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  1. Smells Fishy

    Above And Below Water

    Dropping bombs in 3... 2... 1... Long over due update. There's way to much for me to update on since my last post so I'll keep it short and sweet. The plants are on fire, java fern is now in the tank, bought 10 otos and 5 are still with me. Also there's x2 Red lizard catfish and...
  2. Smells Fishy

    Show Your Pets

    Do your hermits ever pinch you Gill?
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    need advice

    Fish like cardinals, rams and discus you would expect them to need soft water but in fact my LFS buys all of his farm raised. This way it's a lot easier for his customers to successfully keep them. I think hardness would only matter if you are trying to breed them.
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    Above And Below Water

    Lol yeah that's what I was going for. And you did win, you'll receive a prize of a kick ass update in the next few days. It's surprising how hard it is to be motivated to do good updates while looking after a newborn and toddler.
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    Above And Below Water

    Just a quick pic update from my phone. I'll do a proper update soon and share everything new. I wouldn't have thought it but Aloofy took a few bites from the algae pellet.
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    Culturing California Blackworms - Lumbriculus variegatus

    Do you think the worms would eat decaying plants?
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    Anybody Familiar with.

    I could have danced the whole way through! What a good video!
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    What are your nitrate - guzzling plants?

    I imagine fast growing stem plants would guzzle nitrates quicker vs something like Anubias. You can't go wrong with using certain house plants, my favorite is my lucky bamboo.
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    planning a riparium for discus

    Cool what's your channel?
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    planning a riparium for discus

    I hope you journal it on here because I've always wanted to own Discus.
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    150l Gurami - Somewhat Asian Themed

    Lovely pics.
  12. Smells Fishy

    Fish Depression Is Not a Joke

    I'm definitely on board with you. This is one of my favourite books, you'll love it...
  13. Smells Fishy

    Shrimp

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    Above And Below Water

    I'm a donut. I did a water change last night and cleaned out the Asap. When I put it back together and back in the tank it didn't do anything. Puzzled after taking it apart a few times and trying again, I thought it was broke. So I put my DIY sponge filter in the tank and hooked everything up...
  15. Smells Fishy

    What do you think of this chip?

    Doesn't look to bad. I've got a tank with a few similar ones and it's fine and held water for years.
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    Culturing California Blackworms - Lumbriculus variegatus

    I've never cultured them before but I have looked into it. I think some people chop the worms in half and then it makes a new one.
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    Help Me Get Into Pressurized Co2

    Well the links Tim provided are probably what we need to be getting are heads around. I bet some people do very little research and jump straight into high tech. Those are the people who run into problems because they didn't spend time trying to understand the science regarding pressurized co2...
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    Which soil do you recommend..Newbie Q

    Can't go wrong with Tropica plant growth substrate, that's what I used first time round and found planting easy. A good tip when planting is to wet your substrate slightly before hand.
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    Rivers Edge - ADA 45P - planted and filled

    Yeah add some gravel.
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    Above And Below Water

    I've started making my own wizards brew! This whole brain storm started a few weeks ago when I seriously considered getting into pressurized co2 for the first time after years of putting it off. When I finally made a thread on here about it, and did some research, I was astounded by how...
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    So who has the best aquascape right now on UKAPS, and lives in the UK...?

    Sod it I'm going to take a new pic of my tank and add it here.
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    Golden cobra snakehead group tank

    If your worried about ammonia then try out some Evolution Aqua products. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Evolution-Aqua-21900-Pure-Aquarium/dp/B007ISJGGQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1522003894&sr=1-1&keywords=pure+aquarium+balls
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    Golden cobra snakehead group tank

    I think the clay in the aquasoil actually absorbs the ammonia from the water column to feed the plants. So yeah sort of infinite.
  24. Smells Fishy

