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  1. Martin Osmond

    Low tech Discus help

    Thank you both, plenty of help and info to get me going. Appreciate it. Tank is 55 high and 45 base by the way.
  2. Martin Osmond

    Low tech Discus help

    Thanks for the info mate, i have an fx6 currently and will be keeping that. I already prep my water, aerate and heat it in a water butt for 24 hours the day before a water change. I do 50% water change every week and I'm hapoy to continue doing so. I spoke to my lfs the other day and they...
  3. Martin Osmond

    Low tech Discus help

    Cheers mate, tank dimensions are 120x55x45 I've read and read and read some more and will continue to do so, I've good wild Mbuna at the moment and they are very susceptible to any change in water parameters and need perfect water. Maybe not as demanding as discus but i feel I'd be ok keeping...
  4. Martin Osmond

    Low tech Discus help

    Hi all, I've decided I want to change my current Mbuna tank to have another go at planted. I was thinking of going high tech but have decided to start off with a low tech approach and would like to stock with Discus as they are a fish i have always wanted to keep. Can someone please help with...
  5. Martin Osmond

    Lighting help

    Cheers mate, the tank is 120×55×45. The light unit is what i posted above but don't really have anymore info. Ideally id like a high tech tank, i don't want to go mad and try really hard plants but would like a carpet of some sort. My biggest concern is the natural light the tank gets and how...
  6. Martin Osmond

    Lighting help

    Any more help with this guys? I dont want to sell of all my current stock until i know where i stand with everything.
  7. Martin Osmond

    Inline diffuser for fx6

    Hi, i have a fx6 and was wondering if anyone makes an inline diffuser to fit the large diameter pipes or is there another way of attaching one to it?
  8. Martin Osmond

    Lighting help

  9. Martin Osmond

    Lighting help

  10. Martin Osmond

    Lighting help

  11. Martin Osmond

    Lighting help

    My current 4ft tank has a 66w LED rgb and white unit, the tank also sees a lot of natural sunlight. Would this be considerd high light or not as im not sure how LED's compare to t5's in terms of working out wpg?
  12. Martin Osmond

    Low tech help

    Cheers, ive seen George's video and its a great help. That link is also very helpful, thankyou. I currently have an fx6 on my 245 litre tank, is this gonna be too much if i go low tech as if my understanding of that link is right you dont need much filtration? Also I have a 66w led light unit...
  13. Martin Osmond

    How to plant a low-maintenance Nature Aquarium

    Something i have learnt since keeping Malawi cichlids as they can be less tolerant to any change in water than other fish is to prep my water for 24 hours before my weekly 50% wc. I use a water butt, heat and aerate it the day before. Have seen a massive improvement in my fish since doing it...
  14. Martin Osmond

    Low tech help

    Any decent links, guides, journal's, video's etc for a complete beginner thinking of starting up a low tech tank? Also any pictures of what can be achieved would be great.
  15. Martin Osmond

    How to plant a low-maintenance Nature Aquarium

    This is exactly the sort of thing i was looking for. Hoping to change my 120cm Mbuna tank over to a planted tank soon, was considered going high tech but will follow this with interest to see how it turns out. Are you planning on adding any co2?
  16. Martin Osmond

    Thoughts on this light unit

    http://www.aqua-one-spare-parts.co.uk/proddetail/aqua-one-j-bar-led-240-?gclid=CNSK0YWpkc4CFTYW0wodMrwHog This is the light unit i currently have on my mbuna tank that im considering changing over to a high tech planted tank . Has anyone had/used this unit or does anyone know if it would be...
  17. Martin Osmond

    Old member returning to say hello.

    Hi again everyone. I joined this forum a few years ago and set up a juwel rio 125, didnt quite go to plan as life in general got in the way. I spent a small fortune as i planned to go high tech, got all the equipment but only as far as putting the soil in and the hardscape but never added any...
  18. Martin Osmond

    JBL Cristalprofi

    Hi, I've just purchased 2 Cristalprofi 1501 and I plan replace all but one basket with alphagrog, the one basket left will have the foam in it. My question is should the basket of foam be at the bottom or top?
  19. Martin Osmond

    Aquael glossy tank.

    Anyone have one of these? Looking at the 4ft white one. Thoughts, opinions?
  20. Martin Osmond

    Iwagumi hardscape for malawi's.

    Thank you both. Jordi, that's kind of what I'm thinking. I've seen lots of different rock layouts and can't help thinking that using aquascaping techniques the potential for a really striking Malawi tank is definitely there. Just trying to think outside the box a little to try and come up with...
  21. Martin Osmond

    Iwagumi hardscape for malawi's.

