It's been some time since I've posted any kind of journal, I must admit, I have been a 'lurker' rather than a 'poster.
Some may recall the following images that I had taken,. My next layout should incorporate some of these 'foreground' ideas, with some more unusual choices for the...
Wasnt sure if this is photography or aquascaping. After trying to recover from a chest infection, i'm getting bored, amnd as usual, doing too much when i should rest.
Anyway, here's a few Iwagumi layouts. The 'false' way.
gumi1 by saintly's pics, on Flickr
gumi2 by saintly's pics, on...
my local woodland area is really starting to look nice again, with winter in decline...(ehhh?)
Anyway, here's a snap of the various moss down there. Was the image taking at the woods, or at home? :snaphappy:
woodland-moss by saintly's pics, on Flickr
Sorry for the rehash of an old tank.
I've re-edited this with hopefully, better colour management.
I've got to grips with Edius colour management, and correcting W/B is quite easy now.
Best to watch @ 720p or higher, and Preferably, on a mobile device....(cough*Samsung* cough)
Sorry to use the forum as a sounding ground, but i just wanted to test a video.
I've worked out how to add multiple files, and also combine Edius and Photoshop to work at the same time.
Anyway, i wanted to see how it looks in a youtube window.
Here's what i managed to put together before my tripod fell with my camera rig attached! :twisted:
It's bit of a randomvid, but theres a few trees, a bit of water so i thought it'd suit the forum.
I went with my wife and son, with my son just learning to ride his bike.
Always watch in 720p...
No matter how hard things can get, never give up.
I've posted an image from one of my first ever tanks....algae ridden.
2 by saintly's pics, on Flickr
With care and understanding, you can turn things around.
3 by saintly's pics, on Flickr
this by saintly's pics, on Flickr
I've kept this quiet for some time now.
I've disscussed this with a couple of people mow. 1 says' 'No' the other ' Nathan hill from PFK'says it's possible with brackish water.He's seen it happen apparently.
Now for some time....months i've seen the odd Amano in my tank which is about 2 cm. I...
Today, a new member introduced themselves (cant remeber name)
There was spam within the thread, so i attempted to delete the spam, but deleted the whole damn thread.
So, to the newcomer whos looking where their post is, blame me :oops: please come forward and make yourself known again.
Hi everyone. Sorry for not being around much, but with an operation looming, and having to work 7 days a week whilst ill, i've not got a great deal of enthusiasm for anything at the moment. Thanks to my friends who have been supportive recently.
Hopefully, in 4 or 5 weeks, i'll be plaguing you...
I've said a few times about how I keep my surface clear from 'surface scum'
One of the best additions I've had is the good old Gourami. I've had a few different types, and they all do the same job.
These ones are discreet and don't clutter up the over all look.
I think, because they are...
Bonsai lovers, could you assist me please?
This is my Acer, which is looking nice.
Mt questions is, can i pot this in any size pot? or does it have to be a small pot....something to do with the roots?....
The reason I ask, is because I'd like to get a big pot, and create a 'scene' with moss...
With each tank that I do which contains HC, I'm always learning something new.
I thought I'd share a tip that i learned from a good friend @ Tropica. Michael is Tropica's man that tests out new plants etc.
He showed me not just trim HC but to use the back of your hand to 'push' it down. For...
Well, that time again i'm afraid :angel:
Dimensions:120 x 55 x 55cm optiwhite
Substrate: gravel, mini landscape rock, ADA amazonia (used)
Light: 2 x 54w T5 (2 x 150wMH) Geissemann
CO2: Inline Co2
Filter: JBL & Eheim
Fertilizer: 10ml TPN+ per day (this could...
I know George has used these in the past, so I thought I'd give them a whirl. :D
Feel free to discuss the good and bad, personal experiences with this choice.
That is all :angel:
black-neons by saintly's pics, on Flickr
I'm aloud to show the hardscape for this tank which is in a 160 x 45 x 45.
I cant show the planted version as it contains some new 1-2 grow plants.
It was a fun 2 days at Tropica headquarters and me and the lads had a great time.
I just thought i'd share my hardscape layout. The stone is...
Guys! I know there is one or two that shoot video, on their DSLR's
I for one am a massive fan of videos on DSLR's, but live view mode in bright light can be unusable at times. Focusing and exposure are near on impossible. (That's why you never see videos from me, that feature outdoor shots)...
The glass lilly intake, at the bottom part is a pain to clean. Even with proper bendy brushes, you cant reach that part.
Well, I've been racking my brains and i have a simple solution.
Get a very fine gravel, not sand. Place a small amount into the lilly,ensuring the gravel goes right to the...
