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  1. Simon Hellmich

    To sump or n̶o̶t̶ to sump? (journal)

    Ok I don’t want u to have to redo the whole thing again! I just know that if u add a long length of hose or to many corners to the out flow of a pump u lose a lot of water pressure l/h. I would have the pump in the sump to depending on the model of pump.
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    To sump or n̶o̶t̶ to sump? (journal)

    The pump should pull the water through the reactor not push it. My understanding is these pumps work much better that way. It should create less head pressure for the pump.
  3. Simon Hellmich

    To sump or n̶o̶t̶ to sump? (journal)

    Hi I think your going to loose a lot of water flow with so much pipe length,corners and co2 reactor on the out flow of the pump. I would try to put the reactor on the Other side of the pump if possible.
  4. Simon Hellmich

    Custom cabinet overhang

    Hi you could bring the top panel all the way to the front to support the tank like this picture.
  5. Simon Hellmich

    Staghorn (now BBA) Algae issues

    Ok Lowering light intensity isn’t doing nothing. It will have a great affect of getting rid of most algae or at least slow it down until u can work out the cause. (12 glass ) thank you
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    Staghorn (now BBA) Algae issues

    Hi I would just dim the lights until the tank has balanced itself. Trim back the worst leaves, New plants need to adjust to new conditions so the original leaves often get algae but the new growth should be fine. I find oxygen or surface movement so Important for new tanks. Any java fern or...
  7. Simon Hellmich

    Java fern meting..

    Hi When Java fern gets to thick it can block water/co2 flow from its self causing it to melt I’ve had this happen when I don’t trim for a long time.
  8. Simon Hellmich

    Seiryu rock

    I have to try this stone again. Last time it raised my kh from 3 to about 15 (api test) in a 700l aquarium with about 20kg of stone. It was the Japanese stone with minimal white lines on it but it fizzed like crazy with an acid test. In Australia now I think most of the seiryu stone comes from...
  9. Simon Hellmich

    Seiryu rock

    Hi seiryu stone will have a large affect on kh/gh if you have soft water and or are using co2. not all seiryu stone is the same. Don’t use a ph controller to control your co2 and do weekly water changes and it should be fine.
  10. Simon Hellmich

    ADA Amazonia Aqua Soil Alternative

    Garden soil will save a few pennies
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    Tips on utricularia graminifolia?

    Hi I had UG growing really well in my last tank 700l T5 200w seachem fertilisers just double recommended dose 30% water changes every 2 weeks Low co2 drop checker always blue/ green Aquasoil substrate It was a weed from day one I got it in its submersed state maybe that was the difference. I put...
  12. Simon Hellmich

    Flow Reduction

    I wouldn’t buy a new filter If you used a spray bar you could drill more holes or larger holes until you reach a gentle flow that doesn’t push the plants to much. If you don’t like a spay bar I would just restrict the flow some where on the out flow side
  13. Simon Hellmich

    Lighting for a 150cm x 60cm x 60cm tank

    Led flood lights, led down lights in a diy unit T5 high out put. Red Sea aqua pink globe looks really nice mixed with regular warm, cool white The tank in the little picture above with my name was 150/60/70wide with 4 54w t5 Just cool/warm white and 1 aqua pink this was more than enough light...
  14. Simon Hellmich

    Gh/kh and tannins question.

    Cheers @zozo for your detailed reply. part of the answer I was looking for was also in the blog
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    Gh/kh and tannins question.

    thank you for your reply’s I understand most Timbers release tannins. I am interested if kh has any affect on it as the info on ada soil says thanks
  16. Simon Hellmich

    Gh/kh and tannins question.

    Hi all I was just wondering if high kh/gh has any affect on the amount of tannins released by wood or substrates like ada Amazon? Ada recommends using soft water for water changes to stop the release of Tannins. Any thoughts or info would be great thanks.
  17. Simon Hellmich

    Pincette/tweesers

    Hi I would advise against getting the tweezers with the angled tip. The angle always catches on the plant and they float back out of the soil while try to plant.
  18. Simon Hellmich

    Drop Checker with Inline Reactor

    Yes the drop checker is effective enough at measuring co2 when the co2 is fully dissolved but not so effective when co2 mist enters the drop checker. So you are now probably getting a more accurate read than before with the co2 mist. Less gas exchange just makes it take a little longer but you...
  19. Simon Hellmich

    Drop Checker with Inline Reactor

    Hi The fine mist of bubbles could have been going into the drop checker affecting your reading making it look lower than it was. Or the fine mist of bubbles could have been getting trapped on all the plant leave, staying under water for longer giving you better dissolved co2.
  20. Simon Hellmich

