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  1. dw1305

    ”Juniper”

    Hi all, I really like the wood. We have a few <"Juniper threads">, unfortunately it isn't a <"common plant now"> in the UK S. of Scotland. cheers Darrel
  2. dw1305

    Tank for good morning

    Hi all, Syngonanthus "Belem'? <"Difficult I believe">, unless you are @Roland . cheers Darrel
  3. dw1305

    My second go at a planted tank a lot bigger this time

    Hi all, Same for me. They are all <"good as house plants">, but don't have any place being <"sold as aquarium plants">. cheers Darrel
  4. dw1305

    Windowsill Nature pt. 2

    Hi all, Unfortunately @Akwascape hasn't been on the forum for a couple of years, it is a real shame. I've referenced <"these posts"> in a couple of threads <"more recently">. cheers Darrel
  5. dw1305

    My Cryptocoryne dominated 100 lt riverscape .

    Hi all, Possibly Iron (Fe)?It looks like you have <"interveinal chlorosis"> on the newer leaves, and they are quite pale. You could try adding some <"Epsom Salts"> (magnesium sulphate heptahyrate (MgSO4.7H2O)) as well. If it was magnesium deficiency you would get a quick growth response, if it...
  6. dw1305

    5 Gallon Aquascape " Morning Reflection"

    Hi all, I have, we have <"threads on them">. cheers Darrel
  7. dw1305

    5 Gallon Aquascape " Morning Reflection"

    Hi all, He is not a representative <"for Tropica"> when on the forum, he is a here in a personal capacity, but obviously has a huge amount of <"knowledge and experience">. cheers Darrel
  8. dw1305

    5 Gallon Aquascape " Morning Reflection"

    Hi all, I think it will <"probably struggle"> unless it gets its leaves emersed. @Mick.Dk works for <"Tropica">, and he has evaluated hundreds of plants for Aquarium use, and is a pretty reliable source of information for which plants will grow submerged. I grow B. heteroclita in "Terrarium"...
  9. dw1305

    My 90l tank

    Hi all, No, that is definitely my kind of tank. Here is <"one of mine">. I post here, on <"PlanetCatfish"> and <"Apistogramma Forums",> but much the same content. cheers Darrel
  10. dw1305

    My 90l tank

    Hi all, Yes that is a perfect tank. cheers Darrel
  11. dw1305

    It ain't much but I like it

    Hi all, <"Same for me"> . I've found the same it tends to come and go a bit. I've had some outside in a bucket, in the shade, for the last two years and that has remained green and growing all that time. On the pond, and in the tank, boom (and nice and red) <"followed by bust">. cheers Darrel
  12. dw1305

    It ain't much but I like it

    Hi all, It struggles in the winter with light levels, we have a few threads about these <"turned up to eleven"> plants. Interesting, it might be <"a lack of iron in the water column">. The ones I've struggled with are <"Red Root Floater (Phyllanthus fluitans)">, <"Hygroryza aristata"> and...
  13. dw1305

    It ain't much but I like it

    H all, I like a floating plant, partially for its nutrient sponge capability. I've found that Amazon Frogbit (Limnobium laevigatum) is a <"better "duckweed">. cheers Darrel
  14. dw1305

    Work in progress

    Hi all, I was admiring them in your photo. You could try Courgette, Brocolli stalk and Red/Green Pepper, it might help. cheers Darrel
  15. dw1305

    Work in progress

    Hi all, It looks OK. Maybe a few more taller plants? Normally I'd suggest some more <"Cryptocoryne spp.">, but that might not be the best idea in your case. I use <"Bolbitis heudelotii"> a lot. It is fish proof but takes a while to get going. They <"like Echinodorus">. Do you feed them...
  16. dw1305

    Planted Tank For A Single Mated Pair Of Discus

    Hi all, Welcome back. Very nice. You might be able to get some big lumps <"of dead Oak">. I usually have access to some parkland, so I tend to PYO, but there will be people who sell it. cheers Darrel
  17. dw1305

