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  1. Patrick Crowley

    ADA 45P - Dutch Style Experiment

    Day 100 (approx.) I’ve had some neglect on this over the last month or so, having been away for 2 weeks. It resulted in my S. Repens and Reineckii Mini melting (right hand corner). I think this was due to lack of ferts as I got some new growth when I returned home and started dosing again...
  2. Patrick Crowley

    ADA 45P - Dutch Style Experiment

    Day 65 After a big trim today 4 more neons added to make 10 in total. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Patrick Crowley

    Diatoms or something else?

    I’ve been suffering the same: https://www.ukaps.org/forum/threads/brown-fluffy-algae.59543/ There are some tips in there on removal. I found a toothbrush pulled up the newly planted Cuba, no matter how careful I was. What worked for be was the twizzle technique that Matt described above, but...
  4. Patrick Crowley

    Brown fluffy algae

    Thanks for tips guys, I’ll certainly try them [emoji106] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Patrick Crowley

    Stocking advice for the cave...

    A pair of kribs would love that cave! What size is that tank? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Patrick Crowley

    Brown fluffy algae

    I found the siphon used to suck up the Cuba plantlet straight out of the substrate [emoji30] Spot on [emoji106]. I learnt through trial and error that a toothbrush was no good on the carpet, a tweezers pinched together and then wound in a circle motion did really well. So this mechanical...
  7. Patrick Crowley

    ADA 45P - Dutch Style Experiment

    They were both from Tropica, you can see them just planted in the top down photo in my first post. The Rotala Green is top left in the picture. I guess they were both planted with about 2cm between plantlets. I have trimmed them once and replanted the stems in between the existing plants, so...
  8. Patrick Crowley

    ADA 45P - Dutch Style Experiment

    Two types of Rotala; Rotala H’ra on the left and Rotala Green on the right. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Patrick Crowley

    ADA 45P - Dutch Style Experiment

    The H’ra is nicer to my eyes, grows a little straighter too. I get a lot of horizontal stems from the Green. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Patrick Crowley

    ADA 45P - Dutch Style Experiment

    Day 60 Needs a good trim! 6 Neon Tetras added Ferts 2 pumps daily From above Rotala H’ra turning orange at the tips [emoji106] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Patrick Crowley

    3rd Time Lucky 45p

    I dose liquid carbon on top of my CO2 gas daily, I think it makes sense when you are trying to get plants established. I may not do it permanently though. My Ottos love courgette slices, I just put them in boiling water for a few minutes to soften them up first [emoji106] Sent from my iPhone...
  12. Patrick Crowley

    ADA 45P - Dutch Style Experiment

    Day 50 Added clean-up crew; 3 Ottos and 4 Amano shrimp. Tank in situ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Patrick Crowley

    ADA 45P - Dutch Style Experiment

    Day 30 First trim of stem plants and lights up to 100% Ferts started at 1 pump per day. Also new glass lily pipes added [emoji4] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Patrick Crowley

    ADA 45P - Dutch Style Experiment

    Day 10 Lights at 50% Day 25 Lights at 75% Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Patrick Crowley

    ADA 45P - Dutch Style Experiment

    Let’s get planting..... From above And then flooded
  16. Patrick Crowley

    ADA 45P - Dutch Style Experiment

    This will be my second attempt at high tech tanks, wanted to try a Dutch style to see which plants I could grow and get some experience before maybe trying my had at a 60cm or 90cm tank in the future. Tank: ADA 45p Filtration: Eheim 250 Classic Substrate: Tropica soil Lighting: ONF Flat...
  17. Patrick Crowley

    3rd Time Lucky 45p

    Dean - I’ve just moved to dosing 2 x specialised Tropica in my 45p. Done so for the last week and think I’m seeing some benefits. Tank is a similar age to yours too. I’d say give it a try[emoji106] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. Patrick Crowley

    Brown fluffy algae

    I have new high tech planted tank, not surprisingly diatoms appeared after 3 or 4 weeks. Tank is a 30cm cube, with a 6 hour photo period, pressurised CO2. I seem to have 2 types, the usual brown ‘dust’ on rocks and other hard surfaces. I added ottos and amano shrimp that cleared that up...
  19. Patrick Crowley

