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  1. oliverar

    My log!

    Yes, I agree it is very different, and I am sure lots of people will copy your idea!
  2. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

    Update: 3rd of January, facing a few problems Right then, I will have some pictures asap, but for now I will just have to describe it. My tank has had a little more growth, and my Alternanthera reineckii has calmed down a little, but I have upped the ferts slightly, because I was told that the...
  3. oliverar

    "Out Of Sight" - Cat litter/Osmocote temp tank

    looks interesting, Will be interesting to see it when it is all settled and set up properly! :D One really useful way to fill up your tank without making the water too cloudy, is to get a load of scrunched up news paper, and place it over the substrate, then put a plate on the paper, and pour...
  4. oliverar

    A problem with alternanthera reineckii 'purple'

    ok, thank you. I will give it a try! :D and one last thing, is there a way that I can kill off all the living animals in my tank, without killing the bacteria? I am over run with these strange worm type things and small baby snails. Any idea's?
  5. oliverar

    A problem with alternanthera reineckii 'purple'

    And also, what do I need to do, to make the pinky purple colour become as vibrant as it was when it first came?
  6. oliverar

    A problem with alternanthera reineckii 'purple'

    Ok, cool, well I will wait a little while and see what happens
  7. oliverar

    A problem with alternanthera reineckii 'purple'

    So should I up the nutrients?
  8. oliverar

    A problem with alternanthera reineckii 'purple'

    I have got a problem, the alternanthera reineckii 'purple' has started shooting out loads of roots all up it's stem, it has done it at several levels, all where the leaves branch off the main stem, should I pinch these out, or are these Important? Any way, have an awesome Christmas everyone!
  9. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

    Thanks, well I will do a load more pictures, and have another big push at getting it all nice, but I have got a problem, the alternanthera reineckii 'purple' has started shooting out loads of roots all up it's stem, it has done it at several levels, all where the leaves branch off the main stem...
  10. oliverar

    "Prairie Lands"... job done

    Re: "Prairie Lands"... after trim Looking good :D
  11. oliverar

    Vito's latest Rio 125 rescape Christmas Update

    Yes, it is a bit out of control, but I still think it looks cool, yes I agree that the filter might not be working to its full capacity or the co2 is a little high, any way as for the plants, it may be worth while just gritting your teeth and pulling up the foreground and replanting it with...
  12. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

    Any thoughts? anyone..
  13. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

  14. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

    right, at last I have got some updates for you all! It is really taking off! a few slight internal tweaks to the filter, now it is running almost silently! and also have bought a few plants from tropica, and planted it up a little, only to get me started, so I still need to wait for it to all...
  15. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

    First I have sewn up all the holes in the foam, and I have trimmed it, so it is not the full height of the tank. I have also cut a small stip at the bottom which means I can take out the main piece of foam with out all the substrate falling in! I have also put the biological media in a media...
  16. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

    Right then, the first sign of plant life! I have got a load of moss for the foam! Thank God, it looks hideous! I am also making some tweaks to the filter, so I can get it working to its optimum! Pics to follow soon! O and I have some snails which have appeared from my last tank!
  17. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

    Hahahaha yes!
  18. oliverar

    The Barren [Oops little accident - Taken Down]

    Re: The Barren [DIY External Made and Added 20/10/10] Looking great! couldn't quite tell, have you got something to cover the inlet with to stop the shrimplet's getting sucked up?
  19. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

    Thanks, I am quite pleased with the filter although it is a bit of a pain, it takes up a lot of room, but once I can grow some moss on it then it will look fine! Thanks for the comments!
  20. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

    New pics!
  21. oliverar

    [IWAGUMI] Project Scree - New plants and lights

    Re: [IWAGUMI] Project Scree - New fish and photos Great, thank you!
  22. oliverar

    [IWAGUMI] Project Scree - New plants and lights

    Re: [IWAGUMI] Project Scree - New fish and photos I am really sorry if you have already said, but what is the sand you are using?
  23. oliverar

    On the Edge -goes iwagumi p2

    Yep, this look's much better!
  24. oliverar

    ADA vs Oliver Knott vs Colombo?

