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  1. sanj

    700 litre - Boesemani-Stan. 😁

    Can't quite get a decent picture of this aquarium, there is a reflection from the wall whichever angle I try. This is my tank no.2, running since 2012 and like the others not been running on co2 injection for some 4 years or so. Like the others it was run down for a couple of years, but it...
  2. sanj

    300l Wapoga River

    Didn't realise this one has been going on since 2014. I have three long term aquariums on the go, none have had co2 injection since end of 2016. This is the youngest. I guess these kind of planted aqaurims tend to have a wilder look to them, but then I dont tend to over manicure the plants.
  3. sanj

    "Fifty Shades of Green" - (1600 Litre Sanjarami)

    I think there are about 9 in total red tail and red finned sharks. One is an albino. There are two chunky female rtbs who regularly square off against each other. There are no serious squabbles, but they do have a pecking order. Any chased are just to move out of the way, but relentless chases...
  4. sanj

    "Fifty Shades of Green" - (1600 Litre Sanjarami)

    Thanks Ian, female red tail sharks kind of give their name some justice. Beautiful fish. I do have the two others going they are primarily single rainbowfish species aquariums. I will post an update soon. They are all in process of regeneration since neglecting them a bit last year.
  5. sanj

    "Fifty Shades of Green" - (1600 Litre Sanjarami)

    Feels like it's regenerated a bit better. I also added some smaller varieties of anubias and bucephalandra.
  6. sanj

    2,000L High tech BEAST

    Filip, do you not have any issue with condensation in your house? That is also of open water. I had to get acrylic covers made for big tank in the living room, although the smaller 700l in my hallway doesn't have any.
  7. sanj

    2,000L High tech BEAST

    I have just seen this thread, I've not really been around for a couple of years, but... Wow! 😮 Is it fixed though? That kind of freaks me out. I have two acrylic tanks one running since May 2010 and the other sometime in 2012. I got them made though. I wouldn't trust myself making one that large. 😁
  8. sanj

    Acrylic aquariums

    There is at least one dedicated manufacture and a couple of others that can build acrylic tanks, but it is not their only business.
  9. sanj

    Acrylic aquariums

    This is an old post, but just my 2pence from somebody who has both, when you go large acrylic is far and away much lighter than glass. Two reasonably strong men could carry my 1,600 litre (empty ofcourse 😂) that would not have been possible if it was made of glass. As far scratches... fine...
  10. sanj

    Does lighting have to be synced with daylight hours?

    Nope, you synch it to what suits you. My lights come on at 15:00 to 22:00 for the last decade.
  11. sanj

    700 litre - Boesemani-Stan. 😁

    Three and a half years too late, sorry I wasn't really on here for a while. They are fine, plants adapt to anything in the PAR range. Aesthetically speaking I quite liked them, you can adjust the colours manually. Eventually though (in the last year) I lost control of the light and the software...
  12. sanj

    Plants that will survive clown loach curiosity

    I realise this is an old post, but the only thing I hate about clown loaches is not being able to keep them long term in a planted aqaurium. I have never seen a group of mature clown loach in an "unmolested" planted aquarium. I spoke with the partner of Emma Turner before, a lady who has a large...
  13. sanj

    "Fifty Shades of Green" - (1600 Litre Sanjarami)

    Thanks, yes I have been recently adding Bonzai and Paxing, however I have struggled with Bucephalandra in the past with this tank and I am not sure why. The leaves become blackened and they don't grow. I will try again at some point.
  14. sanj

    "Fifty Shades of Green" - (1600 Litre Sanjarami)

    Thanks Tim. It's ok. Pleasant enough, just could always be better.
  15. sanj

    "Fifty Shades of Green" - (1600 Litre Sanjarami)

    It's been a while, lots of neglect, hobby kind of went on the back burner since 2017, no CO2 injection for 3 or 4 years now. Trying to clean things up and get interested again, but it's still going to be no CO2 injection for the future on all my tanks. Still have Rainbowfish, although this tank...
  16. sanj

    Journal Jungle pond project...

    Thank you
  17. sanj

    Journal Jungle pond project...

    I am pleased, but constantly tweaking. There are things I would have done differently. The basic vision was a private "sub tropical oasis". I am not there yet. I think it will take some years.
  18. sanj

    Journal Jungle pond project...

