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  1. GillesF

    Connecting TC420 to Twinstar RGB

    Yes, I connected through USB and used PLED. Did get the regular "usb connected" sound from Windows. Then I tried to upload the new time scheme or synchronize timing but all failed.
  2. GillesF

    Connecting TC420 to Twinstar RGB

    I was able to connect the TC420 and get it to work but it seems my TC420 USB function is DOA ... :( Will have to try again later.
  3. GillesF

    Connecting TC420 to Twinstar RGB

    Hi all I recently purchased a Twinstar RGB lighting kit, looks awesome and functions perfectly. I have found out that it is in fact dimmable with a simple in-line dimmer. However, I would like to create a sunrise / sunset effect using a TC420. Can anyone tell me how to do it? The Twinstar uses...
  4. GillesF

    Looking for pictures to create a roll-up banner

    Hi all I'll be present at Vivarium, a large aquarium/terrarium/vivarium fair in the Netherlands (my first participation ever, yeay!). To promote my stand, I'd like to create a nice roll-up banner. I'm looking for some quality pictures that I could use as a background for this banner...
  5. GillesF

    My tanks

    Well, since your pH is below 6 I assume you're injecting quite a lot :)
  6. GillesF

    My tanks

    Beautiful aquariums. Question: your CO2 is quite high on your Dutch tank. How do you improve oxygenation for your fish?
  7. GillesF

    Beginning of algaes after doubling light

    Hi all Interesting discussion :) @ardjuna : do you have a link to that research paper regarding pH and algae? Just out of interest. And how did you determine that your friend has 15ppm of CO2 in his tank?
  8. GillesF

    Anyone looking for a Nano LED?

    These are excellent indeed. The fact you can easily dim the LEDs is a huge advantage when battling algae. Also, the Superfish nano tanks are great. The standard filter pump is pretty powerful (I think it's like 200l/h for a 10 liter aquarium!), easily adjustable and water is filtered from the...
  9. GillesF

    Scape Fu podcasts

    Hey Art Nice to see you on UKAPS too :-) I'm a regular visitor of you website and think it's pretty awesome what you're doing. Also great to see another WP Genesis user in our hobby :D Cheers, Gilles
  10. GillesF

    Looking for product photographers

    Hi all I'm not sure whether I'm allowed to post this here. If not, be free to move this topic :) I'm looking for product photographers for one of my future projects. You don't have to be a professional photographer, good skills and equipment to create great, well-detailed pictures is enough...
  11. GillesF

    Looking for pictures of CO2 deficiencies

    Hi guys I'll soon start writing an article about CO2 deficiencies and I'm looking for high quality pictures that show the different kinds of symptoms of a CO2 deficiency (thread algae, bba, leaf loss, holes in leaves, melting, ...). This way, my readers can identify the symptoms and react...
  12. GillesF

    Looking for high quality pictures of EI tanks

    Hi all I'm not sure if this is the right subforum to ask this. If not, my apologies. I'm writing an article on the Estimative Index for a dutch magazine. The magazine focuses a lot on high quality pictures which I do not have unfortunately. Does anyone have high quality pictures of beautiful...
  13. GillesF

    Lubricate filter o-ring: WD40?

    I got to oil sprays: silicon oil & mineral oil. Used the silicon oil on the rubber, working as new now!
  14. GillesF

    Lubricate filter o-ring: WD40?

    I need to lubricate some moving parts that are hard to reach so a spray would be easier. I'll have a a look at the local DIY shop for a silicon spray. Thanks all!
  15. GillesF

    Lubricate filter o-ring: WD40?

    Hello Can you use WD40 to lubricate the filter parts? Or is it toxic to fish/bad for the filter parts? I've used vaseline before but it tends to harden on some parts. Cheers Gilles
  16. GillesF

    Do I need magnesium Sulfate (MgSO4)?

    Thanks for the info! :D
  17. GillesF

    Expert advice on hardscape

    Hey Ady I bought Seiryu stones just to try it out. I think the scape looks better now but still needs "filling up". Cheers Gilles
  18. GillesF

    Do I need magnesium Sulfate (MgSO4)?

