Other then the extra tabs (which i do occasionally add) i have been doing the "oliverira" method for years without knowing it. :)
That is exactly how i would prep the soil between scapes. Although it in this case had been dried and stored in the dark before cleaning and reuse.
It is trying.... with a single tank you would just restart and hope it goes away but the slog of having it in all the tanks, different ages, does just kick it out of you.
Todays water changes on the remaining 5.
The two at the end (oldest of the scapes) have run a course of GDA treatment and...
We do have the same "tank on the hill" it's just the run from our shared stop cocks to the hall and my house is different pipes, and their internal pipework is older than mine and not used often.
Hence the elevated copper, lead and zinc readings. All due to the corrosion of pipework from the...
I've been in this property for 6 years now and did a good few scapes in the house while finishing the room outside.
(note the mini landscaping rock in this may have buffered my kh for me)
Even the first 6 months in the room were probably ok.... some interesting growth in...
yeah i went through the stuff on metal toxicity while narrowing down that as an option but as i mentioned the testing of the water for the room actually didn't show the same silly readings from the hall.
i've done 2 and 4 of your list :)
From the hall.
Now i can actually get my supply tested for free as part of a scottish government scheme to improve private supplies to aim to get a grant to fit an acid neutraliser.
But really i don't expect ours to be anywhere as high in copper/lead/zinc as the halls next door in the...
I've actually got some analysis done for the water due to the potential of lead and copper in the supply in the community hall near by. We are on the same bit of the supply.
The lab tests there were pretty scary but at the same time really only represented the addition of metals from the...
The ph of 4 ish was recorded on a blackwater breeding project I did for Rocket Panchanx last year. I don't recall any test strip tests showing that low ph in the main room however. I do admit that i wasn't obsessively testing stuff until the last 6 months while trying to get to the bottom of...
Alas i do enjoy Happi's posts but this must have been early on in his scaping.... by page 4 he's recounted (been corrected on APF) the idea that NO3 is converted to NH4 by bacteria that are not present enough in low ph tanks. Thought that sounded a little bit too elegant.
Certainly think my low...
Certainly the amount of GDA that occurs is almost directly proportional to the level of fert dosing (ie NO3) but obviously in my case this is also somewhat dictated by the energy and fert needs of each tank.
I think i've skim read this one and chatted to Tom B about it before.
This does ring true -
". i also discovered low PH water is Prone to GDA when using EI dosing, why? because when using KNO3, Bacteria have to convert NO3 back to NH4 for the plants, plants are normally covered with Bacteria...
about 6.4 but no natural hardness.
i reminerlize with TNC GH booster and seachem alkaline buffer for KH. Aiming for 5 dGH and about 3 dKH currently. Although that was all over the place a few months back.
Indeed. They are mounted deliberately higher and then dialled down. With the PAR meter used to check for dark spots.
It is actually only that single tank that is hardscape heavy which also runs pretty low light and lean ferts.
The rest of 90 - 100% planted.
I've leaned away from...
Alas it now makes me somewhat sad going in there. Hopefully soon i'll perk up a bit. I'm going to shift to emersed growth and riparium set ups for a change. Hopefully the lower energy/plant mass in the water and associated water column dosing will not recreate the same diatom and...
Thanks replies so far guys, alas i'm not sure any "golden bullet" answers so far. I have kind of gone through everything i can think of in the last year trying to nail this.
I'm a little rushed just now for more specific answers but here is a photo of the room last March. Before I filled a...
generally i've turned most of the kessils down and mounted them high. I've got a PAR meter and the worst tanks are split both high and low end. 35 - 80ish mols. Admittedly there are lots of lights in the same room and there was some differences in the timers on the different wall runs. Amended...
Possibly, but i've also addressed the flow in the lower flow tanks with additional powerheads and pumps. Still diatoms.
In one tank they started off on the Bolbitis which was directly in the flow from a 1800 lph filter in a 150L tank!
Another thing i'd been chasing around recently is that I...