    Siamese algae eater

    Sae’s never touched the Phoenix moss and maybe not Taiwan moss in my tank. creeping moss, Xmas moss were the 1st to be eaten. The moss always recovered after removing the sae’s
  21. Simon Hellmich

    Siamese algae eater

    I think they will just keep eating the moss, they love the new growth and won’t give it a chance to grow. They like to keep feeding throughout the day so adding food once or twice probably won’t help save the moss.
  22. Simon Hellmich

    Siamese algae eater

    Hi. All the ones I’ve kept never got sick of eating algae but the older ones are always happy to take an easy feed of regular fish food too. Not over feeding helps them stay smaller for longer. They easily clear up bba but then move onto moss They prefer new growth of bba so over time it just...
  23. Simon Hellmich

    Hygrophila pinnatifida

    Hi are you dosing any potassium phosphate
  24. Simon Hellmich

    Confused about lights

    Adjust the light so it’s visually appealing to you and the plants will grow fine. U will find you don’t need much blue with cool white. If you had warm whites you could use more of your blue to balance the colour
  25. Simon Hellmich

    EI and water change

    Hi Have a look at rotala butterfly fertiliser accumulation chart to see what lever your fertiliser can reach with different water change size. 30% water changes will be fine but adjust your fertiliser as well. Your tank isn’t heavily planted, 1/3-1/2 ei dose should be fine for now. The test...
  26. Simon Hellmich

    Nitrate Levels

    Most people with hi tech planted tanks do 50% water changes weekly, with shrimp. Just do x2 smaller WC a week for about 3 weeks if your worried about 1 large WC
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    Nitrate Levels

    Once your tank has cycled you will never get an ammonia reading unless u do a large rescape, a sudden loss of fish or spill the fish food etc something to make your ammonia level spike that the level of bacteria you have now can’t keep up with. Your tap water may have high nitrates in which...
  28. Simon Hellmich

    Nitrate Levels

    Hi your soil is still releasing ammonia which is being converted into nitrite then nitrate at the same rate it is released. Your soil will continue to release ammonia for some time which is fine because the filter/bacteria is doing its job. Try water changes 30-50% or twice a week for a while.
  29. Simon Hellmich

    KH <= GH

    Is an aquarium gh test affected by carbonates?
  30. Simon Hellmich

    New 600 tank setup - is HC Cuba carpet going to struggle?

    Your substrate depth is fine! mine is the same and never had any problems. You can always ad a thin layer on top and let the hc grow through
  31. Simon Hellmich

    Plant ID help please

    Thanks @Mick.Dk for the reply. It was a much easier google search with your reply. I turned up the co2 to see how it responds
  32. Simon Hellmich

    Latest scape.

    Looks great! What lights are you running under the hood?
  33. Simon Hellmich

    Plant ID help please

    Hi all! Could anyone help ID this plant please. I’ve had it growing in my tank for a few months. It needs good light and co2 to get any results out of it. The light green part is the same plant it was just shaded from light flow and co2 it’s leaves stay small and a little crinkled when it’s not...
  34. Simon Hellmich

    Is a MASSIVE tank suitable for anything more than low tech?

    Hi paul My tank is 160x70x60 cm LxWxH about 650l 3000l pump with spray bar no filter Co2 a few bubbles/second into the inlet of pump gives me about 0.5 ph drop at best. Lighting 4x54w t5 8 hrs a day The tubes are 4cm from the water surface. I’m away now for 8 weeks so I turned 2 tubes off to...
  35. Simon Hellmich

    Plant ID please

    riccia fluitans
  36. Simon Hellmich

    Plant ID please

    looks like riccia
  37. Simon Hellmich

    Trimming Utricularia graminifolia

    It's fine to take it all down to the yellow!
  38. Simon Hellmich

    Trimming Utricularia graminifolia

    Hi You can defiantly trim it lower than your last trim. Try trimming it really short across the front where it hits the glass down to 1cm. It will give the scape more height without going to short further back. The shorter u go the longer it takes to recover but it shouldn't die if healthy.
  39. Simon Hellmich

