Thanks for the info guys, just came across them for the first time this weekend.
I've only used T5 above plants so far but I know what you mean about the TMCs, I've got a pair above each of my non-planted 180g's and those provide more than enough light for them.
Guess it'll be a pair of T5s then.
I was in a quandry as to what to do with the 700 litre tank on it's own. I have a load of C.Moori fry in there just now and was intending in keeping my adults in there with a few fry but I have recently had requests for Syno Mutipunctatus so the dolphins are back in with the cats...
As requested by Paulo, a couple of updated pic on my tanks.
This was the way my planted set-up went, the rocks I just threw in before planting and I kind of like where they anded up once the dust settled so they've stayed there:
And a week ago, got a few plants on the...
Absolute stunners there and it only seems like yesterday, I was drooling over Paulos tank pics:
My first attempt was this:
Turning into this:
and lately, following the house move and a few disasters:
I mainly fed them on Hikari first bites and a crushed golden pearl food but I stopped breeding them almost a year ago so I can't remember where I picked that up from, seemed to do them good though. I also used to put in crushed peas now and again.
I used to breed them in a hi-tech planted set-up with lots of Blyxa. I didn't do anything particularly different for them in there I had about 30 in a 180 litre with Amano shrimp. They would constantly be driving each other through the mounds of blyxa and I would just syphon off water after...
That is an absolutely stunning shot. Must admit - I love the shock of that red but I suppose it does tend to draw your eye in and away from the rest. I should imagine that kept lower it looks much better ?
Re: Journal 2 . Finaly, 4ft 238l updated 24th April
Like the tank Chilled - looking good :thumbup:
As for breeding the shrimp, I set up a 60 litre using sea water ready but then was overtaken by events before I could finish the project but I was using this article as a base...
Re: Moved House - Hello Again
Thanks for the welcome back.
Yeah, unfortunatley, with the fish dramas, I didn't have the time to get planting it on the weekend I moved it and it melted very fast after I left it floating at the top of a tank.
As for the tanks, I had 9 running at the old house...
Just thought I'd drop in and say hello again.
I moved job last October and was in temp accomodation for 4 months, bought my new house now and set up my latest tank project. Stripped each of my other tanks down bit by bit but then had to do one big move due to timescales. Unfortunately, I...
I've just moved to Cumbria and have just had an offer accepted on a house. Was visiting it regularly over the last few days to make sure all was well but know of one that was due to exchange contracts this week only to find the house under water.
I'm living in Workington just now, and it is...
I think a lot depend on preference.
I run 2 filters on my Malawi tank, set up as the manufacturers suggest.
One is Tetratec, the other, Rena. Tetra has large mass at the bottom to capture big lumps and them sponge above, Rena goes the other way. The Rena requires more frequent maintenance...
Chilled ... paranoid ... probably.
Hyper ... I suspect most definitely. Enjoyed my swap with you & if I could get home and distribute some of my Staurogyne reserves, I would. looked at some of the plants you had up recently thinking I might hace swapped for St. but I'm not there at the mo...
I have now returned to the world of normality, after having a Diahatsu Charade GTti (which was fantastic) and gave me the bottom tax band when that was brought in for cars less than 1.1l .... and then a Clio 197, again awesome especially on the moor roads in the North of Scotland, I have finally...
Have to admit my wife wants discus too, just in the process of moving to Cumbria where the water (much to my surprise) seems to be much softer than that up in the North of Scotland so HMA filter it will be for me too.
It's a good question and made me think for one.
I'm about to move house and set up my tanks all over again. But I think I'll seed a filter on my Oscar tank for use on a hi-tech tank so that it will be searching for every last bit of ammonia it can get from the the off - hopefully this way I...
Nice to see, I had it growing like a weed in a tray inside the lid of an aquarium with the return from a filter spraying into it. For substrate I used a betta breeding mat which is a bit like filter floss. In fact most short stem or low growing plants we use have loved this set-up. Got about...
