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  1. neofy705

    Any advice on how to fix algae and poor growth?

    Hello all, I'm struggling with some type of hair/fuzz algae that seems to be very aggressive in its growth. It attacks new growth within a day even in fast growing stem plants. There's no specific area of algae growth, everything is affected, from the substrate to near the surface. Some plants...
  2. neofy705

    First high tech - Following Tropica app regarding snails and shrimp?

    Hello all, (Skip to the end for the question) I've gone and set up my first high tech tank. It was quite overwhelming researching and purchasing everything but here's my set up: Tank: Fluval roma 200 Light: Chihiros wrgb2 slim Filter: Fluval 307 (full of seachem matrix as per Green Aqua)...
  3. dennish

    Dark start with used soil

    Hi everyone, I'm interested in starting my new ADA mini M using the dark start method. Since the dark start relies on a soil that is leaking ammonia to get the cycling started, how would I get this started with a Tropica soil that already has been used? And probably not leaking that much...
  4. D

    Substrate advice needed

    Dear all, I am in the process of rescaping a tank which has 7 year old ecocomplete capped with fine black sand. The ecomplete has a 1/1.5inch depth and the sand is about 2 cm. Over the course of the last 7 years, some of the ecocomplete has founds it's way ontoo of the sand, although this...
  5. WaterCulture

    17L Dutch Style Nano Aquascape

    Hi everyone. id like to direct you towards our YouTube channel where we do 12 week long series (The current one is the step by step of a dutch style nano aquarium) we also upload regular shorts on the various fish and plants that we keep, We also have a poll on the channel for ideas for the...
  6. Horizon Aquatics

    Tropica now available!

    Nice to see the plant tables getting nice and full again 😊 All on the website (use the filter to see what tropica is available) https://www.horizonaquatics.co.uk/collections/plants Few more tissue culture still to come but a good few available now! Online customers We will send any plant...
  7. Kalum

    Progression - ADA 75P - partially planted

    My previous scape in this tank ended here: The Island - ADA 75P - It's been a while.... Easy title as i'm hoping that after just 3 years in hobby i've at least progressed a tiny bit and able to put into practice what i've learned so far (with a lot still to learn). Main idea of this scape will...
  8. Snailracer10cc

    Tropica soil

    Hello all! Never used tropica soil before and have got some for my new 70 litre set up. Can you put the soil in the tank with sand and leave it without water in? I’m planning on playing around with all my hardscape for a few weeks before I plan on planting so I know I’m happy with my choice of...
  9. C

    unhealthy tropica 1-2 grow cups

    hey guys I ended up ordering tropica 1-2 grow plants from two different sites. one of them is porton aquatics and the other was aquaessentials. Porton aquatics seemed to have a good deal going on as they were doing 2 pots mix and match of tropic for £4. Its a shame they didnt have all the...
  10. CooKieS

    'slow death of a roots', 17l optiwhite nano aquascape

    Hi, Found the inspiration for this by walking in the forest...would like to create something very natural looking, with simple plantation. Tank 31x21x25cm, 17l, optiwhite fireaqua Sunsun mini canister filter 400l/h Onf nano led Tropica soil Ancien stones Ada la plata Sand and gravel...
  11. Kalum

    Nano Jungle - Flexi Mini - fully planted

    So sticking with my film themed journals I bought this tank a few days ago for a bit of fun. It will be a caridina shrimp tank and I'm facing my nemesis by trying a carpet scape again after failing 3 times previously Won't be anything fancy and still deciding on background plants (if any) so...
  12. P

    Which soil?

    Hi! I'm planning to rebuild my Aquarium Scape. What do you think, which is the best soil from theese? ADA Amazonia Tropica Aquarium Soil Dennerle Scaper's Soil GlasGarten Environment Aquarium Soil Dennerle Shrimp King Active Soil Please justify your choice. Thank you very much
  13. E

    Tropica plants prints

    Hi Dave I really enjoyed visiting your store, very fortunate to be only 40 minutes away. I'm seeing those Tropica prints floating about internet. As a dealer, are you actually able to order some of these?
  14. CooKieS

    40x28x30 "The Ent" 30liters CLOSED

    Hi there, So my plan was to rescape my 60p and use this small 30liters tank as an temporary Home for my living stock during the rescape...BUT, I found that my lovely jungle Roots faits perfectly in there so...let's sell my livestock and scape this nano for an dragon betta! :-) Here's the Gear...
  15. oscarlloydjohn

    Favourite trace fert

    I'm interested to know your chosen trace fertiliser. I'm considering switching as I don't like the one I am currently using (APFuk trace mix). I'd assume most of you are dosing EI levels? Tropica, ProFito, Flourish? Chelated trace powders? Oscar
  16. Glenda Steel

    Aquarium size and algae?