    Hi guys, I hope it's ok to come on here and discuss this as it will not involve plants. I'm soon to be setting up a 4ft tank for Malawi cichlids, almost certainly mbuna. I was wondering if people think a iwagumi style hardscape would work for them?
  22. Martin Osmond

    Pogostemon erectus 1-2 Grow

    I was hoping to get 2 or 3 pots but unfortunately with all the messing about I have been doing with my hardscape I forgot to soak my wood. It is now soaking so once it has sunk I will give you a call and see what you have.
  23. Martin Osmond

    Steve's Shrimp Pile - Planted

    Really like that mate, i don't know how you lot make it look so simple! Think this will look really nice once its grown in. Are you adding more plants? Does it really need the other piece of wood?
  24. Martin Osmond

    Benefits of heavily planting a new set up.

    Thanks for all the help and advice.
  25. Martin Osmond

    Pogostemon erectus 1-2 Grow

    So are you unlikely to get them back in stock? Cheers
  26. Martin Osmond

    Benefits of heavily planting a new set up.

    Thanks for the reply and the links. So a high mass of plants doesn't help control algae but will help with ammonia and other chemicals compounds? So apart from this and the obvious visual aspect there is no other benefits? I think what I'm trying to find out is that will I have any issues...
  27. Martin Osmond

    Benefits of heavily planting a new set up.

    Thanks, so what about using 1-2grow plants for the majority of my planting? As they are small I will have less plant mass so may struggle more with algae?
  28. Martin Osmond

    Benefits of heavily planting a new set up.

    Hi I keep reading about planting heavily from the beginning in a new set up especially with stems. Can someone please explain to me the benefits of this? Also I plan to plant almost entirely with tropica 1-2 grow and as these are smaller than normal potted plants am I going to run into any...
  29. Martin Osmond

    ADA Solar I vs TMC 1500 Ultima

    Have just looked at both of these on Flickr as viktor suggested and he is right, you can see much more of a difference flicking between the 2 shots on there. I still think the tank looks better under the tiles but still prefer the look of the halide. On another note the tiles make the whole...
  30. Martin Osmond

    ADA Solar I vs TMC 1500 Ultima

    My opinion for what its worth. The tank looks better with the tiles, but I prefer the look of the halide. Do you hsve any pictures of the tank with other bulbs in it?
  31. Martin Osmond

    When to add shrimp

    Will do! Was planning on ordering my plants this weekend but realised I have been messing around with the hardscape so much I forgot to soak the eood, so have had to put it on hold until it sinks!
  32. Martin Osmond

    When to add shrimp

    Thanks for your help basil, you have given me some great advice and plenty to think about. Are there any shrimp that are more suited to being kept with fish?
  33. Martin Osmond

    When to add shrimp

    I really don't know mate, I will be keeping fish in this tank also, just a nice shoal of cardinals. As for the shrimp I will probably start off with some easier one's and see how it goes. What's a good number to introduce in the beginning? I like red cherry shrimp.
  34. Martin Osmond

    When to add shrimp

    Gonna be using 1-2grow for 90% of the plants so i dont think that will be too much of an issue. I won't be adding any shrimp or fish for a good while as I won't be able to afford it! I also want to make sure I can actually grow the plants before I add anything else. Think there is more room for...
  35. Martin Osmond

    When to add shrimp

    Thanks for the replies, I was hoping it would be a good few weeks, means i will be able to get them when I next get paid as all of this month's money is going on plants!
  36. Martin Osmond

    When to add shrimp

    How long after setting up my tank should I think about adding my shrimp? Will be using ADA Amazonia, dosing EI and pressurised co2 Cheers
  37. Martin Osmond

    Pogostemon erectus 1-2 Grow

    Any idea when this will be in stock ? Cheers
  38. Martin Osmond

    Tropica 1-2 grow

    Superb! Thanks for all your help guys.
  39. Martin Osmond

    Tropica 1-2 grow

    Thanks, so if they arrive and i'm unable to plant them that day they will be fine for a while, just keep them in there pots? Also any one able to advise me roughly how much you get in each pot. How much of a spread would you get out of one pot of eleocharis sp.mini? And how may stems of a pot of...
  40. Martin Osmond

    Tropica 1-2 grow

    Thanks Steve, that's just what i wanted to hear!
  41. Martin Osmond

    Tropica 1-2 grow

    Hi guys, i'm going to be ordering some plants in the next couple of days but i am slightly wary of receiving them through the post. Almost all of the plants i want to use are available in the Tropica 1-2 range so i am going to be using these almost exclusively. Due to the nature of these plants...
  42. Martin Osmond

    Martins Rio 125, help please!

