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  1. M

    ADC opening schedule

    Does anyone know if aquatic design centre in london are open on sunday or monday? Rang them but they must have closed already. Website doesnt say. I presume not - but let me know if you know.
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    Second meeting at ADC.

    I'll be coming. Matthew
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    feeding discus

    Paul's recommendations are all excellent. I would agree with him. Pity he spoils it by not declaring as potential conflict of interest that they are all sponsors of his website.
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    Aquariums limited

    I have had some very serious issues with Aquariums ltd. However when pushed they come back with straightforward and honest replies. They might have let some people down (including me) with communication, but I genuinely believe their intentions are good, but their over commitments let them down...
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    Would you fancy a evening at ADC in London? 30th June

    Do we need to bring any contribution towards refreshments etc?
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    Would you fancy a evening at ADC in London? 30th June

    Re: Would you fancy a evening at ADC in London? MIssed me also from page 2 - added! Luis (ghostsword) a1matt mlgt piece of fish (eddie) hotweldfire tony swinney radik LondonDragon (Paulo) Stickleback Worwood Eboeagles mjbarnard
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    Solenoid valve

    Many thanks.
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    Would you fancy a evening at ADC in London? 30th June

    Re: Would you fancy a evening at ADC in London? ADC is a few minutes walk from where I work, and I have bought a ton of stuff from there. Greg recently supplied with me with 50 pre-quarantined rummy nose tetra to go with my discus, and looked surprised when I told him how much I think I have...
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    Solenoid valve

    Thanks 3madstaffs, that's really helpful. They look good quality. Which one are you using, and what size connecting thread did you choose?
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    Solenoid valve

    I have an Aquamedic M-Ventil Pulse Solenoid valve which is only a few months old but is stuck open. Luckily I recognised it a couple of days ago when looking at the drop checker in the morning before leaving for work. The fish didnt look too happy. Since there are several hundred pounds of...
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    D-D Razor lights

    Thanks for the update. Sorry I didnt see your recent message. Useful to know about Coventry as well. Paraquatics were very helpful and swapped the lamps as well. It was part of a 900 ukp order, so not surprisingly they delivered free! Matthew
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    Fish catastrophe

    Thanks all for the interest and sympathy. Sorry didnt make it clear. This is an established tank, which is next to a new larger tank. The new tank is now planted thanks to greenmachine, and is doing well with pressurised CO2, mod to high lighting and EI ferts. However I am establishing the new...
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    Fish catastrophe

    This is a very strange problem. I woke up this morning to find 5 dead fish and the rest gasping at the top for air. I have solved it with some immediate water changes, but do not understand it. 3 year old established tank - 125 litres. Always been overfiltered - Eheim Pro 3 2073, suitable for...
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    Do plants care when it's lights on?

    I generally cant get home before 8pm. Although my setup is medium to high light, pressurised CO2, EI nutrients, I will be limiting the light initially, as advised here. I will probably go for 6 hour photo period initially, using 2 out of 4 x 54W T5. Since I would like to see the tank and it's...
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    2 filters and external pump connected together?

    One final thought. In order to maximise flow and distribution, would there be any harm in plumbing both drain holes into a common pipe and take the filter inlets off that? With appropriate sizes shouldnt restrict inlet flow, and should be easy to arrange so that each filter can be isolated and...
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    2 filters and external pump connected together?

    Journal - yes will post one. In the planning stages I got some useful help and advice from Mark Evans and he made the same comment. However this tank is going to take some time to establish, so I am planning to take a series of pictures over time, and then post a journal once it's established...
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    2 filters and external pump connected together?

    I should add. I have been researching since April last year (almost full time!). Ordered custom tank in October. It is finally being delivered next week. I have sorted plants, substrate, fish, lighting, nutrition, CO2 and almost all other aspects of the tank. I have two CO2 cylinders ready to...
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    2 filters and external pump connected together?

    You guys are very helpful - thanks! As someone said earlier on the thread, the UK forums seem more useful than some of the better known international ones. 1) The loclines are for the return to the tank from the filters/pump, not the drain to the filters. The outputs from these can be at any...
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    2 filters and external pump connected together?

    Corki - Yes, keen to have optimal flow rate. That was another reason I planned in third standalone pump carrying CO2 as well. This would take flow rate well above required. If I dont do this will add in Koralia powerhead.
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    2 filters and external pump connected together?

    1) There will be an inlet strainer, similar to those widely used in marine tanks, and in North America. 2) CO2 distribution either via Hydor Koralia powerhead, or by option 2 where CO2 water is mixed with outputs from other two pumps, or by option 1 where intake to each filter will be at the...
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    2 filters and external pump connected together?

    3rd option (dont think it's realistic)
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    2 filters and external pump connected together?