    I love ADA, and have started a tank with the amazonia, but what ever you do don't use ada amazonia 2, it is awful, it clouds really badly, and is a night mare, I have heard very very few good comments about it!
  25. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

    I did a small experiment on my tank, I timed how long it took for my filter to fill up a 2 liter bottle( just moved the outlet pipes, so should be pretty accurate), I worked out I was only getting 70lph which I was annoyed about, as it is supposed to be a 700lph :jawdrop although I do have a lot...
  26. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

    Ok then well I am being a little bit more adventurous and have made a new list of plant's, what do you think? Hygrophila Pinnatifida, Vallissneria Bubra Laceleaf Echinodorus 'VesuVius' Ludwigia Mullerti Suberse Hemianthus MIcranthemoides Microsortum pteropus 'windelov' Utricula graminifolia (...
  27. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

    That is what I have been told by most people, and everyone has said about it not likeing frtile substrates, etc. But this technique seems perfect for it, if you read the thread linked above, you will see that it actually is just put in a pot of pond water, and left on a window sill, so very...
  28. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

    What do you think?
  29. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

    Ok, some people have made a few suggestion's about my plant selection, so I am reviewing it slightly, and am going to try this: http://www.cpukforum.com/forum/index.ph ... opic=32161 with the intent of introducing the ug to my tank once it has matured.
  30. oliverar

    The Barren [Oops little accident - Taken Down]

    Re: The Barren I also think, that if such a thing exists, possibly some very small red plant's, as they will go well with the rock colour's.
  31. oliverar

    Has anyone grown Utricularia graminifolia?

    Has anyone grown Utricularia graminifolia? If you have, please could you let me know, as I would love to ask you some question's, as I would love to try!
  32. oliverar

    54L Fire Amongst Green (final photos, scape completed)

    Re: 50L Green and Green Yep, keep ontop of the pruning, it looks amazing! If you are looking for way's to change it, if you get bored, maybe try some red plant's?
  33. oliverar

    The Barren [Oops little accident - Taken Down]

    Re: The Barren It is very interesting, I love it!
  34. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

    Right then, I have not had an update for a long time! I have got all the stuff from The Green Machine, I could not be more pleased with their service, it was great! I have now put it all together, there are a load of pictures below. I have used the wood which I love, although it is too thin...
  35. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

    What about harlequins?
  36. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

    O no, what a shame, they looked really sweet! Ok then well I will look for some other nice fish! Any advice, preferably something easy and interesting to look at.
  37. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

    Well then everything has arrived, I will post pictures soon! I am now looking at stocking it, you may know about my import from Germany, well I am getting some shrimp and hopefully some micro crabs, I am also looking at some fish I saw at pets at home, they were dwarf fancy goldfish, they were...
  38. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

    That is a good idea, I think I will try that! :D Yep apparently they need cleaning like once every year or so!!
  39. oliverar

    Massive Import from Germany!!! Cheap shrimp, snails, crab's

    Hi,at the end of September I am planning a big import from Germany, this is from a well know German breeder who has lot's of experience sending to England and all his review's are great! He has almost ever type of shrimp I know excluding several blue and black tiger shrimp everything else is...
  40. oliverar

    Return of the nry :) 'Sticks and stones' Rescape/new pics!

    Re: Return of the nry :) 'Helferi Hills' Hmm how odd, o well post more pic's and keep us updated!
  41. oliverar

    Utricularia graminifolia and shrimp?

    O really? Hmm has anyone experienced this?
  42. oliverar

    Utricularia graminifolia and shrimp?

    Amazing, do you have it?
  43. oliverar

    Whats the best sand to use?

    Yes, I second play sand, and if you put in a few root tab's it is easily converted into a good planting substrate, it is useful to have around as well because you can use it to cap other substrates.
  44. oliverar

    first planted attempt

    Not all of them, just 2 or 3, sorry reading back over it made it look like I meant all of them! :D
  45. oliverar

    first planted attempt

    Your Plant's look al right to me, the really lush look normally comes after they are properly settled in, and you are pruning them, but my only suggestion would be maybe to have the co2 on at mid day, and the light's on at 1300, your hours seem a little short, but I am not an expert at that. As...
  46. oliverar

    Utricularia graminifolia and shrimp?

