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    80cm island

    Big trim. Won’t be another update for a month. Love low energy 😍
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    Resolved! Tapatalk not working?

    Thanks for looking into it for us! The mobile website is great, but have used the app for years, old dog new tricks and all that! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    80cm island

    Quick update, it’s going pretty well, due a big trim tomorrow with its water change. Current stock is 24 green tetra 3 German rams 6 ottos And shrimp. Had 5 corys from a chap on here but they have been moved to their own tank in my sons room as I couldn’t cope with them uprooting plants. Will...
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    Resolved! Tapatalk not working?

    Thanks for looking into it! It is a shame as I always thought it was a good app!
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    Resolved! Tapatalk not working?

    Agreed, I know the website has more features and why not, but did enjoy having all my forums in one place, and receiving notifications!
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    Resolved! Tapatalk not working?

    Any advice getting this resolved, tried re installing it, keeps coming up with this error message.
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    80cm island

    2 week update, still carrying out daily 50% changes, purely because I can (furloughed). Added a few more plants, crypts front and centre and another batch of MP trident. Had a slight hardscape issue, with the wood settling and toppling over. Not how I wanted it but toying to leave it this way...
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    Everything DIY build

    I like my bobbers/chops so just bits like sissy bars, pegs, stem covers, nothing too fancy. Also make tattoo machine parts and machines themselves! But there’s not much too them! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Everything DIY build

    I’m a tool maker by trade, but now in the aerospace industry as a mechanic. I tend to spend more time making things for motorbikes. Although seeing you do this has made me want to have a go at a few things now [emoji12] Proper impressed with the latest design pal. Respect for putting that...
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    Everything DIY build

    [emoji2962][emoji2962][emoji2962] Good work! Will you solvent weld the tube in or is it interference fit? Wouldn’t want it getting sucked up. What is it you do for a living with access to machining tools? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Everything DIY build

    What’s the metal tube for dog? Understand the plug and seal! Did you turn them out? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Weeping Willow

    What river is it Zeus? Looks a lovely spot. I’m from York originally! Edit* Never mind, looked at the flood station, just round the corner from where I was born and raised! Lovely part of the world! Miss it dearly! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Gender reveal ...hopefully

    Thanks guys! Very wrong on my part then! Hopefully they’ll be happy in a tank 9 times the size they were once in and don’t seem at all fussed about the shrimp, although we’ll see if that’s the same story when they start breeding! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Gender reveal ...hopefully

    Hoping someone can sex these two! Rescued from a local Facebook ad 5 mins walk from me. These guys have been in a 19L edge with around 15 other fish including large loaches. They have both coloured up well since been in my tank for 24 hours but look very similar so guessing they’re both...
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    80cm island

    Also, if I wanted to add more soil powder, would I have to pre soak it first? And do water changes while soaking it in order to reduce an ammonia spike when I put it into the tank? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    80cm island

    Starting to see the back end of the furry wood. It’s a persistent b*****d this time. And the 6 ottos I bought have done next to nothing. Spend more time on the glass than the wood. Woods finally sunk. The stones been removed, although I’m not sure if it looks better with the centre stone or...
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    80cm island

    Day 5. No buce or crypt melt! Probably because a lot of plants, hardscape, filter media and water from my previous scape was used. Lots of wood fungus, so since the Chemistry looks good I’ve added 6 ottos to munch on it! 70% water changes daily. Added a few more tufts of Eleocharis, all...
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    Tidy Jungle II

    Nope! Me too too! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Learning Curve!

    I’m not an expert by any means, but the last 4/5 tanks I’ve had all go the same milky colour, and your wood Will fungus up within 2 days. Keep up with the daily water changes and it’ll soon clear the water. As for the fur, toothbrush and syphon work a treat, or just leave it, it soon sods...
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    22mm elbows

    I need to re-route the hoses on my new tank, in order to have them where I want, I need quite a sharp bend from the lily pipes. Has anyone used these? Any cons with using them? I need to do what is in the 2nd picture. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    80cm island

    It’s infuriating, as it’s completely my fault getting over excited and not testing the buoyancy before hand. It sank in 6” of water but not 12! S selatenensis are stunning fish. I went to my local fish shop today and may have had a change of heart, saw a shoal of green tetra. I’ve always...
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    Everything DIY build

    That sounds interesting, Not sure if it’d work with you incorporating other things into it, but turning out a cap to freeze fit tolerance is what I’d do, if you have access to a lathe. Although having re-read your intentions, an interference fit wouldn’t really allow for cleaning! Sent...
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    Everything DIY build