    Below Rippled Glass

    Hi all, I'm interested in this one as well. I don't know what it is, but <"an Aroid">, <"close to Aridarum"> would be my guess. cheers Darrel
  18. dw1305

    My second go at a planted tank a lot bigger this time

    Hi all, I've not kept marines, but I can see it would be much more difficult with marine tanks. You can still use plants like <"Chaetomorpha"> and or an algal scrubber, but being algae they don't have roots that act in the same way that those of a vascular plant would. The only true vascular...
  19. dw1305

    My second go at a planted tank a lot bigger this time

    Hi all, Probably the plants. One of the things I've found, from people who don't keep planted tanks, is that the ability of plants to take up nutrients is often vastly under-estimated. You can get problems with other mono-valent anions (ions with one charge, like chloride Cl-) interfering...
  20. dw1305

    My second go at a planted tank a lot bigger this time

    Hi all, It might be the test kit. This is partially why I don't like basing decisions on test kit results. Just look at the plants, they are a healthy dark green and growing pretty well, so all is good. cheers Darrel
  21. dw1305

    What was an uninteresting

    Hi all, Mine on the pond look the same. They are beginning to suffer from cold and/or lack of light. If you turn the plants over they will probably have formed <"sporocarps">, but as far as I know even these don't over-winter successfully in the UK. cheers Darrel
  22. dw1305

    What was an uninteresting

    Hi all, The new leaves look a healthy colour, but the older leaves are definitely struggling. Because it is the older leaves it is a mobile nutrient, and nitrogen (N) and potassium (K) are the most likely ones to be deficient. Much bigger (<"and bronzed?">) in the trug would be my guess, so it...
  23. dw1305

    What was an uninteresting

    Hi all, It will be a nutrient effect. That is partially why I prefer Pistia, Salvinia and Limnobium (to the original Duckweed (Lemna minor)) for the <"Duckweed Index">, they get smaller under lower nutrients, whilst Duckweed tends to just die. What colour are the smaller plants? cheers Darrel
  24. dw1305

    My second go at a planted tank a lot bigger this time

    Hi all, Dracaena sanderiana. That is the variegated cultivar, the plain green one is what is sold as "Lucky Bamboo". I assume it is the easiest species to grow and root as a cutting. I quickly found out, when I worked in commercial horticulture, that you aimed to create a market for what...
  25. dw1305

    My second go at a planted tank a lot bigger this time

    Hi all, Yes, they are a good houseplant. It is usually a lot cheaper to buy the same plant as an aquatic, rather than as a house plant. The price difference is often several quid, but all you get extra is the pot and compost, which will have cost pennies. cheers Darrel
  26. dw1305

    128l Iwagumi

    Hi all, That isn't algae, that is the <"lovely, and natural, periphyton patina">. If you really want to get rid of it a lot of different <"types snails will graze it">. cheers Darrel
  27. dw1305

    Nature 40

    Hi all, Not out of the species I've kept, the female has always tried to keep the male away from the fry, but the male has sometimes carried out "territorial" guarding duties. I've only kept harem forming species. I'm not sure with what happens with the <"pair forming species of Apistogramma">...
  28. dw1305

    Nature 40

    Hi all, I've kept female and male fighters together before in very weedy tanks. I found the same with Apistogramma cacatuoides, you can keeps sibling males together without much problem. It was different with Apistogramma trifasciata, the males were homicidal from a very young age. cheers Darrel
  29. dw1305

    My new tank setup....1 month later....

