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  1. Tony Swinney

    Tonys "Mojito's Cove" 200L - 4 week update pics

    This is a new scape I've just done to replace "Horatios Cave" which has now been stripped down. The scape is sponsored by Tropica, who kindly supplied the plants. For some time I've wanted to do a scape with Seiryu Stone and Manzanita Wood, with a sand foreground and centre section, so this...
  2. Tony Swinney

    Aquatics Live 2012 pics and thanks

    Great to meet up with everyone at Aquatics Live 2012 this weekend, the show was pretty good overall, but I think the planted tanks of the ukaps, freshwatershrimp, and Aquajardin stands stood out above the rest ! This was the ukaps stand. Huge thanks and congrats must go to Dan Crawford for all...
  3. Tony Swinney

    Tonys 200l "Horatio's Cave" - #175 IAPLC 2013

    Hi, Ive been meaning to start a journal of this tank for some time, but life has been awfully busy for the past few months - hence my general absence from the forum :( Anyhows, this tank is the 200L optiwhite that was previously Peacocks Crypt Tonys 'Peacocks Crypt' - The End | UK Aquatic...
  4. Tony Swinney

    Plastic sheet / rolls to hold banked substrate

    Hi Anyone got a good place to buy semi-rigid clear plastic in sheets or on a roll, to use to support a banked substrate ? It needs to be strong enough to hold the substrate in place, but flexible to allow it to be curved. Thanks Tony
  5. Tony Swinney

    Tonys Mini-M - 90 days & its all over !

    Another new journal :) I've been waiting to scape my new Mini-M for a few months, but because I wanted it where my 100cm tank was I've had to wait for that to be stripped, and the studio to be re-arranged - which has now happened :) A call from TGM last week sped up the re-arranging as they...
  6. Tony Swinney

    300L MA store tank - First trim

    So, here we go with another journal :) I've been asked to scape a tank in my local Madenhead Aquatics, using only products available within the store, or, in the case of hardscape, available in the garden centre they are within :D I had some time this afternoon, so I played around with the...
  7. Tony Swinney

    IAPLC 2010 Book

    Hi I'd ordered the IAPLC 2010 book directly from ADA in Japan, and it arrived this morning ( it took 8 days ). As a bonus they have also thrown in the new "Book of ADA" :) Both are beautifully presented works, and well worth the £17 outlay. The IAPLC book has an A4 page devoted to each of...
  8. Tony Swinney

    Tonys 'Triassic Hollow' 420L - Now FOR SALE !

    So here we go with an all new journal :D This is the tank that sits where my discus tank used to live, and is 5' x 2' x 2' with an optiwhite front panel. It's sunken into the wall of our kitchen-diner, and backs into our utility room (which is becoming more of a flaura and fauna room by the...
  9. Tony Swinney

    BBA, and water change timings discussion

    Hi all Theres been a really interesting discussion going on in my discus tank journal, primarily regarding BBA, and then going onto discussing the best time of day to do your water changes - with some interesting thoughts from Tom Barr, Clive (ceg4048) and JamesM amongst others. I thought I'd...
  10. Tony Swinney

    Liquid Carbon for BBA, but which product ?

    Morning guys and gals I have BBA in my tanks, and have had some success using Excel directly syringed onto it to kill it off. I need to order more Liquid Carbon, and was wondering if there was any difference between the products when it comes to killing off BBA, as the Excel is alot more...
  11. Tony Swinney

    Anubias in the compost heap ???