    Golden cobra snakehead group tank

    I would have quoted more but that post was long and involved a lot of deleting. But I thought I would quote the above because I've thought the same before. Taking animals away from there natural habitat is unethical, there's no getting around that. I can relate a lot more than most people...
  25. Smells Fishy

    Golden cobra snakehead group tank

    TomatoandEgg might have made some mistakes, everybody does. All that is trying to be achieved in this journal is breeding an awesome fish in a nice setting. The guys just being a maverick, doing things differently, and I'm totally down for that. This journal is a nice change from scapes with...
  26. Smells Fishy

    Above And Below Water

    I had a real impulse to go to my LFS today. Came back with 4 Assassin snails and a new shrimp. Not bad with only £8 to spend.
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    Tips for food for my new fish please

    With all of those fish, seems like you have a nice tank. I recommend frozen Cyclops for your new fish or some sort of micro pellet.
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    Rivers Edge - ADA 45P - planted and filled

    Cool man. It'll be nice to see how this turns out.
  29. Smells Fishy

    Above And Below Water

    Cheers man, the baby is coming home today. :) Actually it's not a hitch hiker, I introduced the MTS to help out with algae. To start with I added 6 adults and now have loads of babies dotted around. I'm not sure what the shrimp are either. Last night I took some really good pics of them tho, so...
  30. Smells Fishy

    Above And Below Water

    Update time. A mad one! The tank really is above and below water now and there's some serious plant porn happening. So 2 days ago I did my tank maintenance and while I was at it I added my peace Lillie and palour palm from my small indoor water garden that the lucky bamboo came from. I changed...
  31. Smells Fishy

    Best custom tank builders UK?

    No. But there was a thread regarding this company and everyone came to the conclusion that this company is the one to go for atm.
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    Johns Fluval Spec 19 Litre Planted Tank

    I would push the stones in a bit more. And 2inch soil depth is fine.
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    Tropica Specialised or Premium

    I wouldn't bother.
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    Tropica Specialised or Premium

    I don't know if could work. But I would be on it with the water changes because it could lead to an un heathly tank.
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    Best custom tank builders UK?

    http://www.aquariums4life.co.uk I'd go with this company if it was my money.
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    Tropica Specialised or Premium

    I think the specialised is only for tanks with plants only or some sort of plant deficiency. I currently use premium and have noticed healthy plant growth from using it.
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    Recording my journey, although it's pre-school compared to the talents on here!

    Oh hi Anne. I just mentioned to you about your journal and now I've just found it!
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    Hi everyone, I'm starting a project!

    Wait until you try and get your head around pressurized co2! I've been putting it off for 3 years and now finally I've read a few bits and bobs and man it's going to take a lot of learning to properly understand the science behind it all. If you do a journal I'll probably follow along. Anyway...
  39. Smells Fishy

    Stocking tank

    Pothos? Since the tanks so shallow the roots will probably dig into the substrate. Water sprite?
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    £200 to spend on external filter what should i get??

    If it was my money I wouldn't wait about and get a fx6. That would do my goldies nicely.
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    Black paint for tank background

    When I recently painted mine, I used matt black paint for metal and wood and it worked fine.
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    Quick and easy money saver!

    How did you come across this info?
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    Night Light - Yes or No

    I would ditch having the night light on during the night when your asleep, because your providing 24hr light and that's just a recipe for algae.
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    Help Me Get Into Pressurized Co2

    Cheers man. Looks like I've got a lot of reading to do and then more re-reading.
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    Help Me Get Into Pressurized Co2

    I've been into planted tanks for a good few years now and for the whole time I've stayed away from researching pressurized co2. That's me just being prejudice thinking it would turn my tank into a high tech, super high maintenance, were I get my hands wet every couple of days sort of deal...
  46. Smells Fishy

    Ratel- Giant PK Betta Rescue - RIP:(

    Nice one Gill.
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    Wild caught or captive bred? what is your preference?