The gravel vaccing was increased as a response to the diatoms tbh. I instigated some deeper cleans of the older aquasoils too. Which were recommended tbh by experts and i've done with sucess in the past too.
Because it's effecting all the tanks to some degree I was trying to cover all room...
Long time no speak. :)
Don't think the overdosing of Mg would be a problem.
I'd agree that it hadn't caused an issue as such as Mg isn't going to hurt the plants/fish etc but I ended up with readings of dGH of 10+ in cases with dKH 0/1.... I did plenty of reading around and chatted to...
It's taken me a while to come query this online as i've been trying to get to the bottom of it myself for the last year.
This post is to tap into anyone's experience of similar or opinions on base causes.
As you may notice from my sig and possibly remember me i'm somewhat of an old...
I am actually just back after a long hiatus posting here. not in the best way tbh, i'm about to knock high tech/energy on the head due to ongoing issues with the many scapes I run at home probably stemming from my spring water. Just not feeling the joy I got from scaping like I used too...
Any updates with your journey through this? I'm coming back to the forum to detail my issues with GDA on multiple tanks and found your thread. I'm a bit short of time to fully go into it now but i'm also coming from a spring water remineralised angle. I'd also been massively overdoing...
Valid point :)
In the end i'm looking at 10+ tanks so with the extra leds and kit this is going to be pricey. If the differnce between the upper end and lower end but basically the same opti white, ada style is 100's per tank i'm going to go with the cheapest :)
What are the latest opinions of affordable tanks of good quality silicon work, braceless, optiwhite etc?
Preferably the ADA clones that are popping up from all the different manufacturers.
I've got a fair number of new scapes planned and am looking to balance off the shelf 60cm & 90cm...
I'm pretty sure they have these in my local shop. i'll check the price point but feel it will quickly escalate :)
Grobeam's always put me off as most of the TMC range seems to have been hit with an unnecessary plastic ugly stick (with the exception of the aquabars RIP)
I've read a bit about...
I got a current USA planted+ pro instead of a finnex when researching for my 90cm as id read about the issues and hot running. I could possibly look back that way. but i'm suffering a bit from light distribution on that tank with the single strip source being on top of the tank rather then a...
The eternal question once more.
What light unit for another 60cm in the house?
Currently i'm running two sets of Aquabars (one white one colour) on the other two but now I've found out that TMC are no longer making Aquabars and the supply around the place seems to be drying up I'm...
Different types tbh. Sometimes I used tropica, sometimes the TNC complete. Sometimes DIY ones i've mixed myself. If i had to pick my preference i'd buy more TNC Complete.
I also have tap water that is basically RO now and reminerlize with a GH/KH booster.
Hey Konrad 3ml all in one per day. 50% water change once a week. Aquasoil was new from the start of the tank. although by the point of the photos the rear planting was actually mostly detached from it in a low mound. :)
re:Bolbitis you will probably find the leaves will go a little grotty as the newer growth suited to you parameters comes in. Snip them off at the rhizome. I find it always wants to slowly dump older leaves when changing water conditions and like Darrel says the low tech leaves will be smaller.
I was just going to update my signature links and the forum is now telling me I can only have 5 lines and links.
For an old timer like me with many scapes and journals that is pretty limiting :)
Any chance the cap could be upped? :)
(or i can just bite the bullet and erase the links to...
But as ever lets see how it develops. 8)
re: the light, I was designing the scape knowing the angle would cause shadows, it's just a little more pronounced then I initially thought. I'm musing over switching out for a couple of Aquabars so that the dual strips spread the light a...
So slack on updating.
With the sand in. Still need the smaller stones.
Then some from 5 weeks in once the rocks were off and things are growing in.
Still a lot to do. The light is great...
happen to have a photo?
I'm wondering if your CO2 is bottoming out and stopping plant growth/absorption. But frankly you are not putting THAT much ferts in. Just standard doses. Not very many demanding plants there also. Depending on how heavily planted (photo :) ) you could get away with a...