    Hi This might be a very daft question but I'm going to ask it anyway :lol: Could I have anubias growing in my compost heap :?: All my trimmings and dead foliage from my tanks, which arent worth passing on, go onto my compost heap. Over the past few weeks, a plant has been growing very...
  12. Tony Swinney

    Tank for moss and emersed growing - DONE :)

    Hi I've designed a 'growing' tank, which will have several compartments for moss / plants which will be submersed, plus two larger compartments for emmersed growth of plants. Its going to be built out of acrylic, and a friend has already computer cut all the pieces for me at his work. My...
  13. Tony Swinney

    Comp_Nov09: Prehistoric Pico

    Name:Tonser Tank Dimensions (Height/Width/Depth): 14cm x 14cm x 14cm Aquascape Name: Prehistoric Pico Hardscape/Materials used: Malaya Powder / Sarawak sand / Fossilised Wood / gravel Plants: Unknown fern like stem, bolbitis difformis Fertilisation: 2 x drops all in one solution daily, 2...
  14. Tony Swinney

    Comp_Nov09: Fern Vale

    Name: Tony Tank Dimensions (Height/Width/Depth): 25 x 11 x 10 cm Aquascape Name: Fern Vale Hardscape/Materials used: Malaya Powder, Sarawak Sand, Seiryu Stone, Manzanita Wood Plants: Fissidens Fotanus, Peacock Moss, Lilaeopsis Novea-Zealandia Fertilisation: All-In-One Ferts daily, Excel...
  15. Tony Swinney

    2009 Festival of Fishkeeping Pictures

    Hi all I spent Saturday morning down at Hayling Island helping out a little on the stand, that George, Dan and Graeme had set up to represent ukaps - and a great job they'd done too. It was easily the best, most professional looking stand there, as the pictures show.... Getting the stand all...
  16. Tony Swinney

    Ukaps Baby !!

    Hi there I havent been on the forum much for the past couple of weeks, as Sara and I have been working on 'other' things :D :wink: We had a little baby girl last week, called Liberty-May, weighing 8lb 12oz. Heres a little pic of her at just 25 minutes old :D Libby and Sara came home...
  17. Tony Swinney

    Dog Pack Attacks Gator In Florida

    From the Florida Tirbune: "At times nature can be cruel, but there is also a raw beauty, and even a certain justice manifested within that cruelty.. The alligator, one of the oldest and ultimate predators, normally considered the "apex predator", can still fall victim to implemented 'team...
  18. Tony Swinney

    Manzanita wood - now in the UK

    So the Manzanita is on its way ! Firstly I'd like to say a huge thanks to Tom for all his time and effort in collecting all the wood, packaging it, and paying for the shipping from the US. Also, big thanks to ukaps for initially reimbursing Tom for the full amount, so that no one member has to...
  19. Tony Swinney

    How much substrate ? Real life answers ...

    Hi I thought it might be of use to show how much substrate it actually takes to cover a tank in real life, so : 100 x 45 cm tank - 2 x 9l Aquasoil Malaya = 4cm deep front to back (Tonser) 120 x 45 cm - 3 x 10L Oliver Knot Nature Soil = 6 - 8" at back, sloped top front (Saintly) 60 x 30 cm -...
  20. Tony Swinney

    Is mulm useful after a couple of days dry?

    Hi all My new tank has arrived, so I'm going to start scaping it in the next few days. If I add mulm from my other tanks filters below the substrate, but then dont add water to the tank for a few days, will the goodness in the mulm be useless ? I'll be playing around with hardscape for a few...
  21. Tony Swinney

    Jersey - Rock formation pics

    Hi I've just had a great little break on Jersey, and shot a few snaps of some of the fantastic scenery around the coast - thought you guys might appreciate the rock formations, beaches and rockpools :D Theres another 30 or so pics like these here too...
  22. Tony Swinney

    Just been told off in Customs.....

    ..... for having a 5kg rock in my hand luggage :lol: Flying back from Jersey in about half an hour after a week here taking pics and chilling out. I'd found a great set of stones at the bottom of a cliff on the north shore. I lugged them back to the car and up to our 3rd floor room in the...
  23. Tony Swinney

    Our garden pond...

    Hi all I was asking Ed for some pond advice, and he suggested I start a journal so here it is... I'm looking for advice on renovating our pond - I really havent much of a clue on ponds so any help would be much appreciated :D This pond was here when we bought the house a couple of years...
  24. Tony Swinney

    Nikon D3X

    Hi I had a client here yesterday, with his D3X, so I grabbed a shot of the nano tank with it. The quality from this body is amazing, rivalling the medium format digital backs for clarity, and beating them hands down for usability. It also has fantastic low light ability. This is shot...
  25. Tony Swinney

    Planting HC in EcoComplete ??