Got these guys on my favourites now thanks to your legwork :thumbup:
Had both of my 2x 39W luminaires blow their ballasts within a week of each other (probably why they were reduced when I originally bought them).
Repaired one this week with a new ballast from National lamps, perfect.
Had a double lamp failure on the trays that I use for the propagators above my Oscar Tank so put aquarays above them.
The light obviously agreed with the Staurogyne that was dircectly below it as it has started to flower, plenty more buds too.
My experience with them so far is that any heavily planted tank sees them very happy indeed.
If you get them used to seeing you in front of the tank they will eventually start to come out while you're there.
As for breeding, I started with them using minimal CO2 and adding no NO3 or PO4. No3...
I've got the new Megane Coupe 1.5 diesel (106bhp).
I've done around 2500 miles in the month that I've had it, most of it motorway and it's giving me 53mpg. When I measured it seperately for a trip down the A9 at 50-60 mph the rate went up close to 60mpg.
The bumf they give you advises that...
I'm looking forward to this one with particular interest, any chance you could list what plants you are using?
Do these have any ferts added here and is the lighting set up at the level you are proposing to use once set-up?
You're right to think it's not right, whilst demasoni may get away with a 3ft tank, most mbuna are looking at 4ft+, and certainly not 40 litres.
The lure of cichlids I understand only too well. My wife was mad as hell at me when my Oscar, Murph, got "relegated" to the dining room and a planted...
Seems like every time I take time out from the site I come back to see thoughts of somebody leaving. Guess I'll have to make sure I stay on all the time :lol:
Good to hear you're not going anywhere though - this site has expoded into life thanks to contributions from people such as yourself...
Have to admit, I have experimented on this side of things, with a quick strip down and restart straight away (due to time constraints) basically for a future large project and I'm pleased with the results.
As Dusko has said, I did suffer from a little algae at the beginning but it soon cleared...
I used superglue for the first time a few weeks ago to attach some large Anubias to wood and it has held firm with no problems and new growth.
I used the Gel here as it is easier to put in place for the plant.
No, I had spares which came with the filter when I first bought it - I just cut the old ones off and put new of the same type in.
Basically those 2 seals are all that stops the water coming back up between the pipe inlet and its receptacle in the head and tracking back down into the space that...
I ripped out a load of rocks from my Mbuna tank a few weeks ago and wondered what that was wriggling about on the floor where the rocks were.
Turns out I had several fry probably smaller than you are describing which had climbed aboard the rocks. I scooped them up (after they had been out the...
When you take the head unit off (filter head including pump) is it full of water Aaron ?
If so the little O rings that you can see in your first pic caused the same problem for me, I replaced them and have had no problems since.
Re: Tonsers 200L Optiwhite (now featuring hardscape !)
Just read this from start to finish as well - absolutely fantastic.
Next you'll be saying it only took you a few hours and you were happy straight away.
Really though, first pic I saw, I thought - WOW
Re: Once upon a time at the riverbank 125Ltr
Can't believe I managed to miss this one, must admit I've only been skimming the site for the last couple of months.
Tank's looking great and those corys look fantastic.
I've just tried supergluing for the first time - what a difference it...
Are you gonna be doing CO2 ?
I've found in my lotech, several plants did die off but along with a host of trumpet snails eating the decaying plant bits, I left it there, I did net any that came to the surface. Are snails an option for the tank or would the puffer go raking around for them and...
For the low maint I take it you do mean no CO2 as well. In which case I'd have to disagree with Aarons list of possible plants.
It's only a 180 litre I run, but for lo-tech, I have used soil under normal gravel. I'm running no CO2 and lighting is 60W T8 on for 8 hours per day.
We've had a few experiments between us and one that stuck out for me was the effect of having plants above the water line for even a few minutes. Most of us will have some of the plants emersed for a substantial time at water change time which gives the plants the opportunity to 'gulp' in a...
Wow, is all I can say, that really is coming along well.
