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NeilW

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If I got hold of an 18w lamp over the current 11w would I get better growth rates with the same standard dosage of EasyCarbo (not overdosing), or would I have a CO2 deficiency?

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-Neil
 

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Can anyone identify the plant attached to the wood that isn't the moss on this tank;
http://adana.hk/ephotoimg/Mi02.jpg
Something attached to the wood in addition to the moss in my little nano may be quite nice, something that would grow above the water line emersed like in that picture...

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In my local MA today found some bargain CRS at 3 for £15 at a better grade then the normal ones they get hold of (these were probably A grade). Bought 3 of them. The plan is to improve the gene pool of my current bunch and selectively breed them up. I want to get hold of some breathable bags and post some for free to you guys :thumbup:
 

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NeilW said:
Can anyone identify the plant attached to the wood that isn't the moss on this tank;
-Neil
it's very hard to tell from the pic.it's quite small.i'll take a guess at a anubias.

edit..maybe a stem from behind :? .
 

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Due to the forever bleeding black Nature Soil I was thinking of going for a complete rescape and starting fresh but with a similar flavour. I still want to try to keep all the nice new moss and wood. The plan was to rescape in a day by transferring all the livestock to a bare-bottom tank of the same size (so they'll have more space then a bucket and easier to see to catch) connected all up to the filter and heater so they should be happy. Do you guys think this would this would be do-able?

My new inspiration would be this tank by Oliver Knott;
http://www.pbase.com/plantella/image/121908752
any theories as to how those rocks are stuck together to make one single rock? Also what is the plant attached to the rock?

I also love this;
http://showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org/2009.cgi?&op=showcase&category=0&vol=0&id=159

(sorry wasn't sure wether embedding images was a good idea as they aren't my photographs)
 

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SteveUK said:
Nice! I wonder what this little plant is?

http://www.pbase.com/plantella/image/121908754

The one that looks like hydrocotyle but, whereas hydrocotyle looks like an umbrella this looks like a broken umbrella :lol:

I thought that, maybe something uncommon that you can get in Germany?

This is also tasty;
http://www.aquatic-plants-studio.com/images/Up the Rusty Scarp_copy.jpg

think your getting the idea...one big rock but complex in texture and cracks, moss...sandy/light soil
 

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NeilW said:
My new inspiration would be this tank by Oliver Knott;
http://www.pbase.com/plantella/image/121908752
any theories as to how those rocks are stuck together to make one single rock?
I remember seing a description on how he glued them together, but I can't find it for you. It's also possible, that I only saw a similar solution from somebody else... Anyway, you just need to glue them together (with silicone, the same stuff they use for tank glass), and make sure to cover that area with plants or do the work to be invisible (by possibly glueing additional smaller parts to cover that).

I tried glueing rocks together with silicone before, and it works. Check this picture out. The main stone is actually two, mounted together, but they formed a line so nobody could see the work I did, not even without plant coverage.
 

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keymaker said:
I remember seing a description on how he glued them together, but I can't find it for you. It's also possible, that I only saw a similar solution from somebody else... Anyway, you just need to glue them together (with silicone, the same stuff they use for tank glass), and make sure to cover that area with plants or do the work to be invisible (by possibly glueing additional smaller parts to cover that).

I tried glueing rocks together with silicone before, and it works. Check this picture out. The main stone is actually two, mounted together, but they formed a line so nobody could see the work I did, not even without plant coverage.

Nice one, thanks keymaker. I thought glueing them would be the answer. I'll try and get together and few rocks and play around with them until I get something I'm happy with. Cheers again for taking a look :thumbup: I really like your tank by the way its caught my eye before!

SteveUK said:
You could also consider marine putty/epoxy of some sort. Marine folks use it on live rock to get some great looking reefs etc.

This may be the way forward as I don't have silicone already which I'd use if I had some kicking around. AE do a tube of the epoxy stuff for about £3 which is a good price. Not sure if silicone would be easier to use though?

Also got to think of a substrate, maybe just some brown Nature Soil like in the Oliver Knott scape, or an ADA sand. I would use either/or on their own though as I haven't been successful at keeping soil and sand separate. I'm not sure if a nutritious substrate like NS is essential though as I'd be keeping low-tech plants and dosing the water column with all-in-one ferts so I may get away with just sand? Although the shrimp are meant to like the soil...too many decisions :lol:
 

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Just bought another AE opti-white identical to this one, gunna start a new 'scape emersed whilst this one is still running and I can just switch after a month or so with no 'mini cycle' or algae issues. This ones going to be more low-tech. I'll start a new journal when I get all the bits :D
 
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