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    Aaron's 216l journal!

    It's running as you last saw it, I'm just waiting to pass my driving test/ get a car etc before I put any money into marine! Thanks, Aaron
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    Once upon a time at the riverbank - Final update

    Re: Once upon a time at the riverbank AUGUST MEGA UPDATE love the sunset lighting, looking great as always. :thumbup:
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    Aaron's 216l journal!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/anorth1/4894422742/ It wasn't as hard as I thought, enjoy!
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    Aaron's 216l journal!

    A bit of bad news. While I was away my heater stopped working and this has led to quite a lot of die off. The microsorum leaves have developed black spots all over them, with some leaves completley rotted and a lot of fungus across the whole tank. I picked up another heater earlier and...
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    Aaron's 216l journal!

    Thankyou everyone, appreciate it :thumbup:
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    Aaron's 216l journal!

    Thanks everyone, reading comments like that just makes me want to keep the tank in good shape, This is how I started my other tank off too, this one I did plan on planting fairly heavily from the start but delays and other problems just meant I had to go along with what I had at the time. No...
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    Aaron's 216l journal!

    Haha thanks, I know I need to start posting more, I am so far behind on everyone's tanks by the time I have caught up I cant be bothered to post! Thanks Fred. Aaron
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    Aaron's 216l journal!

    Hi everyone, just a photo update, everything is running smoothly :thumbup: 16/ 05/ 2010 (day 366) Thanks, Aaron
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    'Deep Rooted' - Andyh's 35l Nano

    Tank is looking awesome :thumbup:
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    Aaron's 216l journal!

    I'm not sure George, I could get away with it but the flow from the filter is next to nothing and the fish seem to swim into the current so I have left it. It also has some moss growing on it and it is starting to become covered up :D it had an emmersed crypt that had become unplanted at one...
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    Aaron's 216l journal!

    Thankyou everyone, really appreciated. It's not that I didn't like the hairgrass, but it just died off when I switched to low tech, although there are some new shoots here and there so it is still alive. I have also turned the CO2 off completley now :D
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    Aaron's 216l journal!

    Thanks Paulo :) Here's a quick picture seeing as though you have all waited very patiently for :oops: If I was to take a 'decent' one then you may be waiting another 4 months lol. Day 321 Thanks, Aaron
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    New Beginnings (Aaron's Riparium)

    The fittonia has started to release some roots in the water so I am happy that it is continuing to grow. Some of the E.Radican roots are nearly at the susbtrate too! I order some tropics capsules the other night too, however at the minute they don't look as though they need it as a new leaf is...
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    New Beginnings (Aaron's Riparium)

    Thanks, it a really interesting project, and one that can be taken much slower without the risk of algae :thumbup: I have just had a look at micronanthemum umberosum, similar to bacopa in terms of looks, so i could try that depending on availability :thumbup:
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    New Beginnings (Aaron's Riparium)

    Intalled a small powerhead today to create a ripple across the surface to add some movement, withthe lighting it also gives it a nice shimmer beneath the water All the cardinals came out to feed today for the first time like normal, they must have started to get hungry lol
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    200-liter Riparium Setup for Synodontis Catfish

    Ahh cheers, I might give that a go then. The heater is set to 26C but the thermometer reads 28 C :crazy:
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    200-liter Riparium Setup for Synodontis Catfish

    No I haven't thought anymore about it, with just gettig back to school, bacopa is still one I would very much like to use though. I've thought about growing some riccia or othe moss on the rafts bu it might be a bit dry for them becuase they don't have roots as such. Have you ever tried this?
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    200-liter Riparium Setup for Synodontis Catfish

    Hi Devin, tanks looking good, nice videos too. Can you explain how you "train" your stems o grow across the rafts please? My ludwigia stems have gone very rigid which I expected but I'm not sure how to get them to spread. Do you just trim the tops to promote side shoots? By the way the stems...
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    New Beginnings (Aaron's Riparium)

    I think the lights are great, hopefully they will last some time. The filter is a U3. Dimensions are 60 x 30 x 40(H) I'll take a look at the heaters post, thanks. This tank probably hasn't got the correct equipment as it was originally going to be for turtles and the heater was just a spare I...
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    New Beginnings (Aaron's Riparium)

