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  1. Bobtastic

    Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - 12 Rummy Nosed Tetras Added

    I regret to inform any readers of my journal that this scape has effectively come to an end... As of this weekend my girlfriend and I have parted ways and as I was living with her and effectively have no wear to go, I am unable to take this tank with me. Hopefully this will not be the end of my...
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    Rolling in the deep

    Wow! that's quite the update! Plantless to fulling grown in! Looks really nice, congrats!
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    Tom's 60P - Goodbye plants, hello Goldfish

    Re: Tom's 60P build - the DIY stage Looking really nice tom! Can't wait to see the finished article. Will you weight test it b4 use?
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    UP inline diffuser

    Be aware that you need to have a regulator that has the correct working pressure for the UP Atomisers, they usually need 2bar.
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    My emersed setup - Tesco Jar 19/9

    Re: My emersed setup - new pics It looks great Tom! Thanks for the photos, I'm defo gonna have to get a pot of HC when funds allow! :thumbup:
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    My emersed setup - Tesco Jar 19/9

    Re: My emersed setup Feel free to wing any unwanted clippings my way!;)
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    My emersed setup - Tesco Jar 19/9

    Re: My emersed setup Can we get a full frontal shot Tom? Really need to get my hands on some more HC, for my attempt at one of these...
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    120 x 55 x 55 Over and out.

    Re: 120 x 55 x 55 Some new fish. extra pics added. Beautiful fish there Mark! I would imagine in a tank of this size the shark will have plenty of space to stake it's claim, and with it as a threat should keep the shoal nice and tight. ;)
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    Practical Fishkeeping wants your plant pictures

    Damn... no point in sending any others! ;) A fine example, if I do say so myself! :thumbup:
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    Plant problems

    When dosing EI it is usual to change 50% of your water on a water change day. I'm not sure how the all-in-one type of ferts work tho... So it may not need to be as much. That being said I have always changed at least 50% when I have done any of my water changes.
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    Portinho da Arrábida - uma vista de Troia

    Lol, yus I remembered that there was a thread about it a while back. Best not to clutter your Journal with talk of LED. I like the institute shot, it's always nice to see ppls tanks in their proper context. :thumbup:
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    Portinho da Arrábida - uma vista de Troia

    Do you have a fan in the luminaire too? or do you just have some form of heat sink? or both? Also do you have the LEDs open or do you have something that screens/protects from moister/splashing?
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    AGA 2011 3rd Place 60-120L!! 60cm iwagumi scape

    Re: 60cm iwagumi scape Congrats on the job. You'll defo have to show us picture of the shop and and scapes you do!
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    Aqua Journal Digital in english

    Piracy is a long standing English tradition... I think it's the second oldest profession. ;)
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    Spray Bar or Normal Outlet

    Yep, that's the way I understand it too. Also bearing in mind that any "inline" applicants will affect the overall flow of your filters too. Is everyone that's commented working with the 10x flow guideline?
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    Aqua Journal Digital in english

    I didn't really find the "healing issue" that interesting... I won't be subscribing, but like I said in the previous post I don't really get on with magazines...
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    Get excited and make something.

    Very nice George!
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    Plant problems

    As Alastair said earliest Seachem's Excel is only a liquid form of carbon and doesn't contain any ferts like N, P or K which you will find in things like TPN or some other plant food. So I would carry on with whichever liquid carbon you are using but also pick up an all-in-one fertiliser, like...
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    Plant problems

    I agree, your listed plants have low demands and are the ones that are recommended for low light/low tech tanks. Follow Darrell's advice, he wont steer you wrong. :thumbup: I still think the deficiency is due to to much light. Mainly cos they need more ferts due to the amount of light and...
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    Tom's Bucket O' Mud - The End

    Re: Tom's Bucket O' Mud - Fish pics page 12 Really nice Tom. Good looking fish!
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    Plant problems

    Yep, I can see your picture. I think the root (no pun intended) of your problem is the duration of your light. I would recommend turning your lights down to between 5-7 hrs. The more light you have the greater the plants will demand Co2 and nutrients. So if you reduce the amount of time your...
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    Plant problems