    I really, really don't want that kind of Heron to visit. I had not seen one in three years, but I have PIR water guns set up, fishing line around the perimeter and those horrid plastic things in the pond. They are supposed to not like closed in spaces, I'm hoping I don't get any bold ones...
  19. sanj

    Journal Jungle pond project...

    I saw a bloody Heron on my neighbours roof a couple weeks ago. Trying out various deterrents, not seen it again and no fish taken. I have added Jikin and Watonai goldfish to the pond. Early in the season it is only just starting to awake.
  20. sanj

    Journal Jungle pond project...

    Apologies, I missed your post. I leave them out they seem to cope well. I did this after seeing some people on mainland Europe do the same, colder Winters over there.
  21. sanj

    Not a good write up for liquid carbon

    Thanks Tim, in the last year or two I have been in the pond section. I shall post before and after shots of my neglected 300l and see how and if things progress.
  22. sanj

    Not a good write up for liquid carbon

    I understand. You have been steadfast in that all these years. The results from CO2 injection can be fantastic, but I lost my supplier a while ago and did not find a new source. I am afraid life dictates changes and I havent been able to focus on the hobby, so all tanks have had no co2...
  23. sanj

    Not a good write up for liquid carbon

    This post is like Groundhog Day. Clive as usual makes the most sense (8 October 2017) and yet as you progress through the threads it's like nobody read the original comments. I am going to auto dose on one of my tanks for the next year. It hasn't had co2 injection for somewhere like a year to...
  24. sanj

    Journal Jungle pond project...

    Hi Ian, still going but somewhat neglected. All have not received co2 injection for over a year and well there is a difference, but they still look OK, just not great. Gone off the boil a bit with them, but I know the interest will return. Going to try auto dosing the 400l with liquid CO2 in...
  25. sanj

    Journal Jungle pond project...

    They are intergeneric crosses between Hardy waterlilies and tropical varieties. The one I think you are referring to (above) is called Siam 1. The ones behind it are normal cultivars. The deep pink is TanKwan, the lighter pink large flower is Sun fire and the ones in the back are Colorado. I...
  26. sanj

    Journal Jungle pond project...

    Oh and about a month ago Monsters...
  27. sanj

    Journal Jungle pond project...

    It's grown in a bit... Also some aquarium plants like Lileopsis and Sagittaria subulata can survive through winter. Although last Winter was fairly mild the Sagittaria survived Beast from the East the previous Winter. Having said that Rainbow Shiners do pretty well.... As do Medaka...
  28. sanj

    Journal Jungle pond project...

    Thanks Tim. Alot more planting and growing in is needed, but it will get there I hope.
  29. sanj

    Journal Jungle pond project...

    I planted some in the ground last year, but they never came up this year. I notice people have difficulty with it. I read that some people have more success with acid soil and wet conditions so I am trying it in the pond. If this doesn't work, I'll probably not try them again until someone...
  30. sanj

    Journal Jungle pond project...

    It was... almost. Just me a spade and a wheel barrow.
  31. sanj

    My Four Hour Pond

    That is brilliant. Only concern is the sandstone affecting water chemistry. Looks fab though. Well done.
  32. sanj

    Journal Jungle pond project...

  33. sanj

    Journal Jungle pond project...

    Thanks all , Zozo, what do you think if I put the cyperus into deeper water over winter, then its roots will hopefully not freeze?
  34. sanj

    Journal Jungle pond project...

    As of this weekend 10-11th June: It's not all tidied up, I'm still planting and there is bags and tools all over the place. Stone (5 tonnes of it) may look a bit overwhelming at the moment, but I expect this to soften as the softscape grows in. Still awaiting a couple of purple and purple...
  35. sanj

    Journal Jungle pond project...

    Placing stones throughout May:
  36. sanj

    Journal Jungle pond project...

    13th May, filling and trial run: I am using a 12000l flow through filter and a 6000l rated PondXpert pump. Over rating seems to be the thing to do.One of the things about ponds I notice is that hiding the liner can be a bigger. I thought about various options and in the end settled on...
  37. sanj

    Journal Jungle pond project...

    9th May, Getting laid: I used Firestone? Liner for the main pond and supposedly more flexible but not quite as thick Greenseal for the stream and upper pool. Thick underlay went on first then the main pond liner followed by the stream liner. There is good overlap between the two I think a few...
  38. sanj

    Journal Jungle pond project...

