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Recent content by dw1305

  1. dw1305

    Good to E-meet you

    Hi all, I'm not too bothered <"about aesthetics">, but I can see your problem. You could try Floating Fern (<"Salvinia "auriculata" group">)? It doesn't have a long root like Amazon Frogbit (Limnobium laevigatum) or Pistia stratiotes (Nile Cabbage). cheers Darrel
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    DOOA Maru Slice Of Nature

    Hi all, Yes it just needs to be soft water, it doesn't matter where it came from, or how it was deionised. cheers Darrel
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    Orcas spotted swimming off the coast of Cornwall

    Hi all, It goes <"back to the 1930's"> but they were already in decline because of the demise of the Herring shoals. cheers Darrel
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    Garden Plant ID's. Post here!

    Hi all, It was in the garden when we moved in (26 years ago) I've never re-sowed it and it still comes up, <"and in a range of colours">. The only disadvantage is that you can't transplant the growing seedlings unless, they are really tiny. You can see some pale and mid blue ones, but I also...
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    DOOA Maru Slice Of Nature

    Hi all, Yes, absolutely fine. cheers Darrel
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    Journal My First Terrarium

    Hi all, You need another home office to actually do some work in, because that one is going to be much too distracting. Why not go the whole hog and have some <"leaf cutter ants as well?">. cheers Darrel
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    Good to E-meet you

    Hi all, Reduce the <"light intensity a bit">. I like a floating plant as "net curtain". Because the "green algae" have the same <"basic physiology and photosynthetic pigments"> as all the mosses, liverworts, ferns and higher plants it just means that you've created suitable conditions for...
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    Recommendations for a small leafed lotus/lily . . .

    Hi all, I think @Mick.Dk said that if you grow them low tech. and pinch off all the leaves before they become floating eventually they will dwindle away all together. Mine (in a 60 cmx 30 cm aquarium) recently <"died after ~12 years">, but I just maintained it as <"three floating leaves"> and...
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    what is this green and pink plant?

    Hi all, Unfortunately it has been a <"long running thread on this forum">. If you search for Dracaena, Cordyline, Fittonia, Hemigraphis, <"Ophiopogon"> or Selaginella etc. you will <"find lots of threads">. cheers Darrel
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    Garden Plant ID's. Post here!

    Hi all, It might have been Echium plantagineum "Blue Bedder" or similar, you can't tell from just the flower. <"Echium vulgare 'Blue Bedder' | viper's bugloss 'Blue Bedder'/RHS Gardening"> cheers Darrel
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    Garden Plant ID's. Post here!

    Hi all, The Echium used to grow in the "gravel garden" (front, centre), but looking back at the photos, not since 2007. Most of the Comfreys, Forget-me-nots etc. have gone since then, possibly as a result of being eaten by the Scarlet Tiger Moth caterpillars. cheers Darrel
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    Garden Plant ID's. Post here!

    Hi all, Episyrphus balteatus https://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/marmalade-hoverfly cheers Darrel
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    Garden Plant ID's. Post here!

    Hi all, It is an Echium sp. and probably <"Echium vulgare"> ("Viper's Bugloss"). cheers Darrel
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    New Member

    Hi all, Well done, definitely looking good. cheers Darrel
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    Algae Problems

    Hi all, Welcome, agreed it doesn't look great. You definitely look to have some plant health issues, often these relate to one of more of the essential plant nutrients. Plant growth is like <"a car assembly line">, if you have one nutrient ("component") missing you don't get plant growth ("a...