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    LunaPet Solenoid

    Hiya, I finally got the money together to buy a new solenoid from LunaPet. After 2 weeks it arrived today so I set it up and plugged it into the same adaptor that I used with the previous one. A large bang and a pretty blue flash from the solenoid later and I'm not sure what I did wrong :( ...
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    Unable to turn CO2 off

    Hi, I recently bought a replacement FE from screwfix (rip off and long story) and set it up tonight but unlike the other ones I have had before it doesn't seem to turn off the flow when the handles are released. Call me blonde but am I missing something really obvious? Bearing in mind that I'm...
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    666 Journals!

    Please can someone start a new Journal - I can't bear seeing 666, the mark of the Beast, on the topic numbers :lol:
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    Some of my insect photographs

    I rarely venture into this part of the forum as I am most definitely not a skilled photographer in any way, shape or form. However I do have a keen interest in amateur entomology and some of the pictures I have taken over this year since getting a better camera (still just a point-and-shoot)...
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    Broken Solenoid

    Hiya, after dragging my CO2 system out of the garage and thinking the FE was empty it turns out (after I bought a new FE :roll: ) that the solenoid is dodgy. First off it was making a terrible buzzing noise and not letting any gas through, so I took it apart and gave it all a bit of grease and...
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    Any co2 refills around Hampshire?

    I went to get my unused co2 system from the garage this morning and as it was unused, the gas has obviously leaked out (there wasn't a lot left anyway). I have been ringing around and everyone in this area says it is no longer cost effective for them to refill extinguishers :( . I have 2 x 2kg...
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    Cherry shrimp porn?

    Hi, since setting up my new tank (transference of inhabitants etc from old tank to new) I have spotted a few microscopic shrimplets (my first ever!) and whilst watching the tank tonight I saw a smaller shrimp riding on top of a larger, more brightly coloured one (I believe male on top!). Not...
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    Cleaning Hydor ETH

    Hi, I didn't know where to put this so seeing as it's attached to my filter I thought this is as good a place as any! I noticed yesterday that the temperature has dropped in my 220l tank. The eth is set to 25 deg but the thermometer was showing 23 yesterday and 22 this morning. I've put a spare...
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    A Yorkshire Beck - 120l....

    This is the first time I've done a journal so you'll have to bear with me! This tank is basically going to be a new home for my pencilfish and the concept of the scape is a little beck that used to run near my house when I was a lass in God's own County - Yorkshire. I am planning on staying low...
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    Replacing tank

    Well, it's been a long time since I've been on here! Both my tanks are ticking along nicely although the 50l is sorely in need of replacing as the lid is broken. As it's my birthday today, my husband has decided I can get a 120l tank to replace it (yay!). However, as I'm transferring the...
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    Very neglected tank...

    It's been a while since I've been on here as my tank had been ticking over ok. However due to a severe shortage of money I have been unable to replenish my TPN+ which ran out some time ago (as well as the CO2 :cry: ) and as the substrate has been in for over a year it is looking very sad in...
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    Substrate damaging cory barbels?

    Hi all, I'm having problems with my corys as the title suggests. I have one in a hospital tank with mouth fungus and a couple of others have barbels missing. I can't remember which substrate I got but it was either eco-complete or flora base. It's capped with soft sand but they do dig right...
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    Please help me improve my tank!

    Hi, sorry about the quality of the photo, but if you can make it out clearly enough, I'm trying to improve the layout and would appreciate any constructive criticism on how to do it! The very bright bits at the front are riccia stones in case you couldn't see it very well! The crypts on the...
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    Yes, another riccia question...

    Hi, a short while ago I got some riccia from hellohefalump (t hanks again!) and I kept it floating to grow for a while. In the meantime I had 'flu so the tank got put on the back burner for a while. Needless to say,the riccia is a substantial mass now and more than I can use at present. Is there...
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    Aquarium-safe paint/varnish?

    Hi all, I am planning to replace the scabby, broken hood of my 60l with a DIY job with some wood we've got lying about indoors (it's a bit of a building site!). I just thought I'd check what would be suitable for waterproofing the interior as I don't want to poison the lot! Any tried and tested...
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    eheim spare parts?

    hi, just went to hook up my 2026 and the damned thing pi$$ed water all over the floor :roll: . Anyone know how to get hold of the O-Ring for the primer mechanism? It's not on the spare parts list so I don't know if they are possible to get. I hate ebay... :x Nobody got a spare one just lying...
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    Positioning of second filter

    I know this has been covered in various ways already, but I still have a few questions. My tank is 4' long and at present there is just the fluval 405 running but I have an eheim 2026 to add tomorrow :) . The inlet/outlet pipes of the fluval are both in the back right corner with the diffuser in...
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    still got diatom algae

    Hi, my tank has been set up for 3 months now and I still have diatom algae. I thought this was only meant to last a few weeks :( . The specs are: 210l, 2x36w T8 lights on for 8 hrs, fluval 405 filter (already matured), FE CO2, dosing TPN+ . It's fairly heavily planted and not too heavily stocked...
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    Moss troubles...