    I have had another play with the hardscape and can't get it quite right. What's the best way of arranging hardscape? Is it best to place the rocks first and then the wood or the other way round? Any tips would be massively appreciated ad its doing my head in now! I take my hat off to some if you...
  43. Martin Osmond

    Martins Rio 125, help please!

    Your right have removed it and it looks better, thanks.
  44. Martin Osmond

    Martins Rio 125, help please!

    Had another quick bash at the hardscape, opinions please. Thanks for looking.
  45. Martin Osmond

    My boys first time fishing!

    Took Harry my 4 year old fishing for the first time today, was a bit worried he may still be a bit too young but he loved it and we had an awesome time! His first ever fish! His first decent sized fish, unfortunately it was a snotty bream! His first 'proper' one, a lovely fully...
  46. Martin Osmond

    canon 600d or nikon 5100

    Thanks for your help steve. I have had a play with both in the shop and the cannon just felt better in my hands so im gonna go dfor that. Thanks!
  47. Martin Osmond

    canon 600d or nikon 5100

    Thanks for the replies. That comparison is helpful. I have read various reviews on both but alot of it goes straight over my head. They seem to be fairly similar spec wise and was just hoping someone on here might have first hand experience with one.
  48. Martin Osmond

    canon 600d or nikon 5100

    Hi , I will soon be purchasing one of the above, any opinions on which one I should get would be really appreciated. Was thinking of getting a nifty fifty if I go for the canon or a 35mm 1.8 if I go for the nikon.
  49. Martin Osmond

    Martins Rio 125, help please!

    After some advice on planting ideas please! I want a nice big carpet of Eleocharis sp.mini and was wondering how many pots of the tropica 1-2 grow I would need for this. Im also pretty sure I want some blyxa , ammania bonsai, starougyne repens and a nice stem for the far right cornet. Im not...
  50. Martin Osmond

    Decreasing pH and hardness

    Silly question but does it make any difference to plants?
  51. Martin Osmond

    Martins Rio 125, help please!

    I have put some cling film over the top until I can order the plants as someone on another thread advised me to do this to prevent getting loads of dust in the tank. I now have condensation, so should I just take everything out until I get my plants or is this ok?
  52. Martin Osmond

    Martins Rio 125, help please!

    A couple of quick questions, firstly can i remove the black plastic thing going across the middle of the tank, sorry don't know the name of it! Also is it worth buying a substrate scraper thing as i cant seem to get mine smooth?
  53. Martin Osmond

    Martins Rio 125, help please!

    Think i'm quite happy with the wood but still not sure about the rocks, never realised how difficult it was to place rocks in a tank, or is it just me lol! Please criticise away!
  54. Martin Osmond

    Martins Rio 125, help please!

    Have taken what you have all said on board and tweaked the hardscape slightly. I think it looks much better and will post some pics shortly.
  55. Martin Osmond

    Martins Rio 125, help please!

    Thanks for your comments, that rock you both mentioned didn't look right to me either but i only have one other which is far too big, was considering trying to smash it up into smaller pieces but didn't know if this was possible? Interesting that you mention the rockwork being a framework for...
  56. Martin Osmond

    Martins Rio 125, help please!

    Well its been a long time coming but i am finally ready to set up my new tank, which is a juwel Rio 125. I bought this tank at the back end of last year but for various reasons have not been able to set it up until now. I must say a big thak you to Nathaniel Whiteside as i put this whole set up...
  57. Martin Osmond

    The evolution of ukaps

    Had a very quiet weekend and spent a lot of it going through some of the original journals and threads on here.Very interesting seeing the way people have developed there aquascaping skills, knowledge and photography. George Farmer, Dan Crawford and Mark Evans especially have shown over the...
  58. Martin Osmond

    Tmc reg gauge

    Thanks mate, i tightened the needle valve and it seems to be fine now.
  59. Martin Osmond

    Tmc reg gauge

    Yeah the needle valve was wide open, have put it all away now so will have to wait till tomorrow to see if that helps. Thanks
  60. Martin Osmond