    Hi all, Looks like <"Hemigraphis alternata">. It is another house plant sold as an aquatic, but it won't survive long-term in the tank. cheers Darrel
  30. dw1305

    Nature in my living room

    Hi all, Troll hair? or possibly a <"green filamentous algae">, you would need to look under a microscope to find out exactly which one but, assuming it isn't nylon, <"Oedogonium"> or <"Spirogyra"> would be an option. They are quite slimy to the touch, Cladophora is usually darker green, and...
  31. dw1305

    My kitchen nano

    Hi all, You often get issues with low humidity in the winter. The problem is that even when the air is fully saturated with water (100% RH) it is cold, and the total amount of water held (absolute humidity) is small. When the cold damp air is in the house it warms, and then it becomes warm...
  32. dw1305

    My new tank

    Hi all, I always wanted one for home, but I've never quite managed it. This is what I'd really like (in the <"Princess of Wales Conservatory at Kew">), unfortunately the branch with epiphytes isn't there any more. cheers Darrel
  33. dw1305

    Night of the living roots.

    Hi all, I think they eventually grew large, even in a low tech., low nutrient situation. This is one of mine and it has grown this big from a single rhizome in 7 - 8 years. I don't know the nutrient level of the tank, but last time I looked at the conductivity it was ~100 microS. I haven't fed...
  34. dw1305

    Cryptocoryne Parva Carpet

    Hi all, Hopefully with Hoggie tomorrow. When I collected it the plant (March from Wilts. and Berks. canal at Lacock) it was bright red, and it was only when it went green that it started growing, but I don't know whether growth or colour change occurred first. cheers Darrel
  35. dw1305

    Cryptocoryne Parva Carpet

    Hi all, I do, I'll get it in the post tomorrow AM. cheers Darrel
  36. dw1305

    Cryptocoryne Parva Carpet

    Hi all, I now have plenty of spare Azolla if any-one wants to give it a go? I can post it as a "large letter", so I'm asking for £2 as a donation to the forum. cheers Darrel
  37. dw1305

    Garage farm tank, White Anubias petite

    Hi all, My first thought as well. I had an Epriprenum in our kitchen for a while, but I just felt sorry for it every day. cheers Darrel
  38. dw1305

    Garage farm tank, White Anubias petite

    Hi all, Yes. It is only the small areas of green tissue that are photosynthesizing. Depending upon the nature of the variegation the plant might go green in lower light (or it might just die). I'm probably in a minority of one, but it looks a horrible sickly thing to me. I much prefer the...
  39. dw1305

    Windowsill Nature pt. 2

    Hi all, I'm pretty grey anyway. It is difficult at times, but you've got keep on going. I've been called an idiot and a "fish killer", mainly when posting on "cycling" threads. The thing that really gets me going is when the companies that sell water conditioning products, filter media...
  40. dw1305

    Windowsill Nature pt. 2

    Hi all, That is definitely where I'm coming from as well. I'd be absolutely delighted if it was my tank. I spend a lot of time on other more fish orientated forums trying to persuade people that plants are the key to maintaining water quality, and that they don't need to spend a lot of money...
  41. dw1305

    Windowsill Nature pt. 2

    Hi all, If you put an "air lift" on an air powered sponge filter (or just an air-stone) you get plenty of linear flow. These are the ones they sell to go with <"Poret foam in the USA">. cheers Darrel
  42. dw1305

    Cryptocoryne Parva Carpet

    Hi all, My suspicion would be that most planted low tech. tanks have that sort of range of NO3 values. The problem is that it is really difficult to get accurate nitrate levels without proper analytical kit. We use "Ion Selective Electrodes" for most quick testing etc. The probes have a...
  43. dw1305

    Cryptocoryne Parva Carpet

    Hi all, I'm pleased you enjoyed it. I started thinking about it when the technician who worked in the water quality lab. and looked after the "bioindicators" etc. retired, and I started to maintain the lab. As things worked out the work wound down and we never got a replacement staff member...
  44. dw1305

    Cryptocoryne Parva Carpet

    Hi all, Yes. TDS meters actually measure conductivity (in microSiemens) and then use a conversion factor (usually 0.64) to give an approximation of ppm TDS. So 100microS ~ 64ppm TDS. You can only measure "Total Dissolved Solids" by evaporating a known volume of water to dryness and weighing...
  45. dw1305