    They look great! Standard pipe bender or did you make a form? Amazed there’s no “flattening” on the tube although it’s quite a large radius I suppose! What are you intentions of capping off the inlet? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Seeding a new filter

    3 days in, all is well. Will give it a week or so before adding any more. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Tidy Jungle II

    One of my favourite fish! Next tank I have it’ll be big enough for a few of them! Scapes looking great! Look forward to seeing it grow in! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    80cm island

    Am I asking for trouble leaving the moon light setting on the twinstar for a few hours after lights off? Will it make much difference? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    80cm island

    Thanks! Nor can I! It’ll be a while though. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    80cm island

    Few detail shots from around the edge. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    80cm island

    Lot better with sand, Floaters re-planted. Wood altered but still using rocks, just in a slightly more pleasing aesthetic. Lights are currently at 2% moon light, 15% at 3 50% at 4 then down to 15% at 9 and back to moonlight at 10. Keeping the photo period short while the plants settle...
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    80cm island

    I will add the second to left piece of would will be repositioned. To a more natural looking place. It lifted and too most of my HZ with it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    80cm island

    Well it’s planted, usual hiccups, floating wood after soaking for a month and been boiled and the inevitable floating plants. Standard Murky first picture. Lots of tweaking to be done, will add sand and gravel details once the soils settled in and not leaking out everywhere. (There’s not...
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    Seeding a new filter

    Well it’s all up and running, turned out I had a few more fish and shrimps than I thought. Amazing what’s hiding in a year old scape. Let’s see how they go! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    80cm island

    Thanks alto! Really appreciate all the advice! After spending last night and this morning reading up on apisto’s not sure they will be suited! With regards to plants, the order has been made and was changed slightly. Ceratopteris thalictroides & hetera : fully understand how fast these...
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    Seeding a new filter

    Great stuff! Thanks for that Zeus ! Appreciate it! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Seeding a new filter

    I was going to put all the media from the sunsun into the oase on the first tray, as to give it maximum exposure. So mixed reviews so far, hopefully will get some more opinions! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Seeding a new filter

    Normally wouldn’t think twice about this, but it’s scaling up bigger than I have before. I’m assuming putting all the old media form the sunsun into the oase isn’t going to be sufficient enough to keep a 140L cycled enough to house shrimp and 4 CPD’s? Or will it? Will be doing daily 50%...
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    80cm island

    I wanted the lotus as a mid to fire ground plant, so will be keeping it small and compact with regular pruning. Will be placing it off centre to reduce symmetry. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    80cm island

    I would love some input as you can see in the previous post I’m in turmoil with regards to the stems Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    80cm island

    Thanks alto, I knew they would have been a risk with The shrimp but never questioned that they would be predatory to CPD. Admittedly I have never kept them, but have had CPD’s since they first became commercially available! I will look elsewhere for the “statement fish” in that case. I...
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    80cm island

    Thought I’d start this off as the plant orders been made and everything’s coming together. Tank: 80x40x45 optiwhite tank Filtration: oase biomaster thermo 600 Light: twinstar 600EA Substrate: tropica soil powder Hardscape : landscape rock, spider wood. Plant list: 3ish bolbitis 3...
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    Help with plant layout.

    Thanks guys! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Help with plant layout.

    Never done an island scape before and struggling to work out how to plant the stems at the back. Do I go one plant type at the back, or 2 or 3?! I originally thinking a mix of Ceratopteris thalictroides and Heteranthera zosterifolia But scared it’ll look unnatural with just two background...
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    Critique my hardscape Critique away.

    This will be a low energy, slow growth tank, lots of buce, anubias, bolbitis, Microsorum pteropus 'Trident'/‘narrow’ With lots of crypts in the mid ground and Ceratopteris Thalicrodes and bacopa caroliniana in the back ground. Maybe some vals I’ve gone for a harsher approach with the...
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    Kitchen nano 35L

    This tank will be broken down in the coming weeks as I’ll be starting this one. Underestimated the amount of stone I’d need so a trip to the LFS is on the cards soon. Surely that can be seen as essential shopping... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    What other hobby's do you have?

    Fallen back in love with lure/ predator fishing this year after a 3 year hiatus (sulk because I had a bad season) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    flatworm/Planaria in shrimp tank, is it really that bad?

