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    Cloudy water

    Hi all Being working away for a long time and my 240L tank was in need of some TLC. I've restarted the 50% water change every 2 weeks and clobbered or removed a lot of plants as it was looking very overgrown with some black and green spot algae. CO2 is back on at 1BPM and a reduced photo period...
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    Reusing Amazonia wet

    Thanks for sharing your experiences I'll give it a go.
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    Reusing Amazonia wet

    Thinking of a complete rescape on my 200l tank which has a good depth of Amazonia 5" at the back to 3" front perhaps too much in retrospect. Been set up about three years. Want to try and avoid a complete strip down, rescape and replant and convert back from low Tec to injecting CO2, weekly...
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    Advice on Eheim Professionel 4+

    As above had loads of issues with water getting into the motor unit and electronics on my Thermo 3 proffessional on its 4th rebuild in 5 years from Ehiem for free but thats not the point its poor design/testing from a brand you expect more of given the premium price tag. I asked for a...
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    My tanks

    Beautiful creation, just how much effort do you put into getting such pleasing results. Whats you secret?
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    INLINE OR INTANK co2 diffuser

    Call me old fashioned but I've gone back to inline diffusion using a Aqua medic Co2 reactor packed with Ehiem ceramic rings at 3bpm. Easier to set up and control, provides extra bio filtration, uses less gas, stable and no mist in the tank. Against having to run two in tank diffusors (200L)...
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    Tropica & Pets at Home

    I predict the end of quality plants from the mainstream shops even those with a half reasonable rep for live plants if all they can source is these blister pack plants. The packaging will have to be paid for at the price of reduced numbers stems etc and a higher retail price for poor quality...
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    Tropica & Pets at Home

    Agree the sooner this experiment ends the better
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    A few scape's in one place (scape #3 page 3)

    Three beautiful scapes just one thing missing; fish! You have green fingers sir.
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    Suicide Shrimp best way to save them?

    I'd agree they are smather than your average shrimp! Just watching them outsmart the fish when there is food to be had makes me laugh there not stupid creatures.
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    Tropica & Pets at Home

    Can't say I like this concept of selling plants for a few reasons; 1) LFS will loose trade to the big generic outlets with greater buying power so in the end plant variaties will be reduced to what sells as they have no real interest or passion for fish/plants or anything else they sell just...
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    Suicide Shrimp best way to save them?

    They seem to jump/climb out at various times between water changes. On thing for sure is that during a water change they seek out and revel in the flow/bubbles and go a bit mad until the O2 reduces down to normal levels. After all they are a type of river shrimp right?There are filter in/outlets...
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    Suicide Shrimp best way to save them?

    I'm a low tec on this front after loosing all my previous shrimp to liquid CO2 as an addtion to CO2, nasty stuff. Now just inject about 2 BPM 2 hours before lights on and stop 1 hour before off. My drop checker is a mid green. But yes its possible something in the water might be irritating them...
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    Suicide Shrimp best way to save them?

    Yes just a shoal of Harliquins, Emporar, Cardinal, Embler tetras, two very small "plecs" and a Botia to eat any snails.
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    Suicide Shrimp best way to save them?

    Thanks guys. They have loads of hiding places and the water quality is good as I change 60% every 2 weeks and don't go mad with ferts. Circulation is rapid from a Ehiem 3 Thermo plus a internal circulation pump. I'm going to try some mist netting attached to a internal frame.
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    Suicide Shrimp best way to save them?

    Hi all Stocked about 25 Amarno shrimp into my 200l open topped tank to keep hair algae at bay (brilliant result). Anyway my little helpers keep jumping out overnight for me to find their dryed up bodies. I've lost about 7-8 now which is a shame:(. I have a Arcadia 4 tube luminair over the...
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    How many Amano Shrimp?

    Following a wipe out of my Amano shrimp a few months ago due to liquid Co2 overdose (never again) I'm about to restock my 200L tank which is well planted and running bottle Co2, liqiud ferts 4mls/day macro and 2mls/day micro good flow from Ehiem 2042 and power head. How many would you suggest...
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    Is there a perfect way to euthanise

    Small fish (Tetra size) simply quick squeeze to the head between thumb and finger, instant and you can even do it in the tank if the fish is that far gone. Bigger fish sharp blow again to the head. Not a pleasant task but a kindness if the fish is suffering and I feel is part of the...
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    Your examples of liquid CO2 only tanks

    Not saying its not possible but from my experience liquid CO2 is evil if you get the dosing wrong esp with shrimps. It wiped mine out desipte things looking stable leading up to it all seemed well then bang dead/dying shrimp in the space of a few hours even with a 90% water change.
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    The Lazy Asian Biotope

    One of my very favourite tanks, so natural with flow and I like the fact its evolved over many years using the same substrate and T5's. Kinda goes against a lot of advice out there and underlines the need to keep things simple and above all stable. My own crypts grow but not to the lushness I...
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    George visits Dennerle

    Suprised how many they grow "dry" no suprise they is no algae on them! Might explain why it takes these plants time to adapt submerged and the changes in leaf shape we see which is sometimes so very different from what you get in the box. Makes me think there very few truly aquatic plants...
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    Loosing battle with BBA what next?