    Rivers Edge - ADA 45P - planted and filled

    Looks great! I like the river stones, makes a nice change to the seiryu/dragon stone you often see in scapes. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. Patrick Crowley

    Filter for a ADA 45p

    Running Eheim 250 Classic on mine, think it is a good match for this tank. Only down side is it does not have a built in heater. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. Patrick Crowley

    3rd Time Lucky 45p

    Tank is coming on well Dean Where are the new lily pipes from? I’m looking for something similar for my 45P. But having trouble finding anything that is not too big.
  22. Patrick Crowley

    Fluval Flex - Island Scape

    https://www.rockways.co.uk/b-flexi-r-flat-3d-aquarium-vivarium-backgrounds-shop/
  23. Patrick Crowley

    Fluval Flex inlets

    Depending when you bought your Fluval Flex, you may already have these fitted. Mine did not and my green neons could swim into the back. My LFS give me 3 of the fluval filter guards from their newer display tank (same as those linked above), whilst they stopped the fish my amano shrimp could...
  24. Patrick Crowley

    Slow & Steady - First tank!

    Nice pic [emoji3] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  25. Patrick Crowley

    James ADA 60p Iwagumi Journal

    Hi James Great tank and great journal! The new light looks great btw, I had a question about your Harlequin Rasboras. Have you had any jumpers? I lost all mine in an open top tank over the last couple of months, was just curious when I saw yours. Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  26. Patrick Crowley

    Slow & Steady - First tank!

    Looking good Zoe, some nice growth already in just 2 weeks. The Spec V is a great little tank, surprisingly difficult to scape well as it’s so narrow - as you discovered finding suitable driftwood. Plus scale is so important in this one. Very good job! Have you thought about a clean-up crew...
  27. Patrick Crowley

    How to make the best photo as possible of your planted tank

    Very useful! Just what I need. I’m just missing the results, any examples of the photos produced? Link to a Flickr account perhaps? Thanks again, great video [emoji106] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  28. Patrick Crowley

    The CHI(LL)

    Galaxy Rasbora - beautiful fish Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  29. Patrick Crowley

    Bonsai Mountain Scape

    Looks good [emoji106] How do you turn these loose stones into the hardscape you bought? You just have to work it out or what? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  30. Patrick Crowley

    Bonsai Mountain Scape

    Some nice gear there Kalum [emoji106] I look forward to this one. Plus also keen to see how the Aqua One Trio turns out. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  31. Patrick Crowley

    Fish for a 19L with shrimp?

    I also have the Spec 19, yours sounds very interesting! Any pics for us?? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  32. Patrick Crowley

    Fish for a 19L with shrimp?

    I have 6 green neon tetra in a 19L, which is working fine. They share with 3 amano shrimp. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  33. Patrick Crowley

    Critique my aquascape Your thoughts

    New tank Danny? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  34. Patrick Crowley

    Hardscape Good or Bad..

    Looks spot on, but give us some more pics!!! Close ups, top view, different angles. No holdings back on such a fab tank please [emoji12] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  35. Patrick Crowley

    Fluval Flex - Island Scape

    The background is really a nice product, most importantly it is thin, so does not reduce a smallish tank anymore. I took a short video before I installed it if anyone is interested (sorry it’s shot in portrait...)
  36. Patrick Crowley

    Fluval Flex - Island Scape

    Thanks Ryan, good idea [emoji362]. I learned something today, seiryu stone is hard!!! Well, i prepped my plants: Then planted the tank: I have mature filter media, so I can stock it fairly soon. Any ideas what to stock with? What would suit it? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  37. Patrick Crowley

    Fluval Flex - Island Scape

    So I finally had the chance to re-scape my Fluval Flex. This was my very first tank in the hobby; now that my collection of tanks has grown to 3 - I was able to move all my fish and give this tank the attention it deserves. I had in mind an island scape, using just hardscape I had already...
  38. Patrick Crowley

