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  1. Arana

    my fake 45p and 45f hobby return.

    Welcome Back Garuf! Tanks are looking great mate 👍
  2. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    Thanks Vijay, Yes it is a C02 Art inline diffuser.
  3. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    Thanks Mate, it looks pretty much the same as above right now but i feel like a change, no rush though i will give it some thought first. It might just end up with a massive trim :D
  4. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    If you mean attached to the wood then it is Bolbitis heudelotii
  5. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    I think it's time for a re-scape on this :eek:
  6. Arana

    Pinnatifida Flowers

    The first time i have had Pinnatifida flower :)
  7. Arana

    Hardscape Challenge 2020 Winners

    Congrats everyone 👏
  8. Arana

    Aquarium Gardens Latest Scape

    Very Nice, look forward to seeing it in the flesh once we are all allowed out to play again :)
  9. Arana

    Hardscape Challenge 2020 (likes) Competition Winner!

    @Konrad Michalski Congratulations, great job :clap:
  10. Arana

    Back after ten years .

    I also had a break but back now with a couple of tanks :thumbup:
  11. Arana

    Back after ten years .

    Welcome back John :thumbup:
  12. Arana

    Scape Contest Comments

    I have posted mine, come on get involved everyone. :thumbup:
  13. Arana

    UKAPS Hardscape Challenge 2020

    Country: UK UKAPS nickname: Arana Tank Size: 45x27x30 (36 Litres) Title: Caridina Dreaming
  14. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    This is where we are now...
  15. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    Loving the way the immersed growth is looking now especially the Rotala, on the right, which is growing horizontally through the Blyxa Following on from the big trim and adding gravel to the left hand side last week the makeover continues today and i am planning on removing all of the...
  16. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    The Blyxa grows like a weed for me so i am sure i will have some soon going spare :thumbup:
  17. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    Sorry it all got replanted at the back as the original stems were looking a bit tatty and needed replacing Today i will be tackling the Caridina no fert tank that is also looking like a jungle now...
  18. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    OK apologies for the crap photos i only had my phone to hand :banghead: As you can see it was all getting a bit overgrown and the emersed growth was choking itself out... I have removed a lot of blyxa.. After a good trim i have replanted the Blyxa around the back added an extra rock to...
  19. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    the Blyxa has grown like a weed and is taking over! need to thin that out drastically.
  20. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    yes definitely, i have been in Thailand for a couple of weeks so it is seriously in need of a trim now, ! i will try to get some before and after shots at the weekend.
  21. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    The Hydrocotyle was just tucked into cracks and splits on the wood.
  22. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    The moss was tied directly to the wood, i did not use any wool. as for maintenance the plants get a trim every couple of weeks so not difficult or time consuming, in fact that is my favourite part :)
  23. Arana

    Christmas Centrepiece

    I only covered it for the first 2 weeks its been uncovered for a couple of months now without any issues.
  24. Arana

    5ft Blackwater Shallow Stream

    Lovely flow in the hardscape, will be watching this one closely :)
  25. Arana

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the UKAPS family :thumbup:
  26. Arana

    Christmas Centrepiece

    Yes of course there is: Hygrophila pinnatifida at the back. Fittonia Red on the left and Fittonia White on the right. Kyoto dotted around and some Hydrocotyle tripartita just stating to run around and climb over the small rock at the front. :thumbup:
  27. Arana

    Christmas Centrepiece

    Been growing this in for a Xmas table centrepiece that's a bit different from the norm, just needs some tinsel and fairy lights now :lol:
  28. Arana

    I know it's a bit early but....

    I just wanted to take the opportunity now as i will be away working for Christmas and new year to wish the entire UKAPS family a very merry Christmas and a fantastic 2020, i hope all your dreams come true :thumbup:
  29. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    Yes the lighting and fert regime has remand the same :thumbup:
  30. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    Thanks! Here is a couple of update shots.
  31. Arana

    Caridina Dreaming - Shrimpy Update

    The Bolbitis Difformis mini is doing great, it is a slow grower but looks beautiful. Most of the Marsilea Crenata melted and only about a quarter remains, i filled the foreground space with Eleocharis acicularis Mini, Eriocaulon cinereum and Cryptocoryne Pygmaea, these have done really well...
  32. Arana