    Hi, I know Utricularia graminifolia is carnivorous, but if I had it as a carpet would it eat my shrimp's? Or shrimplet's?
  47. oliverar

    "Prairie Lands"... job done

    Re: "Prairie Lands"...The return It will be amazing! Sorry if you have already said, but what substrate is it?
  48. oliverar

    ADA Aqua Soil?

    Ok then, well you make a decision based on your budget and whether you feel it will help, as garuf has said there are also many other similar product's that might be worth researching, but Malaya still does have nutrient's in it anyway so this would only be surplus! :D Also please feel free to...
  49. oliverar

    Be Plant Wise - Disposal of aquatic plants

    What i found slightly funny, is that they recommend you have a pond in the shade to reduce algae, which is what we have, but all the leaves fall off the tree's and make the pond go green anyway!
  50. oliverar

    Amazonia aqua soil II

    Ok, well I have contacted the supplier and they have changed my order! :D so all is good! Thanks guy's for saving me from nearly making a big mistake!
  51. oliverar

    Trigon 190-Learning curve

    Re: My first planted tank Trigon 190 corner Awesome, well then I can't wait to see what it look's like in a few week's! :D
  52. oliverar

    ADA Aqua Soil?

    Well, I have heard lot's of people who really like it? But I suppose Garuf is right, there is no proof, but I still think it does work.
  53. oliverar

    Trigon 190-Learning curve

    Re: My first planted tank Trigon 190 corner O, ok just wondering, um, if it was up to me I would maybe try turning it so it was facing to the right behind the main piece and to cover it with moss, but this is just an idea, also I think you have started it, but I think it might be worth a little...
  54. oliverar

    ADA Aqua Soil?

    yes, I agree with tom, but remember not to let the ps touch the glass, you are meant to do it like an island in the middle of the tank, that way you can't see it! :D good luck!
  55. oliverar

    A Day at the Beach

    Amazing really amazing! I am a bit sad to see the first scape loose it's sandy beach bit, but the second scape took's so healthy and vibrant!
  56. oliverar

    Trigon 190-Learning curve

    Re: My first planted tank Trigon 190 corner How odd, it is working now !!! Is it just the photo or is the glass very dirty? It might be worth a quick clean, or maybe some snail's? Is that stick that point's straight forward separate or attached to the main bit?
  57. oliverar

    Trigon 190-Learning curve

    Re: My first planted tank Trigon 190 corner Is it just my computer or does that picture not work?
  58. oliverar

    Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - 12 Rummy Nosed Tetras Added

    Re: Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape What do you grow? Because that sound's like lot of nutrient's!!! I am considering using power sand, purely because I have not got enough Amazonia by 1 litre, what tank do you use it in?
  59. oliverar

    Aqua-Qube journal (updated 28/02/2011)

    Re: Aqua-Qube 40 journal I would say fissidens but it is mainly an opinionated thing more than anything else :D
  60. oliverar

    Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - 12 Rummy Nosed Tetras Added

    Re: Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape OK then, I will say if you are going to be reliable with the fert's it is not necessary, especially with the plant's you hope to grow but if you do get it then you have the option to grow certain plant's
  61. oliverar

    Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - 12 Rummy Nosed Tetras Added

    Re: Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape Yes, it is not a necessity, but 1 pack would be fine, it just would encourage the root's to grow quicker and give you some leeway on your fert dosing :D
  62. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

    Ok then, well I have cancelled my order for Amazonia II after seeing several very bad reviews for it! and am waiting to get the Amazonia. I have just recheck the calculation's and it turn's out that I need 4 and a bit litres and I have only ordered 3, but that is not factoring in the HMF, but I...
  63. oliverar

    Andyh's 190l Lounge tank (update 20-09-11)

    Re: Andyh's 190l Lounge tank. I agree, and shrimp are really fun to keep on there own, and need little attention! If you want to research shrimp I would suggest 'uk shrimp forum' I am really sorry if that qualifies as advertising other forum's, if so please delete this post, but I am not an...
  64. oliverar