    1ft Cube - Jungle Scape

    Looks awesome Colm! Your tank was a big inspiration for my jungle cube [emoji106] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  39. Patrick Crowley

    30-C Jungle Cube

    Your absolutely right, flow (and surface movement) have been a problem in this tank. I’ve just changed my outflow lily pipe which has helped a little. I may also move the lily pipes to the back - one either side of the wood. I have fine gravel in another tank, so really wanted a different...
  40. Patrick Crowley

    Regulating CO2

    Really interesting reading Ian, thank you! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  41. Patrick Crowley

    30-C Jungle Cube

    Having a play with the camera last night [emoji3] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  42. Patrick Crowley

    Regulating CO2

    Also think about the time it takes for a drop checker to change colour, approx. 2 hours I think. So the colour you see shows the co2 level in the tank 2 hours previously. It’s unlikely you will see it green at 08:30 after you have had co2 on for 2 hours since 06:30. Because it’s showing the...
  43. Patrick Crowley

    30-C Jungle Cube

    So here is my first journal, I hope you find something of interest. Tank and Equipment: ADA 30-C Kessil A80 Tuna Sun on gooseneck Eheim Classic 150 filter Do!aqua Violet Glass Mini in and outflow Fluval E50 heater Co2 supermarket single stage regulator 1.5kg co2 canister Plants and...
  44. Patrick Crowley

    Clear Hose

    I recently ordered the Chihiros Super Jet tubing from Hinterfeld for my Eheim Classic 150. Very nice and clear, I was pleased with it. http://www.hinterfeld.com/uk-aquarium-3m-chihiros-super-jet-filter-canister-water-pipe-clear-tubing/ I hope it’s ok to post a link as they are a forum...
  45. Patrick Crowley

    Japanese Bonsai Garden - Learning Curve

    I’m also new to co2, I added it to two tanks at the beginning of the year. Now I’m measuring co2 levels with a drop checker, rather than a pH pen, but I see a marked difference between my tanks. The first has good flow and plenty of surface agitation - the drop checker is back to dark blue...
  46. Patrick Crowley

    Wood that doesn't release tannins?

    Manzanita wood is probably your best bet, you don’t see it in many places here in the UK. But Aquarium Gardens stock it and you can find it online. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  47. Patrick Crowley

    DSM no growth

    Ok, here is an update for you. Been flooded for about 4 weeks I’m very happy with the Monte Carlo, the hair grass is still a bit patchy rather than a nice carpet. I think I will give it it’s first trim soon. The weeping moss on the tree is doing well in some parts, going brown in others...
  48. Patrick Crowley

    Journey of the stones

    Looks good Danny [emoji106] I have to say I was disappointed when I saw you had stripped down the dragon stone landscape, I liked it. Anyways, this looks full of potential - reminds me of a mangrove swamp. Why does the substrate look gray? Did you mix something into the Amazonia you used...
  49. Patrick Crowley

    Show your Bucephalandra's

    Great idea for a thread Matt. These are great plants! Here are my Sp. Red from Tropica Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  50. Patrick Crowley

    DSM 28 days in, can you see a difference.

    I flooded mine after 7 weeks, because of the pending arrival of a betta that was due to take up residence. I wish I could have held off for a few more weeks - as the mini has not really filled in any more since it was been underwater. I will update my thread with a new picture, but I'm away...
  51. Patrick Crowley

    DSM 28 days in, can you see a difference.

    Hi Furgan, I had a very similar experience with ‘mini’. You can read about it here DSM no growth https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink?share_fid=58521&share_tid=51363&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Eukaps%2Eorg%2Fforum%2Findex%2Ephp%3Fthreads%2FDSM-no-growth%2E51363%2F&share_type=t I found that adding a...
  52. Patrick Crowley

    Nano Planted Light Suggestions

    They are the Do! Aqua Violet mini. Inflow = MV-1, outflow = MP-1. They are nice, perfect size for a nano. Be careful of the glass thickness, I think they fit on 5mm maximum thickness of tank. One thing to note is there are no suction cups, so you can’t adjust the height at all. Sent from...
  53. Patrick Crowley

    60p - Agent Orange AKA 'Roof on Fire'