    Hey Clive Is there any reason why it is believed that the low KH will improve CO2 absorption by the plants? And to what extent is this true? Cheers, Gilles
  19. GillesF

    Expert advice on hardscape

    Hi Ady I've been thinking of stones too, any ideas about the style? Maybe lava rocks because that will blend it nicely with the wood (+ easy to find over here). Can get Seiryu online too but I cannot handpick those so might be bad quality (20£ for 6kg)
  20. GillesF

    Expert advice on hardscape

    Hi Alastair Good to hear from you, mate! I've added some extra akadama to the slopes (was already planning on doing that). I tried placing the wood as you say but that puts the wood too much in front, blocking the background. I've bought three extra litlle pieces of wood and added them. What...
  21. GillesF

    Pump for water changes

    Thanks man, going to get me this one (1400l/h): Aquarium Water Pump Fishtank Submersible Powerhead Water Fall Hydroponic L H GPH | eBay
  22. GillesF

    Pump for water changes

    Hi guys My tank is about 6 meters away from my bath. I want to fill it with water and then pump it directly to the aquarium for quick waterchanges. Does anyone know if 6 meters will work? Or is that too far away for a pump? How many L/H should I get for this? Cheers Gilles
  23. GillesF

    Expert advice on hardscape

    Plants that I'll be using: On the wood: blender method with Fissidens & Riccardia. Java trident and narrow attached to the wood from base to halfway. Foreground: LIlaeopsis & E. acicularis mat. Different kinds of cryptocorynes in front of the wood base, also some anubias and bolbitis...
  24. GillesF

    Expert advice on hardscape

    Hi guys I've started working on the basic hardscape of my "easy maintenance" tank. It's going to have a large piece of wood with lots of mosses, crypts, java ferns, E. tenellus, bolbitis, ... I'll do a dry start in the first phase (for the mosses & foreground) and in the second phase low...
  25. GillesF

    Akadama - A cheap substrate

    Thanks. As long as it's not like Manado I'm happy!
  26. GillesF

    Akadama - A cheap substrate

    Hi guys How light is Akadama? Is it more like ADA Aquasoil or JBL Manado? Cheers Gilles
  27. GillesF

    LED Lighting for a Nano

    Hi mate HC is very sensitive to CO2, a fancy LED light won't fix that problem. If you want to grow a lush HC carpet, you're better off investing in a good CO2 setup :) Cheers Gilles
  28. GillesF

    Moss trimming, no mess - now with video

    Best. Invention. Ever! :D Gonna try this soon
  29. GillesF

    George's TMC Signature

    Posted the last picture on our Facebook page: +3000 views, 15 new likes, 30 shares & 40 likes in 1 evening. AWESOME! People love your work :D
  30. GillesF

    George's TMC Signature

    I was planning on doing a triangular scape with no foreground plants like HC but now that I see this ... I'm hesitating, lol! I was planning on getting a Beamswork because of budget. Those tiles look awesome too though.
  31. GillesF

    George's TMC Signature

    I mean growth speed wise. Or did you use a lot of HC from the start?
  32. GillesF

    George's TMC Signature

    Awesome aquascape, George. One of my all-time favourites. I've always been a fan of "triangular scapes" but this one is really impressive. How's the lighting? Is that medium light from where the tiles are hanging? I'd love to do something like this for my own 90cm tank but don't want be...
  33. GillesF

    Dutch Nature style

    Hi Yo-han Good to see you here too! Your tank looks awesome, nice & lush growth in there. I'll share it on our Facebook-page! :) Cheers Gilles
  34. GillesF

    grobeam 600 light spread

    Excellent, thanks. I'll be getting one then! Cheers, Gilles
  35. GillesF

    grobeam 600 light spread

    Question is: do Reuben & Ian have low light setup like ours or high light? @ Reuben: how did you lower intensity, are you using a dimmer?
  36. GillesF

    grobeam 600 light spread

    Hi I have exactly the same problem: I'm setting up a 90cm low light - low CO2 aquarium and I'm interested in using the Grobeam 600. However, I'm not sure whether I should use the single or dual for a low light setup. Ian, you recommend using 2 for this size then? Cheers, Gilles
  37. GillesF

    Best and simplest way to inject CO2?

    I think it was Clive who explained why it wouldn't affect bacteria in the filter. I'll ask him if he still has the link to that topic. Cheers Gilles
  38. GillesF

    Sources for chelated trace

    Why not buy from John again? I'm sure that if you buy your stuff from different places, the shipping will cost more than the money you save on the product itself ... ?
  39. GillesF

    Best and simplest way to inject CO2?