Just thought I'd share something I've noticed with the new ADA amazonia.
Unlike the older versions, the new soil gives really clear water from the beginning.
I thought for many that may have gone away from ADA due to cloudy water, this may be the time to change back :thumbup:
Rather than clutter my journal up, here's a few shots from water change time.
It's quite difficult to get the fish where you want them. The proper photo shoot, with out doubt, i'll need a hand.
crop5 by saintly's pics, on Flickr
crop1 by saintly's pics, on Flickr
crop3 by saintly's pics...
For anyone running an older version of Canon's DPP and shooting in RAW, I'd maybe look at an update.
I've just installed a newer version and the 'sharpness' tool has been revamped...for the better. Much nicer sharpening than previous :thumbup:
Yesterday saw me smashing up stone to get some nice pieces.
I took a diamond blade to one of my bigger bits and went all the way around. I then hit it with a hammer and bolster.
I got some really special bits, but what was left on the main piece was just lovely.
I plan now, to cut this off...
For those that follow George, on Twitter, some may know that we had the chance to scape a large aquarium for an up and coming PFK feature.
I cant give too much away via images, but here's one of Mr James Starr Marshall getting his crypto hands wet.He is indeed in the aquarium!
I'll make a start on this journal.
My plan is to do Iwagumi, which is my fave style of scaping.
I'm still undecided what to do, but the plant plans will be different for sure.
I have a day off tomorrow, so I'm going to a favourite place of mine for stone. I could be coming back with...
For some time now, I've been running the NAMH, which for me, is too warm and renders a yellowish cast. Ideal for showing red plants, but not really to my taste.
I've now got NAG green, which I've been after for sometime.
Here you can clearly see the difference. This is pretty accurate in...
On occasions, i read post of people wanting to give up due to algae woes, and the likes.
I thought I'd do a little post possibly, to maybe stop people wanting to give up. With a lot of help from the UKAPS forums, there's all the answers people need.
Great guys to get help and feedback from, i...
Sometimes, I'll go through old pics and come across images, i didn't like at the time. Here's one, which i let slip through.
In the next 120cm i aim for a similar look, but with a massive 55cm W and 55cm H it should look even bigger than this image which is 45 x 45. 8)
Picture taken with my...
The title might just give it away 8)
120 x 55 x 55
Via inline diffuser.
ADA powersand special, ADA amazonia
Manzanita and minilandscape rock
Geisseman 2 x 150 MH 2 x 54wt5
I'm collecting everything i need for an up and coming journal in my 60cm.
A change in substrate, is exciting.(thanks to Aquajardin :thumbup: ) I've used ADA in the past with tremendous results, I'm itching to get this into a tank :D
Any thought on why this may be happening?
I've grown it many times, and it grows tall, and green.
I've changed to tobias' ferts, and their now growing with a nice pink/ redish tinge.
The other brown variety crypts are the deepest of red/brown.
I guess like me, you've wondered how cool it would be to be jollying off around Europe doing shows?...
I can tell you, it's HARD! Firstly my hat now goes off to the guys, Dan, George & co. It's just relentless, tiresome and just generally hard work, mentally and physically. More on that later...
if anyone lets there children use there iphone for games, beware!
the smurfs farm app, has just cost me £59.00 in additional berries. It's not my boys fault, but mine for not checking! :crazy:
it best be one good farm...
Another journal to bore you with. :wink:
I'm using just manzi wood for this. Plants shall be, acicularis, tennullus, crypt sp. and moss. Somekind of background plant will feature, but not sure...
I've just submitted my first ever comp entry to IAPLC 2011...rather nerve racking.
It wont do all that well i dont think, but i think it's time i honoured my word of actually entering. :)
just received confirmation email of entry :geek:
i'm sure many do this, adding dry powders to a tank, but I've been asked many times how i do it. Even then, people are still fearful of doing this way.
personally, i just dont see the point in making solutions...too much hassle.
Anyway, for people unsure, just do this...
Here's a collection of pics. Best viewed@ 720/1080p
Could i have some feedback on whether it'd be worth doing properly? For this one, i just grabbed images from different folders and compiled it quite roughly.
I've also used one of my fave tunes of all times, The Beatles, here comes the...
Yeah, yeah, I've done this before, but believe me i'm bored :lol: just sifting through old pics.
I dont think I've posted these, and they help to inspire me.
Thanks for looking, and sorry if some have seen the last one before. :oops:
Here's the Vivarium nano tank kindly supplied by Dan Crawford.
By biggest challenge to date. The shear size...or lack of it, presents new problems.
