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  1. SRP3006

    WORLD WAR 3???

    My better half is originally from South Eastern Poland. About 2.5hrs drive from the Ukrainian border. I've been over multiple times over the years as she has most of her family over there. Her city have set up make shift refugee camps and pop up sleeping areas in gyms etc. Naturally being so...
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    WORLD WAR 3???

    I believe they only hand out lengthy services or life in prison for war crimes. The death penalty should be used on many of the criminals the Hague has tried over the years imo. Mind you one thing is accusing Putin of war crimes ( which is obvious he has commited), its quite another getting him...
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    APT complete

    I've recently started using apt complete. About 2 weeks in now. Seems good so far, if I understood the fert calculator a bit better I'd have a go at copying it. But as I don't this was a safe choice.
  4. SRP3006

    Heated Propagator: An emersed growing experiment . . .

    Looking good @Wookii . Great project, following with interest, some great plant choices too. πŸ‘
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    BLEACH HELP!

    Morrisons and asda sell thin bleach. I've been buying asdas for a while and it's marked up as Savers thin bleach. I would only use bleach on the lily's though, a toothbrush is good for the rocks.
  6. SRP3006

    AS900- restart and rethink.

    Quality plants as always from @Aquarium Gardens, planting went quite well on Friday night, no dramas except from the normal glued fingers πŸ˜€ Some of the crypts have started melting already so I'm doing daily water changes to keep on top of the waste. Few ramshorn snails and cherry shrimp have...
  7. SRP3006

    Where to buy in the South West.

    Not that I've found. I had to travel to aquarium gardens. (Worth the trip completely though)
  8. SRP3006

    AS900- restart and rethink.

    Eleocharis might be the right one then, don't want it to look messy or for the plant to grow literally everywhere, as you say I'll give it a try.
  9. SRP3006

    AS900- restart and rethink.

    Thanks. I've found Hemianthus micramthemoides to be an extremely fast grower in previous tanks, plus I like to use a few different floaters at start up to help with all the excess. I'm also pondering adding blyxa japonica (in place of the other two) along the rock line which also grows pretty rapid.
  10. SRP3006

    New Decade, New Decadence...

    Be neither. I realised mine had all died off when I took down my last scape, but I don't really remember them ever having much interest in algae. Dropping a algae wafer in however, that had a different response. Probably won't be stocking them this time around. @Geoffrey Rea thank you for going...
  11. SRP3006

    The Root Among The Rocks

    Looking good @Deano3 , those rummynose tetras looking cracking in the scape. Good choice in my opinion.
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    AS900- restart and rethink.

    Thanks. The layout changed slightly due to me not being able to replicate the same scape after removing the card πŸ™„ I don't have another bit of wood but I think I've removed the empty space to the right by using more rocks and moving the wood slightly. It's currently working through a dark start...
  13. SRP3006

    New Decade, New Decadence...

    Very interested to see how you bring this back to glory, had something similar happen before and had no idea how to fix it. Is it a case of manual removal and ensuring the co2 and ferts are on point?
  14. SRP3006

    How noisy should a biomaster thermo 250 be?

    I've tried the foam/insulating cabinet, however I still get moaned at about the loud humming noise. I'd switch filters but not sure what my alternatives are really.
  15. SRP3006

    The Root Among The Rocks

    I'll try adding some leaves when the tank is up and running again. Hopefully the cories and otos will like the extra food/cover it provides
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    How noisy should a biomaster thermo 250 be?

    I'll start by saying I like my oase biomaster 600, (owned a 250 and it was similar in noise levels) but they are up there with the noisiest filters I've owned, I would go as far as saying it is noisier than my fluval fx6. Which is a shame as they are good reliable filters and the prefilter is a...
  17. SRP3006

    The Root Among The Rocks

    What sort of dried leaves are we talking about? Do you just go out and collect anything? @shangman Is there a certain rule on what's good and what's not when it comes to fallen leaves? Sorry to hijack @Deano3 😁 What fish are you planning @Deano3
  18. SRP3006

    How to keep my fish happy while I am on holiday?

    I bought a auto feeder, tested it out well in advance just in case. Works on the same mechanism as most analog plug timers. Quite happy with it to honest. Fish Mate F14 Aquarium Fish Feeder
  19. SRP3006

    1-2grow hairgrass melt

    I would say the emergent growth is dying and being replaced with new growth. As long as you keep seeing new green growth popping up from the substrate I wouldn't be too concerned.
  20. SRP3006

    Tropica soil.

    Cheers. Problem is its in the scape so I could place wood and glue etc. Just curious as it's pretty dry in the bag.
  21. SRP3006

    Tropica soil.