    Alternative to ADA La Plata

    Yeah i agree!
  40. Simon Hellmich

    Alternative to ADA La Plata

    Hi Not sure where your from? in Australia I use Silica sand which is used to mix with concrete or in sand pits for kids mix with river sand which needs a really good wash to get the clay out (I don't wash) It is used in gardens $7 for 15-20 kg Garden landscape and building shops should supply...
  41. Simon Hellmich

    black beard algae

    Some changes I made to get rid of bba in my 700l that may help. I upped my water changes of 100l every 1-3 weeks back to once a week. Your need for water changes will be different depending on your bio load and weather you run a hi or low energy tank. Less fish less food helps with bba! I...
  42. Simon Hellmich

    black beard algae

    Siamese algea eater will eat it but they also eat moss if you are growing any
  43. Simon Hellmich

    Seiryu Stone and increasing KH

    I use basalt rock now it's very cheap! Doesn't affect water chemistry and looks very natural in most scapes once the plants grow in. If your going for an iwagumi scape it may not have enough detail and random shapes though. Just another idea, good luck! Sorry about the (keep co2 low) comment...
  44. Simon Hellmich

    Seiryu Stone and increasing KH

    Lots of water changes and keep co2 low :(
  45. Simon Hellmich

    Please can someone identify this rock for me?

    Hi ! If you have a API nitrate test kit, a drop of solution 1 on any rock will fizz up if the rock is limestone or any other that will affect your kh/gh same as hydrochloric acid. Other nitrate test kit brands may also work. Vinigar never worked for me! Seiryu stone is similar to limestone maybe...
  46. Simon Hellmich

    Return of the living roots.

    Cheers !! must be ADA sand to get a carpet like that ;)
  47. Simon Hellmich

    Return of the living roots.

    Beautiful scape that stands out different from so many others! Is your substrate just sand or is there a base layer towards the back??
  48. Simon Hellmich

    Spirulina turning shrimp red

    Haha yes! I'm just a little surprised it's not used more often. My cherries are now better coloured than any local shop :)
  49. Simon Hellmich

    Spirulina turning shrimp red

    Hi everyone! Just a quick post I started feeding my red cherry shrimp spirulina algea pellets a few weeks ago and the colour change in some of the shrimp has been amazing. Has anyone seen this affect? I can't think of any other possibilities other than select breeding with in the aquarium by...
  50. Simon Hellmich

    Excess potassium problems

    Hi HiNtZ You could drop your EI dosing, GH booster down to a 1/3 for a few weeks and see how the plants go, keep up 50% water changes. I and a few others agree that high K can cause issues with plant growth, but most people if they start to reply? will say it has no negative affect and you just...
  51. Simon Hellmich

    A Long Start, another Iwagumi story

    Good luck with it, I think u have it sorted. Your scape looks great! Nice layout of stones. Looking forward to seeing those red stems creep up from the back. I would like to do a journal one day soon on a new diy 100x80x60 LxWxH cm but life is just to busy right now
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    A Long Start, another Iwagumi story

    Sorry just saw u tested tap water
  53. Simon Hellmich

    A Long Start, another Iwagumi story

    Hi steveno cheers for the welcome! Ukaps has been great! So much quality info compared to other forums. Yes that's my 700l not much of a scape but lots of happy plants Just thought I'd mention the seiryu stone because I was so surprise of its affect on my tank (not a great rock for large tanks...
  54. Simon Hellmich

    A Long Start, another Iwagumi story

    Hi Your seiryu stone would be rasing your kh/gh If u aren't doing full 50% water change weekly. Adding co2 and seiryu rock is like a calcium reactor in a reef tank, co2 slowly dissolves the calcium and other minerals out of the stone. This could partly affect you ph 1unit drop from happening.
  55. Simon Hellmich

    Melting lotus plants in Ada as

    Cheers for the fast reply I like the idear of adding a clay based fertiliser and haven't used peat before in a substrate so I'll give that a go too. The tri coloured lotus is a nymphaea micrantha It has the delicate root structure. It has plenty of the plantlets growing on its leaves so I'll...
  56. Simon Hellmich

    Melting lotus plants in Ada as

    Just a photo to show the other plants are healthy and the lotus plants growing back in the glass pots " my wife's candle holders
  57. Simon Hellmich

    Melting lotus plants in Ada as

    Hi all just wondering if anyone has had problems growing lotus plants in aquasoil? Every time mine slowly start losing leaves over about 6 weeks. And the roots turn black and rot away. It happened with 3 different types of lotus. While all the other plants are growing perfect!! Ada as is...
  58. Simon Hellmich

    New tank advice please

    Hi It would be fine to plant it out if you are going to put lots of plants in preferably some fast growing plants and Keep up with lots of water changes for the 1st 3- 4 week. Just don't add any fish or shrimp. I got a little white haze in the water for about 3 weeks until the bacteria...
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