    Cryptocoryne Parva Carpet

    Hi all, That's the one "Red Root Floater". It has done well for a lot of people, just not me. PM me in a couple of weeks, I should have some spare by then. Sounds like Spirodella polyrhiza. I have had some (it is used a lot in phytoremediation), but I don't think I do now. A lot of these...
  46. dw1305

    Cryptocoryne Parva Carpet

    Hi all, Great list. I have floaters on all my tanks, and <"I use all of these">. I've got spare if you can't get them locally. I'd add Riccia to the "can get messy list", and Ceratopteris thalictroides to the great sub-surface floaters with Hornwort (Ceratophyllum). I do this as well, I use...
  47. dw1305

    Bucephalandra tank

    Hi all, I'm interested in any details about the bark back-ground as well. Darrel
  48. dw1305

    Can you name this scape?

    Lancelot
  49. dw1305

    MY IAPLC 2014 SCAPE

    Hi all, A few of us have been looking for any Dario species in the UK. Dario dario is quite often for sale, but they are all males 99.9% of the time. I know it is an Indian native fish ("Appears to be restricted to tributary systems draining into the Brahamaputra River in parts of West Bengal...
  50. dw1305

    MY IAPLC 2014 SCAPE

    Hi all, It is a stunner, I've spent a long time looking at it. You'll have to wait for a definitive answer, but it is probably Badis badis, although I think this is due to be (or may have been) split into lots of new species. cheers Darrel
  51. dw1305

    Aquascape Number 1 - Retro journal

    Hi all, Lovely tank. I don't usually comment on hardscape or aquascaping, but I like the way your rock strata are aligned. It is probably only me, but I find it really jarring when the rock bedding is all at different angles. cheers Darrel
  52. dw1305

    27 Liter Planted Aquarium

    Hi all, <Sundadanio axelrodi> cheers Darrel
  53. dw1305

    Where is Alice 130Lt Planted

    Hi all, What are you going to do with the Dracaenas? cheers Darrel
  54. dw1305

    Bogwoods TMC Signature 60cm "Shrimp Heaven"

    Hi all, Really nice, I like the Frogbit. cheers Darrel
  55. dw1305

    330l rescape (sandy outcropping)

    Hi all, They aren't any good, unless they are long dead, and don't smell resinous. I've got some very old Douglas Fir roots that are good. Wind thrown conifer roots are OK as long as the tree has been dead for a while. Oak is recommended, partially because it is very rot resistant. I...
  56. dw1305

    330l rescape (sandy outcropping)

    Hi all, Very nice, I like A. crispus as well. This is a good time of year for "pick your own" wood, underneath Oaks in cornfield is a good start. cheers Darrel
  57. dw1305

    Never give up.

    Hi all, I think we can all relate to this, when I came back to fish keeping after a long time away, the 2 things that I found absolutely incredible were the range of fish available and the absolutely jaw dropping lies and nonsense from the purveyors of lamps, chemical media, filtration media...
  58. dw1305

    Low tech tank pictures

    Re: Low tech tank pictures - Checkerboard male Hi all, I still didn't get him at his best, he has really long fins, but they aren't like Apistogrammas that I'm used to. The male Apistogramma turns side-ways on and slowly "sails" past the female with all fins out looking like a galleon. But he...
  59. dw1305

    Low tech tank pictures

    Hi all, No they are not going to win any prizes are they? The Monstera and Ficus benjamina have perked up a bit since then, but they don't like the low light and central heating in the winter. The other plant is Ruellia makoyana, it would have looked better if I'd taken the dead flowers of it...
  60. dw1305

    Low tech tank pictures

    Hi all, This is the tank in the back of the lab. It has been set up 2 years, silica sand substrate, 2 x 14W T5 on a 12 hour day, but with some natural light, no fertiliser addition ever, but dead leaves added regularly, water changes with rain-water, and mostly live food. Conductivity is about...
  61. dw1305