    Evening, In the process of rescaping and I'm not finding much time other than small pockets of time here and there so doing it bit by bit. Does it harm tropical soil if it dries out? Or do I need to add a little water and cling film the tank? So far I've got rocks, wood and soil in the tank...
  22. SRP3006

    AS900- restart and rethink.

    Had to break the tank down due to having some flooring done. This has allowed me to play about with layouts. I've missed not having the tank for the last 6 weeks or so and itching to get it up and running again. Trying an triangle layout this time with a larger foreground sand area to the front...
  23. SRP3006

    A Little Slice Of Nature

    There ya go. Apparently only works for android though https://www.ukaps.org/forum/threads/install-forum-as-an-app-except-for-ios-safari.63171/
  24. SRP3006

    A Little Slice Of Nature

    Try the actual UKAPS app @Deano3 . Tapatalk always had some form of issue in my experience.
  25. SRP3006

    Shrimptastic . . . (20 litre)

    Looking good @Wookii , the shrimp are going to be very happy in there πŸ˜€
  26. SRP3006

    UK Purigen Users Only

    Asda sell thin bleach which I've been using for a while now. Think I've used a morrisons one too. Thin bleach and no added perfumes. Cleans up lily pipes and regenerates purigen no problem
  27. SRP3006

    Resolved! Another ban needed

    And to me malaril449
  28. SRP3006

    Oase Biomaster hard to remove prefilter and hose adapter (under pressure)

    Yes I use a inline diffuser. Lots of others on here use an inline so I'm not sure that is doing it. mine is rather difficult to remove now.
  29. SRP3006

    Oase Biomaster hard to remove prefilter and hose adapter (under pressure)

    I have exactly the same thing. I need to forcefully remove the hose adaptor, to the point I'm worried I'm going to pull the pipes off. I don't have a solution but I'm following to see what others say.
  30. SRP3006

    Nano tank with carpet substrate choice??

    I've had good results with tropica powder soil. Very good soil.
  31. SRP3006

    Best place to purchase dry salts

    I've only bought msg04 from there, everything else is from aquarium plant food
  32. SRP3006

    Best place to purchase dry salts

    I use hexealchemicals as well, 10kilo bucket. Lasts for a while πŸ˜‚ As far as I'm aware the heptahydrate is the only way the salt can be stored, @dw1305 answered my queries on that before.
  33. SRP3006

    Planaria, are they an issue?

    Be mindful if you do dose the tank that you will need to remove all remnants of the medication from the glass and other surfaces before adding your nerites back, but I'm sure it will say that on the meds instructions.
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    Planaria, are they an issue?

    Just want to add that I lost all my ramshorns when I dosed the tank, as well as a few amano shrimp. Coincidence maybe but I'm not sure. I did 2 weeks of daily water changes after the course was completed so I doubt it was ammonia related. I've also not been able to put nerites back in the tank...
  35. SRP3006

    The Edible Scape

    Amazing! Can't believe all the plants are edible, what a gorgeous scape 😎
  36. SRP3006

    Rescape and temp tank help

    The cement tub look good, fish would be happy in there being dark too, I'm guessing they're pretty solid?
  37. SRP3006

    Rescape and temp tank help

    To be honest it's a good excuse for a rescape. Plus not convinced I should be placing 300 plus kilo up on my landing 😱, I wouldn't trust Barratt to have made strong enough flooring. Also I couldn't move the tank with rocks and substrate in situ, far to heavy and would make far too much mess. I...
  38. SRP3006

    Lighting

    Twinstar is a very good led, grows any plant you want, controllable and very very good value for money. I had one for a while. All depends what your plans are regarding your tank, co2 high light or low light no co2 etc.
  39. SRP3006

    Rescape and temp tank help

    Hi guys, The whole downstairs of our house is due for redecoration and new flooring so I have to temporarily move the tank. Therefore I've decided I will rescape the tank. Can anyone recommend a good temporary home for all my fish and shrimp? I've been looking at storage boxes but was worried...
  40. SRP3006

    Guide: DIY Shrimp/Snail/Oto Jelly Food . . .