    Obviously captive bred fish is the way forward. Currently with what's happening to the seas and reefs I think it's so wrong to plunder at will. In terms of what's worse freshwater or marine it has to be marine. A lot of freshwater fish might live in a stream or a river but they probably explore...
  48. Smells Fishy

    Above And Below Water

    I'm paranoid that they will eat into my precious plants lol! Plus assassin's don't eat plants and don't really reproduce unless there is an abundance of snails\food for them, it wouldn't bother me if they did because they have attractive shells. I've done some research into if they eat algae or...
  49. Smells Fishy

    Above And Below Water

    Here's what I'm thinking for how this tank is going to pan out. I've currently got 2 Amano's and I would like to have 8 in total. I want to get some assassin snails since I found a pond snail on my buce which probably hitchhiked in on the asap filter I cycled in my goldfish tank, I'm thinking 4...
  50. Smells Fishy

    Cryptocoryne choices

    What's the crypt mid back left with the reddish underside?
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    Cryptocoryne choices

    Tropica Cryptocoryne Beckettii 'Petchii' is another to consider.
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    Journal Nano pond - 2020

    Yesterday at work I took it upon myself to clean the big pond of all its rubbish, since nobody else seems to. I fished out a crisp packet and put it on the grass, when i turned around next there was a fish that had flopped out from inside it! I'm going to ask my boss if I can plant it out a bit...
  53. Smells Fishy

    Above And Below Water

    Glad to have you aboard. :) This hobby is great because there's something out there for everyone, with so many niches like shrimp, puffers, bettas, monster fish, planted tanks etc. So with that in mind you might end up with MTS (multiple tank syndrome). Albida brown is on my wish list. I...
  54. Smells Fishy

    Above And Below Water

    Welcome to ukaps and my journal! Brownie points to you for your first post being in my journal. Yeah I'm interested to see how it does as well. Currently it hasn't grown from what I can tell, but it's colour has improved. Thankfully not a lot of it has melted, and that goes for all my crypts.
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    What Non fish foods do you Feed your Fish/Shrimp/Snails

    Boiled sweet potato is a favourite of my goldfish. I've never tried it but nutritional yeast flakes might get some takers.
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    Aquarium manufacturer

    No just the bare bones deal. Not too bad for delivery then.
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    Aquarium manufacturer

    I've never heard of A4L until I clicked on this thread, glad I did now. For a 48x24x24 inch 450L it's £250 which seems a fair price. Not sure about the delivery charge tho. A4L is now in my bookmarks for future plans. Cheers.
  58. Smells Fishy

    Above And Below Water

    Thanks man! I've had quite a few Betta over the years and this guy is by far the best looking. I made a promise to myself that I would buy a show quality betta of the internet, so I looked around Facebook groups like LJB aquatics but nothing really took my fancy. Then one day I was at P@H and...
  59. Smells Fishy

    Above And Below Water

    Cheers Gill. I have wondered before what my Betta's colour pattern is called, good to know he's a grizzle. I know what DTHM means but the butterfly part is new to me.
  60. Smells Fishy

    Above And Below Water

    Day 2 Went to my LFS today and bought 2 shrimp because I don't want my precious plants getting covered in algae. They were sold to me as Japonica shrimp which I'm hoping is another name for Amano shrimp. Current total - £99.76
  61. Smells Fishy

    Above And Below Water

    So yesterday was very stressful for me. It all started when I had planted all the crypts, next step was to fill the tank up, so I got my python out connected it to the bathroom tap and then made my way into the living room with it. Only for the end of the syphon to literally touch the top of the...
  62. Smells Fishy

    Above And Below Water

    My order came yesterday. I was a bit worried as to how the plants were going to fair in the post because the weather is cold and snowy. Apart from 3 or 4 broken leaves they were all in good condition. The tanks all planted up and looking nice but it wasn't easy to get to this stage because I...
  63. Smells Fishy

    floating plant recommendations

    Sorry it can't happen atm long story short - https://www.ukaps.org/forum/threads/fish-fish-fish.52070/
  64. Smells Fishy

    Above And Below Water

    I've made some decent progress. As you can see the stand is sorted, managed to take the wheels of the bottom and then did 2 paint coats, its annoying how I scraped some paint off putting the tank on the stand. I'll do another coat tonight then that should be it for painting. Although my DIY...
  65. Smells Fishy

    Project P

    I'm watching this.
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    Filling up soil

    In the past I've used polystyrene with rocks on top of it to save on substrate.
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    Best Online Shop For Crypts?

