...
  88. Piece-of-fish

    IAPLC 2013 - Results are out!

    Nothing fancy, unbeatable HC/Hairgrass/Riccia combination. Always looks good.
  89. Piece-of-fish

    IAPLC 2013 - Results are out!

    Mark sorry for misspelling your name :(
  90. Piece-of-fish

    IAPLC 2013 - Results are out!

    Congratulations to all, Stu did it again :)Huge thanks to Mark Ewans it is his picture. Thanks for all congratulations my way. Apparently you can make into 100 even with the equipment in the tank :hungry: I have mixed feelings. One side is of course very happy, the other is surprised. I entered...
  91. Piece-of-fish

    My new toy

    Mmm, what George said above :) You going to love that nifty fifty once you get into it. My biggest tip apart from manual mode of course is up your contrast, saturation and sharpness in the camera almost all way up for better pics straight out of the camera.
  92. Piece-of-fish

    Twinstar..what is it?

    Yes I have read that topic. To some degree you are right saying about number of factors. From this device I would expect quite easily noticable results though. Anyways. Very typical reaction of the public to all things new. :)
  93. Piece-of-fish

    Twinstar..what is it?

    On the other hand, why would a company create such an expensive device which would not work or be a total snake oil? Its amazing how easy it is to talk and bash it before it was even tested by anyone. I agree it cost a lot otherwise it would be tested already by more people. Until then its just...
  94. Piece-of-fish

    Twinstar..what is it?

    Who is up for a test then? :) Sounds quite interesting but bit too expensive. Lets raise funds all together? :) To stop all rambo jambo.
  95. Piece-of-fish

    'Back in the Saddle' 90cm - 1 year on!

    Hi Vito, the tank is looking superb. Well done. Have you changed your mind on selling the system? :) The seals should be ok with a toothbrush, just a tip for the future. I found it is way much easier to remove this crap if you do it often. If you leave it to long it gets hard and is nearly...
  96. Piece-of-fish

    240ltr Discus planted tank

    Will be interesting to hear your opinion on Twinstar.
  97. Piece-of-fish

    Sulawesi Scape

    Rock look similar yes yes. For the wood sumatra pieces could look good I think.
  98. Piece-of-fish

    NAtural Jurassic....shaky video p17.

    I am not sure the way they connected everything but there may be 2 ballasts.
  99. Piece-of-fish

    NAtural Jurassic....shaky video p17.

    Lovely job Ady. Mangrove driftwood looks great and is way underrated in aquascaping in my opinion. Like Ian said no soaking is a big bonus. I would be tempted to remove/add a piece of wood to make the number odd. Straight piece second from the left catches my eye. With the light you can use just...
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