    Thanks, yeah the stems are a bit fat, I'll dnalrge them tommorow to make sure they aren't beig crushed. I need to get some root tabs still but for now I keep adding some KNO3 and KH2PO4 to the water column. I worked it out to dose 1/2 EI at a weekly rate. Then I shall add the root tabs to all...
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    New Beginnings (Aaron's Riparium)

    I have introduced 6 cardinal tetras. I thought about glowlights but they aretoo similar colour to the rocks and sand. The cardinals also show up well with the lighting setup. Strangely there was no pond plants at all, maybe it's out of season or something but they have a massive section for...
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    Nicks 4x2x2

    I've never thought about using those LEDs in the cabinet, it's a good idea
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    New Beginnings (Aaron's Riparium)

    I have just done a water change to remove the surface scum and to top the tank back up aswell. The largest anubias has now been moved to my big tank, I am left with 2 smaller species left and the E.Radicans which is doing great. The anubias is still holding up too, I have 1/3rd of the top...
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    New Beginnings (Aaron's Riparium)

    it's already to big now :lol: I am considering moving it to my 216l, then splitting some smaller rhizomes off it to keep it trimmed down in this tank :thumbup: Thanks guys, Aaron
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    New Beginnings (Aaron's Riparium)

    Sorry for the lack of pictures, but with only one light is was hard to get any, but my replacement came today :thumbup: the anubias motherplant, which probably has approx 4" rhizome! E.Radicans & anubias FTS, which is pretty hard to do trying to get the correct exposure on the top/ bottom...
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    New Beginnings (Aaron's Riparium)

    Thankyou
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    New Beginnings (Aaron's Riparium)

    Hi I recieved my motherplants from planted box tonight which are fantastic! I need to pick up some gravel to plant them but for now I have just put them in the planters and they are holding fine, the anubias have been wedged in the floating rafts. Some of the leaves are drying up and drooping...
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    100litre planted tank

    looks good to me :thumbup: Look forward to seeing the plants grow in :thumbup:
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    Ad's Low tech-ish 54l-Updated!

    Re: Ad's Low tech-ish 54l apparanetly, there is a disease that can affect anubias like you are describing. Cut the rotten growth off to stop it spreading further fown the rhizome.
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    Saintly's "purple rain' added HD vid

    Re: Saintly's "purple rain' ? I wasnt oo keen on the weekly water changes, once I start I am fine, but starting is the problem :roll: ON a smaller tank though, I agree, I like the hard work that comes with it :thumbup:
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    Ad's Low tech-ish 54l-Updated!

    Re: Ad's Low tech-ish 54l The way I am going on mine at the minute is do a water change when I see algae growth, or 2months. whichever comes first. On a smaller tank, you might want to look at monthly but I dont think it will make much difference.
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    Saintly's "purple rain' added HD vid

    Re: Saintly's "purple rain' ? good isn't it :thumbup: I haven't done a water change since the week before christmas :thumbup:
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    Ad's Low tech-ish 54l-Updated!

    Re: Ad's Low tech-ish 54l Two? brilliant tanks in a row now, your getting good at this :thumbup:
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    New Beginnings (Aaron's Riparium)

    Thankyou both, that seems like the most sensible option :)
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    New Beginnings (Aaron's Riparium)

    I recieved the equipment today, thanks :thumbup: The quality on these are amazing :thumbup: I'll get some pics later. When you are designing a riparium, do you position the planters and form a structure for the layout, or do you buy the plants, plant them, then position them where you think...
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    New Beginnings (Aaron's Riparium)

    I am going to try bacopa :thumbup: I like the look of that.
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    New Beginnings (Aaron's Riparium)

    ok, i just dose some of my EI solution in every so often then, along with root tabs in the echinodorus, :thumbup:
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    New Beginnings (Aaron's Riparium)

    cheers Devin, I actually swapped the ozelot for Radicans last night after recieving a new motherplant list! The anubias I have 2, I'll have one submersed and one emmersed, see how they both fare :thumbup: Apart from the capsules. do you ever spray the plants with a misting of EI solution or...
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    Nicks 4x2x2

    looks great so far :thumbup:
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    CBRO's First attempt at a planted tank.