How much are you putting in (and tank size)?
How often are you water changing?
What are you lights?
Do you use Co2?
How planted is the tank?
How heavily stocked in the tank currently?
erm..... i think that's all the questions people will ask.
That stuff at the bottom rings a bell. :)
My first instinct was the recipe was very exact and due to my scales only reading to one decimal point i may be unbalancing the mix. but since then i've gone back through and read the full info again and spoken to nigel and the composition being...
Still a fan of Jame's all in one DIY.
But my mixes always seem to go cloudy after a month or so..... The discussion with Nigel actually focuses more on the compositions of the different traces and relative balance of the liquid there of but actually what I got out of it was a reminder that I...
After a discussion with Nigel from The Nutrient Company about my all in one solution going cloudy I'm going to put a bit more effort into sterilising the dosing bottles I store it in.
How do you sterilise yours?
I was actually planning on moving the fish out of the tank it's in anyway now the big tank is up and running so I'll give it a shot. It's been a long while since i've od'ed easy carbo. shall i just run 3.5x until it clears up or a week?
It may be impossible to split some of the types as the...
Due to some bad maintenance a while back some rare fissidens types I've been nurturing have ended up with a variety of algae on them. I've only got tiny amounts of each but I really want to dip/treat the whole branch but am very uncertain of which method to use to avoid accidentally...
A little update, things moving along.
I am going to prune out the vertical branch on the far left and possibly the other one near it as it will obstruct the lid. Sand to add in the foreground. Possibly moving the left branch inwards a touch.
Kicking myself a touch for not picking...
I've actually had 4 (i think) only one was leaking. So I wouldn't be prepared to say there is a flaw. I'd say give them another chance man. It seems like you may have just had a bad warehouse packer, or string of bad luck. Out of all the companies I deal with i'd actually rate CO2art as one of...
Ah mate that sounds like you are getting some very bad luck with Co2Art. My experiences with them have been nothing but the opposite. I've actually bought 20 - 30 + items from them in the past and some have had or developed problems. Including one of the reg's you mention, with leaks. The return...
I was really impressed with ND aquatics last custom tank I got made, price and quality. I wasn't an optiwhite but the silicone was perfect. The clearseal edgeline was a touch underwhelming.
I could be wrong but i think some people were having issues with AML and delivery. (apologies if i have...
It really was amazing. We stayed most of the time in the rainforest. I really wish id taken an underwater camera with me. The rivers were so clear.
When I finally have the wood soaked it will sink happily. I've not settled on the final positions yet but as long as I have a central "clearing...
I can't really see why there would be an issue with overdosing, ie overspec. I imagine thou underspec would negate the effect through the tank. But hey, fuzzy science. :) The cheap Hong kong knock off seems to give better scope of using it on small to medium tanks with 3 modes rather then 2. I...
Any issue with using a version that is larger tank spec recommendation on a smaller tank? (i'm thinking of getting one and moving it around between a 60 and a 150L)
Is there much difference in the size of the unit in the tank?
beyond the water changes mentioned above you could also try a small internal UV filter for the duration of the outbreak. I always keep one handy in the rare circumstance that I get a green water algae issue and don't want to black out the tank.
They say it is. I'm not 100% convinced. It has more of a green tint then my other opti but i've also been told in the past it can vary from tank to tank. In fact of the three 30cm cube opti's i have one is much more green then the others.
Quality wise the work was good but not 100%. The first...
So things are finally at the stage of setting up my clearseal 90 edgeline tank. This thing has been sitting in the living room since march unused for anything other then a plant holding tank. It's also taken a ridiculous amount of time to collect the equipment i wanted. But thankfully its...
Weeping, in my experience is one of the types that tended to come loose when it grew denser. I did superglue mine last time i did it on rock. Probably due to it's natural shading as it layers on top of each other. Tieing it on will probably give it a much better footing in the long term thou.