    Tmc reg gauge

    Right so the gauge is now working however the whoke gauge is now getting sort of frosty which I assume is a leak although I cant gind one anywhere. The plastic washer that goes between the reg and extinguisher is damaged. Could that b causing this?
  61. Martin Osmond

    Tmc reg gauge

    Thanks for your help, will have a think about what im going to do.
  62. Martin Osmond

    Tmc reg gauge

    Tried that, stayed at zero. Gave the gauge a bit of a whack and it went up to about 20 bar and has stayed there since. If it is a faulty gauge does that just mean i wont know when the fe is about to run out or do i need a whole new regulator?
  63. Martin Osmond

    Tmc reg gauge

    Thanks martin but the gauge is at zero and does not move, it was at 50 before i connected it to the fe, as soon as i opened the fe it went to zero and has stayed there since.
  64. Martin Osmond

    Tmc reg gauge

    The working pressure gauge goes up when the handle is down, the other one which i assume lets me no how much co2 is left does not move. It was on aroud 50 bar before i first turned it on, it now stays on zero. Thanks for trying to help
  65. Martin Osmond

    Tmc reg gauge

    Yes i realise the handle needs to be down permanantly but as i bought the reg 2nd hand and have never done anything like this before i just wanted to check that everything works. Have just tried it again and it did not let any co2 out when i turned it on but it carried on letting it out for a...
  66. Martin Osmond

    Tmc reg gauge

    When I first turn the solenoid on without holding down the handle co2 comes out for a couple of mins then the working pressure drops to zero. If I then hold down the handle it starts working normally, until I release it, it then carries on releasing co2 for a couple of mins and then the working...
  67. Martin Osmond

    Tmc reg gauge

    The cylinder is still heavy, everything seems to be working fine, bubble counter works, needle valve adjusts fine, just the one gauge. Was only turned on for about 5 mins so i can't imagine it's a leak?
  68. Martin Osmond

    Tmc reg gauge

    Hi, after setting up my fe to test that everything was working ok one of the gauges went from 50 bar to zero. I assumed this would mean that the extinguisher was empty but it is brand new so is obviously not. Any ideas ?
  69. Martin Osmond

    TMC V2 Pro Regulator?

    I have literally just set mine up on a fe. I know nothing about this sort of thing but it is really well made and is working on a up inline. The needle valve goes from one bubble every couple of seconds to loads of bubbles and seems fairly responsive to me although I cant compare it to anything...
  70. Martin Osmond

    Tmc reg with fe

    Sorted now, I didn't realise you could turn the solenoid round so when I originally tried to put it on the solenoid was in the way and touching the fe. I twisted it round so it is no longer in the way. I doubt this thread makes any sense to anyone, including me lol!
  71. Martin Osmond

    Tmc reg with fe

    Yes it screws on fine but the solenoid at the bottom is in the way so I sort of turned the whole thing on its side. I know it does not make sense will try to put a photo up
  72. Martin Osmond

    Tmc reg with fe

    Hi guys, I've just put my tmc reg on my fire extinguisher and it does not seem right. rather than it being on top it sort of lays on its side if that makes sense? Is this normal?
  73. Martin Osmond

    Help please

    Thanks for the quick responses. @Jason, appreciate what you are saying but what I mean by a stable level is that I just want to be sure that the equipment I have bought is capable of keeping a drop checker lime green with the right amount co2. I understand that jt will be different as soon as...
  74. Martin Osmond

    Help please

    Hello all, im after a bit of advice please. Ive got a juwel rio 125 and have been slowly getting everything together for my first attempt at a high tech tank. Im not ready for hard scape or plants yet but have pretty much everything else. I was planning on setting up my filter and fe co2 to...
  75. Martin Osmond

    Fire extinguisher CO2

    Apologies if this is a bit of a noddy question but I have just seen 2kg fire extinguishers on ebay without the horn, are these safe to use?
  76. Martin Osmond

    >>Cabinet FINALLY together :)<< 'In my Dreams, I see Palettes of Green'

    Hi mate, just read through this, quality journal and a quality tank, just a couple of questions if u don't mind. Where did u get the wood from as I cant find anywhere that sells it at the moment and im looking for exactly what u have got. Also where can u buy Blyxa from as again I cant seem to...
  77. Martin Osmond

    120 x 55 x 55cm planted... Trim 2

    Insane tank,awsome journal exactly the sort of thing im looking to do, admittedly wont be anywhere near as good as this but I will give it a go. Just a quick question, ive read through this whole journal but may have missed it, what type of wood is it you have used?
  78. Martin Osmond

    BOC Co2 cylinders

    Thanks for the replies, not sure it will fit my cabinet once the reg is on top but will check when I get home. I was hoping it would be cheaper too as I didnt reaalise you had to pay a monthly fee. Works out to be £83 a year if 6 kg will last that long, roughly the same price as buying 3 2kg...
  79. Martin Osmond

    BOC Co2 cylinders

    Hi does anyone know if they will fit a TMC regulator and what size are the cylinders compared to a 2kg fire extinguisher?
  80. Martin Osmond

    Anyone used this website?