    very nice tank, scaping must be in the family :D
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    New Beginnings (Aaron's Riparium)

    There arent really many small echinodorus sp, but out of the motherplants list I recieved I would probably choose these: Anubias barteri nana, Echinodorus Ozelot "green" & Echinodorus Rose. For the rest of the plants I will probably keep going down to LFS every week when the plant order comes in...
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    New Beginnings (Aaron's Riparium)

    My lights come from HK today, and I am pleased with them :) Shouldnt be much longer before I get some plants in Thanks, Aaron
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    New Beginnings (Aaron's Riparium)

    James is going to email me the plant list and I may get some motherplants as I can buy them singularly. 6 pots of each is a bit much for this style. :thumbup: The emmersed production is also something that attracts me with AF (for once!) Thanks for the acclimatising tips, never thought about...
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    New Beginnings (Aaron's Riparium)

    Thanks Devin, I have no plants yet because my lighting is stuck in HK. I am also running my filter alongside my other in my big tank to get it cycled, so I am not to fussed ATM. Thanks for the plants list, i presume any pond plants will be fine to use if I just go down and take a look at what...
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    New Beginnings (Aaron's Riparium)

    yes they are very bright! Anubias, Echinodorus, and maybe Bacopa. Some other species too but I have to see whats available etc. Thanks, that was my biggest problem too, the style I have opted for above is the easiest way to go with them, so for anyone how does differently they are very...
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    New Beginnings (Aaron's Riparium)

    cheers :thumbup: lol, it does. I had to remove the braces on it and that scared me a lot! 60 x 30 x 40(H) There is no reason why you cant have a frog & riparium, you would just need to make sure a rock provides some dry land, (unless that makes it a vivarium :crazy: ) thanks, Aaron
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    New Beginnings (Aaron's Riparium)

    It was hard to scape this, bearing in mind it will only be half full and the petrified wood is pretty flat, not the best option for a first time iwagumi style. lighting will be 2 x 11w PCT5 Fluval U3 internal (I can see me swapping this for external pretty quickly :roll: ) Thanks for...
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    Saintly's "purple rain' added HD vid

    Re: Saintly's "Endler's sky' This is really nice, the stems look great as they are too(single) :thumbup:
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    Paul's 200L, "Punishment of Luxury"

    when you get the plant health back up, his tank will look stunning :thumbup: CO2 looks to be the problem, move the DC around the tank and get some different readings, then adjust accordingly.
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    200-liter Riparium Setup for Synodontis Catfish

    Hi hydrophyte, nice setup. I am setting up a riparium :shh: do you know of any UK suppliers? I am struggling to find anywhere that sells the foam blocks & planters. No luck on ebay either. :thumbdown: could the plant be bacopa caroliniana? thanks, Aaron
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    Journal 2 . Finaly, 4ft 238l CLOSEING down today 1st May

    Re: Journal 2 . Finaly, 4ft 238l CALLING ALL BRAINS! 6tsp KNO3 3/4tsp KH2PO4 4tsp trace
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    Journal 2 . Finaly, 4ft 238l CLOSEING down today 1st May

    Re: Journal 2 . Finaly, 4ft 238l CALLING ALL BRAINS! Mines a jungle, albeit i started of high tech lol. It will just take longer thats all. KNO3 35g > 500ml > 40ml x1 per week KH2PO4 5g > 500ml > 40ml x1 per week Trace 25g > 500ml > 40ml x1 per week Usually done on a sunday/ monday but it...
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    Journal 2 . Finaly, 4ft 238l CLOSEING down today 1st May

    Re: Journal 2 . Finaly, 4ft 238l CALLING ALL BRAINS! I didnt go completley low tech (i still use pressurized CO2) because I couldnt keep up with the 50% water changes every week, it didnt do much harm but I didnt see the point in it being half decent when there is the option of low tech, so I...
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    Adam's 40cm Nano

    Thats stunning, Adam :thumbup: Well done :clap:
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    45cm rock scape

    My LFS didnt have some bad pices last time, the were pretty flat though, none were like the main stone.
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    45cm rock scape

    Great job you have done with the rocks, i really like the layout. looks like slate to me, Thanks, Aaron
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    'Deep Rooted' - Andyh's 35l Nano

