Step-by-step planted tank video for PFK

Discussion in 'General Planted Tank Discussions' started by George Farmer, 20 Apr 2008.

  1. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    Next weekend my no.1 aquascaping partner, Dan Crawford, and I are setting up a planted tank for PFK's Website Editor/Developer, Matt Clarke.

    Hopefully we'll be videoing the whole process for the PFK website.

    Matt's wanted a nice planted tank for ages and when he saw what I did with Jeremy Gay's 120cm, he was very keen to accept my offer of setting one up for him.

    I think we're using a brand new Juwel Rio 125, standard with its new T5 lighting, internal filter etc. I've had great results with my Juwel using just T8s and the supplied filter, so I see no reason why we can't work with this either.

    It'll have pressurized CO2, Tropica substrate, Tropica ferts and Tropica plants.

    I have an aquascape in mind - low maintenance due to Matt's workload.

    Should be fun!
     
  2. Sounds like another stunner in the making. Shame I'm up next weekend, I'm only there weekdays. :? I'd love to see it taking shape though. :D

    Tom
     
  3. George Farmer

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    Thanks, Tom.

    We're setting it up in Matt's home, near Leeds.

    Are you on work experience with PFK for a while? You'll have a great time with Jeremy and co. I'll see you next week anyway for a shop tour... ;)
     
  4. I'm starting tomorrow morning, meeting Jeremy at Peterborough station. I'll be there until 9th May (unless I'm kicked out!! :rolleyes: )

    Tom
     
  5. Ed Seeley

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    I'm having pretty good results in mine too George! ;)
    Are you going to up the circulation anyway or just see how it goes 'off-the-shelf' for now? And will Matt be sticking with just the foam in the filter?

    Looking forward to seeing it.
     
  6. Dan Crawford

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    Woohoo fame at last LOL

    I'm really looking forward to this. Meeting Matt should be cool, Jeremy and George are forever singing his praises as "the fountain of all knowlage" so god knows what he's gonna think of little old me :oops:

    It's a tough life i have, aquascaping and getting smashed with one of your best mates, happy days - UKaps baby!
     
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    You've got some talent Dan. You're tank is pretty amazing especially when you see it in real life.
    I had the pleasure of meeting Dan today when I picked up his cardinal tetras. Top bloke!
     
  8. George Farmer

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    Thanks, Ed.

    I'll be running it off-the-shelf with as few 'bells and whistles' as possible.

    There's a good reason for this.

    I think one of the biggest stumbling blocks the newcomer to the planted tank has is confusion over all the hardware (lighting, ferts, CO2, substrate etc.) and conflicting advice.

    The aim of this set up is not show that good results can be acheived without 'over-complicating' matters and by using commonly available, off-the-shelf products.

    Hopefully the 'general fishkeeper' may be inspired enough to try something similar out themselves. After all that's my main mission behind all this work, with UKAPS and PFK alike, to promote the UK planted tank hobby and embrace all levels of fish/plant keeper! :D
     
  9. Ed Seeley

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    Couldn't agree more George. K.I.S.S. wherever possible; reduces FUBARs! :lol:

    Can't wait to see it.
     
  10. Luketendo

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    I will be watching to see what plants you use as I could do with some ideas for my tank, which also has Juwel standard lights, but no CO2.
     
  11. George Farmer

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    Bad news.

    This will be put on hold due to circumstances beyond my control.

    I'll let you know if and when it gets re-scheduled.
     
  12. Themuleous

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    Doh! Oh well, at least they are thinking the right things in terms of doing this kind of thing. That's a good start.

    Sam
     
  13. George Farmer

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    "A good start". Thanks, Sam. :?

    It's now happening on 3rd May.
     
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  15. George Farmer

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    Well, I'm back from Matt Clarke's now and I think it all went quite well.

    I'm pleased with the aquascape, and more importantly, Matt seems very happy with it.

    I think we got some fairly useful video footage, but I have to say I was pretty nervous in front of the camera.

    Hopefully a video podcast of the set up will be online sometime later this week.

    Here's a sneak preview shot of Matt's tank after set up. Matt's on the left, filming.

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  16. julioarca

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    Where might I find this video please
     
  17. George Farmer

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    looks like another lovely scape from the photo mate :D can't wait to see the video :D
     
  19. George Farmer

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    Just been wathcing the video! Very long video ;) worth it though specially for beginners.
    Should have seen this before I posted my comment on my tank on PFK! lol
    Congrats George
     

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