    Bought a jbl cristalprofi e1501 from these just before Christmas. Cost about 113 with shipping but it took over 2 weeks to come, which didnt bother me as im not setting my tank up just yet, and as it was Christmas I thought that might have something to do with it. You can also try the German...
  81. Martin Osmond

    George's TMC Signature

    That rock looks really nice, anyone have any ideas where to buy it from as i can't find it anywhere online?
  82. Martin Osmond

    Juwel light tubes and reflectors

    Thanks for the advice, I realise its all about getting the right balance and thats what im hoping to achieve. I have a jbl cristalprofi e1501, an inline heater, up inline atomiser, koralina nano and I am planning on getting some ADA amazonia and a FE co2 set up, of which I already have a tmc...
  83. Martin Osmond

    Juwel light tubes and reflectors

    Hello mate, thanks for the response, yes I am going to attempt a high tech tank, have almost ever sorted now just need a few more bits and ill be ready. Interesting what u suggest and not something I had considered, I thought reflectors were kind of essential, perhaps ill try without and put...
  84. Martin Osmond

    Juwel light tubes and reflectors

    Thanks for that, will save me a bit of money as I was expecting to have to change the tubes.
  85. Martin Osmond

    Juwel light tubes and reflectors

    Hi guys, I have a brand new juwel rio 125, which I am slowly adding things to before I set it up. Is it worth replacing the existing tubes with something else or shall I just use the ones that came with it? Also do I need to buy the juwel reflectors or are there any other ones that will fit...
  86. Martin Osmond

    Ada Amazonia shelf life?

    Thanks mate, do u still want to sell the 2 bags u have ?
  87. Martin Osmond

    Ada Amazonia shelf life?

    Hi, does ADA Amazonia have any sort of use by date? Also is it ok to leave it in a tank without any water whilst arranging hardscape for any length of time?
  88. Martin Osmond

    Resolved! For sale section

    All working fine now, thanks mate.
  89. Martin Osmond

    Resolved! For sale section

    Thanks mate but i made my 25th post yesterday lunchtime, i'm not bothered just thought i'd let u know as i thought it may be something to do with the new forum?
  90. Martin Osmond

    Resolved! For sale section

    Ok mate, thanks for the advice. Remind me what the score was on wednesday, i seem to have forgotten?;)
  91. Martin Osmond

    Resolved! For sale section

    Lol. Nothing there mate
  92. Martin Osmond

    Resolved! For sale section

    Didn't even know there was one but have just stumbled across it being mentioned. Need 25 posts which i have but i can't seem to find it, any ideas?
  93. Martin Osmond

    Help choosing filter please

    so u would recommend the jbl cristalprofi? 1500 size?
  94. Martin Osmond

    Barb Island. its all over.

    Just read this whole journal , very informative and thoroughly enjoyable to read, certainly one of the best journals i have read, superb looking tank also.
  95. Martin Osmond

    Juwel Rio 125

    Right guys this is where i am at, gonna leave the lighting as it is and upgraed it at a later date if needed. although unsure on which on which tubes to put in, any help appreciated. Going to go with ada amazonia and get one of the Ei starter kits from APFUK. I could still do with some...
  96. Martin Osmond

    Help choosing filter please

    cheers mate, it's a similar size tank, at least in volume, so will take a look
  97. Martin Osmond

    End of the world

    just had a bizarre conversation with an 8 year old on the way to dropping my boy at school. He thinks the world is gonna end at 11:11 today because there is not enough paper left in tge world to make calendars!
  98. Martin Osmond

    Co2 fe all set up thank you ukaps

    ok mate, thanks for your help
  99. Martin Osmond

    Co2 fe all set up thank you ukaps

    Very sensible with the carp. Can't imagine the plants last very long! On a side note i see you have recently set up a FE co2, can u let me no which regulator you went for and why?
  100. Martin Osmond

    TMC Signature optiwhite rimless...

    ;) That is very nice indeed, don't suppose your gonna start making and selling some? ;)
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