    Thought it would be good to do another update. Well I stuck to the regiem above and my fish, plants and I are very happy. All the plants are growing very well with zero BBA just a little spot on the glass. Current parameters are 24c, spray bar no circulation pump, Co2 2 BPM fed into a CO2...
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    Another fix to the eheim skim 350

    Don't fill your tank with loads of ferts and you won't need one;) retired mine.
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    Loosing battle with BBA what next?

    Hi all Well I thought I'd update this. Good and bad to report. Put into practice the advice suggested and paid the price by increasing the liquid CO2 with a complete wipe out of all my shrimp, a massive series of water changes failed to save them and the fish had a free early Xmas dinner. As...
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    Fresh Start 225L

    Yes still trying to resolve them!!
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    Amano shrimp HELP

    Just had the exact same issue in my tank increased the liquid carbon (dbl dose) to help deal with BBA lost 50% of my shrimp. Hoping that a 75% water change saves the rest which are lethargic to the point the fish are picking them off.
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    Loosing battle with BBA what next?

    Hi Paulo Thanks for sharing your battle notes with the BBA seems you have tried most things. Its a very persistanrt problem which Ive had before twards the end of a set ups life which for me is about every 3-4 years when a build up of organics in the substrate is inevitable. This was with non...
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    Loosing battle with BBA what next?

    Have to go shopping now but a quick question whats SAE?? Or am I a bit thick Siamese Algae Eaters?
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    Loosing battle with BBA what next?

    Hi Guys Thanks for the quick response and advice much appreciatted. Take the point about carrying on the fight I'll try the following and report back on the results. Just one thing what are SAE's? Siamese Algae eaters? My clean up crew are about 10 x Ottos and about 10 x Amanos. Right plan...
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    Loosing battle with BBA what next?

    Hi all Struggling with BBA its keeps coming back no matter how much I remove infected leaves must have removed a good two thirds of the plant mass now. Set up is EI (ferts 25mls and liquid Co2 7mls by daily dosing pump) based 220L tank running 4 T5 luminaire (2 on for full 6 hours and plus 2...
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    Uneven production of CO2 bubbles from diffuser better options?

    Thanks for the info looks like I've decsion to make I've got a tropica unit I took out prior to putting the present difusers in didn't realise they were that good when it was in use only replaced it because as you say they ain't nice to look at! Might get another one given I've bought everything...
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    Uneven production of CO2 bubbles from diffuser better options?

    Cheers guys I should have said I've already got a Regulator/Solenoid Output Splitter at the same time as the diffusers so balancing them is fine, The diffusers have not really worked from new so cleaning them I can't see helping, the gas (larger bubbles) seems to pass between the disc and the...
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    Ehiem proffessional 3 thermo filter

    Thought I would up date and perhaps save fellow hobbists on here some potential grief. I would advise all considering buying a P3 to avoid them, its intresting Ehiem stockists no longer have them and have been replaced with the P4 with even more electronic "crap" to go wrong (since when has...
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    Eheim External later model external filters - maintenance

    Best advice I can give you is sell it, mines been nothing short of being a misery to own over the last 4 years despite replacing the seal sets every 12 months it has leaked, the thermostat has failed 3 times and despite John Allen repairing it (for free) and sealing the electronics they are at a...
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    Uneven production of CO2 bubbles from diffuser better options?

    Hi I had a single in tank diffuser in my 200L which was resulting in uneven distribution around the tank so I went for 2 one at each end which seems better but the diffusion bubbles are not of equal size across the surface of the diffusers which is leading to a lot of waste CO2 as these larger...
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    Eheim External later model external filters - maintenance

    Might help if you provide details of the model;)
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    Ehiem proffessional 3 thermo filter

    Up date time, John Allen have come through for a 3rd time and repaired the head and replaced completley the 3 pipe connector with a new unit. The pump is up and running at last and I will monitor so far I think I've lost a lot of my shrimp which is a shame. I cant fault John Allens customer...
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    Ehiem Germany Customer Service dept e mail address?

    Hi I need to contact Ehiem directly and tried the "info e mail" on their web site and got nil response just wondered if anyone has a direct e mail address? Thanks
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    Filter out of action for next week or so what would you do?

    Fair point the filter is now with John Allen to look at so I'm waiting for feed back from them after which I will drop Ehiem head office an e mail as you suggest as if was me I'd want it back to undertake some tests to see what the problem is as it seems quite a few people have had issues with...
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    Filter out of action for next week or so what would you do?

