It is 75 years since Guernsey was liberated from the German occupying forces .
There was going to be a huge island wide celebration with over 90 visiting, military vehicles, that along with our resident 50+ military vehicles were set to parade around our island in a huge convoy.
We had the most spectacular experience on Monday, it was so surreal.. almost scary!
I am not sure just how long I have been useing this pump but it has been used on several sea water tanks, lots of freshwater tanks and just recently on a large Vivarium.
It is a standard three speed central heating pump fitted with an Aquaturn conversion, basically a moulded polythene front...
l have started to decorate my new Paludarium box, I built it from plywood and completely glass fibred the inside.
Approx 1m x1m x 60cm. The water filled part will be 15cm high.
It will have a glass top but no front doors so I will have to choose the terrestrial plants carefully.. I am very much...
I have a question about pot plants kept in the house,... I recently re potted a big Swiss cheese plant, it was planted about 5 years ago in a 2 gallon pot full with nice soil.
When I cut away the pot with scissors, all that was inside was roots!
Maybe a cup full of soil but that was all!
I was wondering if any of you might be able to suggest any Christmassy towns in the U.K.
We will be travelling with the car to Portsmouth in early December, last year we went to Winchester and we thought it was the most atmospheric town we have come across so far.
Any suggestions for places...
I had been growing this tank for around one year, I have recently taken it down but took a couple of shots before I did.
It was quite unusual as the tank had a bare bottom and a suspended bed of soil a few inches off the bottom.
I ran a sump but at a very low turnover rate around three times an...
Lots of bottle nosed dolphins around our harbour this summer, some say this is a bad thing as they should be offshore hunting but there are not enough fish left offshore!
Anyway we joined in the fun last Saturday.....
We set off this morning around 8am with high expectations of seeing one or two of our elusive green lizards.
The green lizard is only found in one area that extends along our south coast, they can get pretty big, around a foot long.
Sarah, my partner, spotted one within 10 mins but it was to...
Guys, I am in Southampton for a few days (visiting a friend in hospital) is there anywhere I can buy replacement UV tubes within reasonable driving distance.
I live in Guernsey and nobody will post tubes to me, so I would like to buy a few while I am in England, if I can....
I have been growing this mixed pot plant, aquarium plant & wild collected plant tank for around 8 months.
I started off with 100w of LED lighting then added 150w of metal halide about one month ago.
The plants have gone mad since I added the extra light, in fact the tank has become a daily...
I am just about to take down my much neglected 200l tank.
It has been running for about 10 months, lots of C02, not much light, no added ferts.
I used aqusoil to start but I have not added any other ferts in the last 10 months.
It actually ran its self for 3 months while we went to New Zealand...
What exactly is hard cat litter made from and how is it formed?
I have read it is sometimes called moler clay, so I assume it is some form of baked clay?
So my main question is.... can Tesco cat litter stand high heat?
The reason I ask is because I am looking for materials to make a pizza oven...
I have been using standard EI fertilisation for many years, it has been successful & easy enough, however I was wondering about something.......
Every year I have several emersed tanks growing around my house and in the garden, I have featured them many times on this forum.
The growth in...
I bought four of the little devils last week, I though they might look good in a new scape I have just put together.
However they are not really what I expected, they fly around the tank 24 7... non stop buzzing around! they take food from the surface or anywhere in fact & continuously swim into...
Anyone else play guitar or anything else? Just wondering...
I can just about play a 6 string but play tenor & just started 4 string banjo.
I do Z cars on the harmonica ;) & play the didgeridoo.
My misses is absolutely convinced that I cant sing but it don't stop me trying LOL
I would like to establish what shop bought test kits give a reasonably accurate result?
PH we know can be accurately tested especially with a probe.
And we know Darrel & Clive don't trust Nitrate or Nitrite but are the kits completely useless or can they be trusted as a guide?
What about Ammonia...
Pretty simple really - I drilled out the feed hole inside the counter!
I was using about 6-8 BPS but now the hole has been drilled out I am using only 3 BPS :)
It just goes to show how quoting BPS can never be an accurate guide.
Obviously the bubbles are now larger & as I am maintaining the same...
I am still trying to get my head around how 'successful low tech tanks' differ from, say a community or even a single species tank?
I mean 'successful' as in growing healthy plants.
So we have a soil substrate, a fertiliser regime, one wpg, & recently it seems 10 x flow & even weekly water...
I seem to have all sorts going on in & around my lounge tank at the moment!
Baby fish in a breeding cage, emersed plants growing alongside pot plants there is a ficus tree & even a half dead orchid that was given to me today!
It is all due to be rescaped & sorted in the new year though....
I seem to have quite a choice of hard scape rocks literally on my door step, one side of Guernsey is made up of red granite & the other side is blue granite, there are pockets of pink & black too with plenty of mineral stone like quartz too.
Hi guys, do any of you know anywhere around Solihull where I could but ADA products?
I will be driving up from Portsmouth via the ferry from Guernsey to Hayling Island & onto Solihull, so anywhere on route really..
Living on an island means the sea plays a big part of my life & fishing is one of my favourite pastimes.