    Nope, no effect on bacteria :)
  40. GillesF

    George's TMC Signature

    Hi George Great scape! What are you using for CO2 distribution? Cheers Gilles
  41. GillesF

    A Chocolate Puddle -

    Mate, absolutely love this tank. You've inspired me to start one too! :D Posted this on my Facebook page and someone asked: "shouldn't the Calatheas be kept moderately dry?" Also, which plants are you using in the foreground? Cheers, Gilles
  42. GillesF

    Cheap pressurised CO2 system DIY guide

    Thanks mate!
  43. GillesF

    Cheap pressurised CO2 system DIY guide

    Hi guys I wrote an article about the FE setup on my blog with a link to this thread. One of my readers claims it's dangerous because of the "internal pipe" that pushes out CO2 in its liquid form, damaging your regulator. Does anyone have any experience with this? Cheers, Gilles
  44. GillesF

    Blue jelly island :-) journal finished

    Looks good mate! Maybe add some Crypto's to go with the brown of the wood & stones?
  45. GillesF

    Flourish Mistake!

    There's nothing wrong with dosing Excel along with CO2. Your plants aren't doing well because you ran out of CO2 which probably caused a defficiency. Just keep on dosing the Excel and fix your CO2 asap. *edit* My bad, I read Excel instead of Flourish. Yes, start dosing Flourish asap too...
  46. GillesF

    Hear me brag, then give me advice (please)!

    Hi Bill Just keep on dosing nitrates, it won't hurt and you're better safe than sorry. I recommend getting dry salts from one of our sponsors and creating your own macro/micro mix, it's much cheaper and your plants will love it! Cheers, Gilles
  47. GillesF

    IKEA Besta Cabinet

    Yeah, they look awesome. But unfortunately they do not have resellers in Belgium and overseas shipping is expensive! I've tried Natural Aquario, but that's almost 70£ of shipping costs ...
  48. GillesF

    IKEA Besta Cabinet

    Hi Tom It's more like 100kg :( I was thinking of building an MDF cabinet inside this one. I've looked around for commercial cabinets here in Belgium but either they are way too expensive or they look like crap. I'm not the DIY kind of guy (tried once, failed miserably) so that's a no go.
  49. GillesF

    IKEA Besta Cabinet

    Well, one upgrade I can imagine is replacing the cardboard back by a wooden one. That should make it a lot more sturdy, no? How did you reinforce yours? Cheers, Gilles
  50. GillesF

    IKEA Besta Cabinet

    Hi guys I've been looking for cheap alternatives to the ADA cabinets and came across this fella: BESTÅ Open kast met deur - wit - IKEA The dimensions (60x40) are perfect although the cabinet could be somewhat higher, but that should easy to fix. What alarms me is the maximum weight it can...
  51. GillesF

    Hi all...

    There's a familiar name :D Welcome to UKAPS and greetings from Belgium!
  52. GillesF

    My non CO2 aquarium

    Hi guys I November last year I made a video of my father's non CO2 tank that I set up for him. This was one month and a half after setup. The requirements for this tank were: lot's of plants, easy to maintain & low-cost. Specs: Lighting: 4x 36w T8 (no reflectors and lots of surface plants)...
  53. GillesF

    New Aquascaping book by Oliver Knott and Chris Lukhaup

    I had a look at the contents table and it looks very promising. Lot's of explanation and step-by-step guides. Really looking forward to this book, might even consider getting the German one :D
  54. GillesF

    3240L Nature Aquarium

    Wow, very nice to see. And the wood is excellent!
  55. GillesF

    3240L Nature Aquarium

    Excellent mate, really like the hardscape. It reminds me of the 500l non-CO2 aquarium I built for my father (see video below) but yours looks so much better :D
  56. GillesF

    custom aquarium

    In my opinion: yes, definetely!
  57. GillesF

    Anyone want to help me out translating my blog? :-)

    Hi ale36 It's about 70 pages, quite some work. I send you the "Google translated" version and you make it sound English. Let me know if you're still interested.:)
  58. GillesF

    Anyone want to help me out translating my blog? :-)

    I'll give you a compensation from AquariumPlantFood too! :D
  59. GillesF

    Anyone want to help me out translating my blog? :-)

    Hi ale36, thanks for the interest. You can use Google Translate to get the "basic text", you only have to make it sound "English" :-)
  60. GillesF

    Anyone want to help me out translating my blog? :-)

    Hi guys My blog about aquascaping (see signature) is doing very well lately and I've seen some interest from the UK and US. However, it is entirely in Dutch at the moment. I'd like to translate the entire blog into English but to be honest I simply don't have the time to do it because I'm...
  61. GillesF

    2-way Needle Valve?