    4th May Digging deeper: Took the photo about 9 in the evening, sorry. Digging deeper on new build land is no fun. It's full of crap rubble and such. Also this land slopes towards the house, so one side of the pond is not the same as the other. With that in mind it's barely 60cm at the deepest...
  39. sanj

    Journal Jungle pond project...

    30th April: I had an approximate idea of the shape and flow, but I had not drawn anything out. Last time I did anything pondy was when I was 10. I have always appreciated water in the garden, but never got around to doing anything about it. Looking at various different methods, at one point I...
  40. sanj

    Journal Jungle pond project...

    Hi all, I have not really been on here for a long while and this year I have been focussed on the garden while the Rainbowfish have taken a backseat. I have lived in my current new build house for 6 years but have never really got around to doing much with the back garden. Getting it landscaped...
  41. sanj

    The death of Aquascaping World

    Maybe people are moving to other platforms... facebook? I have noticed a slow down in activity on several internet forums over the last couple of years.
  42. sanj

    "Fifty Shades of Green" - (1600 Litre Sanjarami)

    I think some of the photo quality was lost or perhaps because it is much bigger picture than on the phone. Eventually the Red mangrove died, possibly from when I lowered the light units.
  43. sanj

    "Fifty Shades of Green" - (1600 Litre Sanjarami)

    Sent from my HUAWEI CRR-L09 using Tapatalk
  44. sanj

    First Low Tech - Advice Needed

    Start out with a lot of plants, aim for 80% of the substrate covered. At least don't start out with few plants.
  45. sanj

    Reclaimed timber dual aquarium build

    So talented, well done. Neons though, they wont keep the tight schooling for ever.
  46. sanj

    My journal for dealing with BBA

    Ooooh you've got a Lily about to flower. :)
  47. sanj

    PFK - Heater Cables....Em what?

    Some people still use heater cables, unless someone can say otherwise I think Dennerle still use them. The WaterZoo in Peterborough has been running a planted aquarium for over 20 years that was at least set up using the Denerle system. I don't think they are essential and that is key. What...
  48. sanj

    Rainbowfish Identification

    You are definitely right that it is not a M. splendida, it doesn't really fit distinctly into any species or variety I recognise. It looks like a hybrid.
  49. sanj

    Oldie but a newbie to the world of green

    Fully automated is a very good idea. I would love to be able to have a constant water change system on my big tank.
  50. sanj

    Paranormal TV Shows

    Most Haunted is the most common version of these type of show in UK, but we also get some of the ones you listed. Also Paranormal Investigators and some I cant remember. Occasionally you actually see some interesting footage, that is if it hasn't been meddled with. Who knows for sure with tv shows.
  51. sanj

    Oldie but a newbie to the world of green

    Hehe, that is how extensions should be built.
  52. sanj

    Tangled Roots

    Loving it, very tangle...y. :D
  53. sanj

    495litre - Simple

    I have kept green and black varieties of Skeleton King, its the only Bucephalandra sp. I tried that eventually fails. Im talking over a period of a year or so, but I am not sure it is a successful 100% of the time being submersed. Maybe you will have better luck. :)
  54. sanj

    Olympus is Calling.

    Kind of liking Shoreline.
  55. sanj

    Male or Female Bosemani?

    Female. Males at that size should be obvious and have strong yellow or orange back half of the body.
  56. sanj

    Sagittaria subulata equivalent for soft water?

    Ranalisma rostrata?
  57. sanj

    A few of my Rainbowfish...

    This is Chilatherina alleni "Wapoga"
  58. sanj

    thegreenmachineonline

    I have personally not had bad service from TGM and I have used them a lot over the last 6 -7 years. The focus does seem to be shifting more towards the online business, but a business does have to change to survive there is also a lot of good competition.
  59. sanj

    Serenity now - A Blackwater riparium

    Ooooh... :)
  60. sanj

    Biggest tanks

    http://www.ukaps.org/forum/threads/fifty-shades-of-green-1600-litre-sanjarami.11386/ :)
  61. sanj

    Twinstar..what is it?

    Umm...im still not sure about this. I had one running for best part of a year, but it was on a 300l. Not particularly noticed any significant difference since not running it. Perhaps if I had run it in smaller, higher input set up.
  62. sanj

    Malachite Green stain in carpet...