There is the whole top section that i've not photographed yet too. The dark areas are also very under exposed on the photos above, they are actually a warren of wood tunnels and caves for the puffers to emerge from. :)
From my reading on puffers the water volume is the right size for a few (especially with the extra big filter) but you need to either made sure you have the sexing right. Which is the tricky part as the sex of the first one we got wasn't very clear. The Males are meant to have a...
It's been years since i've journalled properly here, so as promised here is the first of my new batch.
I've been busy as hell with work and moving house 8 months ago (and again a year and a half before that) that i'd had little time or space for bigger in house tanks. Brighid...
Thanks for the replies guys.
Two of the cubes are suffering a bit with too higher light plants in with the eheim PowerLED's.
The dwarf puffer tank has been set up as low light/hybrid and is doing great (journal starting some time soon).
I'm looking at it as a replacement/slight upgrade to the eheim power LED's i use on my 30cm cubes. From the PAR readings it doesnt really look like a great mid to high light lamp as the photos of the scapes they are using to advertise it indicate. Although they possibly could be more shallow...
I'd actually dismissed this lamp after skim reading else where it wasn't up to much. But i'm seeing more advertising with it over what I would call higher energy scapes.
Not seeing much discussion here on it.
Anyone using one? Impressions?
Found some tech details on The Aquatic Plant...
Indeed. They do settle in ok however, with plenty of displays of courting and such like. I've also made sure I had a decent ratio of females to males. Other then the alarm they show when you access the tank they generally act pretty chilled and are always on display or in central areas. :)
I'm not familiar with the term pump their gills? i've not noticed them "heavy breathing" as such. They have been fun but i'd not consider them for another planted tank of this size or minimal scape I think.
They are very skittish. As soon as I put my hand in the tank they shoot off at high...
All my tanks (see sig) have been run long term. Some are onto their 3 or 4 year... I've only really had to break one down as the kit did not live up to my expectations of the hardscape i wanted (T5's in the hood meant that the light was always too bright for the hardscape set up).
Glass lids, what thickness have people leaned to in the past. My last couple of DIY ones were 6mm laminated safety glass, mainly because the ex had a cat that kept jumping on it and i wanted to make sure she wouldnt go through.
I think i could go thinner without the lamination.
excellent transformation from the first planting to the final shot. really enjoyed that.
did you scrub the rocks at all when you added the twinstar? the use of easy carbo once a week i wouldn't put the cleaning down too. it is only really active for 24 hours as far as i knew.... if this is...
is that not an insanely high amount of light!! how long for?
Cudos to your partner for keeping on top of the maintenance...
looks great. I really want to try that eriocaulon cinereum but i don't think my current USA planted + pro light will give out enough energy for it to grow well (about 50...
I'll journal the lot with photos. After a gap for moving north and buying this new place after renting it's about time i gave something back to UKAPS again :)
I will aim to take some photos of the puffer tank this week at least. :)
Still ticking along. i've actually let it grow WAY big on the mounds. it's amazing how large monte carlo can get and still be green underneath. i'm planning on rescaping the tank once i've set up the cleanseal edgeline 90 in the sitting room. I've also done a 30cm cube puffer tank that i'll...
indeed. ive just been lazy in the oast and part of my thinking of moving to the highlands was actually to have the hardscape and inspiration for scapes all around me.
plus i've got three years of university geology modules behind me a long time ago. :)
I'll post photos of my finds here.
we really do have a poor selection in the uk. even the lists i've pawed through at my LFS from the main distributers mostly show the interesting stuff beyond seiryu clones and dragon as out of stock. i'm doing some local foraging about this area over the next few days. one of the perks of living...
i've recently moved to a house up in the highlands with a septic tank that has a seep away into a small burn. that burn flows into a wider road drainage system which at some point ends up in a local river as far as i know (we are ten miles away from any large town). it's made me double up my...
having just dealt with my first white spot outbreak in 15 years of fish keeping (don't know how i managed to last that long) i've got no desire to catch that or any other aquarium nasties ;)
cheers for pointing that out. :)