I am one that does like the effect of the roots coming down, I have it like that on my Malawi tank and the fish seem to appreciate it a lot - I'm sure your Discus do too.
I thought about one a while back but wasn't convinced with all the openings at the top together and that couple with the strong Euro and high postage persuaded me against it. So I built my own instead and got 2 for less than one would have cost.
They're all about 4 years old now, bar the one right in the middle of the first shot which is actually a Boesmani / Lacustris hybrid - I didn't have the heart to euthanise it just because it was a hybrid after all it had managed to survive and it is only ever going to stay in this...
I don't see why you would need the CO2 injection if the plants are being grown emersed. They should be able to get all the CO2 they want from the air if they are grown emersed as long as it's not an air tight seal being put on it.
I have been growing plants emersed now with just the water...
I created a nursery system at the top of my Oscars 2m tank which I now successfully grow a number of plants.
The tank is covered with 2 perspex covers with 2 luminaires each of 2x39W T5.
The 2 trays are lined with Betta filter matting which the roots seem to like and the water is the return...
I have done in the past but find no need to do so now that I have a second spraybar agitating the surface, also my CO2 is on a solenoid so is off at night. DC is blue if I look in the morning (ie - before CO2 on again). This way I feel I get maximum oxygenation at all times with the trade off...
As said by Sam - at least CO2 was being added. How many of us wondered why our plants were suffering in the beginning?
I added DIY to a gravel only community tank my wife had as an experiment and the plants flew up, once they broke the surface no more problems - although Vallis growing to 90cm...
Looks like an argument between husband and wife in that first shot - you could call it a nature scape !! :wink:
I'm going to have to get myself a smaller play tank now - that'll please the wife - I might start with you're first Iwagumi as an inspiration after she gets going.
Re: Lily Pipes V Sprinkle Bar
Having used both I prefer spray bars now, diameter of the holes on the bars is important though, I've got a spray bar where the holes are too wide and nothing is comes out of the end of the bar.
They are very good looking tanks IMO, you probably need more plant mass in there though.
I've got to keep the missus happy too, I've promised to reduce my tanks from 9 to 5 when we move house, what she doesn't realise is that 2 of em are going to be 1000l :lol:
Must admit, I've only had it mildly on one set-up.
So I don't know about CO2 but this was a high light set-up that unfortunately couldn't get the maintenance it needed when I was sent away unexpectedly.
I would suspect high light as the main culprit along with a source of ammonia, either from...
Had the same as well, went with sepaparate CD & DVD drive in the end and solved it but 2 x DVD was a no-go for me and didn't spend the time to find out why. I've now only got single DVD with everything being much faster though.
Well said George and good to see some positive reaction too. Must admit I missed all the fuss with computer problems.
Is that a recent promotion ?? I'm sure you had Cpl tapes on the last pic I saw - if so many congrats.
I've gone Staurogyne on my latest replant and it's coming along nicely. Once it grew to an inch I cut the top off and planted it next to the original. In no time at all, I have the front covered, it bushes out lovely once chopped and it doesn't grow too fast once established. It also looks...
Have to say, I've always liked them but as long as the tank looks good, Idon't mind whether I'm looking at Iwagumi, Jungle, Dutch or whatever.
Incidentally, liked the pic you posted of your glassware George, nice little demo of a vortex and not a straight through flow as suggested in another...
Loved that first shot - must admit, I don't think I could have brought myself to rip it apart.
What type of birds are those you've got. I used to let our parrot (Dexter) out with me when I did the tanks until I found him ripping apart a load of plants I'd laid out ready to plant. :evil:
I've switched from diffusers to DIY CO2 reactor a short while ago and have started suffering from BBA in a couple of areas in the tank.
The way things went, I ended up with a dose of it on the rocks and then it spread to a few plants that had been subjected to the strongest CO2 flow from the...
As with above, I've had juveniles in with plants that have left them alone but they were provided with fresh greens daily. I've got a couple in tanks with some "gash" plants and they have been munching away on them. Wide leaf plants can be targets for most plecos too.