    I should have taken a before and after, but I was too busy having a freak on.
  63. sanj

    The Gates of Gaia - IAPLC 2015 (121th)

    I saw the first bit and thought...uh oh its another Avtar scape... But no, its actually looking quite original, exciting and well thought out. The left bit that was higher could have lent itself to emersed growing, but maybe that would totally change what you were planning. Great the way the...
  64. sanj

    Reefer 350 Planted

    I just had a thought, rainbow fish do jump, not every day, but in open top you are likely to lose some at some point. Europe has a good Rainbowfish network, but its more in the Germany-Nederlands-Belgium triangle. The UK has improved tremendously in the last few years with access to stock from...
  65. sanj

    Reefer 350 Planted

    Yes they are a good mix. In that tank I would stick to species that are under 4"/10cm. Where are you based? There are many, many species and even more varieties, many have only been discovered in the last 10 years and a lot have not received scientific names yet.
  66. sanj

    Reefer 350 Planted

    If it was a reef set up, you really really wouldn't want to count the expense, that is why I stopped my reef interest, to concentrate on Rainbowfish. Too much money...
  67. sanj

    Reefer 350 Planted

    She is smart. That is exactly the sort of thing that I have experienced. I must have upgraded several tanks. I suppose the only other thing is multiple tank syndrome. But I suppose the wife puts a check on that.
  68. sanj

    120x60x25cm Diy acrylic tank

    Have you written a journal on how you made it? Must be satisfying to create your own.
  69. sanj

    Reefer 350 Planted

    Wow, love the hard scape on your big...ish tank. :P
  70. sanj

    Malachite Green stain in carpet...

    I dropped some Waterlife Protozin on my beige carpet... panic set in freaked out for a bit and then came across a post on the net of using 3% Hydrogen peroxide. I sprayed it over the stains and left for an hour... gone. :D I just thought I would post in case anyone else has a similar...
  71. sanj

    I'd this cryptocoryne?

    That would be excellent, happy to pay for what you can spare. :)
  72. sanj

    I'd this cryptocoryne?

    I read usteriana has red underside to the leaves whereas aponogetifolia is all green. Any idea where I could buy either?
  73. sanj

    Tropical Bay

    Very beautiful, but a little sorry to see it dismantled.
  74. sanj

    02 with C02 ?

    If you have precious livestock it is worth a consideration especially on hot Summer nights. I use them for 12 hours or so overnight.
  75. sanj

    "Fifty Shades of Green" - (1600 Litre Sanjarami)

    The Radions seem pretty decent. I only use two external filters, a eheim 2080 and a 2180. Apart from filtration they are used for heating (incl. an inline 300w hydor on the 2080) and co2 injection with circulation primarily undertaken by the gyre pumps. The co2 reactors are from Aquamas, a...
  76. sanj

    "Fifty Shades of Green" - (1600 Litre Sanjarami)

    Pacific Sun: http://www.pacific-sun.eu/new/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=117&Itemid=190 You could probably go with the Hyperion units, mine was a hybrid (Pandora) because my tank is 93cm front to back and I didnt want to hang the lights too high. I have Hyperions on smaller...
  77. sanj

    "Fifty Shades of Green" - (1600 Litre Sanjarami)

    Hello, I think one would be enough especially when setting up from new. I have both of mine on lowest setting and it still creates plenty of movement. I bought two because I felt the tree trunks might obstruct flow.
  78. sanj

    "Fifty Shades of Green" - (1600 Litre Sanjarami)

    Hi Phil, I am glad you think so, that is on the lines of what I was hoping it would look like. I would like a bit more establishment with plants breaking up the division of the substrate some more. I had thought about a major rescape with white sand being the basis, but Tom's suggestion in the...
  79. sanj

    700 litre - Boesemani-Stan. 😁

    If you are interested the rainbowfish are: M. douboulayi "Coliseum Creek" M. kamaka M. ajamaruensis M. urisa M. pygmae M. sexlineata C.axelrodi C.alleni "Wapoga" G. multisquamata "Pagai Mudhole" Some are growing out to be moved later. Those fish that look a bit like M.boesemani are actually...
  80. sanj

    300l Wapoga River

    I changed the placing of the Koralia pumps a few months ago so they are now providing flow in the same direction as the outflow instead of from the back to the front. Seems to wok better and I don't get BBA anymore.
  81. sanj

    300l Wapoga River

    Ha so not very good at posting updates. This tank has been on the slow grow. July 2014: And this evening: :)
  82. sanj