    450L Low Tech Aquarium

    Hi all, Same thoughts here, it is a truly magnificent tank. What is the substrate? You would think that you must have/have had an input of nutrients to support that plant biomass, although it could just be from the water? If it is tap water with high nutrient levels? I think they probably...
  62. dw1305

    Low-tech aquarium...Update

    Re: Low-tech aquarium Hi all, I think it is a Hygrophila sp. as well, probably H. corymbosa. Looks like Stagshorn (Compsopogon sp. A Red Alga) from the photo, I occasionally get a bit of it on older leaves, possibly related to lack of filter maintenance. Plants look a bit nitrogen deficient...
  63. dw1305

    Low-tech aquarium...Update

    Re: Low-tech aquarium Hi all, You are not obliged to read anything, but I looked back through the forum to find this particular thread, as I thought it may be of interest to you. I think that it may give you a fairly good idea of where we are, or aren't, coming from. cheers Darrel
  64. dw1305

    Low-tech aquarium...Update

    Re: Low-tech aquarium Hi all, We do go down this route every now and then and have some "lively" debate. You might like to have a look at this post: <http://www.ukaps.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=8834>. cheers Darrel
  65. dw1305

    Low-tech aquarium...Update

    Re: Low-tech aquarium Hi all, Both the clay from the soil and the peat will have very high CEC's. It is the intact hyaline cells in the peat that have the CEC, the living sphagnum moss is very efficient at exchanging metal ions for H+ ions, and this continues after the plants death, as long as...
  66. dw1305

    South American 720L high tech

    Hi all, I've never gone from high tech. to low tech. (because I've never been high tech. at all), but I would think that you are on the right lines for a conversion to non-CO2, you don't really have any plants that don't do well low tech. I would lower the light intensity, but probably keep the...
  67. dw1305

    120cm - George of the Jungle pg.5 new pics

    Hi all, I'm the same, it's a real shame to see it taken down. It is the look I aspire to, but never quite achieve. cheers Darrel
  68. dw1305

    120cm - George of the Jungle pg.5 new pics

    Re: 120cm - George of the Jungle - Moss Hi all, I don't think the moss is a Fissidens sp. as it looks like the "leaves" are spirally arranged rather than in 2 rows. It does look like a native moss of the Amblystegium serpens persuasion, but that would be a guess rather than an ID...
  69. dw1305

    120cm - George of the Jungle pg.5 new pics

    Re: 120cm - George of the Jungle Hi all, Great tank and well done for Ghostsword's for his work in schools. The Biology Syllabus in secondary schools is now really heavily biased towards human biology and most kids don't have any idea about ecology, the natural world etc., but if we could get...
  70. dw1305

    South American 720L high tech

    Hi all, Yes for some fish, certainly Loricariids like Hypancistrus will come right to the top, others just become more and more inactive until they roll over and float to the top (Cichlids tend to do this). cheers Darrel
  71. dw1305

    South American 720L high tech

    Hi all, You can ignore the pH, in my heavily planted, non-CO2, rain water, tanks pH will be below pH7 in the morning before the lights come on (this is because it has little carbonate buffering and the increased CO2 levels will have driven the carbonate / carbonic acid equilibrium (and pH) into...
  72. dw1305

    South American 720L high tech

    Hi all, How about running an air stone at night? Just have it on a timer. You need really fine bubbles if you do go down this route. Another option would be a time switched power-head with venturi? cheers Darrel
  73. dw1305

    my planted tanks

    Hi all, my favourite as well. That is how I always want the tanks to look but they never do. cheers Darrel
  74. dw1305

    Rio Negro biotope

    Hi all, I like it, I'd probably add a few dead leaves and try and hope some red algae grows on the wood as well, but that's just me. Here's a video of the real thing (a Rio Iniridae region blackwater Igarape ) that Heiko Bleher posted on "Apistogramma forums"...
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