    10l - Gone

    Re: 10 Liter AquaEl Great, well keep us updated, and post load's of pictures!!! :D
  65. oliverar

    Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - 12 Rummy Nosed Tetras Added

    Re: Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape Um, yes it is better to be safe than sorry, but don't mix it in, if you put in the power sand first, but put it like an island in the middle, so it is not touching the glass, and then put the soil over the top and around the sides, that way you won't be able to see...
  66. oliverar

    Trigon 190-Learning curve

    Re: My first planted tank Trigon 190 corner Looking good! Good luck! I really have a bit of a thing against these bow fronted aquarium's! But you seem to be managing fine!
  67. oliverar

    Q40

    Look's good, and it look's ideal for livestock, I would consider some more shrimp if I were you! :D
  68. oliverar

    10l - Gone

    Re: 10 Liter AquaEl You have done well, I find cube tank's really hard to make look nice! But you have done it!
  69. oliverar

    first tank above 100l (70x40x40)

    I like it, I think that changing the glosso was a good move! I also think that the substrate need's covering up, as the colour is a little odd! :D Amazing tank!
  70. oliverar

    "Prairie Lands"... job done

    Re: "Prairie Lands"...The return Yes, that is the best way to get better at anything, if something doesn't work try again!!! (I really do sound old!!) I love the rock's, and also the pictures, they are really effective with the contrast between the substrate and the rock's, I am looking forward...
  71. oliverar

    Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - 12 Rummy Nosed Tetras Added

    Re: Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape O, and I prefer the rock's as they are, although I do love the one you are not using!
  72. oliverar

    Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - 12 Rummy Nosed Tetras Added

    Re: Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape With aqua soil's: Malaya - average nutrient base, nice colour, good for maintaining an aqua scape for a long time, soft granules amazonia - Not the nicest colour, very high nutrient base, everything is geared solely towards plant growth africana - it has low...
  73. oliverar

    Return of the nry :) 'Sticks and stones' Rescape/new pics!

    Re: Return of the nry :) 'Helferi Hills' I love the rock's!!! I think that with a little more fiddling around, and fine tuning, added to just letting it grow up a bit, it will look truly amazing, and it look's great now, I think that is definitely because of your excellent choice in rock's...
  74. oliverar

    Moved House - The Restart

    Yep, these are all amazing and you are very lucky to have the space for all those tanks! It is a real shame about the plant's though, but you seem to be replenishing them well!!!
  75. oliverar

    My First Planted Tank (The End) Juwel Rio 125

    Re: My First Planted Tank "Never Ending Journal" Juwel Rio 1 I love it! I would almost be tempted to cut down the carpet and make is shorter, but I love the wild look of it as well!!! Amazing tank!!!!
  76. oliverar

    first planted attempt

    I agree with the decision to get rid of the blue stones! It is a shame you had to use the gravel, as that to is a little unnatural looking, but I suppose I can't think of a much better solution, I know you were saying it was not an aqua scape, but a few pointer's on how you could improve would...
  77. oliverar

    Andyh's 190l Lounge tank (update 20-09-11)

    Re: Andyh's 190l Lounge tank. Yep, I can't wait for it to grow a little and for you to fill in that side!
  78. oliverar

    Nano Tor, Andyh's 35l

    Re: “Nano Tor”, Andyh's 35l Nano Scape Yep, good luck, it look's like it will be amazing once it has grown a little!
  79. oliverar

    Amazonia aqua soil II

    Yep the review said that the water was hardly ever clear and most of the time you couldn't see to the other side of the tank!
  80. oliverar

    Amazonia aqua soil II

    I have ordered some of this, but have paused my order, after seeing a really bad review, has anyone else had any experiences, and should I go for the II or regular?
  81. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

    Ok, well I will try that, I think I will initially try adding more filter media like the ring's as you suggested, but at the moment it is spraying about 10cm at a wall, and it is still very strong all round the tank, it also seem's a little extravagant to get a new pump, as I got this for this...
  82. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