    Cracking Gareth, thank you very much, always wanted to experiment with home made foods. Great walk through πŸ‘
  41. SRP3006

    Hemianthus Micranthemoides

    Yeah that's what I've found recently, I went through a stage of trying to limit my ferts, chasing the reds on the H'ra etc, but the plants all slowed and looked a little unhappy. Since changing back to full EI the HM has exploded and is happily pearling away after a couple hours.
  42. SRP3006

    Hemianthus Micranthemoides

    Yea I have it growing in mine. Grows like a weed. Nice and Bushy, find it very easy to grow, not sure how it would fare with low light/co2 etc. I trim mine back every 3 to 4 weeks normally but left it longer this time to allow it to reach the surface. Aquarium Gardens have it in their 900 which...
  43. SRP3006

    Gold tipped fins on white cloud mountain minnow

    Yes I completely agree, the other males have a very pronounced white tip to their fins. I wouldn't say it's a yellow light, it's a chihiros vivid scaled slightly more to the red end of the spectrum. That's whats making me think @Gill is right when he says it might be a different strain. But then...
  44. SRP3006

    Gold tipped fins on white cloud mountain minnow

    Thanks @Gill , I've been reading online and several posts (not on this forum) have said it's down to them being in breeding mood. Which I don't think is right as more of the males would be showing the same colour. I mean they're happy due to the increased water changes and all the live food...
  45. SRP3006

    Gold tipped fins on white cloud mountain minnow

    Hey all, Anyone know why my wcmm has gold tips to the ends of his fins? I can only notice it on one of the shoal. Excuse the mess on the buce, just fed in that area so I could feed bloodworm to the cories on the other side of the tank πŸ˜‚ Pic quality isn't great but I can just make them out.
  46. SRP3006

    Sandy Nook . . .

    I prefer that if I'm honest, I really like the whole scape. Much better scale, the cories will love all that space.
  47. SRP3006

    Sandy Nook . . .

    Very impressive @Wookii, very nicely done. What back-light are you running on that? Looks very good. Making me itch for a rescape, maybe when the days get shorter 😊
  48. SRP3006

    Are these planaria or rhabdocoela?

    They don't look like planaria to me. They move differently and don't have an arrow head.
  49. SRP3006

    Bloodworm

    Thank you @dw1305 that made them much easier to collect. Cories went crazy for them when I managed to sneak them past my 35 white cloud minnows πŸ˜‚ I'm thinking of trying to introduce daphnia to the water butt and guessing that as its OK for bloodworm it'll be OK for daphnia?
  50. SRP3006

    Bloodworm

    Thanks Darrel, I now see exactly what that link describes. I've caught quite a few but that is one tedious task 🀣, pipetting them one by one trying to avoid the crud they love so much.
  51. SRP3006

    Bloodworm

    Sorry @dw1305 , what do you mean when you say extract them from their tubes? Is this something I need to do before feeding the fish or have I misunderstood. 😁
  52. SRP3006

    Bloodworm

    Thanks @mort and @dw1305 thats what I've tried doing but the little blighters are determined to stay within the ball of crap in the middle. OK I'll have another go, thanks.
  53. SRP3006

    Bloodworm

    I've found a large number of bloodworm and smaller black worms in my water butt, however there is a decent amount of crud/leaf litter and moss at the bottom. Is there an easy way to separate the two so u don't add loads of mess to my aquarium?
  54. SRP3006

    Kessil or Chihiros vivid 2

    Vivid for me, I had some kessils, much prefer the vivid. Colour is much better in my opinion. The kessils have a huge following but I much prefer the vivid.
  55. SRP3006

    The salty side

    I'm not entirely sure I could resist the pull of corals. 😁
  56. SRP3006

    The salty side

    It's good to hear that for certain as that's one of the bits of equipment that seems to be used and not used depending on the aquarist
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    The salty side

    Thanks, I was thinking that, some equipment is a must for some and not for others I'm quickly seeing. I'm guessing that apart from the light most of the equipment that you seem to accumulate when keeping freshwater fish is suitable for saltwater, within reason.
  58. SRP3006

    The salty side

    I'm following with interest, bit mind boggling with the equipment to be honest.
  59. SRP3006

    The salty side

    This has got me very interested, I have a spare 55l tank πŸ€”
  60. SRP3006

    AS900- restart and rethink.

    9 months. Ticking along nicely. Soil on the sand still driving me crazy but apart from that all the plants seem to be happy. Had a little outbreak of bba on some of the buce on the left hand side. A bit of an oversight from me as direct sun was hitting the tank for 20 minutes early in the...
  61. SRP3006

    Is this safe?