    Hi, I am having trouble with getting my mosses (weeping & java) to root. I seem to recall reading somewhere on here (or did I dream it? :lol: ) that mosses aren't all that keen on very hard water. It is tied to lava rock so it shouldn't be to difficult but after 2 months it's still constantly...
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    What do you do with old hardscape?

    I've just been toying with the idea of changing the lava rock in my tank for something else and got to thinking... What on earth do the people that rescape regularly do with all the hardscape they remove? Surely if you keep it all for future use it'd fill a room!!
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    AquariumHK regulator help (Please!!!)

    Hi, I have just bought this reg: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/New-Release-Dual-Gauge-CO2-Regulator-Solenoid-Valve_W0QQitemZ160288766756QQihZ006QQcategoryZ20754QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem#ebayphotohosting and I am being a bit thick when it comes to setting it up! I have one of the brass bubble counters but...
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    Washing hands before putting them in the tank!

    Hi, this may seem like a stupid question, but here goes... I work as a school caretaker and as such, I have a fair bit of chemical residue on my hands after work. I always wash my hands before doing tank maintenance, but is there any kind of soap that could cause problems in the tank for either...
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    Angels eating my Frogbit!!

    Hi, I have Amazon Frogbit in both my tanks. It's doing great in the smaller tank, but in the bigger tank, my angels will not leave it alone - they've eaten nearly all the roots and have started on the leaves now :evil: . It's taken me a while to find the culprits, but I caught them red-finned...
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    Dead shrimp or shed shell?

    Hi, being a bit of a numpty, how can I tell if what I have in my tank is a dead shrimp or a shed exoskeleton?
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    Like tiny dandelion seeds...

    Hi, as the title suggests I have what look like wee dandelion seeds attached to the glass. They're no more than 2mm long and so far I've just scraped them off but they make the glass look a bit naff. Is this some kind of algae or something else?
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    Best way to add CO2 to a 120cm tank

    As the title suggests, I have a 120x40x40cm tank and I'm thinking of going down the pressurised CO2 route. However, I'm concerned about getting the distribution right on a tank this size. At the moment I'm running a Fluval 405 with 2x36w tubes. I've only used the Nutrafin system on my smaller...
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    Rena Tank Lighting

    Hi, my new (to me anyway!) Rena 210l tank has a lighting unit that slides back and forth on runners attached to the sides of the tank. The tubes are T8s, 1x30w and 1 which I can't read as the info is underneath and the tube is hot! It's a different colour to the other one. Anyway, with these...
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    Advice on complete rescape without causing a mini cycle

    Hi, as the title suggests, I am planning on totally gutting my 4' tank adding new substrate and plants etc. All there is at the moment is rocks and sand :( . How can I do this without causing a cycle or will it not do this anyway? Sorry if this is a stupid question and/or in the wrong place!
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    African Dwarf Frog

    Hi, among the fish in the tank I'm picking up tomorrow is "1 small frog". I am assuming it's the ADF, not the other one!Does anyone have any experience with these critters? How do I provide a way for it to access the air at the top of the tank or do they float whilst taking in air? I'm getting...
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    Will these be suitable?

    Hi, tomorrow I'm picking up a Juwel Rio 180, complete with fish, that I'm hoping to turn into a planted tank. The fish that come with it are 1 large Angel, 2 large Clown Loach, 1 large Orange Tailed shark, 1 frog (I assume a dwarf amazon!) 1 plec "with spots" and 12 "smaller fish". Can anyone...
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    How long to leave plants before introducing apple snails?

    Hi,I wasn't sure where to post this so hope this is OK! My tank is now cycled and yesterday I added 3 otos and 3 apple snails (all doing very nicely :D ). However... I was under the impression that apple snails only ate dead or dying vegetation but my apple snails (from MA) are voraciously...
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    DIY Bubble counter problem...

    Hi, I have made a DIY bubble counter from a 500ml pop bottle. I can see the bubbles coming from the Nutrafin canister into the counter, but there's nowt coming from the counter to the diffuser (ladder supplied with Nutrafin system)... I'm pretty sure I have no leaks :? as I've sealed the holes...
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    Nutrafin Ammonia test kit

    Hi, I've just bought the above kit but the English instructions are missing from the Ammonia test :roll: . Does anyone have the instructions for this that they could post, just so I don't have to translate one of the other languages and mess it all up!?
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    Newbie lighting advice

    Hi, sorry the title is a bit vague, but so is my knowledge of lighting! Basically, I have been given (well, for a donation of £5!) a 60x30x30cm Rena tank with the standard hood and light that comes with it. I have been lurking here for a week or so, trying to soak up as much info as possible...
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