    60x40x40cm Dragon stone iwagumi

    Looks good :thumbup: what make are the stainless steel pipes and what is the background you have used?
  33. Arana

    ADA 45P - Red Planet

    Very Nice! :clap:
  34. Arana

    Caridina Dreaming - Shrimpy Update

    Thanks Dean, i look forward to seeing yours :thumbup:
  35. Arana

    Caridina Dreaming - Shrimpy Update

    Thank You Paul :)
  36. Arana

    Caridina Dreaming - Shrimpy Update

    First water change tonight, so much easier that the 90cm, i was done in 15 minutes :)
  37. Arana

    Nerite snails escaping!

    Mine often go for a walk around the rim of the tank, never found one that far away! The Amanos however are often found 15ft away heading for the front door :eek:
  38. Arana

    "Shattered Tree" - 140 ltr Opti-white

    Very Nice, love the backlight effect :thumbup:
  39. Arana

    Tropic Co2 nano system

    i have never owned one of those nano systems but i do not see it would be an issue, you could always drop an email to Tropica to confirm.
  40. Arana

    Tropic Co2 nano system

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magnetic-Solenoid-Aquarium-System-Regulator/dp/B01M2A2WQM/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_199_t_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=6VZS9SGM282568EP93F0
  41. Arana

    Caridina Dreaming - Shrimpy Update

    Thank you :happy: Look forward to seeing it develop and getting the shrimp established.
  42. Arana

    Caridina Dreaming - Shrimpy Update

    Now with water ;) Getting quite a lot of tannins leeching but the daily water changes should take care of that :thumbup:
  43. Arana

    Caridina Dreaming - Shrimpy Update

    Coming soon :-) Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  44. Arana

    Caridina Dreaming - Shrimpy Update

    Finally planted :thumbup: just need to add water and set the filter up, once the dust has settled i will get some more photos. Full Plant List Marsilea Crenata Tissue Culture Alternanthera Reineckii ''Mini' Tissue Culture Staurogyne Repens Tissue Culture Rotala Orange Juice Ludwigia sp. mini...
  45. Arana

    Caridina Dreaming - Shrimpy Update

    Finally time to plant! :thumbup: I have a nice selection from @Aquarium Gardens and a load of cuttings from the 90cm, that should keep me busy today while keeping one eye on the Rugby. Will post some progress shots and a full plant list later, anything left over will probably end up in my...
  46. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    A big trim today before going to @Aquarium Gardens to collect the plants for Caridina Dreaming so i now have everything i ordered form there as well as a big bucket of cuttings for a panting session tomorrow. ;)
  47. Arana

    Caridina Dreaming - Shrimpy Update

    Thanks Matt, All the plants have been collected from @Aquarium Gardens today and will be going in tomorrow, i will post a full list and photos then. :)
  48. Arana

    When you sometimes wonder?

    I normally get out there a couple of times a year, it is an unbelievably big market and hotter than hell, last time i was there wandering around it took me an hour to find my way out! Next time i might have to take you as a tour guide ;) Great photos, thanks for posting.
  49. Arana

    Hello from Cambridge

    Welcome :thumbup:
  50. Arana

    Greetings from Downley, Bucks

    Welcome to the family :thumbup:
  51. Arana

    Caridina Dreaming - Shrimpy Update

    The Hardscape is now glued in place using cigarette filters and superglue, i have added some detail rocks and the rest of the substrate. I will start to prepare the hardware this week in readiness for the plants :) Thanks you to you guys for your input :thumbup:
  52. Arana

    Bookshelf Blackwater - 12g Long

    I can see at least 4 fish in the photo :peeking:
  53. Arana

    Caridina Dreaming - Shrimpy Update

    OK this where we are now, i have changed the angle of the large rock slightly and brought some of the small ones forward a touch. I am happy with the wood now and the next job is to start gluing it in place.
  54. Arana

    Caridina Dreaming - Shrimpy Update

    1 & 3 are pretty much the same and that is how I have left it since taking the photos and I have not felt the urge to change it. If I still feel the same by Sunday I think I will start gluing it in place :-) Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  55. Arana