    Literally just won the battle against them, had a trap going for months and would still see them, it took 6 months but they successfully killed 15 Cherry shrimp of mine and never saw a baby, just a berried shrimp then nothing! Re-homed the nerites and used no planeria and haven’t seen one for...
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    Kitchen nano 35L

    So after some neglect, and a change of mind when considering selling up, I’ve put some time in on the kitchen nano. Moved locations, removed the H’RA and planted a tiger lotus and a variety of red/brown crypts to the rear. Got some lovely shrimp from Jay the other week, and some new glass ware...
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    Kitchen nano 35L

    I have 100% neglected this tank over the past 3 months. A water change every 2 weeks and a splash of TMC. Co2 ran out and caused a huge spike in ph, fish survived but shrimp didn’t unfortunately. I’ll be breaking the tank down in the next week to allow the worktops on the kitchen to be...
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    Journal New project for me week off

    Thanks mort! I presume by doing that you remove the pump and any water to prevent stagnation and pipes freezing up? Am I daft to consider covering the pond with insulation cold frame material? The lobelia is pretty much 6” tall. It was beautiful at its prime! Will be adding more next year...
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    Journal New project for me week off

    Getting to the point where I need to start thinking about winter proofing my pond. Reading up on line, like always, is a mass of contradiction. Turn off your pump, don’t turn off you pump, feed your fish, don’t feed your fish, remove your plants, leave your plants... and so on. So I’ll ask...
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    Plant ID please!

    Never planted it just started frowning from my moss! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Journal New project for me week off

    Just ordered some of these along with other recommendations! Thank you again Darrel! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Journal New project for me week off

    Bit of an update, still waiting on plants that I ordered a month ago, I understand things are a bit difficult at the moment but a month is a Bit of a joke! Anyway! Still need to plug the gaps of the rocks with alpines and small ground cover plants. (Recommendations welcome) Sent...
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    Journal Lockdown wildlife pond

    Fancy selling some Darrel? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Journal Lockdown wildlife pond

    It’s ridiculous! Thanks pal! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Journal Lockdown wildlife pond

    Looks really nice pal! If you ever have too much would happily take some off your hands! Can’t believe how much pond plants are! They’re literally weeds [emoji2959] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Kitchen nano 35L

    Not going to lie, I’ve barely touched this tank in 2 months, occasionally changing the water and dosing (regularly) That’s it. It looked messy, and I had started to get gsa. So decided to take a couple of hours to give it some love. I even cleaned my pipes [emoji47] Sent from my iPhone...
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    Journal New project for me week off

    [emoji23][emoji23][emoji23] 51 meters in total! From house to the very end! We have a 11 meter long allotment at the end! It’s taken some time, effort and money to get it where it is! We bought the house from two elderly hoarders! It was a state! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Journal New project for me week off

    Thanks Darrel Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Journal New project for me week off

    Can anyone identify this plant please! Just want to find it’s care requirements Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Journal New project for me week off

    So, all pond solutions have let me down, still no filter, but thought there’s no harm in cracking on! All filled, can hardly see any liner, and where you can I’ll be planting creeping Jenny. Had a bit of a level issue with the barrow end, solved this by raising the bank level...
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    Journal New project for me week off

    Thanks fox! I completely understand what you mean! I was going to do similar to that but have a gravel border around the stones to make cutting the grass easier, similar to this : Think I might cement the stones down in order to prevent the gravel doing in the pond! Sent from my...
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    Journal New project for me week off

    Thanks pal! Yeah I’ve enjoyed it! Keeping my mind off things! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Journal New project for me week off

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    Journal New project for me week off

    Right, it’s dug, 3,8” deep, I hit clay so though since I’m not gonna keep koi I can leave it there. My question is, how would you lot go about edging it? I have these stones and a lot more if needed, to use but unsure on how to go about it! My idea was to dig round a 2” shelf, place...
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    Get your garden out

    Few people commented on my pond thread so thought I’d share a few pictures of the garden. Moved into the property November last year, previous owners left the garden in a similar state to the house, to put it politely, my pigs on the family farm have better accommodation. But we knew this...
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    Journal New project for me week off

    Not sure what you mean return the water, I will be putting a return pump leading back to the filter. If that’s what you mean?! As for the back of a pond, there will be 30cm of stone before the pond starts, access will be tricky but nothing a scaffolding board won’t cover. Either that or I’ll...
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    Journal New project for me week off

    Thanks alto! It’s taken a lot of work but getting closer to the end result! The re-homing aspect is easy, a work colleague, who I will be getting the fry/yearlings from has a 35000L koi pond with best part of £10k worth of filters. But I understand where everyone is coming from. I will maybe...
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    Journal New project for me week off

    Thanks for the reply! I’ve done a fair bit of reading already! Not only on pond building but koi as well. I understand their requirements with regards size of pond and water needs. I would be buying 3-4” koi, and moving them on when they got too big anyway. Nothing too big. Sent from my...
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    Journal New project for me week off

    Yeah, they’re broken paving just to mark out, will be using York stone around the edge! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Journal New project for me week off