    Such a good post it was worth posting twice! 11 hours of light is a lot by any standard...Using 2xT5 for that length of time you should defo be pumping Co2 in pressurised and EI dosing. To post pictures u need to upload them to a hosting site eg Photobucket and use the [IMG] tags around the URL.
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    planted help needed on a mature tank

    I agree with Westyggx and Tom, as you don't have a nutrient rich substrate you'll need to dose the water column with fertilisers so that plants can get what they need from there. Also as suggested root tabs will help and they wont be as much hassle as a substrate exchange. I would have thought...
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    The poor quality of LFS's

    I think now is a "funny" time for most businesses, let alone the fish one. Money is tight all over... I only ever buy my plants from TGM or online as my LFS are not plant focused.
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    SuperWen's Pico Tank 162 ml

    Is that a mini tank within a tank? An aquarium for the fishes in there aquarium....?
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    Miserable attempt at growing Cuba....

    I've never had any luck either. Tho my tank is pretty deep (60cm) so I'm using that as an excuse! ;)
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    120 x 55 x 55 Over and out.

    Re: 120 x 55 x 55 'Ruby' Gravel vacs and all things nice Looking really really nice. I personally prefer Red Phantoms to Serpaes. They look very similar just not as... bitie! Could we see a vid of the filters in full flow and plant movement?
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    Altering the Working Pressure on AM Regulators

    I'm finding that the AM1000 is hampering the flow for my Eheim 2078. That's why I wanted to try another injection method.
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    Altering the Working Pressure on AM Regulators

    Just means I'll have to stick with my AM1000. :P
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    Bubble couner for high bar

    I hope you hide that BC away in you cab Alastair, for it is UUUUUUUGGGLLLY! :P
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    Tall 250l - Y llechen ogof

    Idris, how's it going? Any progress?
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    Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - 12 Rummy Nosed Tetras Added

    Re: Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - More pictures and fish Still battling with some pesky algae, but its not too unsightly. More fishies added, I now have a total of 20 Rummy Nose Tetras, 2 SAEs and so far... 1 Otocinclus! Last one in the shop. :thumbup: I'm thinking that I could do with...
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    Echinodorus tenellus - trimming?

    Hi Viper, First planting:- Current :-
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    The easiest way to do a 40% water change?

    I use a Maxi-Jet power head to pump my water out. I don't think it's the cheapest option tho...
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    Echinodorus tenellus - trimming?

    I have been trimming mine in the "regular" way and the plants are still sending out lots of runners. I will try and get a shot of it currently (tho... I've been trying to get that shot all week! but I keep forgetting...) to show the differences in growth whilst trimming.
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    Echinodorus tenellus - trimming?

    Tennellus? Like the grassy stuff? I just do like the others and mow the lawn!
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    120 x 55 x 55 Over and out.

    Re: 120 x 55 x 55 'Ruby' @ almost 2 weeks Are you still running with two filters Mark? or did you remove one after setup?
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    Aqua Journal Digital in english

    I'm not really an avid magazine reader... I tend to get bored by them pretty quick...
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    Aqua Journal Digital in english

    I've taken one issue and have a read through to see how I feel about a digital subscription.
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    Scaping a Predator Tank

    Could you do something similar to what Andy (SuperCorey) has done with his new scape?
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    fx5 outlets- new question added

    Re: fx5 outlets Humm... I don't really have any other outlets to try... I'd have to make my own lilly pipe. How have you get your outlets configured now? Will their alignment conflict with each other?
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    Algae problem on Pogostemon Erectus

    I read that Pogo Erectus has some... special demands, namely increased iron requirements. Could a deficiency in that area make the plant more susceptible to this?
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    Portinho da Arrábida - uma vista de Troia

    Congrats! :thumbup:
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    fx5 outlets- new question added

    Re: fx5 outlets I'll be interested to see what happens with your change Alistair. I'm finding the flow from the 405's spray bar very powerful and I'm not sure that the fish are feeling it. The shrimp I had in were getting blown all over the shop... Possibly why they didn't survive...
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    flygja's 60cm NAC

    They're for my plants Narc! You've got nothing on me! :thumbup:
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    Anyone know what this is?

