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    Neocaridina heteropoda var. "Rili"

    I bought 6 rilis, one has had babies and another one is berried. The offspring are too small to determine the colour patterns. I might try and breed them with some blue pearls. Has anyone else tried cross breeding?
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    TDS readings

    My CRS tank tds levels are about 240, I do weekly 30% water changes with RO plus gh booster which gives tds of 95 and gh 4, kh 0. When added back to the tank the combined tds is then 180. I only feed the shrimp every other day with Shirakura Ebi Dama and remove uneaten food after 3 hours. A week...
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    Keeping Blue Tiger Shrimp, Advice Please?

    I got mine from there,great quality and service, although I think he's out of those for while. I got the plain unipac sand from my LFS and GH booster from beeshrimp. I use RO with jbl aquadur to raise the ph, gh booster and TN+. This gives me ph 7, gh 4 and kh2 and a tds of 120. Good luck. :D
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    Keeping Blue Tiger Shrimp, Advice Please?

    I have 5 OEBT which I have had for 3 months now and 1 female is berried. I have a 20litre arcadia arc tank with external filter 300 lph out put via spray bar.Lighting is by a 9w compact that came with the tank.It has been setup for 2 years, substrate is tropica plant substrate capped with 1.5"...
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    Advice on Keeping Crabs

    I'm looking to get some of these. Where did you find them Gill? Could you pm me the details? Thanks.
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    A Guide To Crystal Red Shrimp

    Excellent article. A must read for anyone looking to keep these fantastic shrimp. I find a temperature of 23 degrees celcius preferable in my tanks.
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    CO2 manifold with multiple valves

    Just what I'm after. Thanks for that. I assume I can just cut the european plug off and attach a uk one?
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    TMC Micro Habitat CRS

    Thats the stuff, it came with the tank kit.
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    TMC Micro Habitat CRS

    Hi tank isn't looking too good. After a month, the top level of the substrate disintegrated and the pump was blowing the debris round the tank causing a fine dust over the plants. I moved the shrimp onto a bigger tank. I found when I did do weekly 20-30% water changes, as the water level came...
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    Shrimp like Database.

    For what its worth from my experience, I personally don't use aquatic stores for shrimp, they are often kept inadequate water conditions, kept with the wrong plants, over priced and the majority of sales staff ignorant to the specific needs to the different species of dwarf shrimp. I would...
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    Dividers

    I know there is a possibility that shrimp from the same species can cross breed and therefore would you recommend dividing the tank when looking to keep Caridina cantonensis sp "blue" and Caridina cantonensis sp. "Red",or is there only a slim chance they will interbreed and not bother with a...
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    What Am I Doing Wrong??

    Good news. I have lowered the TDS to 165 over the last 6 weeks and found I have 3 shrimp not 2, they have been moulting and growing well and one of them is berried! :D
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    What Am I Doing Wrong??

    Thanks for your input. Do you think blue tigers might be better? I do have a 35 litre tank with just some rocks, java moss and ada amazonia soil which I have rescaped and cycling so I might have one last go. I'll use plain RO and a GH booster.
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    What Am I Doing Wrong??

    Could have been. They came from beeshrimp.co.uk in Northern Ireland, I did then drip acclimate them over 2 hours.
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    What Am I Doing Wrong??

    I added 10 grade s CRS 20 days ago and now there are only 2 left. I have a 20litre tank with external filter 300 lph out put via spray bar. Tank has been setup for 2 years, substrate is tropica plant substrate capped with 1.5" of fine coarse gravel. It's heavily planted with fissidens fontanus...
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    This is probably general school boy knowledge...

    Holy moly! so for my test kit the dGH/dKH German is the x0.056 =dh°calculation? What did you use to test your parameters? Thanks.
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    This is probably general school boy knowledge...