    So, I’ve wanted a pond for as long as I can remember. The wife gave the go ahead so I’ve started looking into it! Got a bit excited and did a quick layout. Looked into pumps/filters and liners so will list what I’ve seen below! I want to keep koi in there as well as some others probably...
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    "Cheap" 60F

    More pictures of this! Looks amazing from above!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Smart extension lead

    Thanks J, It was more to illuminate the use of timers on the existing extension lead! Not fussed about the voice side of things! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Smart extension lead

    Not sure this is where it belongs but has anyone got any experience with these? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Kitchen nano 35L

    To carpet or not to carpet?! Would it just be a case of siphoning the sand out and pouring substrate in and planting? Planting underwater a going to be a nightmare isn’t it? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Kitchen nano 35L

    Rolls Royce pal! Just announced 8000 job losses so.... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Kitchen nano 35L

    Yeah, I’ve seen it a few times too! As for the current situation, it’s absolute madness! I know most shops are still selling plants and other things but I would never buy hardscape online! You need to have a play before deciding things like that! The stems you sent did nothing for about a...
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    Kitchen nano 35L

    Been a while since I’ve updated this journal, Been a “key worker” in this “s**t show” of a pandemic is definitely proving difficult to maintain this hobby as much as I want. I’ve been keeping up to date with water changes and loosely following a dosing regime. I will soon be swapping to EI...
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    Kitchen nano 35L

    Hi si Sorry for the late reply! I have the super fish eco 120 https://www.pro-shrimp.co.uk/external-hob-filters/3317-superfish-eco-flow-120-external-filter-8715897270956.html It’s a tad noisy but turns over the tank more than 10 times. For the money it’s great but I will he swapping to a...
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    Mini Christmas moss growing but brown

    Nah, these are the originals I got from wharf, still yet to go get my once’s from notts! Haven’t had chance to go fetch them! To be honest haven’t had time to do anything if late, works going mad. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Mini Christmas moss growing but brown

    Loctite super glue! Sure I’ve read it didn’t matter what it was! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Mini Christmas moss growing but brown

    Yeah grows like mad, trimmed it twice since getting it! Last time right back to the wood! Grows but seems the old growth browns off Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Mini Christmas moss growing but brown

    Any advice for the above, growing well but still brown and dying off, been glued on for around a month, Lights at 60% 6 hours a day Co2 steady lime green before lights Dosing tropica green as recommended on here (Will be switching to Salts soon) Filter gives 10 times turnover Thanks...
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    Scape corner

    Think they all must do this! Both mine do and dribble everywhere! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Crackling solenoid...fault?

    Yes they are! Apologised for not reply quick enough, same working day is pretty good! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Crackling solenoid...fault?

    Had it to bits, gave everything a good clean, pulled the spring to give it more tension, Put it back together... it’s better... still not 100% (crackles now and again) I can’t see how the push rod and spring are cause the issue, it’s two mechanical parts... So am I safe to assume it’s...
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    Crackling solenoid...fault?

    Jay to the rescue! Thought they were sealed units! Will strip it down tomorrow and have a play! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Crackling solenoid...fault?

    Nope, second hand from here about 6 months ago, The co2 art ones, are they plug and play? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Crackling solenoid...fault?

    (Sound on) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Crackling solenoid...fault?

    So as the video shows?!? Any advice? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Fractal

    Is the cabinet the copper one from EA? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Fractal

    Amazing hard scape mate! Can’t fault it! Love the details on the oath as well! Looking forward to this one! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Kitchen nano 35L

    Hadn’t removed it since I set it up 3 weeks ago! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Kitchen nano 35L

    Once a week?!?!? You really are a hero [emoji23] Honestly, I tried everything the get them out, was doing it for 15 mins, tried to heat the hose up, tried to push it further down... nothing. Then crack! Oh well, I wanted one with a skimmer anyway! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Kitchen nano 35L

    Quick update: 70% water change. trimmed all the stems right down to 2cm ish! Ordered everything I need for EI thanks to jay... again. Tried to clean my pipes as members had complained about the state of them... and broke my inlet. Great. I blame you .... [emoji23][emoji23][emoji23] How...
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    Kitchen nano 35L

    I’ll pm you! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Kitchen nano 35L

    Really good read. Going to get myself some and make a solution! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Kitchen nano 35L

    Does he or is he just sponsored by them [emoji23] I need to get my head round making my own. So much cheaper. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Kitchen nano 35L

    My mistake! The light is 42cm wide, and the tank is 40cm wise! Sorry! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Kitchen nano 35L

    Thanks jay, will start upping the dose, to daily 1ml Should I just leave the tropica orange out? And stick with green? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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