    I was told that there is no problem having Amano's with those breeds of shimp. I would have thought your existing shrimp would be able to help with any algae problems tho?
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    When do you dose?

    I dose mine b4 I leave for work, approx. 07:00 to 07:20 and if I forget... when I remember and phone the gf to do it! :thumbup:
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    MgSO4.7H20???

    I believe that you are able to use it instead, but you need to work out the exact molecular weight so you know how much more/less you need to add. I think there is a different amount of the required for MgSO4.7H20. Clive will be able to explain it all better.
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    Right media setup for Eheim 2078?

    Worth a test tho, it may highlight an issue with my unit! ;)
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    Aquamedic 1000 and poor co2

    I think there are, but I must admit I'm not sure what they are. Melting leaves and legginess is related to Co2 difficiencies? Yellowing of the leaves is another sign, but cant remember is it's potasium or nitrogeon... Clive will be able to tell you tho.
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    Aquamedic 1000 and poor co2

    The EI guide as I understand it is just that a guide. As you've found with u're Co2 you have to be willing to alter it as is needed. As Clive himself advises light drives plant growth, so the more light you have the faster the plants will grow and the more Co2 and ferts they will need to meet...
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    Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - 12 Rummy Nosed Tetras Added

    Well I got two Siamese Flying Foxes and they've pretty much stuck together since they were put in. May get a couple more!
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    Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - 12 Rummy Nosed Tetras Added

    I remember seeing them in "Bones of the Earth" at TGM and they did look quite large. Do they need to be kept in specific numbers? eg 6+ or are they only riding solo?
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    [CONTEST] UKAPS @ Aquatics Live, Olympia

    Oooooh! I really want to attend this event... For all those out of town where is everyone staying, which hotel is gonna be UKAPS basecamp?
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    Aquamedic 1000 and poor co2

    Bat'leth to the neck!!! Don't forget that if you increase your light levels (which I read earlier on that you intend to do) you will also need to increase you Co2 level and also your concentration of your added ferts.
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    Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - 12 Rummy Nosed Tetras Added

    Thanks Westyggx! Took an age of tweeking to get it to how I liked it, as you will see if you read from the start! ;) I've now added a total of 12 Rummy Nosed Tetras and they seem to be very happy. They seem to be running sentry across the front of pane of glass whilst the lights are on and they...
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    Right media setup for Eheim 2078?

    I have a Eheim 2078 Pro3e and I initially had it setup the why you have it, but probably not as full. I wasn't happy with the flow so decided to empty 2 of the trays, leaving the Mech at the bottom, then an empty basket, then a basket of Substrat pro, and then the final empty basket. I must say...
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    Air Pump at night?

    After reading one of George F's PFK articles (10 planted tank myths) myth #6, I've twisted one of my spray bars so that it causes ripples on the surface so that it drives off excess gas once the Co2 goes off. I previously had very little surface movement and the DC hardly changed colour after...
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    Altering the Working Pressure on AM Regulators

    Hi all, I was wondering if anyone had any experience in altering the working pressure on AquaMedic regulators (namely the ones that TGM sells)? I have one of these and understand that their working pressure is 1.5bar and I'm looking to use it on a UP Atomiser, which I believe need a pressure...
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    'Prairie Lands' IAPLC entry.

    Highest ranking UK entry! congrats Mark! :thumbup:
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    My emersed setup - Tesco Jar 19/9

    Re: My emersed setup Yeah, I'm finding some lovely algae in mine... I'll keep the water lower from now on. Loving the flowers! :thumbup:
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    My emersed setup - Tesco Jar 19/9

    Re: My emersed setup Loving it Tom, it looks really healthy and neat. Do you just keep the substrate moist? No water above it?
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    Dos & Don'ts while using super-glue with mosses

    O M G that made me laugh out loud! Sorry to hear of your pain, but thanks for sharing! All good advise Hot! :thumbup:
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    Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - 12 Rummy Nosed Tetras Added

    Re: Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - Finally planted page 10 Yeah, the Rummys were schoaling near the bottom. The flow from the spray bars seems to be quite fast around the tank and they don't seem to be much chance to rests...
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    Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - 12 Rummy Nosed Tetras Added

    Re: Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - Finally planted page 10 After a successful introduction of a "test platy" I decided to take a trip down to my LFS! and came home the proud own of 5 Rummy Nosed Tetras and 5 "algae shrimp". The shrimp looked a bit like Pinocchio shrimp, but I don't think their...
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    Anyone know what this is?

