Pets @ Home huge planted tank projects and event.

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  1. Wallace

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    I couldn't make it on Sunday in the end so I'm popping over there this morning to take a look :)
     
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  2. George Farmer

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    Hi all,

    I'm going to echo much of what has already been said, but I wanted to say it anyway.

    The event overall was a huge success. It's always a privilege to work alongside like-minded enthusiasts, doing something we are all so passionate about helping to achieve the same goal - promotion the planted tank hobby and aquascaping. The Tropica collaboration with Pets at Home has huge potential for our hobby and it's events like these that will help to inspire to whole new generation of plant growers and aquascapers.

    Everyone worked so well as a team; from Mark Evans taking the lead of the big tank, to the staff making the teas and coffees. Everyone had their role and fulfilled it so well. It really was like a well-oiled machine, so much so that we were almost 24hrs ahead of schedule on the Saturday afternoon.

    I have to mention the Pets at Home guys too. It's no secret that Pets at Home have a poor reputation at times, but in defence of this store, I have never met such an enthusiastic, highly motivated and knowledgeable team. I really was pleasantly surprised, and have a lot of confidence that this massive tank will be in good hands in the months to come. I cannot wait to see it evolve into what should be one of/the best large aquascapes in the UK.

    I am really excited to work on the next monster in Stockport, and hope to see many of you there! :)

    Fully planted ready to fill
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    Plant prep with Ed Gercog
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    Mark Evans and Ed Gercog
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    Dan Crawford admiring Ian Holdich's bottom.
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  3. Gary Nelson

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    Great photos and it looks like the team did it proud - hopefully I will be at the Stockport event :thumbup:
     
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    Great scape.. looking forward to seeing the tank develop.
     
  5. Green

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    Hi all,

    A huge thank from me to all my wonderful free-lance scapers and the Pets at Home colleagues helping out in the weekend. You have done a truly amazing job, and I believe we all look forward to watching it grow! Can't wait to be part of the NeXT event in Stockport where I hope to see as many of you as possible.
    Best regards
    Lars Green
    Managing Director, Tropica
     
  6. BigTom

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    Looks great. Come do one in Edinburgh please!
     
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  7. Wallace

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    Well I went over there today and all I can say is wow! It's huge! You all done an amazing job and I just wish I could of seen it all being prepped and planted.

    My fiancé wanted a pic of me standing in front of it, so here is

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    I do have to report that there were a few crypts floating about in the current. I wanted to dive in to replant them.

    The Roma125 (I think) that George scaped looked good too.

    It's nice to see that PAH have upped their game plant wise, and I picked up a nice narrow leaf Java fern for my 60cm.

    I think I'll pop back in a month or so to see how it's all grown in.
     
  8. George Farmer

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    Thanks for the update, Wallace! :)
     
  9. nduli

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    Guys, looks great so when is Stockport being done? Given its just a quick rip round the m60 I'll be paying a visit when it's on.
     
  10. George Farmer

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    Stockport is 7-8 Sept. :)
     
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  11. Brian Murphy

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    Looks impressive ..... like the Tropica T-shirts aswell *hint hint ..... really looking forward to Stockport now and picking up some tips from the masters and helping out in as many ways as I possibly can :)
     
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  12. Mark Evans

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    May I say I massive thanks to everyone who contributed to this display!

    As it's already been mentioned, everyone worked extremely hard, and the whole event worked like a well oil machine.

    It goes without saying that, this can only help and inspire enthusiasts and new comers alike. That's the main aim of these projects taking place.

    I think we must all feel honoured that we get a chance to do this here in the UK. A massive thanks to Pets at Home and Pete Carey, and a huge thanks to Tropica for providing the layout and plants; a combination that I can only see as being a good thing for the future of planted tanks here in the UK.

    The pets at home in store colleagues will play a huge role in maintain this layout, and I have 100% confidence in them to succeed.

    So for now, thanks to all, and we look forward to seeing everybody at Stockport branch on the 7th and 8th September!
     
  13. Tim Harrison

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    A smashing success...well done guys.
     
  14. Edvet

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    Just a question: what maintenance is to be expected and needed on this tank? Doing more then windowcleaning always is a bit of a task on my own tank.
     
  15. Mark Evans

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    Maintenance will be carried out by in-store colleagues. There's a wealth of well educated members in the new malden branch who will look after this aquarium.

    We have advised what should happen, and it's along the lines of any newly setup planted aquarium.

    The plants are from the 'easy' category, and lighting is supplied by 8 x 150MH which are 'staggered' so that it's not 100% of light all of the time.

    The tank also includes Co2 injection, via pressurised co2 and the biggest Co2 diffuser I've ever seen (specially made by our good friends CASCO)

    There will be the initial problems that any planted tank goes through, but staff members are dedicated and committed to keep this looking at it's best. Extended siphons are in place to take out any crypt melt, and an algae crew will be introduced shortly.
     
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    Do they expect to need to go inside the tank, in order to reach plants?
     
  17. Stu Worrall

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    erm.. yes

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    little article on it here if you pay the times for access.. - The next big thing in your living room? | The Times

    Just wanted to echo again what everyone said. Great weekend, great tank, great staff and greatly organised by Mark and Tropica. It was a pleasure to be involved in although there was probably some salty sweat in the tank from those MH's cooking us!!

    Ill try and get some more pics up tonight from the ones I took.
     
  18. Stu Worrall

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    i wonder if Keeley melted her eyeballs when the times photographer made her look into the metal halides?
     
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  19. George Farmer

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    Welcome to UKAPS, Pippa! :)

    Looking forward to seeing your lovely little display tank on here at some point.
     
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  20. Pippa J

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    i would love to put the pics up but it won't let me. And where should i post them ?? So excited about seeing everyone again at Stockport. Might even bust out my tropica top and join the crew :)
    But hopefully the "tripple P" scape will be making an appearance soon if i can work out this sight. Not very good with anything technical that doesn't involve water.​
    Back in new Malden tomorrow so will post some pics of how it going. (again if i can figure it all out lol)​
    Hope everyone is keeping well :)
     

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