    Firstly I apologise if I've posted in the wrong area, I can't seem to find a section on Aquariums (i.e. the actual glass tank). We're thinking of purchasing a second tank and I've been looking at various sizes of nano tanks (up to 55l). Can anyone tell me if the smaller nano tanks (ie the...
  17. Antoni

    Breaking the radio silence - my latest scapes

    Hi everyone, I feel a bit embarrassed as I have been so quite for a very long time here at UKAPS... To fix that I decided to post couple of pictures of my most recent scapes: the 120: The Dennerle Scapers tank: Few close ups: Both tanks has been running for about a year...
  18. T

    Twinstar SP Series LED for ADA 90f

    Hi, I have just purchased an ADA 90f (L90cm, W30cm, D20cm) tank and needed some advice on whether to go for the new Twinstar 600SP or 900SP to hang above the tank. I am planning on getting medium difficulty plants from Tropica, however wasn't sure if the 600SP would offer the coverage for the...
  19. Richard Swales

    Can I Mix Amazonia with Tropica or Tetra Complete??

    Just had a delivery of a 9 litre bag of ADA Amazonia, but it isn't enough to fill my tank with a slope to the back of the tank and and around my rocks that I plan to place. I dont fancy paying another £36 + postage for a bag on Amazonia, so could I buy a bag of much cheaper Tropica Plant Growth...
  20. Shinobi

    Tropica Ferts - Help With Dosing

    Hello Ukaps Im currently running a journal on my 60p "Reach Out". Unfortunately I just cant seem to get rid of the algae and archiving balance. Currently im running 8-hours with Chihiros a-series Plus (9600lm - 8000klvn) and a constant of 30mg/l co2 dosed with ph-controller and 2x 30-50% WC...
  21. E

    Help! plant deficiency or toxicity ? ( new pics)

    hello everyone, as the title suggests I'm not sure whats wrong with my mont carlo, its been carpeting well however i have noticed some deficiency or something wrong. some leaves don't appear healthy. leaves seem to be almost transparent around the outside and lighter in the middle , as the...
  22. E

    help needed mont carlo deficiency?

    hello everyone, as the title suggests I'm not sure whats wrong with my mont carlo, its been carpeting well however i have noticed some deficiency or something wrong. some leaves don't appear healthy. leaves seem to be almost transparent around the outside or darker and lighter in the middle ...
  23. Shinobi

    ADA 60p "Reach Out"

    Hey guys! been lurking for a while now, thought it'd be my turn to take on an high-tech aquascape and would appreciate your comments and inputs as it goes along. Please excuse my bad English /: what we have so far: ADA 60p. JBL 901 Cristalprofi filter. inline Hydor 200w heater. Chihiros A-series...
  24. C

    Overun with hair algae!

    I really need some advice regarding algae as I'm fairly new to planted tanks & aquascaping.. Around 2 weeks ago I planted my 80 litre tank with the following plants & have been dosing Tropica Specialised 3ml daily: Rotala Green Ludwigia Palustris Tenellus Lindernia Rotundifolia HC Cuba Dwarf...
  25. CooKieS

    Juwel lido 200, 'kraken'

    Hello, My first non-nano scape , done in one afternoon for a friend, this was fun and it made me wanna have bigger tanks. :) Specs: Juwel lido 200 Stock lightning and filter Eheim skim Soil: JBL sansibar Asia roots Seiryu stone Ferts: Easy carbo Ferro Plants: Anubia barteri Buce green...
  26. C

    How much Eleocharis sp. 'Mini to buy?