    Yeah I know of them, I've been to there sites. I was wondering if there was any others that I didn't know about?
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    Best Online Shop For Crypts?

    It would be good to know since I plan on buying a good few tomorrow. Cheers.
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    So who has the best aquascape right now on UKAPS, and lives in the UK...?

    This should be a good thread to watch since its a competition.
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    Rate my scape.

    Your missing wood. A nice bonsai tree at the back left might look good.
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    Above And Below Water

    Time for a update. Went to Pets At Home today to pick up a few bits, got 8kg of really fine black gravel, x2 Tropica Cryptocoryne Beckettii 'Petchii' and Tropica fertilizer. The tanks paint job is all sorted with 4 coats. I should add a pic of it but the glass needs cleaning, I'm sure you...
  72. Smells Fishy

    Reoccurring crypt melt

    Yeah I know. Your right, it was just a thought worth considering.
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    Reoccurring crypt melt

    Your problem could be allelopathy. Maybe a case of certain plants not agreeing to live with each other so they then try to kill one other. I did once make a thread about this interesting topic but got no replys back, which is a shame.
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    Fish for a 19L with shrimp?

    If you like to gamble then try a Betta. It could work if the tank is densely planted.
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    Above And Below Water

    Whoooooo journal time. This journal has turned into a complete compromise. For all the reasons why, there's too much to say so here's a link to tell you how woeful it was. https://www.ukaps.org/forum/threads/fish-fish-fish.52070/ My original concept was to have a waterfall where I could...
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    Hello I'm George and I'm an addict...

    Found this while doing research its a nice post. Shame George his only one post. Waste of time bringing this up but I thought it was a good read.
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    Golden cobra snakehead group tank

    I'm confused. Didn't all the Channa aurantimaculata die, have you bought some more? £15 is pretty cheap but it's probs that cheap because these fish are from around your way. I bet in the UK there much more expensive, I'd be interested to know if anyone on this thread that lives in the UK has...
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    One of those stupid threads. Suggest fish for....plastic tubs, ha, ha

    No problem quite enjoyed the discussion this has turned into and plus I haven't shared my fancys with anyone for a long time. Basically I have just let the tank do its own thing only cleaning the front and side glass. Its the most natural background and looks good IMHO. In some pics I've taken...
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    One of those stupid threads. Suggest fish for....plastic tubs, ha, ha

    Your hillstreams would love my tank, because there's so much for them to grass on. They would get eaten tho. I once added a heater to raise the temp a bit so I could add a load of male guppies. Then when I would lay back on the feeding from time to time, the guppies started going missing until I...
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    One of those stupid threads. Suggest fish for....plastic tubs, ha, ha

    The big, beautiful Blink and obviously Black Moor had to show his face too! When I first got Black Moor, I thought about returning him, thinking he was a psycho goldfish cause straight from the get-go he was chasing Blink and has barely left her alone since. At first I didn't have a clue what...
  81. Smells Fishy

    Round indoor pond project queries.

