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Lindy

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I don't know anyone who has used the Bee balls. The point of putting the beemax under the substrate is to seed the substrate with bacteria. I don't think putting it under the stones will have quite the same effect. You could poke some holes in the substrate and put some down the holes and then cover it again. Are you doing DSM for clado? If so I don't think it is worth it, I would just fill. But if you have other mosses then that is another matter.


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I think the above stuff would be a much cheaper option than the bee balls and I know shrimp breeders use them. I have some in my tank hidden at the back.
 

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The AquaTouch LED aquarium lighting tube is designed to convert your aquarium into a vivid display. Using a two, or three colour blend of dimmer controlled LED lighting, the balance of the Cool-White and Blue can be adjusted to your own preference. The high tech look and feel of the tubes, with the burnished copper ends adds a degree of quality to an aquarium display. - Plastic end caps also available for marine tanks!

The pictures above are feedback from a customer, showing his aquarium with the dimmer set at various levels, from bright daylight to a very dim, bedroom backlight. Our own favourite is the moonlight scene!


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Have just ordered one of these. Novatouch will be adding some red/amber leds to the mix to get as natural light as possible. Here's hoping it looks good!
 

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Hello Lindy,

Good suggestion regarding beemax under substrate, will give it a go once it arrives.

DSM is for moss attachment to some wood I have in the tank.

I actually ended getting a pack of azoo max bio balls as much cheaper and seems to do the same. A bag of ten cost £12 and should last a year.

Thxs again, and also for all information you already given on my tank journal.

So much to learn, seem much more complicated that my fish tank... But really enjoying the steep learning curve. Having people like yourself offering great advise. Really flab I join this forum..
 

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I got a huge amount of help with my shrimp on this forum so just passing some of it along...
 

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Well the light arrived and.....was hopeless. There was no point to the dimmer function as the light was soooo low. Would have been fine on a really low light tank but that wasn't what i'd bought it for. It was also really shabby looking in that the leds were on a bent bit of metal running the length of a perspex tube. It just looked so basic when you look at other leds available for less money such as the Beamworks lights. The beamworks lights are brighter and far more 'finished' looking and also have brackets to sit on. The fittings for the novotouch are white plastic:(
The only good thing about it was being able to choose how much blue/red light you had but I found the dimmer awkward to use as it was a tap touch dimmer with no scale so you only new you'd gone to the lowest dim when it then went back to full strength and you ha to start again. Once you had found your prefered setting if you accidently touched it while doing things around the tank you then lost it:mad:
Got back to Novotouch asap and they offered a full refund imediately.
So will probably get the Beamworks unit for this tank as I know it will do the job and if I want to go low tech I can just raise the unit. The Beamworks I have already is the 10000K with some blue leds and the new ones are now 6500K with no blue so will be interesting to see the visual difference.
 

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Tank is doing ok. Some diatoms on the glass but the shrimp like it so just leaving it for them.
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Some nice rock...
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The hygro p was trimmed today along with the moss.

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I use mosura mineral plus and tds UP to get my GH to5 and TDS to 160. My tds out of the tap is around 45 and these gh and tds seem to suit my water and shrimp. I use Genchem biozyme weekly as bacteria can struggle in low ph set ups and my ph around 6. I use Genchems biomax for feeding baby shrimp. I also occasionaly feed Genchems white pellet which is high in calcium and helps with moulting. I recently bought Benibachi Beemax as it is highly recommended.
I think it is alot of trial and error to see what tds suits your water. Someone I know breeds high quality crs/cbs and to get a gh5 his tds sits around 250!

Hello Lindy,

Sorry to jump in to your journal again, but hoping you can offer some further assistance, i recall you mentioning that you add Mosura Mineral Plus to tap to get your TDS up, I too am using using tap as like yours my taps water is soft and has a TDS level of 45, can you suggest how much should i be using or how you worked it out. I am using Mineral Plus Ultra thou.

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Trial and error I'm afraid! Count drops and keep checking tds. Eventually you get to know what it will take. Then I check gh with api kit.

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I mix in a 5l bottle so I can put the lid on and give it a good shake each time I add something.

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Thxs Lindy, :) i be using the 5L bottle trick during water changes, but as i haven't currently got any livestock, do you think i could dose directly to tank and use my TDS meter to get to right levels?

That's how it's actually meant to be dosed mate. But I do the same as Lindy but use a Brita filter jug and mix it to 160 in there.
 

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Despite the co2 being at 1.5bps with minimal surface agitation and a spray bar pushing a wicked current around the tank I have green algae on the rocks and staghorn algae on all the lilaeopsis and some java fern leaves. Also diatoms. This is with only 11watt over the tank tooo_O . I didn't want to increase further the co2 as there are some nice shrimp in the tank and some have been sold so don't want to take any risks.
Maybe the ferts I was using have been too much for the amount of co2. I was using tropica plant growth specialised fertiliser.
So considering that keeping shrimp has once again become the priority I have taken off the co2 and will run it low tech. Planning to try breeding some Tibee shrimp (crystal x tiger shrimp) so will change journal title when some tigers arrive.
 

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Was wondering how you made your spraybar? I am looking at changing the manky green eheim pipes to something a little less obtrusive, but would prefer a spraybar to lily pipes due to the cutouts I have in the tank lid.
I get the idea of drilling holes lol, but wondered how you got it to fit onto the lily pipe?
 
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