    HI I'm just planting a load of HC for the first time (thanks Aaron), and my substrate is Eco-Complete, which is quite "chunky" compared to the tiny HC. The tank is drained, so I'm pushing small clumps of 4 or 5 stems in to the sub every 25 or so mm. Is this correct, and will it be OK ? It...
  26. Tony Swinney

    14L nano - 18w, or 35w ?

    Evening all I'm putting together my 14l nano tank, and have a choice of lights. Visually I much prefer the desklight in the picture below, which is a 35w tungsten bulb. I'm guessing this is too powerful for the tank, and perhaps too warm in colour temp too (does that make a difference to...
  27. Tony Swinney

    Tonys 'Nano Rouge' 14L

    Hi all Whilst waiting for my new tank to arrive , I thought I'd try a little nano for my desk at work. So this is really my first attempt at a "scape" :shock: Its a 12"x10"x8", 14l optiwhite from AE, and will run an eheim 2026 (turned right down 8) ). As the title suggests its going to...
  28. Tony Swinney

    Fish deaths after starting EI ?

    Evening all I've lost a couple of fish today, and am trying to work out why. One of my SAE's died last night, and the other died this morning - each was breathing incredibly quickly prior to dying. I've now just noticed my oto has died too. All the other fish - 13 discus, 30+ rummys, botia...
  29. Tony Swinney

    Transplanted Blyxa melting

    Hi I got some Blyxa in the post yesterday, and planted it in the tank last night. Its melting away at a heck of a rate right now ! A few leaves were damaged in transit so I expected them go go, but it seems the whole lot will be gone in a couple of days. Is this likely to be trauma, or...
  30. Tony Swinney

    320l Discus tank, becoming planted !

    I’ve had this tank running for about 2 years now, and it was set up as a discus tank, but as the “planted” bug bites more and more, I’ve been introducing some foliage and plan to add some hardscape too. James3200's and steve2tanks discus set ups have shown me that planted and discus can...
  31. Tony Swinney

    Can you store mulm ?

    HI I was cleaning out my eheim last night, and watching all the lovely mulm going down the drain, and wondered whether it can be stored for future use, or whether its goodness dissipates once its out of the tank system :?: Can you dry it out and keep it, or freeze it ? :?: Drying it out...
  32. Tony Swinney

    Manzanita Driftwood

    Theres a guy on Aquatic Plant Central who sells Manzanita Driftwood. He trades as 'FishandTurtleJunkie' and has a thread in the for sale section called 'Manzanita Driftwood' (no surprise really :lol: ). I ordered 2 of his packages('nano' and 'large') 7 days ago and it arrived this morning...
  33. Tony Swinney

    Tonys 'Peacocks Crypt' - The End

    [EDIT] You can miss out all of the pre-scape ramblings by jumping to half way down page5 when the fun starts :D :D :D [EDIT] Hi all This is more of a pre-journal at this stage really ! I’ve just bought an Osaka 260 set up to build my first proper planted tank, but having decided that I...
  34. Tony Swinney

    Mixing TPN+ and EasyCarbo for auto dosing ?

    Hi As I'm moving my CO2 setup to my new "to-be planted" tank (which arrives tomorrow - woohoo :D !!! ) I'm going to try EasyCarbo in my existing discus tank rather than buy another CO2 kit. I make up a soltion of 32ml TPN+ and 668ml aquarium water every week, and dose it via a measured drip...
  35. Tony Swinney

    Photo library of plants ?

    Hi all I'm just starting out on my first planted tank venture, and this forum is providing both excellent information, and beautiful inspiration ! One thing that I am struggling with is identifying the plants I want, as in knowing the names of the plants I have seen in pics which I would like...
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