    Option 1: Option 2:
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    2 filters and external pump connected together?

    Thanks for your continued interest/offers of help. I will need to hone my graphics skills to prepare and post up a graphic of the complete circuit. Will do this, however part of the issue is that there isnt a completed plan yet - the final layout is yet to be determined and will be subject to...
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    2 filters and external pump connected together?

    Thanks both. I plan to adapt the design accordingly. Corki - I posted this on several forums as it is a bit of an unusual question. Interestingly the only informative replies I received were on UKAPS and BIDKA - both UK non-reef forums. I posted it on reefcentral.com, which is an acknowledged...
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    Where to buy in South Central England.

    Fantastic service from Paraquatics (south coast) - by mail order. Thoroughly recommend them.
  26. M

    1600 Gallon update

    Looks fantastic. Have copied your turn a valve, drain, turn another valve, fill.
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    Four Seasons 300L Finish

    Re: Untitled Yet 300L optiwhite (19/02 pics and video) Thanks, how does that work then?
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    How long should i have my lights on?

    Does it matter which time period one uses? I will start with 5-6 hours and build up to 7-8. However I like to come back home in the evening and view the tank. So is there a problem with starting at say 3pm?
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    The Art of the Planted Aquarium Contest 2011

    Number 2 is inspiring. Is there a separate site to see these?
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    Four Seasons 300L Finish

    Re: Untitled Yet 300L optiwhite (19/02 pics and video) Looks fantastic. Would love to see it in real life!
  31. M

    Dividing CO2 output using a T-joint

    I bought a very convenient splitter from CS Milne.
  32. M

    Experiences cleaning inline diffusers?

    George which diffuser are you using?
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    2 filters and external pump connected together?

    Is it feasible to connect 2 external filters and an external pump together through a manifold type arrangement for return to two bulkheads in drilled holes in the bottom of a tank? Two eheim (2073) filters and an external pump – in closed loop from 2 drains and 2 returns in the bottom of the...
  34. M

    Regulators?

    It is possible to buy dual stage regulators in the UK. I have recently purchased one. They vary from around £60 for an industrial model, to around £150 for a scientific grade one.
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    Colombo Flora Base

    Paraquatics can source this within a week. They delivered 40 litres to me today.
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    ADA vs oliver knott/colombo! is there any difference?

    Clive I'm a bit confused by your reply. You state that Amazonia is NPK, micro and carbon enriched whereas Oliver Knott is inert. In your post http://ukaps.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=13801#p143731 you state that "Elite products such as ADA Aquasoil and Oliver Knott's Nature Soil are...
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    D-D Razor lights

    Thanks that's very helpful. I hadnt realised they had been around that long, perhaps there are newer products which might be better? Am interested in T5 fittings, rather than LED etc.
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    D-D Razor lights

    I need 4 54W T5 lights. Have narrowed it down to Arcadia new electronic and D-D Razor. T5 lamps appear to come in common sizes. But the D-D lamps (powerhouse) and others state slightly different lengths. It comes with marine lamps as standard but paraquatics allows plant growing lamps to be...
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    Colombo Flora Base

    I need around 40L. Aquaessentials are only showing 1 bag of 10L Black in stock. It doesnt appear to be in stock anywhere else (in uk). Does anyone know where this can actually be bought and have it in stock?! Thanks Matthew
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    Dual stage regulators

    Thank you both so much. That is so helpful.
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    Dual stage regulators

    Clive thank you very much for your reply. I have to admit I am still a bit confused. The needle valve fine tunes the flow from the output of the regulator. So I dont understand why the presence or absence of a needle valve will indicate a one stage or two stage regulator. Reading the forums it...
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    Dual stage regulators

    I understand there is a difference between dual gauge and dual stage regulators (one has two gauges for high and reduced pressure and the other reduces the pressure in two stages). http://www.barrreport.com/showthread.php/7278-A-Primer-for-Pressurized-CO2 I find regulators suitable for uk are...
  43. M

    ADA vs Oliver Knott vs Colombo?

    Thanks again. I've heard the Oliver Knott substrate is also "light" and prone to movement. Any comments?
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    ADA vs Oliver Knott vs Colombo?

    Thanks all, that's actually very helpful - I am less worried now about the choice. My tap water is very hard (typical London), although my rainbows and neons have seemed happy enough for the past few years. It has minimal nitrates. However it is a fish only unplanted tank, and for various...
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    ADA vs Oliver Knott vs Colombo?

    Setting up new tank - 450L. Would like good substrate. Will be heavily planted, with fish. Appearance not too important, as like the black look of the final three. Have read all the posts and still uncertain. Cost is not the main issue. Have narrowed it down to ADA Amazonia 1 aquasoil, Oliver...
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