    So you got 6 in the end? I'm hoping that the ones I get (from where ever) are as efficient as yours! :thumbup:
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    Problems finding Ottos - insider knowledge?

    The price in the pm u sent me is different to above!
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    Problems finding Ottos - insider knowledge?

    Anyone know of amy Manchester shops that have any in atm?
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    How can i split co2 for 2 tanks??

    Viktor is in Hungry so not as far away as the US, but that doesn't mean the cost will be any lower...
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    How can i split co2 for 2 tanks??

    Found the picture of the twin needle valve that Viktor sells at his shop! http://www.flickr.com/photos/viktorlantos/5550299201 I sent him a PM about it, but don't think I ever got a reply. Not sure if they are available in the UK, or if Viktor is willing to ship them here (for a reasonable price).
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    How can i split co2 for 2 tanks??

    I saw a picture of one on Viktor's flickr page and sent him a PM but didn't get a reply... I must admit I don't know where they are available from... EDIT - The only thing I can fine quickly is a single needle valve @ Aqua Essentials. You could use a Y piece and then two needle valves to...
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    60P - 1st attempt at a planted tank

    Yours is a glowing advertisement for DSM! and it looks really nice. I would suggest moving your drop check so that it's not directly above the Co2 diffuser.
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    Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - 12 Rummy Nosed Tetras Added

    Re: Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - Finally planted page 10 I only have 2 tubes! So all I've got it the time the lights are on. That was my thinking.
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    Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - 12 Rummy Nosed Tetras Added

    Re: Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - Finally planted page 10 I have a drop check, but again they are not the most actuate way of finding out the amount of dissolved Co2...
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    Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - 12 Rummy Nosed Tetras Added

    Re: Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - Finally planted page 10 I'm not sure how you can guarantee that you are at 30ppm... I have lowered my bubble rate but not sure that it's low enough to have happy, non-dead fish. I'm familiar with the acclimation process, just not with a Co2 equipped tank. I...
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    How can i split co2 for 2 tanks??

    Re: How can i plit co2 for 2 tanks?? You'll need a splitter with two needle valves on so that you can control the two independent flows of gas. You may also need to alter the pressure out of the reg so that you have enough pressure at the difusser.
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    Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - 12 Rummy Nosed Tetras Added

    Re: Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - Finally planted page 10 Ok. Need some advise on "best practise" when introducing fauna to Co2 enriched tank that has been running with a fish free start (i.e. extremely high Co2). Is it best to turn the Co2 right down and also low the light time, ruffle the...
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    EI Dosing After Water Change?

    As I understand the "best practise" for water changes, you should change the water b4 or after your photoperiod (and b4 or after your Co2 comes on or goes off). This way you don't impact the usual timings of gas on, lights on, plant growth. In this instance I dose my macro ferts straight after...
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    Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - 12 Rummy Nosed Tetras Added

    Re: Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - Finally planted page 10 It'll be fine for the fauna, and awesome for all the algae I'll get too. ;) But I guess I'd need something for the Otto and shrimp to eat. :thumbup: I'll check out Abyss, but been to any of the Stockport fish shops yet!
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    Tall 250l - Y llechen ogof

    Man up ya tart! ;) :P :thumbup: Jame's Algae Guide is good to pinpoint the exact algae, but must admit the advice seems more for high tech setups... I am assuming it's GSA. And it's rude to kick a man in the Otto's whilest he's suffering from the algaes! Apparently Ottos do not eat GSA but...
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    Spraybars and Circulation Pumps