    Yep, mine does the same. Except I don't have any polystyrene overhang either. Quite a few people have asked similar questions as it's a little concerning 😬
  62. SRP3006

    Struggling to grow anything that doesn't end up having algae issues

    With regards to your ferts I haven't used any of the ones you have so can't help I'm afraid πŸ‘ Water changes wise I'd prob be aiming for 50% minimum but I tend to do more like 80% and a couple on the bounce if I notice something wrong etc. Something like hornwort floating would reduce light at...
  63. SRP3006

    Struggling to grow anything that doesn't end up having algae issues

    In the beginning I had a aquascaper 900, twinstar s and oase bio 600, co2 by a inline diffuser, all the kit was recommended by aquarium Gardens when I originally set it up. Only thing that has changed is the lighting, I changed to a chihiros vivid a few months ago but all the timings have stayed...
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    Struggling to grow anything that doesn't end up having algae issues

    I have a aquascaper 900 and I believe you may struggle to get a 1 point ph drop (lime green drop checker) in only 2 hours. My co2 is on for 4 hours before lights, co2 9am,lights 1pm. I probably wouldn't turn off the co2 2hrs before the lights either. 1hr is ample. The lighting time is fine for...
  65. SRP3006

    Clear filter pipe discolouration

    I'm not sure what brand mine is, I know its not chihiros. Bought from a UK aquascaping shop. Lots of members on this forum would have the exact same pipe. Does anyone else have the same issue?
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    Clear filter pipe discolouration

    May be worth trying, I'm not sure what effect it will have however. Can the plastic absorb some bleach like it would certain meds etc?
  67. SRP3006

    Clear filter pipe discolouration

    That colour is still there after using hot water and a pipe brush, it's also the same colour inside the cabinet so I'm not sure if it's due to light. I've not tried soaking it as I wasn't sure anybody else soaked their pipes in bleach, seemed a little excessive TBH.
  68. SRP3006

    Clear filter pipe discolouration

    Hi guys, After some help with my clear filter pipes, I clean my pipes every week when I do my water changes, however the pipes are really starting to stain for some reason. It's a bit bizarre as the pipe is clean where my lily's sit. The pipes are about 9 months old. Can anyone help?
  69. SRP3006

    Advice about planting in multiple sessions

    Depends on the plants you plan on planting first. It is doable as most of the plants we buy are grown emersed so you can replicate this by planting, spraying with water and sealing the tank with cling film. You just keep an eye and spray every day or so. I've used this to get carpeting plants to...
  70. SRP3006

    Trimming stems

    I've done mine the second way, trim the length I want, short for example and then remove the roots and ugly bits at the bottom, then replant the tops into the soil. Only done mine once though and wasn't really aware of any other way πŸ‘
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    Fed up with algae in all 3 tanks

    Also I'm not sure on tnc complete but your dose seems a little on the low side, 1ml per 10litres 3 times per week, but they do say it can be increased and something tells me that Aquarium Gardens use tnc and dose 2 or 3 times the recommended?? Shoot me down if I'm wrong on that please. πŸ˜‰
  72. SRP3006

    Fed up with algae in all 3 tanks

    Sorry to hear you're fed up with the hobby. Just a few of my thoughts. You're running your vivid on 101w whereas I'm running mine on 75w, which I find very very bright, just a observation. Could you possibly reduce the lighting intensity and length of photoperiod to 6hrs maybe. I'd be trying to...
  73. SRP3006

    Cannot dissolve Flubendanzole

    Is that for planaria or a worm of some kind? My mixture was really cloudy when I mixed it if that helps.
  74. SRP3006

    Newbie

    Welcome πŸ‘‹
  75. SRP3006

    Diffuser under intake

    I used to have my diffuser under my fx6 intake, worked ok and no bubbles or noise from filter. However the fx6 has a purge function every 12 hours which released any build up of co2 anyway.
  76. SRP3006

    Eheim Professional 3 Thermo Heater Issue

    I had a similar experience with a 1200xlt, the led display stopped working, an eheim spares guy (don't remember the name) offered to replace the head unit but like you say this was at a high price.
  77. SRP3006

    3rd Attempt - Horizon 130 litre

    Looking good, plenty of fast growers in that plant list should help you get a good start up.
  78. SRP3006

    AS900- restart and rethink.

    Meeting the residents πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ Love these little fish already!
  79. SRP3006

    AS900- restart and rethink.

    Always wanted pygmy corydoras in my tanks, have struggled to find good stock locally until today so couldn't resist and bought 8. Cute little things, hopefully they settle in nicely. 😍
  80. SRP3006

    Pest Snail how to get rid of

    I bought a few ramshorn snails to start my colony off, great algae eaters. Tank has plenty of them. They won't overpopulate if there's not an abundance of food.
  81. SRP3006

    Pest Snail how to get rid of

    I wouldn't say bad but was just putting a word of caution due to some conflicting reports on the Web, and that my tank was empty when I dosed.
  82. SRP3006

    Pest Snail how to get rid of

    If you have quite a few snails in the tank then when they die and you can't reach all the decaying snails then that could cause a spike.
  83. SRP3006

    AS900- restart and rethink.