    Those that you will find in the UK are probably the same as those on Ebay. I'd just get the ebay ones and replace the needle valve (which are crap, believe me). Nothing wrong with the splitters though, they work very well!
  62. GillesF

    AquaScaping tools?

    Don't get those on Ebay, they bend really easily. You're better off getting a pair from Aquariumplantfood or another sponsor. Yes, you pay more but the quality is MUCH better/stronger!
  63. GillesF

    Best pressurised co2 system for 19l

    Both setups have crappy needle wheels which make it very difficult (and dangerous) to keep a constant CO2 rate, especially on a 19 litre. I'm not sure where you can get different models than these though, since I'm not from the UK.
  64. GillesF

    New type of atomizer? Has anyone tried these?

    Hi guys Through my blog I got a link to this German webshop and noticed they offer a different type atomizer. It looks like they added a needle wheel to further dissolve the bubbles, so no more mist! AKVATEL CO2 Filter Diffusor Profi für Außenfilter | CO2-Technik | AKVATEL - Professional...
  65. GillesF

    fert advise

    Next time try AquariumPlantFood, much cheaper than the Tropica stuff! :)
  66. GillesF

    How to "unbend" filter tubing?

    You Sir, are a hero! This trick worked brilliantly!
  67. GillesF

    How to "unbend" filter tubing?

    Hello I've recently acquired some clear filter tubing to use on my gUSH inlet & outlet. However, since the tubing was rolled up in the factory it still bends when I connect it to my filter glassware, making my inlet & outlet bend too. Does anyone know how I can "unbend" the tubing, making them...
  68. GillesF

    Standard plant food

    Do check what this fertilizer contains. A lot of these fertilizers use ammonium nitrate instead of potassium nitrate or another source of N ...
  69. GillesF

    Lighting over non-CO2

    The tank is about 150x50x50cm so more like 400 liters. We'll be keeping crypts, java ferns and vallisneria. The problem is that my father is on a low budget (I can spend 100€ on plants and probably 50€ on equipment ...)
  70. GillesF

    Lighting over non-CO2

    Hi guys I'm rescaping my dad's tank which will be a 500 liters non-CO2 aquarium. At this moment he has 2x 36w T8 (no reflectors). I know non-CO2 need low light to keep algae at bay but I have the impression that his current light setup will be too low for the plants? Any advice? Should I...
  71. GillesF

    Cheap Co2 reactors

    Thanks for the info. Actually, I only hear a few burbs in 8 hours. I don't mind the filter burping out the CO2, it fills the tank with tiny CO2 bubbles which the plants like.
  72. GillesF

    Cheap Co2 reactors

    This has me worried. Can impellers get damaged with a few burps a day (let's say 1 or 2 small burps/hour)?
  73. GillesF

    Low maintenance Jungle set up

    Cool tank, might be using this as inspiration for my father's low maintenance setup!
  74. GillesF

    Wallys first planted tank

    Hi Wally Your tank looks great, healthy growth too. Don't forget that leggy growth (which I can't see in your picture?) is caused by low CO2 and increasing light (going from T8 to T5 for example) will only make it worse. More light increases the demand for nutritients so more CO2 should be...
  75. GillesF

    Looking for some good pictures

    Thanks man, appreciate it
  76. GillesF

    Looking for some good pictures

    Hi guys I'm looking for some cool pictures for my blog's fan page (Facebook Timeline update). I know you can easily find great scapes on Google but I don't want to steal someone's picture and use it as my banner. Since there are a lot of talented photographers on this forum, does someone have a...
  77. GillesF

    Reducing filter flow

    Hi Clive yes, the filter is completely full. I've reduced the flow using the safety lever. There's an icon on the lever indicating the flow capacity (see this picture, above the Eheim logo). I didn't know this fitler had that option.
  78. GillesF

    Reducing filter flow

    Well, this is Eheim's reply: I'll check the manual too.
  79. GillesF

    Reducing filter flow

    You mean part number 7428718 on this picture? Won't this damage the filter? I prefer not to drill holes in my spray bar (Eheim installation set)
  80. GillesF

    Reducing filter flow

    Hello I have too much flow in my tank, to the point that my E. Acicularis loses it's grip in the substrate. I'm using an Eheim 2073 (1050 l/h) on a 80-90 liter tank connected to a spray bar at the back. What's the best method for reducing flow? I can point the spray bar more towards the...
  81. GillesF

    Recharging Purigen

    Just put in dechlorinator for 24 hours and rinse well. Don't forget to rub since the inner part may still contain some bleach. It is possible that the Purigen will smell "fishy" afterwards depending on the dechlorinator used.
  82. GillesF

    pH Controllers...how to maintain a CO2 level AND pH level ?