    Does anybody have any idea how many pots of Tropica 1-2 Grow Eleocharis sp. 'mini I'd need to buy to ground cover my whole tank? Tank is 60cm x 45cm
  27. CooKieS

    Ada 60F -go with the flow- nature aquarium

    Hi there, New tank, new journal! Specs: ada 60f Eheim ecco pro 130 Jbl u500 + do aqua music glass Chihiros aquasky Hardscape: Spider wood Black scale stone Ada Gravel + la plata sand Tropica soil+pouzzo Plant list (soon): any suggestions welcome! Eleocharis sp mini Staurogyne Repense...
  28. Smells Fishy

    Haven't Posted For A While So...Ramble

    I was in Pets At Home a while back and I couldn't help but notice the Aqua One Aqua Aspire 130 because its a seriously gorgeous tank. I was there again this week taking my cat Lilly to their vets and the tank is no longer for sale in store but it still is online. For those of you who don't know...
  29. Antoni

    "After the storm" - my new scape.

    Hi guys, Here is my new creation. Dennerle scapers tank 45x36x31h (cm) Cabinet Custom made by me (DIY) 2 x 24WDennerle Scapers lights Tropica soil JBL CristalProfi 701 Inline heater Hydor 200w CO2 1.5bps 24\7 Plants: Tropica's Hemianthus Cuba, Riccardia Chamedryfolia, Cladophora Aegagropila...
  30. Jink82

    Feedback Tropica Layout 81

    Hi, I really would like to try something like this http://tropica.com/en/inspiration/layout/Layout81/5285 with just an internal filter and C02 of course . But before I start I really would like to know more about the specs. Because I read that there are 4x45w T5's used... Is this true and if...
  31. Ryan Young

    What top layer to use with Tropica AquaCare Plant Substrate??

    Hey, thanks for reading. Basically I want to use Tropica AquaCare Plant Substrate as a bottom layer as it seems to be a cheaper and reliable bottom layer, I am using a brown/red rock, what top layer should I use on a cheaper budget? Please attach pictures or links if you can.
  32. Pedro Rosa

    Going Dutch by the book - tank sponsored by Tropica

    2015 tanks are over (still have a final picture and video for post on Dark Land)!!! Holidays are over… just like I read on Facebook today: “September is the Monday of the Year” … so let’s start to work on something new. For me it’s really something new: a Dutch Tank by the rules… or so i...
  33. Neil EFC

    Crypt Wendtii Tropica

    Just bought wendtii tropica and was wandering in anyone has any pictures of there's or info on size. Generally get mixed results when looking on the net regarding size and coloration . Thanks
  34. G

    My current 'scapes - 65cm NA and 30cm cube

    Hi all, I thought I'd post pics of my current 'scapes before I tear them down soon and create some new layouts. Both have been featured fairly recently in PFK magazine although they've been re-scaped a little. The first is a Natural Aquario 65x40x45cm. I set it up as a sub-tropical set-up and...
  35. Antoni

    Through the Rock - An Epic Journey

    Hi guys, After having a great time and Hanover I got Inspired from the Art of Planted Aquarium and I have rescaped my 60 cm with lots of Seryuo and redmoor and plants, kindly sponsored by Tropica. Here is a short video of the evolution of the hardscape: And this is how the tank looks today -...
  36. Stu Worrall

    Stu's 120x45x45 tank sponsored by Tropica

    New tank time! Ive been after a 120cm tank for a while and while I wanted a 50cm deep tank I couldnt quite find anyone out there making decent custom rimless optiwhites so when Dave Spencer kindly mentioned he was selling his I snapped it up. After quite enjoying my last dragon stone tank in...
  37. G

    30cm - The Cube

    Hi all I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year! :) Here's a few shots of my home tank, a 30cm cube. It's been set up for a few months and is surprisingly low maintenance. I'm not using CO2 injection but add liquid carbon and Tropica Specialised daily, 1ml each. I...
  38. razvaa

    New start - 70x35x40

    After I had american cichlids for 2 years I decidec that I want a planted tank again, so it will be a nature aquarium. I started this setup 2 days ago. some specs Tank - 70x35x40 Lighting - 2x24w 6500k Filter - Tetratec ex 600 CO2 - citric acid and baking soda 1BPS, UP inline atomizer Substrate...
  39. Saltynay

    Hide and Seek Riverbed (Low tech)