    ..but I'd be grateful if someone could help with the following. When reading through the forum people refer to the GH/KH readings in single numbers, I'm looking to breed CRS and the suggested KH is 1-2 and GH 3-8. What I'd like to know is which calculation is generally used? I have a Nutrafin...
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    TMC Micro Habitat CRS

    This is my first shrimp tank. Its about 8 weeks old, and I used matured water from another tank to speed up the cycling process. ph 6.8, gH 4, kH 3, temp 23'C, Plants taken from other tanks, pogostemon helferi, fissidens fontanus, blyxa japonica, Taxiphyllum barbieri, microsorum pteropus narrow...
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    Shrimp Stocking Levels

    Thanks, that confirmed my thoughts.
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    Shrimp Stocking Levels

    I have a new TMC aquagro microhabit tank which is about 8 litre in volume. What is the ideal number of red bee/ cherry shrimp I can safely keep? Thanks
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    Confirmation Please

    Thanks all. I'll be trimming it right back in the next couple of days and sell it off, if anyone is interested I'll put a post in the For Sale/Swap/Wanted section. Cheers.
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    Confirmation Please

    Hi I think its Christmas Moss, it originally came in as an extra when I purchased a light from Germany and therefore wasn't named. Since stcking it between a rock to secure its spread like wildfire attaching itself to all the hardscape. Thanks for your help.
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    Scum On Water Surface In Drop Checker

    I have a 18'x10'x10 open top tank iwagumi style with eleocharis acicularis, hemianthus callitrichoides, and some blyxa japonica, 18 ember tetras, approx 30 litres, the filter is an external eheim ecco 130 turning over 500lph, lighting is TMC aqua beam 500 duo reef white 8 hour period...
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    Where To Buy Moss Mesh?

    Thanks all!
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    Where To Buy Moss Mesh?

    Hi, can someone tell me where I can buy some stainless steel/aluminium mesh from? Ideally 5mm square.
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    How Hot Should Soleniods Get?

    Works ok but this was hot enough to melt the polystyrene it was lying on!
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    How Hot Should Soleniods Get?

    Hi, I've just bought a second hand aqumedic solenoid, set up the co2 system and plugged it in. After 4 hours the solenoid is too hot to hold. Is this right? Its 2.5 watts. thanks.
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    Hairgrass Algae ID

    Thanks for that. I did clean out the filter last night, it did blow aload of rubbish back in when i restarted it but then cleared up after a while ,so i'll carry out the water changes accordingly. The plants at each end of the tank have co2 bubbles over them but i'll increase the rate. Should i...
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    Hairgrass Algae ID

    I have trimmed the majority of the algae off. It was about 5 inches towards the back graduating down to about 1 inch at the front. The hairgrass covers about 50% of the substrate in between the rocks, 20% rock, 20% hemianthus cuba and 10% bare. The water does flow over the grass. Should I up...
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    Hairgrass Algae ID

    Hi, I have a 18'x10'x10 open top tank iwagumi style with eleocharis acicularis, hemianthus callitrichoides, and some blyxa japonia, 18 ember tetras, approx 30 litres, the filter is an external eheim ecco 130 turning over 500lph, lighting is TMC aqua beam 500 duo reef white 8 hour period...
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    Copper Content In Tap Water?

    Thats sounds the way forward for marine tank at work. Nice and easy. :thumbup: at the moment though I still buy my RO water and for my nano at home a 25litre container will probably last about 5 weeks. when I mix the salt with the RO for the marine system I aerate the water for 24 hours before...
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    Copper Content In Tap Water?

    Thanks for all your advice. Can you pm the details Darrel? Cheers.
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    Copper Content In Tap Water?

    Thanks Radik. I did lose quite a few when I added what I later found out to be mondo grass. When you buy your RO water do you ask them to add minerals? Or do you buy it with out and then add your own?
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    Copper Content In Tap Water?

    I'll give it a go then. cheers.
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    Copper Content In Tap Water?

    Hi, over the last 8 months i've lost 16 bumble bee shrimp and 6 CRS. The tank water is kept at 25 degrees, ph6.8, kh 5, nitrate 0 and nitrite0. From 6 cherry shrimp in the same tank I now have over 40! I drip acclimate all the shrimp over a 4 hour period(having kept marine inverts from £25 a pop...
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    Plant ID Please

    Thanks for all your help guys.The blades of the grass are very robust/coarse. I initially thought it was blyxa japonica when i bought it but then had my doubts when i got it home, its also too tall for my scape. The shop wasn't too sure what it was. Does any one have any blyxa japonica for sale?
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    Plant ID Please

    Whey hey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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    Plant ID Please

    If this doesn't work I think i'll call the plant Bob.
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    Plant ID Please

    Right let's try this! http://pod2.photobox.com/my/photo/full? ... =580820575 ??
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    Plant ID Please

    or not
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    Plant ID Please

    May be this time
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    Plant ID Please

    i'll try again then. http://picasaweb.google.com/11415495338 ... 2197831874
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    Plant ID Please