    Thanks for the advice appreciatted. I take your point with regard to the altums they sometimes get a bit peckish and snack on a shrimp or two. I generally do 50% a week water change but think I will split it along with the feeding and reduce the ferts and light as suggested. I have an old power...
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    Filter out of action for next week or so what would you do?

    Thanks could run second air stone inside cannister, head is away for repair. Too much media to place in tank but I suppose I could put some in to act as a starter colony later. Live in Wakefield.
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    Filter out of action for next week or so what would you do?

    Ehiem P3 Termo not working (again) at present. Set up EI dosing plus liquid cardon 210L tank plus CO2 3bpm Ehiem skimmer, in tank circulation pump and x4 T5s set for 7 hours full blast for 3 hours. Heavy planting and about 20 tertras and 6 Altums and lots of shrimp. Finally will the filter...
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    Ehiem proffessional 3 thermo filter

    Spoken to John Allen nice guy. By coincidence they were dealing with another customer same filter, same issue 3 repairs 3 fails. At present they are at a loss to eplain why the filter head keep failing but have again offered to take a look at it for me which is brilliant customer service, but...
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    Vision 250 - Eheim Thermofilter Recommendations?

    I would think twice regarding Thermo Ehiems see http://www.ukaps.org/forum/threads/ehiem-proffessional-3-thermo-filter.36775/ just not reliable given the cost.
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    Ehiem proffessional 3 thermo filter

    Think I've resigned to having an external heater/stat back in tank as only Ehiem have this but I'm not prepared to chuck another £500 at one! That will buy me a lot of plants! The Fluvial FX6 at £189 seems to have a good spec and their head office is only 5 miles away from me but it would be...
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    Ehiem proffessional 3 thermo filter

    Hi all I'd just thought I'd update you all. This filter has failed now three times in 2 years. Twice before; the thermostat had failed and Ehiem/John Allen kindly repaired, well sadly today its failed again:sour: and took the house electrics out with it(sorted now). The filter head was full of...
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    Water Changes straight from the tap

    Same here drain, add declorinator, leave filter running full on to disperse it though the remaining volume and fill direct from cold 50% water change. Drops temp up to 5-6 degrees but the fish don't seem to mind in fact the ottos and shrimp seem to love it.
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    amano shrimp

    You must have very deep pockets buying anything from Pets in the bank store!
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    Planning a low tech on a budget

    Hetchell Crags near Thoner/|Scarcroft the stream is spring fed from along the crag which I've had many a thirsty drink out of! The surrounding banks are very boggy as a result and full of bog oaks a couple of which are probably over 1000 yeas old. Pity they are not small enough to fit in a tank...
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    Planning a low tech on a budget

    I live in Wakefield and have used Sandstone, grit stone and even bog wood taken from swampy ground in past years when money was tight just soaked it and scrubbed it until clean and solid can't say I ever had any issues. I'd say give it a go in a small way and see how you get on. Best of luck.
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    Will a surface skimmer off gas a ton of co2?

    bubbles trapped in the scum layer hence why you want a skimmer
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    spraybars or not ?

    About 3cm.
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    spraybars or not ?

    I use a 100cm bay across the back wall of the tank (120cm) linked to Ehiem professional 3 which gives a nice even flow and distribution. This is supplemented with a in tank circulation pump which the CO2 stream enters to be "mixed" and pushed to the bottom layers of the tank, while at the...
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    EI does it lead to early fish mortality?

    Agree lush growth might equal healthy plants but does that translate to healthy/happy fish given the methods used to achieve it? Take your point with regard the Chelated content but a weekly single dose will decrease in concentration over the week giving the fish a better chance of having a...
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    EI does it lead to early fish mortality?

    Hi all I've been running EI for about 6 months and my plants are doing well with minimal problems. Before this I always ran low tech systems with Co2 and some weekly ferts for about 15 years but not to EI levels. I still under took weekly 40-50% water changes and could grow a large range of...
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    My tanks

    Amazing, must take a lot of devotion to keep your tanks looking a beautiful as this an inspiration to all! Thanks for sharing.
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    Jakes's New Aquascape in the making

    Nice and neat there at the back and I don't want to throw water on it but fixing the ballast to the back panel you might regret if any water drips down or if it fails. How you going to get at it? I'd consider putting inside the cabinet now then at least it will be dry and accessible later.
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    Nymphaea stellata Bulb

    Hi Marcel Thanks for the information, I will have a look into it. Regards Andy
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    Nymphaea stellata Bulb

    hi Marcel I've noticed like you that the "bulb" is pulling itself down into the soil while the remaining plant is on a runner with small submerged leaves. So given the inevitability that the plant will want to go walk about and develop only floating leaves is there a viable alternative in...
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    Nymphaea stellata Bulb

    Thanks Martin I'll keep on top of the remaining plant.
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    Nymphaea stellata Bulb

    Hi all Planted a bulb about 6 weeks ago and it started off with three large lovely pink submerged leaves before sending up the typical lily pads to the surface so I initially removed them but it still sent further leaves to the surface. Its growth rate was amazing. I've grow this before and...
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    Fresh Start 225L

    Up date time. Now 5 weeks in. Replaced the mosses and upped the Ferts, CO2 and light duration/intensity to six hours with a full blast for 3 hours. keeping up the water changes at 30% every 4th day. Think its coming on the only plant that's struggling ids the Cuba for some strange reason have...
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    Eheim Pro 3 - worst Eheim ever?