I've filled it with tank water from the 120.
I'll do a run down shortly.
I've not gone mad with hardscape due to the fact it's going to be...
I've been thinking this for sometime, and i'm a bit curious.
If you had 2 filters running...lets say for arguments sake,1 is 1700LPH and the other is 1000LPH. Would the filter of a lower turnover become the strongest for bacteria growth? Is the water in the filter for a slightly...
Recently, we've had a cat that keeps coming to the house.
We've fed it and gave it shelter in this cold weather as any human would do. No one on the estate knows of the cat, so i'm off to the police to report it. Hopefully, she'll stay with us.
Kinda funny, Dan, my little lad called it...
I've started a new thread for todays (20th nov) meet.
An incredibly great day, with huge thanks to Ed, Pete, Stu and crew. Louise was my little 'helper' :lol: feeding the near 350 rummy nose tetras.
This is just a short clip, but I'll put together the other clips i have of the fish...
My question is, does lowering the water level for images for competitions such as IAPLC breach rules?
This image, is a snap of my tank with the water about 15cm lower. It suits the tank much better, but does it comply to rules?
I believe, reflections can play a huge role in a final image.
A snap on the way home from town. I've eyed this wall up for some time, and it's just coming good.
well, thanks for looking.
I was reluctant to get the skew tool out to straighten lines, taken with sigma 15-30
Tank: 120 x 45 x 45 optiwhite from aquariums ltd
Lighting: Arcadia 4 x 54wt5 (running 2 x 54t5)
Filter: Aquadistri 1500LPH
Co2: pressurised via in line diffuser (2 hours before lights on- 2 hours before lights off)
Ferts: EI via spoon (dry)
Substrate: Columbo flora base x 5 10L
After a delightful day at George's pad, I've now come back to sort out the many images taken.
It's been a rather great afternoon, talking lenses, cameras, lights and aquariums. I could see that Janine was digging our 'technical' talk to :hilarious:
Before I go any further, I must say...This...
for people using Barclay's online banking and pin sentry, beware. If you've entered your details via the pin sentry and then asked to enter more due to IP address verification...don't do it!!!!
Even if you go to the genuine site, they can still gain certain bits of info.
I've been hacked...
After ripping down the old tank, i soon went out and bought some river stones. cheap as chips too.
gravels etc i already had. half an hour of placement and I'm done. I really didn't want to get too deep into thinking about the scape so went with gut instinct. There's no height neither, I simply...
To try and replicate thunder and lighting inn an aquascape!
i've been sat( slightly pished) thinking about it, whilst thunder and lighting was happening. what would you do to replicate it? and how?
:D 8) :lol: :twisted: :| :angel:
so, the perfect host for some macro images....A dead shrimp.
DONT PANIC! i didn't kill it! well not deliberately at least. The little sucker died of something, but of what I don't know.
Now this has confirmed what i've always thought about the eye. it's not possible to get it sharp throughout...
i've been down to my local river and in a little cut back, there are some stems growing in the margins. I've known about them for a year or so, but with my interest for native SP. I took a cutting.
it's identical to rotala sp. green. does anyone know what this could be?
it's took to the tank...
who here, if like me gets frustrated not being able to fully exploit there visions?
I mean, this hobby has to be the strangest i've been in.
for example...photography! we can snap away when ever we want right? yes of course
music! we can create, write and preform music when ever we feel like...
well, for those few that are experimenting with their canon HD mode (stu :shifty: ....erm..thats it i think... Tonser in the wings I think. oooo, viktor has a 550d)
I know it's not everyone's cup of tea...videos and stuff, so please forgive me.
I've been trying out a few things. This was how...
for the new canon HD users, were all aware of the capabilities from these cameras. I thought I'd share a roughly edited vid from this morning.
I shot for about 45 minutes before Daniel, my son, wanted to go home :evil: bless him :angelic: ....
some shots are ok, some are crap, some wonky...
120 x 45 x 45 240L opti-white
substrate, 5 x 10L florabase
lighting, 2 x 54wt5
filter, AquaPro NR4 1550lph, korolia no.3
injected co2 via boyou inline diffuser.
I drove past this shed on the way home from work. TBH, i shot at the wrong angle. (should of been more to the left) I didn't have time, as my labourer had to get home. Using the wall as my as my aid, i shot 3 shots. The DOF is what I'm liking the most about it.
If I had time, I would of waited...
Following on from my previous thread, I revisited Rufford park to try and highlight things that, in a way, we can combine within our aquariums. or at least borrow ideas.
This is more of a pictorial documenting thread. Just my observations.
This time of year seems to be a great opportunity...