    Caridina Dreaming - Shrimpy Update

    I will be bringing the rock forward a touch, but the wood is almost touching the front glass already so I am restricted somewhat. I have some Rotala Orange Juice on order for the background already :-) Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  56. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    Yes i know it needs a massive trim but my excuse is that i am growing plant matter for the new scape ;)
  57. Arana

    Caridina Dreaming - Shrimpy Update

    I am happy with the right side but cannot decide on the left side, create tension or flow? please let me know your preference or comment if you have a better idea :thumbup: Obviously i reserve the right to completely change my mind tomorrow and start from scratch :lol: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5...
  58. Arana

    Caridina Dreaming - Shrimpy Update

    I would sing but I might make your ears bleed! Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  59. Arana

    Caridina Dreaming - Shrimpy Update

    Couldn't Resist :-) All the leaves are green And the Rotala is red I've done a large trim On a water change day I'd be safe and warm If I was in a LFS Caridina dreamin' On a water change day Stopped into Aquarium Gardens As I passed along the way Well, I got down on my knees And I begin to...
  60. Arana

    Caridina Dreaming - Shrimpy Update

    Agreed Cookie, here is a slight tweak which is a bit better i think, i will need to live with it for a day or so and try a few other ideas.
  61. Arana

    Caridina Dreaming - Shrimpy Update

    Starting to play with hardscape now, currently looks nothing like what myself and Steve came up with @Aquarium Gardens :lol: just the fist draft and still playing with ideas.
  62. Arana

    Questions about plant collections

    As a certified aquatic plantaholic i would say more is always a good thing :thumbup:
  63. Arana

    Caridina Dreaming - Shrimpy Update

    I have managed to find time to add some frosting to the back, trim the mat and now i am leak testing. I did warn you it was going to be a slow burner ;)
  64. Arana

    Caridina Dreaming - Shrimpy Update

    Forgot to add to the Hardware list that i also purchased a RO\DI unit as this will be a soft water tank for the Caridina.
  65. Arana

    Caridina Dreaming - Shrimpy Update

    No someone much more influential, the misses! She wanted it in the other tank but I bravely overruled her :-) Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  66. Arana

    Caridina Dreaming - Shrimpy Update

    Here is the full kit list... Tank: Optiwhite 45 @Aquarium Gardens 45x27x30cm Light Twinstar 450E Filter Oase BioMaster Thermo 250 Aquarium External Filter with added Neo Media Pure and Soft Glassware Blau Glass Inflow & Outflow 13mm Substrate ProdiBio AquaShrimp Powder and Neo Soil mix...
  67. Arana

    Caridina Dreaming - Shrimpy Update

    Yes is it the 450e mate :thumbup: MTS Anonymous for us then mate :lol:
  68. Arana

    Caridina Dreaming - Shrimpy Update

    And so it begins again... After another visit to @Aquarium Gardens today i have purchased a new AG 45cm that will become first and foremost a scape but also a dedicated Caridina tank. I think i have everything i need to start, minus the plants, so i will start to work on the hard scape this...
  69. Arana

    Twinstar 600s what % for low tech

    If you are going to run out soon and have no plans to replace it i would start to wean them off of CO2 now and slowly start to reduce your injection rate over a few weeks, reducing the light at the same time. I only run my Twinstar at 60% with high CO2 injection and have had it as low as 50%...
  70. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    Not many updates as things are continuing to grow in, it is a little bit overdue for a trim but i have added some Kyoto to grow emersed.
  71. Arana

    Filipe Oliveira Workshop

    It's like the final scene from Carrie! Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  72. Arana

    Filipe Oliveira Workshop

    Back in about 2008 i had the pleasure of hosting the first (or possibly second) UKAPS get together, it was a great couple of days with shop visits, scape talks, beer and what turned into a late night poker session! the following morning i had to make about 20 rounds of bacon sandwiches :joyful...
  73. Arana

    Filipe Oliveira Workshop

    Looking forward to seeing develop, i will be down next week so i expect to see it fully grown in with those 5000 root tabs feeding those stems :lol:
  74. Arana

    Filipe Oliveira Workshop

    You were there too! :banghead:
  75. Arana

    Filipe Oliveira Workshop

    Ha! yes you were standing next to me, next time beers are on me :-) Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  76. Arana