    I've had similar issues with my Pro 3 Thermo in terms of leaks from the head and soaking of the dinning room floor, non priming and have had the electronic thermostat fail twice in the last 5 or so years. I now simply fill the filter full of water which see's it start 100% and carry a spare...
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    Fresh Start 225L

    Yep washed all the gel off and treated it no different to the "normal" portion.
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    Fresh Start 225L

    Hi all Everything seems to be growing at week three apart from the 3 portions of 1-2 grow willow moss which has simply dissolved:( any ideas as to why? The single pot of "normal willow moss" is growing really well. Question, given the ADA Amazoina substrate would you dose with Ferts now at 50%...
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    TMC EASI-Dose 3 Dosing Pumps

    Hi all Just purchased one of these to ensure the tank gets dosed with Macro, Micro and liquid CO2 as I've a memory like a sieve! Anyone got any practical tips/experience of using this model? Also do I need check valves? if so what do you recommend or will normal air line types be ok...
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    Fresh Start 225L

    Hi all Well after 7 years the old set up had passed its best and I was sick of looking at it so after collecting all the bits since Xmas but having no time until now I made a start last weekend and planted her up today. Set up is as follows; Opti white 100 x 45 x 50 3 bags of ADA Amazon...
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    Ehiem proffessional 3 thermo filter

    hi all Just thought I'd update you all, spoke to Ehiem and John Allen really helpful they have kindly repaired the head, replaced the electronic stat, all the seals in the head and taps. What can you say other than thank you John Allen and Ehiem. Quality customer care in an age of throw it...
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    Ehiem proffessional 3 thermo filter

    Thanks all I'm awaiting a call from John Allen after contacting Ehiem so we will see how I get on I'll keep you posted. Thanks for the offer Alastair appreciated its a 2180.
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    Ehiem proffessional 3 thermo filter

    Hi all Any body had any issues with these filters? I'm starting to think they have an inherent design problem. I've had mine for 5 years and its being a pain, which is disappointing given the cost and reputation of Ehiem. I bought it to keep the inside of the tank free of clutter. During this...
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    New set up Water RO or Tap? Start up photoperiod?

    Thanks all for the pointers appreciated I'll take this on board. Started reading the Tutorials, your correct things are a bit different to when I started 10 years ago with a Dennerle based system:eek:. I'll start a journal so you can see how things work out once I feel ready to make a proper...
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    New set up Water RO or Tap? Start up photoperiod?

    Always thought it was better at feeding algae if reef tanks are any guide?
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    New set up Water RO or Tap? Start up photoperiod?

    Hi all Planning a new set up soon 100x50x50 ADA Amazonia soil, CO2 via in line Aquamedic diffuser, Ehiem professional 31200XET Thermo, circulation pump with Arcadia 4x39w T5's. So I guess from reading here High Tec and plan on trying EI fert dosing using a propitiatory dry mix for macro and...
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    Arcadia OT2 4 tube Freshwater Luminaire 1000mm

    Hi All Bit of background first bought a "old style" 4 tube Arcadia 6 years ago which it would be fair to say has gradually disintegrated with the all the plastic components baking and cracking with all the tube connectors being replaced twice along with 3 ballasts on a photo period of 8 hours...
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    Thanks for rekindling my intrest!

    Hi all I set up my first "high tec" planted tank 5 years ago without knowing about this site, shame its a great read.:) Lot's of things I hadn't considered then but will now! Current tank tired and I'm in the process of putting a new one together using lots of info from here. Any local members...
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    Re-vamping an establish set up or start afresh?

    Hi all First post so go easy! I've being lurking on here on and off for a few years! but have reached a stage where my tank is looking a bit sorry for itself and needs a make over. It was set up about 4 years ago and looked great then time became short and I had to revert to a more less...
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    ADA substrate and additives

    How long will ADA substrate last? My experience to date (15 years) despite good circulation (Ehiem professional 3 2018), CO2 3 bubbles/min, fertilization (Brighty K Step 2) and weekly 50% water changes in a 400L tank with x4 T5's it seems to run out of "steam" after 10-12 month with brillant...
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