    I like this tank, its original :thumbup: Those crypts look like what I have, Cryptocoryne Beckettii, and yes mine have turned brown too
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    Andyh's 60L kitchen tank

    good, its keeping my brain ticking over these holidays for the Biology exam I have next week :geek: :thumbup:
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    My 60cm (Path Runs Through)

    Re: My 60cm rescape one critique if i may? The sand path is the same width & too straight, if you can, by adding substrate or covering with plants try and make it curve off to the right of the tank, or widen it a bit at the foreground to where the P.Helferi starts. apart from that well done...
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    Paul's 200L, "Punishment of Luxury"

    stay away from loaches & plecs and your plants will stay put. Mind you I think zebra loaches were the first fish I introduced without any problems.
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    Andyh's 60L kitchen tank

    I am one of the worst for pronunciation of words :roll: :lol: If you have ever picked a leaf apart and you are left with the 'vein' that runs down the centre, or a rotted leaf that just has the main structure left, that is actually the phloem & xylem vessels
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    Andyh's 60L kitchen tank

    very nice, I like the overgrown look to it :thumbup: Meristem cells required for mitosis are found in the stem & roots. If the xylem/ phloem vessels are damaged then the leaf doesn't have a source of water & nutrients so it cannot be repaired. The xylem is actually made up of dead tissue too...
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    Paul's 200L, "Punishment of Luxury"

    There are two ways you can go with cycling. Add 5ppm amonia every day (fishless cycle) or the other way is a silent cycle by which you should now add about 6 fish (depends on size) and carry out 50% water changes a minimum of 3 times per week. If you add any ammonia now you will risk algae...
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    60cm nature scape v2

    An easy way to spot this is to get a black piece & white piece of card. If you can see the shutter speed on the camera, when you focus on the white the shutter speed will be really fast (lots of light reflecting off it) but when you point it on the black it might be 4seconds. I have found this...
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    60cm nature scape v2

    Thos are some good shots Sam :thumbup:
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    60cm nature scape v2

    Re: 60cm nature scpae v2 lol yep, it sometimes looks dead doesnt it :wink: :lol:
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    Aaron's 216l journal!

    Thanks :thumbup:
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    Aaron's 216l journal!

    Hi, sign up to Photobucket or Imageshack, upload your pics then copy the code onto here. viewtopic.php?f=30&t=2618
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    Comp_Nov09: sams opti pico

    Another thing iI have noticed is Sam has the most plant growth, but I havent had chance to look through them all yet!
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    Aaron's 216l journal!

    lol. thanks. :)
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    Aaron's 216l journal!

    I finally ordered some Cryptocoryne Undlata to replace the stems, i got them from plantedbox.com who are top class :good: the echinodorus was recieved as part of a secret santa on UKAPS, so thanks! :) Thanks, Aaron
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    The Forgotten Valley - 60l

    unfortunatley not, final photos are on page 18, It was taken down earlier than I hoped for in March (cant believe it has almost been a year!). I am working on this tank now: viewtopic.php?f=35&t=5661 Thanks, Aaron
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    60cm nature scape v2

    Re: 60cm nature scpae v2 The only algae(s) I dont like seeing is hair type. I dont mind GDA, and in fact quite like it :thumbup:
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    60cm nature scape v2

    Re: 60cm nature scpae v2 Hi, exactly, as far as health goes adding more light will not solve the problem of melting stems :thumbup: - which was my point, rather than the look you are after. if I can get perfect(IMO) health (not shape) under less light than Sam is currently using, then...
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    60cm nature scape v2

    Re: 60cm nature scpae v2 But I go back to the 36w on my tank again, which had HM - that grew fine :thumbup: (im not sure how it could look better, but I suppose I wont know until I see it under "extreme" lighting which I will pobably never use!) But i'll shut up now and let the journal...
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    tims 20g clearseal tank :)

    thats grow in well :thumbup: click all sizes, then it gives you several size options (small, medium, large). Just copy & paste the code.
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    60cm nature scape v2

    Re: 60cm nature scpae v2 light is never a problem (within reason). concentrate on CO2 & nutrients. Using a MH will just make things worse if you cannot get it right with 2 x 24w T5. That is plenty of lighting, and is a figure most people use due to luminaires coming with that wattage. I used...
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    Aaron's 216l journal!