    Thanks Jay. Colours not sure to be honest. The ferts haven't helped me, messing about with them too much and also I've trimmed my stems back too much so they're only just filling back in, time will tell. The plants have filled in and grown a lot more. The monte carlo has exploded so much I...
  84. SRP3006

    Pest Snail how to get rid of

    I used gastropex when i set up my tank to eliminate baby Malaysian trumpet snails. Used when the tank was just planted and I haven't seen one as yet. If you have a few snails it's best to do a few extra water changes after the treatment course to mitigate any ammonia spikes.
  85. SRP3006

    Pest Snail how to get rid of

    This will work if you don't have shrimp. eSHa GASTROPEX
  86. SRP3006

    AS900- restart and rethink.

    Thank you, Thanks Dean Rescape itch hasn't set in as yet, quite happy with the scape as a whole and enjoying watching it grow. If I could redo it I'd make sure I plugged all the holes in the hardscape/and not have the soil so high. Bits of soil on the sand drive me mad. Also the whole scape...
  87. SRP3006

    Planting ideas for a new scape.

    Nice scape, love the root detail. Maybe some monte carlo attached to the hardscape at the front, trailing down over the rocks, and pogostemon gayi at the back swaying in the flow.
  88. SRP3006

    AS900- restart and rethink.

    8 months now. Enjoying this tank. Have stopped messing about with my ferts, tried to move to a lean dosing approach but it effected my stems too much and stopped filling in after trimming. So I've switched back to EI dosing and will try to use the light to tease some red from the plants...
  89. SRP3006

    Your views on euthanasia

    This pdf (Australian) mentions several ways and the relevant pros and cons of each, it mentions clove oil.
  90. SRP3006

    Your views on euthanasia

    I used to do quite a lot of sea fishing where I used to take the odd fish home and always carried a large wooden batten or priest in my bag to dispatch them as quick as possible. A fast, strong hit to the head would sort most situations. However when I lost my Harlequins last year I used clove...
  91. SRP3006

    Aquascaper 900 - Comeback Lockdown Tank :)

    I'm at that stage now. Want something to go with the wcmm and cpd's, only trouble is I want them to leave my shrimp population alone. Not easy to find a suitable fish.
  92. SRP3006

    Another Platy gender

    Male, πŸ‘
  93. SRP3006

    Drop checker.

    Possibly, just seemed a big difference considering he has a near neutral ph. I have similar water and the substrate never made much of a difference at all. Was just curious really.
  94. SRP3006

    Drop checker.

    Why is the tank waters kh so much lower than the tap? Or am I missing something πŸ˜‰
  95. SRP3006

    Drop checker.

    You can use a pH pen if you have one which would give an instant reading rather than a reading of 2hrs ago like the drop checker. But to be honest I wouldn't risk stocking until I had the drop checker or ph pen, not just for the fish but it's also easier to dial in the co2 when there's no...
  96. SRP3006

    GYO - Growing leaves and botanicals . . .

    I too grow raspberries, mostly for the berries granted but the shrimp are partial to the leaves I throw in. Usually stripped pretty quickly. Plant stays small too and you'll have an abundance of leaves if you remove just before yearly trimming.
  97. SRP3006

    Light hanging kit

    I bought mine through Ali express. Aquasabi allowed me to create a link for you that's all πŸ˜‰ The bracket is purely just a bracket and all the fixings are attached to it when you secure the light if that makes sense. I can try to grab a few pics if that helps. If I remember right all the fixings...
  98. SRP3006

    Light hanging kit

    I'm using a chihiros bracket that fixes on the back of the tank, suspended from the two brackets. Chihiros - Stand for hanging VIVID & WRGB Suitable for chihiros' wrgb which would be the same size as a twinstar. I was looking at the EA light kit but couldn't source one so took a punt on the...
  99. SRP3006

    Advice Needed

    Hi, the answer depends on your future plans/aims. Are you planning co2 and high lighting or non co2 route? The 407 gives a quoted circulation of 1450 litres per hour. Which is under the recommended 10x rule that is usually aimed at for a planted tank, of course there are ways to bump up the flow...
  100. SRP3006

    Pinnatifida trimming

    Either way works, hacking it back obviously takes longer to grow back into shape. Which also allows smaller better coloured leaves develope and forces it to grow sideways and bush out. Creating lots of runners from the trimmed piece. I've found pinnatifida grows back from the smallest hacked up...
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