One fish I have yet to catch is a Gilthead bream, they are not a common fish in our waters but there are a few caught every year.
So in the Autumn months we set out to try & catch this...
I thought I would share my very first attempt at an edited video.....
I realise a new camera that zooms while filming would be great but, I have learnt a lot just from this one experience.
I hope it shows just how beautiful the channel islands can be when the sun shines.....part two & three to...
I think it is about time someone produced some method of counting C02 bubble rates - as soon as you get to 200lt it become virtually impossible to count the bubble rate using a conventional counter - anyone got any ideas?
Here is my solution for a high flow C02 reactor, very simple to build & very efficient in design :)
The tapering neck of the bottle is the key as the gas bubbles try to rise up they are continuously swirled around by the downward flow of water but due to the diffused flow as the neck...
I have noticed on several occasions that certain shops sell 'pot type plants' as aquatic aquarium plants.
Today I saw various variegated plants & some really nice green fern type plants, as we no these plants will not survive underwater for very long but can I assume they would be perfect for...
I was thinking about making up some acrylic pipework but first of all I need to understand the benefits of lily pipes.
I have read several times on this forum that the lily pipes produce some sort of vortex - how does this work?
I have read quite a few post on this forum stating that standard test kits are not to be relied on!
However it seems that the vast majority of forums still quote their tank parameters based on using commercial, readily available test kits?
So are they any good or not?
What can we test for &...
Well actually I don't even use one!
What I do use is this http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/270812409073? ... 1439.l2649
Cost £18 delivered & it is just great.
I know my tap water is supposed to be Ph 7.5 but, my device tells me 7.56, my tank in the morning is 7.8 & at mid lights on 6.42 = love it!!
I am looking for a South American species of plant that will grow out of the tank & survive the relatively dry air?
Obvious choice being the Echinodorus species but, I was just wondering if anyone had any other ideas?
My tank is actually designed to display such a plant as the light is...
Lets start at he beginning...
I have decided to build a new tank, I have though about what I want to achieve with the tank so I do have a basic plan.
(1) I want to have access to all sides for glass cleaning & maintenance.
(2) I want a fine sand area for my breeding Corydoras.
(3) I want a...
You can definitely up the fert dose as I was double dosing the same fert mix at one time with great results.
Also you can up your water change, try 50% twice a week for a few weeks or even more if necessary.
If the problem persist perhaps try dosing some liquid carbon as well!!
We all know how important it is to get the flow inside the tank just right but, how to achieve the best effect?
Full lenth spray bars definitely work & seem to be the best option for tanks with tall plants at the back as the circular flow can still be achieved.
Lily pipes seem to be great for...
I was just wondering how long folk have managed to keep the same fish for?
I lost a cardinal today that was at least three years old but to be honest there were 30 of them three years ago & some only lasted a few months!
I notice quite a lot of interest in metal halide lights on the forum recently!
When I swapped over from reef keeping I also used a MH for a time but found the light to imposing on my living room ambience.
This was probably due to the distance I had to suspend the 250w light above the tank to...
I thought I might have a go inside the house & planted a pot of HC, still in the pot but overflowing now.
I just pushed the whole pot into some bonsai soil with a 9w light on for 10 hours about 5 weeks ago.
I have been fitting some of the latest 7w Phillips dimmable LED GU10 fitting bulbs around my house, they are by far & away the most powerful LED replacement bulbs I have come across :shock: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/PHILIPS-DIMMABLE- ... 3a62f571a2
I also see that Phillips sell a 4w 12v bulb with...
Well last Saturday I noticed this....
I built the tank about 12 years ago & it operated as a reef tank for about three years, since then the tank has been a freshwater plant tank. So I guesse a leak was always a possibility however definitely not welcome! :shock:
I just wondered if anyone has tried designing a minimalistic style tank, I don't mean the actual tank or stand but something like a big tank with just one plant?
Or a small tank filled up with just one specimen plant?
Hi guys, I have a problem with a 4' tall tank (2 x 2 x 4) I want to install a power filter but I wonder if the regular models available can coupe with the pressures involved?
The issue is not about power so much as the fact the filter will be sitting 6' below the water level & will be under a...
Our gardens resident sparrow hawk took a feral pigeon today, she spent all day eating the pigeon but I just couldn't get close enough for a decent picture.
In the end I took the pic by shooting through my spotting scope!
She is just the little spot below the base of the tree.
Bet not many of you know about ormers?
They are a type of sea snail & are absolutely delicious to eat.
We went with an old fisherman friend to some offshore reefs & caught a nice haul.
Ormers can only be collected a few times a year so as to conserve stocks - to day was one of those days :)
I have found a few pictures of my tank as it was set up in 2001.
Unfortunately I cant find any of the mature tank but, theses pics show the first few months.
I still have the tank & sump running to this day however the tank has moved location across the living room.
For some reason I had it in...
Anyone using one of these?
I installed one a few weeks back, it seemed to need a lot of pressure to get going but worked very well in deed - however I have to keep adjusting my needle valve to keep it consistent.
I assume the device is getting clogged but how do you clean it?