    Without seeing you current configuration I can only guess that you have the spray bar coming into the tank from the left and the pump in that same corner? I believe that you get slightly better flow from the start of the spray bar than the far end. So I would assume that it would be best to put...
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    Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - 12 Rummy Nosed Tetras Added

    Re: Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - Finally planted page 10 Kewl, I think I'll throw in another couple of test fish at the weekend, not Ottos tho. If they fair ok I will see if I can find somewhere that's selling Amanos!
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    Tall 250l - Y llechen ogof

    Yeah my Assassin Snail did more ambushing than chasing across tanks. They would move out and attack any passing morsel tho. Pretty horrific way to go too!
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    Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - 12 Rummy Nosed Tetras Added

    Re: Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - Finally planted page 10 Are Amano and Red Cherry shrimp ok to keep in the same tank? There wont be any unsightly inter-breeding or Spock vs Kirk style duels will there?
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    Tall 250l - Y llechen ogof

    A little big if GSA will probably lend to a more natural looking tank so I don't think it's anything to worry about. Just keep an eye on it. Your tank is looking nicer and nice with each update. All you need to do is finish that damn spray bar! It'll be interesting to see the effect the change...
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    Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - 12 Rummy Nosed Tetras Added

    Re: Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - Finally planted page 10 Humm, might get some floating plants. I understand that they suck fert.
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    Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - 12 Rummy Nosed Tetras Added

    Re: Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - Finally planted page 10 So while I'm dialling down the gas thoughts are turning to fauna. Initial choices are :- Otto's Rummy Nose Tetra Amano shrimp Red Cherry shrimp
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    Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - 12 Rummy Nosed Tetras Added

    Re: Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - Finally planted page 10 Lol, it's no trouble Darrel. Otto's are my favourite fishies too, and if I'd known they were so sensitive to Co2 and react so badly I wouldn't have used them... It was mainly cos they were in there originally (pre-re-scape) and that they...
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    120 x 55 x 55 Over and out.

    Re: 120 x 55 x 55 'Ruby' Tank and cabinet arrive! Yeee gods man! What a monster! It's f'ing mahoooosive! What filtration will you be running on it and how will you ensure they Co2 gets all the way to the bottom of the beast? :jawdrop
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    Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - 12 Rummy Nosed Tetras Added

    Re: Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - Finally planted page 10 Lol, obviously! The gas was only that high because I had no fauna, but as I have already had some algae creeping in with the Co2 almost on full blast... I'm a little concerned about what will happen when I start to turn it down... I...
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    Why can`t I grow Lilaeopsis Brasiliensis

    A Ha'tak mothership then? I'm growing Tennellus atm and it is always sending out runners. I am trimming it at every water change (weekly) to keep it to the length that I want.
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    Why can`t I grow Lilaeopsis Brasiliensis

    I'm sure that The CEG will come over and recommend a Negh'Var-class cruiser reactor powered luminaire that you can nuke your tank with. :thumbup: ;) I have no experience with LB, so can't really comment. I can say that I have been lead to believe from our peers that we should be able to grow...
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    Aquascapes from nature

    Wow! I hope you said "YES!!" George!
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    Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - 12 Rummy Nosed Tetras Added

    Re: Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - Finally planted page 10 Thanks for the input Darrel.
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    Tank Opinions

    The main problem that you face with corner tanks is getting the flow right, so that it carries your Co2 and fert (if used) all around the tank. I know that it can be achieved as I've seen some lovely scapes in these type of tank but it is more challenging than the standard shape. High tech tanks...
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    Hello from Kent

    Welcome!
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    Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - 12 Rummy Nosed Tetras Added

    Re: Bobtastic's Iwagumi Scape - Finally planted page 10 So I tried three Ottos from my other tank in here and they last no more than 5 mins b4 one was floating around the top and the other two were motionless on the bottom... They made no attempt to evade the net when I went in for the rescue...
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    DIY Mini Canister

    Have you thought about using some acrylic tubes bent into which ever shape you like (spray bar or inlet) so that you can make the hosing as inconspicuous as possible?
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