    Thanks George & Gareth :thumbup: My new light come today, and for £50 is perfect :) both tubes have there own switch which is useful. The tubes are 10 000k & 6500k too. I am glad i have put a 10 000k in there now as it is a much better colour balance. EDIT: Oh and I have just ordered...
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    Time for a new scape (The End)

    Re: Time for a new scape I missed this one... nice to see your tank, you have plenty of knowledge to produce healthy plants so I am sure you will succeed as you already have :thumbup:
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    Aaron's 216l journal!

    8) Here is are some better pictures after using a makeshift tripod :roll: Thanks for looking, Aaron
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    Aaron's 216l journal!

    1WPG T5... it will be half of what I have now so I can run it without CO2 easily enough, however that decision is still too be made... ok I know I theoretically would need to do weekly water changes still but the growth rates wont be as fast so I can still leave it longer without too much going...
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    Aaron's 216l journal!

    I have just ordered the 2 x 28w T5 light :thumbup:
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    Aaron's 216l journal!

    I have found a 2 x 38w T8 fixture but that is £115... so i dont think it is worth over double the price if the T5 unit
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    Aaron's 216l journal!

    Yes, but taking a wire out will break the circuit too. I have found this, which is perfect, just going to look for others first though http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Overhanging-Aquar ... 518dfe57fe
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    Aaron's 216l journal!

    yeah, thats another on my 'to do' list :lol: I am searching for a luminaire, as i would rather not cover 1 tube up like James did as I see it as a waste of electricity and it isnt fair on my parents who pay the bill!
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    Aaron's 216l journal!

    Luckily, and strangely, the plants werent algae infested, there was just some GDA & Diatoms on the glass. The only damage is the stems have started to rot at the bases due to no light, and you will see why when I show you the surface of the tank. I have been thikning for months to change them...
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    Aaron's 216l journal!

    This weekend i have a break :thumbup: so it shall be getting a clean. Ill post before and after pics to show you what has happened! I am doing 4 As levels, and an NVQ level 2 in management and team leading. I got U in chemistry (the whole class failed :? :? ) and a D in Maths which i am...
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    Aaron's 216l journal!

    Im finding Maths hard, did all my Mock exams last week. got B in ICT & Biology, find out maths & chemistry tommorrow which will probably be bad :roll: I have been thinking about going back to a 60l which is more manageable, i have missed that tank from day 1 :( It was this time last year when...
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    Aaron's 216l journal!

    Its in a mess at the moment, it hasnt had a water change in 3-4weeks now :roll: I just havent got the time or enthusiasm to upkeep it or take pictures.
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    Adam's 40cm Nano

    very nice :thumbup:
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    Project 178

    welcome to UKAPS, looking forward to this (and more of your work ;) ) Thanks, Aaron
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    Comp_Nov09: Riccia Rockery - NEW PHOTO

    theres some cracking scapes being made!
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    Comp_Nov09: Sticks and Stones

    thats great wood positioning for a smal tank! :thumbup:
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    Comp_Nov09: Dragons Quarry

    Re: Comp_Nov09: Unknown I would say #1 as it is more original. From what i have seen so far most people are using 2 stones. Nice photography too :thumbup:
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    Aaron's 216l journal!

    :lol: i bought somer the other day :roll: evertyhing is going ok, just havent got time at the minute to update the journal.
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    60 cm - Old fashioned Dutch style scape

    Re: 4 hills - Dutch styled scape looks like you are off to the right start, one suggestion if i may...? I would move the red plant to 1/3 from either side of the edge so it fits the "golden ratio" It is just more aesthetically pleasing rather than it being on the centre or at the edge...
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    Comp_Nov09: Riven

    That looks cool, Gill. It's going to be tough judging!
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    Comp_nov09: Carbonated miniature

    the CO2 will gas off quickly, it is like leaving a can of pop on the side, :wink:
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    60 cm - Old fashioned Dutch style scape

    Re: 4 hills - Dutch styled scape welcome, nice to see several frogs together, usually there is just 1 or 2.
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