    This is my first proper attempt at a planted tank. I have been into freshwater for 11 years but only dabbled in plants never truly researching the components to put together a large aquascape / art piece. So lets dig in: Idea I have for years loved my kuhli loaches and the way they remain...
  40. Luis Batista

    Tropica Plant Grow: Specialised Vs Premium

    Hi all The only difference between the Specialised and the Premium is that the Specialised have nitrogen,phosphor and micros and the Premium jjust have micros and no macros right? The Specialised, that is the green one, have all the micros that the Premium, the brown/light orange, have right...
  41. madlan

    Interzoo 2014 - Tropica Scapes

    I took a few mobile phone (excuse the quality) snaps while at the Tropica stand - very nice scapes:
  42. CalebWM

    30cm cube

    Hi guys first journal here, glad it has finally happened after many delays! Specs: Tank: 30cm cube - superfish Lighting: Superfish led - came with the bundle Filter: Internal superfish aqua 100 CO2: TMC glass kit Fertiliser: Tropica premium fertiliser Hardscape: Mini landscape rock and...
  43. Antoni

    Wabi kusa - Spontaneous setup - unexpected visit - Ladybug

    HI guys, a week ago, I have started this new wabi kusa project. Had a small tank laying around (dirt cheap tank from Pets at home) used to use it as a storage for excessive plants- kind of a overflow tank :) but got bored to keep it half empty with some random sad looking plants in....so I have...
  44. CalebWM

    Choosing a carpet plant

    Hi guys, Need some help choosing a plant for a small carpet in my 30cm cube, this is my first planted tank so I want a relatively easy carpet plant, some tank info: 30cm cube Dosing Tropica Specialized Fertilizer Using pressurized CO2 3 watt LED lighting Tropica plant substrate I like the look...
  45. Stu Worrall

    Stu's Black Lava Mini M Nano Scape

    Here's my ADA Mini M which i recently re-scaped for Tropica. Its not a big and detailed scape but I had some nice black lava I wanted to use and wanted a nice contrasty setup to go next to the TV :) I cut some of the lava with a Stihl Saw to get it flat against the glass where I wanted it...
  46. Antoni

    Antoni's 60 cm scape - Autumn déjà vu

    Hi guys, its been awhile since I have taken down the Lonely mountain and is time for new venture :) I have played a bit with the hardscape to decide what style of aquascape I want and I came up with those 2 hardscapes: Seiryu stone mountain hardscape: And wood scape, with some...
  47. G

    George's 65cm Natural Aquario

    Coming soon... :)
  48. Stu Worrall

    Stu's 90x45x45 Seiryu Range

    This is my most recent scape. Previous one here - Stu's 90x45x45cm Tropica Tank | UK Aquatic Plant Society Hardscape: Seiryu Stone Co2: Pressurised via diffuser into UP atomiser Lighting: ADA Solar 1 - 150w NA Green Filtration: Eheim 2078 Cal Aqua Inlet, ADA P2 Lily Heating: Hydor 300W...
  49. Antoni

    The Goias nook - New pics

    Hi guys, its being awhile since I have started this tank but didn't have the time to start a journal till now. Spec: 20 l Boyo nano tank with filter, built in the lid. Light: 13V Energy Saving bulb, 5400K CO2: - pressurised DIY kit - 3bps Substrate: Shirakura Red Bee Sand and white sand...
  50. Eboeagles

    Tropica Aquacube - Coastal Path

    This is something I've been wanting to do for quite a while now, but not had the stones to make the steps - I've tried all sorts with varying degrees of success, but have recently found some miniature dry stone thats meant to build model walls etc from (I'm sad I know)... I guess the idea of...
  51. G

    George's One-Pot Iwagumi Challenge

    Hi all, New journal time. :) Spec - Tank and Cabinet - TMC Signature Range Lighting - TMC GroBeam 1500 Ultima x 2 CO2 - 2Kg FE, Dennerle reg with solenoid, 1BPS with Fluval bubble counter, Up Aqua inline diffuser Filter - Fluval G3 Substrate - 15 litres TMC nutraSoil (black) Ferts -...
  52. ale36

    Tropica App

    hi been using the tropica app for about a week now, i wanted to know if anyone else has used it and what are your views on it are, so far its been OK for my in reminding me to do water changes!
  53. Daz Wright

    Daz's ADA 45F shrimp tank

    I am pretty new to aqua scaping. But have kept tropical and marine fish for years. I work in the same building as George Farmer. So it was only a matter of time before I caught the bug for planted tanks. I have been advised to try the dry start method. All turning out well I should hopefully be...
  54. Tropica

    Pets @ Home huge planted tank projects and event.