    Dang you got some jest.
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    In the last second of the video that's when you can see the true size of your big clown loach, defo the biggest I've ever seen apart the video I just shared. Cory is 100% going to buy more monster clown loaches like he hinted at so maybe he might get some even bigger ones in his next shipment...
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    If you haven't already seen this then watch it. You've probably dreamed of all your clown loaches reaching this size, just a little insight for what your in for.
  84. Smells Fishy

    Golden cobra snakehead group tank

    No way! As if you bought some channa aurantimaculata and they died a horrible death, mouth melt f### nasty! Their one of my dream fish, how did you find them, I mean were they a good fish and how much did they cost you? Gutted sorry for your loss.
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    One of those stupid threads. Suggest fish for....plastic tubs, ha, ha

    I pretty sure it's a fantail comet.
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    One of those stupid threads. Suggest fish for....plastic tubs, ha, ha

    Lol. Still on the goldfish topic, so it's all good. I did take some pics last night but stuff happened. When I get back from this job thing I'll upload some pics to convince sciencefiction to get a pet goldfish. Whoooooo go goldfish! Na I'm just being stupid now.
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    One of those stupid threads. Suggest fish for....plastic tubs, ha, ha

    I love how this has turned into a kind of goldfish conversation. It's been a while since I talked this talk because I stopped using my goldfish forum a couple of years ago and only use this one now. I did think about suggesting a goldfish but didn't because sciencefiction has the tubs planted...
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    One of those stupid threads. Suggest fish for....plastic tubs, ha, ha

    That's an interesting idea goldfish + hillstreams. It's crossed my mind before because with keeping any kind of goldfish you need high flow/filtration because it's in there nature to be little JCB's so are very messy fish. My waters all ways clear apart from feeding time when my fancys suck up...
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    150l Gurami - Somewhat Asian Themed

    Since nobody else has mentioned it, I'm totally down for you putting a bunch a kuhli loach in there and crypts gotta have them.
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    One of those stupid threads. Suggest fish for....plastic tubs, ha, ha

    I've recently decommissioned my 40L tub which had in it my Doubletail Betta + trumpit snails, nothing fancy looking like yours. It was super ghetto tech with DIY sponge filter, 100w heater, bare bottom but had a few leaves I'd collected, a buce still in the pot and salvinia auriculata. There all...
  91. Smells Fishy

    Fish Fish Fish

    It wouldn't surprise me if they did send me someone else's order, they are that bad. One of the many phone calls to them took place at about 1pm. I briefly spoke and then the guy on the phone said he can't help me because they had closed at 12pm, so I said why did you answer the phone then? The...
  92. Smells Fishy

    Fish Fish Fish

    Got my money back today so I went ahead and bought an Aquael Asap 100. Fish Fish Fish may have ruined my waterfall emerged plans but I've got something else in mind, not as good but still a very interesting take on the hobby.
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    Fish Fish Fish

    For those of you who don't know Fish Fish Fish is an online fish store. I thought there were a legit company, good website, Facebook page with loads of likes, so I went for it and spend nearly £100 on there site. Which turned into me being taken for a mug for nearly a month, on the 10th it would...
  94. Smells Fishy

    LED Replacement

    I have quite a few different sorts of led's running for my tanks. The best is my aqua one 130 aspire led, this is basically it http://aqua-one-parts.co.uk/aqua-one-10w-high-output-clip-on-led-lighting-system-for-aquanano-40.html but mine is way bigger. Next best is my AquarienEco which casts a...
  95. Smells Fishy

    Happy to be here

    Welcome.
  96. Smells Fishy

    Japanese Bonsai Garden - Learning Curve

    Your Betta has bloody big eyes lol.
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    Japanese Bonsai Garden - Learning Curve

    Since I've seen a better picture of your Betta now, it's definitely a rosetail.
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    Japanese Bonsai Garden - Learning Curve

    You could try the spadeleaf plant Gymnocoronis spilanthoide in the back right instead. It'll probs look a lot better and will give a more filled in look.
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    Japanese Bonsai Garden - Learning Curve

    The wood did the trick, I'm 100% sold on this being a nice looking tank now. The only thing for me that's a bit of a negative is the back of the tank doesn't seem as well lit. It's would be nicer for the tree to stand out more. It's going to look banging once the red plants have grown in. Do you...
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