    Filipe Oliveira Workshop

    Would of been happy to pick you up mate but I was late as got stuck in traffic for an hour! Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  77. Arana

    Filipe Oliveira Workshop

    Judging by the angle of that photo you must of been standing next to me Tim! It was a great day and as always i left with a big tray of plants :)
  78. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    You will get to know your plants the longer you live with them and be able to spot anything lacking but as a guide this the type of things you need to keep an eye out for. http://aquathusiast.com/nutrientdeficiency/ For me Phosphate and CO2 deficiencies are the most common, especially in areas...
  79. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    You will need to keep your Macros and Trace mixes in separate containers, i make 500ml at a time, at 20ml a dose, 3 times a week that's enough for just over 2 months, i have had no issues keeping it this long.
  80. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    Oh i forgot to add that during the weekly water change i dump in a couple of teaspoons of Magnesium Sulphate too. ;)
  81. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    I just use this recipe http://www.theplantedtank.co.uk/EI.htm with a little added K2SO4 into the Macro mix.if i see any deficiencies i just add a bit extra :thumbup:
  82. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    Thanks, The Twinstar 900S comes on at 3pm and ramps up from 0-60% for 1 hour then stays at 60% until 9pm then ramps down to 0% and finally off at 10pm, so 7 hours in total but only 5 hours at 60% (Hope that makes sense) The first month the timings were the same but only went to 50% then...
  83. Arana

    River themed aquarium

    Great photos :thumbup:
  84. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    Luckily the Gouramis have stayed away from the shrimp, already had 2 batches of baby cherries and they have left them alone, currently planning a shrimp only tank so they can always go in there if the Gouramis develop a taste for them.
  85. Arana

    Little test aquarium

    What are your plans for CO2 and Ferts, do you want to keep it low tech, if so i would stick to some easy category plants. https://tropica.com/en/plants/?tabIndex=1&alias=Easy
  86. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    :)
  87. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    Added 20 Tangerine Tigers this week but they seem to have gone into permanent hiding, full maintenance session today and added some Ludwigia Mini Super Red and another type of Anubias. everything is growing so fast and the Buces are starting to colour up nicely now.
  88. Arana

    Backlight ideas

    The tiles were for the side of the tank and have worked really well. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  89. Arana

    Backlight ideas

    Yes check my Journal (Page 2) https://www.ukaps.org/forum/threads/a-90cm-new-beginning-now-planted.57676/page-2
  90. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    Thanks Chris, Just tied it on using this https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07HY6Y3JN/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 it is a lot cheaper that the ADA Moss Cotton ;) Thanks mate, i am hoping i have better luck with this in-vitro version :thumbup:
  91. Arana

    Backlight ideas

    I used one of these on mine, works really well just mounted on the back of the cabinet and you can just twist it in its clips to adjust the angle. You can adjust the colour and intensity using the remote control. :thumbup...
  92. Arana

    Taiwan Bee not so nano

    Both the scape and the shrimp are stunners :thumbup:
  93. Arana

    New Year, New Scape...

    Great Job! looks great :clap:
  94. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    The Limited Edition was Blyxa but i have added Riccardia and Cryptocoryne parva to the foreground, the Blyxa is in over on one side to see how it settles in, i have always struggled with it in the past.
  95. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    OK this is where we are after rejigging the foreground, i think it adds greater depth overall but all comments gladly welcome.
  96. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    Going to finish the revamp of the foreground today, managed to grab one of these to try (Below), have always struggled with it in the past so will be interesting to see how i get on with a 1-2 grow version. will need to trim the Bolbitis back as it is growing so fast. I will post some photos later.
  97. Arana

    Ada 60p, talawa land

    Outstanding! Congratulations :clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:
  98. Arana

    40x28x30 "The Ent" 30liters CLOSED

    Looking good :thumbup: The more i stare at it the more i can see the Ent, it looks like he is leaning over and planting the plants on the left hand side :happy:
  99. Arana

    A 90cm New Beginning

    Unfortunately i found one of the new Micronemacheilus curciatus on the floor this morning that had obviously jumped out over night, i wasn't aware they were jumpers so did not expect it :(., then between there and the front door (15 feet away!) i found to large dead amanos, first time that has...
  100. Arana

    New member

    Welcome Lynne :wave:
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