    Re: pH Controllers...how to maintain a CO2 level AND pH leve I totally agree with george. You're beter of spending your money on a good co2 setup
  83. GillesF

    Scaping a large tank

    I think that would look nice too but I'm not sure whether my father will like it. Does it require a lot of trimming?
  84. GillesF

    Difference between the ADACubeGardenM and the Do!AquaCubeM?

    Re: Difference between the ADACubeGardenM and the Do!AquaCub You get a cool sticker with the ADA one ;-)
  85. GillesF

    Improving CO2/Circulation in a nano

    I was able to connect a 12/16 atomizer to the inlet tubing, I'm looking forward to seeing the results. The spraybar is about 9mm, does someone know where I can get a clear 9mm spray bar?
  86. GillesF

    Strange behaviour by fish

    Anyone?
  87. GillesF

    Scaping a large tank

    I'll probably use Pelia on the wood. I'm thinking of Sagittaria as a foreground plant and maybe some moss attached to rocks? I can also get the Akadama recommended on this forum for 12£/13 liter. Good deal?
  88. GillesF

    Improving CO2/Circulation in a nano

    Yeah, it is much better than my nano internal filter and it has a lot more filter media in it.
  89. GillesF

    Scaping a large tank

    Is Pelia easier than Java moss? Which foreground plants would you recommend?
  90. GillesF

    Strange behaviour by fish

    Hello I have in my tank about 10 Rasbora Heteromorpha. I just fed them and when they went to the surface to eat it looked like they were knocked down. So now I have like 6 fish on their side/ floating in the tank (still living). I've seen this before with one of them and he always survived...
  91. GillesF

    Scaping a large tank

    Hi Clive No, not a transition from non-CO2 to CO2. Either low light - CO2 or low light - non CO2. But you are right about the extra gear and effort. Knowing my father, it's probably best to choose the low light - non CO2 option. The dry start method is very interesting. How fast do you think...
  92. GillesF

    Scaping a large tank

    Thanks for the info everyone. Low tech. My father doesn't have the time, will and experience to go high tech. I'll go non CO2 then. I just thought adding CO2 with low light would fill up the tank better. I'll first upgrade the internal filter then and maybe later add an extra filter or pump...
  93. GillesF

    Scaping a large tank

    Hi My father has decided to get rid of his cichlids after many years. He was fed up with them digging up everything. I was able to convince him getting a planted, non co2 tank. The tank is 150x50x55cm which is about 500 liter. It has an internal filter with a 1000 liter pump. I'd like to use...
  94. GillesF

    Improving CO2/Circulation in a nano

    It's not bad but I was expecting more from it. I think bad design slows down the flow. Only paid 25€ for it though ...
  95. GillesF

    Improving CO2/Circulation in a nano

    It's this one:
  96. GillesF

    Improving CO2/Circulation in a nano

    I'll probably do that in combination with the Up atomizer.
  97. GillesF

    Improving CO2/Circulation in a nano

    Hi Clive the injection rate is already quite high. Last week I almost lost a fish after increasing it just a little bit. Can I assume the problem is not the injection rate problem but rather the circulation? The spraybar does mix the CO2 pretty well but I think the java fern sort of blocks the...
  98. GillesF

    Improving CO2/Circulation in a nano

    Hi guys I have some thread algae/BBA in my tank due to low CO2/bad circulation. This is how the nano looks like (without the hardscape): http://i43.tinypic.com/2uemh4k.jpg Specs: 30x15x25cm 150l/h external mini cannister filter Full EI dosing 4,5w LED, 7 hours/day CO2 injection through...
  99. GillesF

    APF Curved Scissors

    Has no one ever used these? :D
  100. GillesF

    PTFE tape

    I use Locktite sealant. Very easy to use, just a bead on the threads and then you can screw it on. I've also never had to redo a connection for leaks, so it seals very well.
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