    Ok then, basically the input is on the inside of the blue filter, like a normal internal filter, inside the internal filter, I have got filter foam and activated carbon, the in between the blue foam and the filter is biological filter media and more floss, then there is the blue filter foam...
  83. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

    O, and by the way, here is my plan, please excuse the crossed out bit in the middle, but the green illustration at the bottom is the carpet, the left is a list of the stem plant's, the right is the overview. Hope this is clear!
  84. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

    Sure, I will write it up, and post in a moment!
  85. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

    Right then, I have just ordered the Aqua soil, but it had to be Amazonia II because the normal one was out of stock, but Green Machine gave me loads of free stuff to make up for it, so I am very happy with their service :D I have also ordered a nano piece of drift wood and some dragon stone for...
  86. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

    OK then, I have done the filter, so I will now post some pic's!
  87. oliverar

    What is reverse osmosis?

    Great thank's that is a good explanation, and a very funny joke!!!!
  88. oliverar

    What is reverse osmosis?

    I think it is designed to make pure water? But why would you want it, is it so you have water to use for your aquarium with out having to treat it?
  89. oliverar

    HMF

    Hi everyone, I have just set up a Hamburg mat Filter, for shrimp, but I thought that my 700lph pump should have a pretty substantial flow, but I couldn't feel anything on the other side of the foam wall, so I figured that it was just filtering the water inside it over and over again, so I have...
  90. oliverar

    My Shrimp tank!

    Hi, I am just planning a tank, it is a bit of a rubbish tank ( a 12" cube!). I want it to be a shrimp tank primarily, but it is really good for shrimp if you have it heavily planted, hence I need your help! I have the small problem that I can't use any fert's with copper in them, but that will...
  91. oliverar

    ADA substrate and additives

    Hi, I was just looking on the ada website, and they are saying that the ideal substrate is the power sand, their soil, and then all these additives, which I was not familiar with, but basically there is: 1. Bacter 100 - to kick start your bacteria 2. Clear Super - a mix of activated carbon, and...
  92. oliverar

    What exactly causes the water to smell horrible?

    My tank water smell's truly hideous, I have changed the water 90% and with in a day, it smell's bad again, I think it might be the soil substrate, could that be it? How can I stop this happening?
  93. oliverar

    Broken internal canister

    No, there is a co2 diffuser on the other side of the tank, so it is completely separate.
  94. oliverar

    Broken internal canister

    Hi, I have got an internal canister filter, but it quite often makes some very loud grinding sound's and stop's working (the output is reduced to a sort of dribble, I thought it might be getting clogged, so I changed the cartridge, and cleaned the actual filter, but it made no effect, it has its...
  95. oliverar

    My Co2 system that was free!

    Yes, that is why I boil them, once boiled they don't sting, and the acid's are broken down by a naturally occurring enzyme in the nettles, so I wouldn't imagine it is a problem! :D I am very happy with my co2's current production, so I dont think it will be an issue!
  96. oliverar

    My Co2 system that was free!

    they did not have any flower's on them when I put them in, I only have snails in there at the moment, but when I introduce the shrimp and fish I will stop, are nettles bad? I was recommended to use them on another forum.
  97. oliverar

    My Co2 system that was free!

    yes, that is what I did with the yeast, but I just shook it all up together in the bottle and it was producing with in 40min! There are nettles in my tank because the apple snail's eat it and it is high in calcium for their shell's!
  98. oliverar

    My Co2 system that was free!

    Hi everyone, I would just like to share my experiences with making co2 with everyone here. Well I made a DIY one for free! Here are some pictures! This is the Yeast mixture which produces the co2: This is the Diffuser: I mixed up the Yeast mixture with 1 sachet of dry bakers yeast, 2 cup's...
  99. oliverar

    My first serious Planted tank

    Right then, I have now got a fully working yeast co2 set up, which cost me nothing! I have also got a tank full of stem's, I am still after some more, but I was kindly donated enough to stop it looking bear for the moment!
  100. oliverar

    Frustrated... HELP!

    Ok, great, have used super glue, I now have the co2 below the tank where I wanted it, and it is all working perfectly!
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