    If I have managed to attach the photo i'd be grateful if someone could id for me please. It s about 6 inches in height. Cheers.
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    JBL Ferropol 24

    I have a 20litre heavily planted cube with external filter flow is 300 litres p/h, 2 x 9w clip on lights (arcadia) and co2 injection. There is also a Betta splendens 8 rasboras and lots of cherry shrimp. The other tank is 30 litre iwagumi style set up with ext filter with a flow rate of 500...
  45. J

    JBL Ferropol 24

    Hi, Can anyone tell me if this is any good. It recommends 1 drop per 50 litres for daily dosing in conjunction with JBL Ferropol weekly.
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    Tropica Aquacare substrate with unipac sand? ok?

    Good enough for me. Thanks.
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    Tropica Aquacare substrate with unipac sand? ok?

    Sorry to jump in, i also have this particular combination of substrate and sand but what would be the max depth of sand to grow Hemianthus callitrichoides and Eleocharis acicularis due to their shallow root structure? Is it also advisable to use liquid ferts in addition to the substrate? I have...
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    Uncontrollable Escape of CO2

    I contacted Dennerle and Reptillica where i purchased the unit and this is the response i got from Dennerle : Sometimes it is not so easy to turn further after the "gas" starts streaming out. But it's important to do it without stop! Please use a towel or a work glove for the connection of...
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    Water Leaking Back From Bubble Counter

    Thanks for the advice, i've just recieved a solenoid throught the post so i'll set that up and see what happens.
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    Water Leaking Back From Bubble Counter

    this should hopefully be the photo? http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/sN ... directlink
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    Water Leaking Back From Bubble Counter

    co2 kit was from dennerle, i broke the original counter, this one is from TMC. the valve has the chamfered end at the bottom which leads from the co2 supply.I'll add a photo shortly.
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    Water Leaking Back From Bubble Counter

    Not sure if its gone past the non return valve because the connecting hose to the co2 is black. Should i top up the bubble counter? What happens if the water has gone past the non return valve?
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    Water Leaking Back From Bubble Counter

    After the uncontrollable escape of co2 from my last post i have now managed to set up the system. Got it working fine then turned off the co2 supply last night. This morning the water has leaked back from the bubble counter and filled the non return valve below it. Any ideas why? I'm begining to...
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    Uncontrollable Escape of CO2

    I've just bought the Dennerle CO2 Nano set and I 've just tried to install the the co2 cylinder to the pressure reducer. I screwed the pressure reducer to the cylinder until a slight resistance was noticeable (as described in the instructions) then the gas started escaping which was freezing...
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    Energy Saving Lamp

    I've just bought a 26w solar duo boy http://www.aquatic-nature.be/2eng_verlichting1.html . The lamp is an energy saving lamp and it says on the box that 26w is the equivilent to 100w standard light bulb. The lumen rating is 1505. So, for my 20 litre tank do i have 26 watts of light or 100 watts...
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    Nano kits

    I also have the same dilemma. I was going for the dennerle with crystal set (which i believe takes the Colombo FloraGrow canister viewtopic.php?f=37&t=10725&start=10) till i saw an advert from TMC who are bringing out the AquaGro CO2 Expert Set in glass. Each kit includes a 95g disposable CO2...
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    Eden 501 Media Question

    thanks for all your help
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    Eden 501 Media Question

    Yep, the inlet chamber is the one with the blue sponge in it. I think i'll put the rings in there, cut the blue sponge in half to fit in the other chamber, put that bit in the bottom then some filter wool on top of that.
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    Eden 501 Media Question

    Thanks for the reply. that picture is on the box it comes in and yes it shows the ceramic rings in the inlet chamber but if you look at figure 8 in this link http://www.aquastuff.org/files/eden501_user_manual.pdf you can see the inlet hose is attached next to the filler cap which is above the...
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    Eden 501 Media Question

    I've just bought an eden 501 external for my 20 litre arc pod and the instructions show that the inlet chamber has a blue sponge in it and then the outlet chamber has the ceramic rings. Shouldn't this be the other way round? If so, the blue sponge doesn't fit in the outlet chamber. Should i just...
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    What time of day for easy carbo?

    Thanks for your welcome and swift replies.
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    What time of day for easy carbo?

    I read that pressurised Co2 units generally require the system to start an hour before lighting up time and off an hour after the lights go out. Would this be true if using easy carbo or can you dose anytime?
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