    Hi all,:) I'd like to announce 2 projects which are coming up very soon. With Tropica being the main sponsor of the aquarium layouts, it's important these are carried out to the highest standard. We also have CED stone ltd supplying the stone, and some other major players involved in the whole...
  55. G

    George's Hillside (new Signature layout)

    Hi all, I've recently re-scaped my TMC Signature so I thought I'd start a new journal on here. Not really a groundbreaking aquascape - re-using the moss-covered Manzi from my previous two layouts that you can see here - George's TMC Signature | Page 38 | UK Aquatic Plant Society Specs -...
  56. Tony Swinney

    Tonys "Mojito's Cove" 200L - 4 week update pics

    This is a new scape I've just done to replace "Horatios Cave" which has now been stripped down. The scape is sponsored by Tropica, who kindly supplied the plants. For some time I've wanted to do a scape with Seiryu Stone and Manzanita Wood, with a sand foreground and centre section, so this...
  57. Sussexdiver


    Hello new hear from sussex
  58. terry82517

    Recommended number of 1 2 grow 'hc' pots

    Going to order some pots of hc cuba tropica 1 2 grow but haven't the faintest idea how many I would need to cut up and plant most of my 90cm x 45 tank floor! How many did any of you guys use in your tanks? :)
  59. Antoni

    Sun kissed Wabi Kusa

    Hi everyone, just decided to share with you my latest wabi kusa bowl. This is an experiment and in its early stage. I wanted to create a wabi kusa in this bowl for quite some time and a couple of months ago, I have started it using cat litter for substrate, enriched with some miracle grow...
  60. viktorlantos

    Tropica workshop Denmark - video slide show

    Cheers to all :) 2 weeks ago we had a nice weekend at Tropica with some of the UKAPS cream. I made some photos on the nursery tour at that time and since we had a local workshop this weekend i put these photos together in Animoto. Maybe the video will be useful for some who never seen the...
  61. G

    George's TMC Signature

    Hi all, I'm really excited to be aquascaping again for the first time since May last year. I have a TMC Signature 60x45x30cm (clear silicone) with gloss white cabinet. I need to cut out a half moon in the cabinet side for the filter hoses because unfortunately they're not pre-cut. I did...
  62. Antoni

    The Forest floor - Tropica aquascape New pics

    Hi everybody, after taking down my 20 l scape the Hare hill after Christmas, I have started a new aquascape with plants and substrate, kindly provided by Tropica. The tank has been set up in the beginning of February and is now about 2 months old. Spec: 20 l Boyo nano tank with filter...
  63. Marc Boulton

    AquaNano 40 - Shrimp tank

    Hi all, Here's my freshly planted AquaNano 40. Plants used; Tropica Staurogyne repens Eleocharis parvula Ludwigia glandulosa Hydrocotyle tripartita Lilaeopsis brasiliensis x 2 Red cherries x4 - 1m 3f Pictures were taken on my phone, I'll have to get some on my DSLR
  64. Stu Worrall

    Stu's 90x45x45cm - Wave Island - IAPLC 2013 rank 82

    Heres the new tank setup after I set it up at Christmas. Further pics to follow on its progress. The plants, plant substrate and ferts have kindly been sponsored by Tropica for this tank so it should be appearing on their website at some point. Hardscape: Seiryu Stone, Manzanita Wood Co2...
  65. andyh

    Andyh's Journal "Green Beach" Update 01/03/2013

    Hey guys Yes its been a while but i am starting a new journal for my new scape..... I have been busy playing with stones and sand and have got something i am happy with for now :geek: Probably get tweaked a few more times yet. I am using my ADA 60p, combined with Dragon Stone, Sarawak sand...
  66. Ian Holdich

    A New Adventure (a jungle mess)

    After seeing the quality of Georges TMC signiture, i thought i would treat myself. I sold the old 80cm of earlier in the week, and took delivery of this one this morning. I had planned this one out for a couple of weeks now. I wanted to go for a good old timeless nature aquarium. I am really...