    700 litre - Boesemani-Stan. 😁

    So err... I have been keeping the water quality going for the fish, but wound down maintenance wise on the plants and just let things happen although kept it under control. Nothing grows fast in here which suits at the moment. Not as nice as it was when I had a tennellus lawn...
  83. sanj

    "Fifty Shades of Green" - (1600 Litre Sanjarami)

    Thanks guys, it is ok, but not really as exciting or as good as earlier scaping. I would like to do a proper rescape, but other areas of life have taken my time for some months. Still Iain I have taken a pic or two of the other tanks, dont expect too much though, they are all a bit slightly...
  84. sanj

    "Fifty Shades of Green" - (1600 Litre Sanjarami)

    Not such a good photo, taken from my phone, but this is what it looked like a day after the substrate change, some sand is further back than the partition, I think it will sink over time. It has since grown on me, don't know how practical it will be long term. Surface area is still ~75% ADA...
  85. sanj

    "Fifty Shades of Green" - (1600 Litre Sanjarami)

    Laurie, Stephan, Greenfinger, thank you for your kind comments.
  86. sanj

    "Fifty Shades of Green" - (1600 Litre Sanjarami)

    Well Mr Barr, I think its going to happen. Already inserted ugly lawn edging to separate substrate and going to use La Plata sand at the front. Its got to be done with fish in situ... not looking forward to it. TGM suggested siphoning the substrate out in sections with a hose, might work with...
  87. sanj

    1.000 L project. Aquascape by Windyhead.

    I love this scape, a few different types of material but brought together wonderfully. One of my favourites.
  88. sanj

    "Fifty Shades of Green" - (1600 Litre Sanjarami)

    Hi Tom, Yes I had considered replacing much of the base with a light coloured sand similar to my 300litre. It would be a messy change though. Just need to get around to working out how best to do undertaking this.
  89. sanj

    Of ferns, stones and wood- A low tech tank

    There is a mood going on there, I kind of like it.
  90. sanj

    fifty shade of grey

    I am surprised at the number of men I know going to watch this trash ehem film. Well maybe, just maybe it is a good film, but the book i hear was trashy and not well written (all second hand info). I cant see the attraction... anyone explain?
  91. sanj

    Rocky. The betta nano

    Nicely scaped. I have one of these tanks, but I use it for fry, not scaped. I am not sure that the leds solution they provide will be powerful enough for many plants. Try and see though, supplementing with carbon certainly will help.
  92. sanj

    Steve's ADA 120P - Emerald Isles

    Aesthetically very nice so far. :)
  93. sanj

    Alternative LED lighting

    You get a lot of control ability, more than you need with an Ecotech, it looks smart, I am not sure there is anything aesthetically on the same level and at a similar or better price. I had the Maxspect Razor on a 60x 45 x 45. The spread was ok, but suspending it was better. I dont think you are...
  94. sanj

    Water Changes and EI dosing

    Yes, although I did say treated water changes, by which I meant treated for such.
  95. sanj

    Water Changes and EI dosing

    Most Bacteria is not in the water column, it is in the filter media and hardsurfaces, large treated water changes should not have any significant impact on bacterial populations.
  96. sanj

    How often do you fiddle with your tank?

    I was told not to fiddle too much as there was a chance of going blind... I suspect that is a myth though. Even so, I don't very often, maybe once a week during water changes and the low tech tanks even less.
  97. sanj

    Dennerle Scapers aquarium Plus Orr???....

    I am using a Scapers tank to raise some M.sp "wapoga" (looks like red striped praecox). I did not get the whole package simply because it would not quite fit in the space I had for it. I have the 50l, but there is also a 70l version, but I have not seen it in this country.
  98. sanj

    "Fifty Shades of Green" - (1600 Litre Sanjarami)

    Hello, I will try to just been mad busy with work. There are a few different types of Java, but mainly Trident form. Thanks very much.
  99. sanj

    "Fifty Shades of Green" - (1600 Litre Sanjarami)

    Thank you, very kind of you to say so. Although as a scape I think it is pretty poor, as a planted tank for my rainbowfish, its not bad :). I am not sure what you mean by translate, do you mean another language? If so feel free. :)
  100. sanj

    "Fifty Shades of Green" - (1600 Litre Sanjarami)

    Thanks for the positive comments guys. Thank you for the offer on wood Alistair, might be somthing Ill be knocking on yout door about :P. Nearly all use air driven sponge filters, some like the 200l under the big tank uses a corner style Hamburg matten filter, which is also air driven.
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