    Love it! Very well done [emoji106] Cracking picture of your tank in situ, I always like shots like that. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  54. Patrick Crowley

    Identification help for a newbie

    Great resource Keith, thanks! I was searching for something like this [emoji106] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  55. Patrick Crowley

    Identification help for a newbie

    Hi there, my first planted tank is now about 4 months old. It is low tech, has had a lot of brown diatoms in the past, but this is now subsiding a little. I returned from a week away to some new algae, can anyone help me identify? It’s like brown cobwebs on the moss. Thanks! Sent from my...
  56. Patrick Crowley

    Mont Gumi

    Looking good Danny. I’m liking your tool holder, very smart [emoji12] Keep the updates coming [emoji106] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  57. Patrick Crowley

    DSM no growth

    Ok, here we are at 6 weeks. Still progressing, but sloooow. The Monte Carlo is pretty much there, but that hair grass..... I think I will give it another week and then flood. I placed my tree in just to see how it looks, it is growing in another tank the last few weeks. So here you can see...
  58. Patrick Crowley

    Our Aquascaping Showroom

    Great video Dave, it is a cracking shop! I really enjoyed my visit there a couple of months ago, I must come again.... The Saturday openings are a welcome addition [emoji106] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  59. Patrick Crowley

    Nano Planted Light Suggestions

    To the naked eye it is certainly noticeable, it does not show up on camera though... It’s a nice feature. The best feature is that it’s dimmerable, I can’t believe how much lightning has no dimmer function (particularly high end lights). Build quality is also second to none [emoji106] Sent...
  60. Patrick Crowley

    Nano Planted Light Suggestions

    Just got one myself, love it [emoji12] On an ADA 30cm cube. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  61. Patrick Crowley

    DSM no growth

    Quick update for you, just hit 4 weeks. I’ve made some changes based on the advice given here. They are: • added a small heat mat • misting once a day with a few drops of ferts in the tap water • moved the lights outside the cling wrap (also changed the light to something more powerful) I...
  62. Patrick Crowley

    DSM no growth

    The LED light in the new Spec V is apparently a big improvement on the older version, however it is too blue for my taste and still fairly low light. I’ve never had T5 lights so can’t compare I’m afraid. My new light just arrived for this tank, the Arcadia Stretch was really no stronger than...
  63. Patrick Crowley

    Tropica & Pets at Home

    I spotted these as well in Pets at Home, I thought they would be perfect for my Dwarf Puffer cube I’m just planting up. So I got 3 for £11. Very nice! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  64. Patrick Crowley

    DSM no growth

    Yes, I think you have hit on something here. I originally included the lights inside the wrap to help heat the whole system. But I think all I’m doing is heating the air, when I need to heat the soil. I will look to make some changes this weekend to see if I can implement some of the great...
  65. Patrick Crowley

    DSM no growth

    Some really great replies and advice here, a great help - thanks! Here are some photos of day 1 And now (That gap in the dwarf hair grass is for a bonsai tree, in case you wondered...) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  66. Patrick Crowley

    DSM no growth

    Hi all I’m trying my first DSM, here are some details: Fluval Spec V - 19L Tropica Powder Soil Dwarf Hair Grass ‘Mini’ - 1,2 Grow HC Monte Carlo - 1,2 Grow Stock light plus Arcadia Classica stretch (2 lights) 14 hours light 24c max, 16c min (night) Cling wrapped, misting tap water 4-5 times per...
  67. Patrick Crowley

    Stocking - What would like the cave ?

    A pair of German Blue Rams would love to make a home in that cave.
  68. Patrick Crowley

    Eheim 2211, EU Plug

    I just received an Eheim Classic 2211 (150) from Amazon, but it came with an EU plug. Is it ok to just replace with a UK one (13a?)? I really don't want the bulk at the socket with an adapter, nor the hassle of sending it back. Thanks for any advice.
  69. Patrick Crowley

    Low Tech Fluval Flex

    Hi there, any update on this tank? I have the same one, I'd be interested to see what plants grow well in it. Would love to see some more photos. Thanks!
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