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  1. Brian Murphy

    Twinstar 900sa

    Is there instructions on how to programme the controller? *Its ok, I found another thread on it
  2. Brian Murphy

    Twinstar 900sa

    Cheers m8, I have it ordered
  3. Brian Murphy

    Twinstar 900sa

    I see on your website that it is not in stock, would be able to give me an idea as to when it will back in stock? Also wanted more info on the dimmable attachment, if there is one for the s model?
  4. Brian Murphy

    Where to buy Twinstar in uk?

    Where has in stock twinstar nano2 for 300 litre plus?
  5. Brian Murphy

    limestone as hardscape and kh

    I believe now that ADA seiryu stone can not be taken from original source alot of it is actually Ying stones from SE China and all are a limestone rock. Anyone able to shed any more light on this?
  6. Brian Murphy

    120cm X 50 x 50 Optiwhite

    Done a wee clear out off plants and sold them to fellow aquascapers on here so I know they went to a good home. Added some new plants aswell ..... najas roraima, persicaria porto velho, eriocaulon malayatoor, pogostemen octopus, pogostemon yatabeanus, ludwigia inclinata cuba
  7. Brian Murphy

    Najas roraima

    Just received some in the post and was wondering if anyone on here had any experience with it? Doesn't seem to be much searching google. I have read that it was introduced from japan in 2009 and is quite rare. I have planted it at the back and hoping it does well
  8. Brian Murphy

    120cm X 50 x 50 Optiwhite

    I cant believe I have never heard of them before after sooo many years trolling the internet about aquascaping related topics here which as you can imagine came up empty. Which is why I have in the process of researching products etc for a new business here. I will be contacting them soon to...
  9. Brian Murphy

    120cm X 50 x 50 Optiwhite

    I am still adding plants to the tank and taking stuff out, moving things around. Just trying a carpet of staurogyne repens at the front and making room for some stem plants at the back. I have removed the vallis and lots of trident and bolbitis. Will get a few pics when I have things the way I...
  10. Brian Murphy

    Feedback Very Happy!

    Just wanted to say that I was very impressed when I ordered 4 x hortilab staurogyne repens around 2pm and received them next day to Northern Ireland. Love quick deliveries. Well done Aquarium Gardens :thumbup:
  11. Brian Murphy

    Suspended T5 lighting, what to go for?!!

    I have the Ati sunpower dimmable x 4t5 a few months now and I have to say that it is the best piece of equipment I have bought to date. Ive been messing around with co2 and flow for years trying to get the correct balance and growth that everyone else had with no success until I bought this and...
  12. Brian Murphy

    120cm X 50 x 50 Optiwhite

    I haven't posted anything in ages but I think since time and alot of water changes plus I got a new Ati sunpower dimmible, things are starting to improve vastly. I think Im going to strip this tank down soon and start a new scape knowing that everything is going the way I want it to. Here is a...
  13. Brian Murphy

    light ideas for 4ft tank?

    Ive got my Ati sunpower dimmible up and running a month now and I love it! Always wanted pearling and got it in droves. Plant growth has just taken off. Think my aquascaping has just turned a corner
  14. Brian Murphy

    hello from northern ireland

    Good to see more from northern ireland on here. Hopefully at this rate we might have enough interest to have an aquascaping demo here :)
  15. Brian Murphy

    Waves hello from Northern Ireland!

    No it isnt and Im hoping to change that
  16. Brian Murphy

    Hello from Northern Ireland

    Hi Mic .... welcome to ukaps. Im from ni myself, where abouts are you? Ive felt a lone member from norn iron for a few years on here so would be good to know a fellow aquascaper from here
  17. Brian Murphy

    Waves hello from Northern Ireland!

    Hi and welcome. I no the feeling when it comes to looking for a lfs that 'does plants' ... there is none worth talking about lol. Ive been on here a few years now and would like to think I know my way round here now. If you need any advice just ask
  18. Brian Murphy

    hi from derry/londonderry northern ireland

    Hi and welcome. Good to see fellow country people on the forum. What set up do you have?
  19. Brian Murphy

    Biggest dj gig to date!

    Not all the mixes are oldskool (88-96/97)
  20. Brian Murphy

    Dutch 300l - Godween

    Lovely tank ... lush!
  21. Brian Murphy

    Announcing the UKAPS Aquascaping Experience 2016

    I think from time to time similar looking scapes will always appear but not intentionally. You can only put wood over a rock in a certain amount of ways. It may look similar to something you have seen before. Its the finished scape that matters
  22. Brian Murphy

    Who's coming to the UKAPS Aquascaping Experience 2016?

    I have been touch and go for the past week or so ... tickets and accomodation paid for already so Im still gonna go ... just have to get myself to and from airporto now .... anyone going by birmingham airport around 8am by any chance?
  23. Brian Murphy

    Biggest dj gig to date!

    Not sure if anyone is into the Dance music scene or not but anyone that knows their Oldskool music would have heard of a few of these guys .... and Im djing on the same bill! Super excited! My dj name is DaMuff also on mixcloud if anyone wants hear any of my mixes
  24. Brian Murphy

    Who's coming to the UKAPS Aquascaping Experience 2016?

    Just watched the video about the draw .... fantastic prizes! Think I will buying quite a few tickets lol
  25. Brian Murphy

    Who's coming to the UKAPS Aquascaping Experience 2016?

    Flights booked and accomodation booked in Orchard Properties ..... it's a 2 bed apartment so if anyone wants to share cost etc PM me. Looking forward to it now :)
  26. Brian Murphy

    Who's coming to the UKAPS Aquascaping Experience 2016?

    Would be handy if we are staying in the same place for drinks etc after ?
  27. Brian Murphy

    Who's coming to the UKAPS Aquascaping Experience 2016?

    Anyone staying overnight on the saturday and if so where? Last flight home to Belfast on the saturday is at 17.55pm and thats too early considering the time it would take to airport etc.
  28. Brian Murphy

    Who's coming to the UKAPS Aquascaping Experience 2016?

    If I can get flights and hotel cheap enough, I will be there
  29. Brian Murphy

    Announcing the UKAPS Aquascaping Experience 2016

    Must get my flights booked for this. Is there any hotels near the event that others are staying at?
  30. Brian Murphy

    Any plants for sale?

    Just been on the Co2art website to buy some plants but everything is sold out, bit strange as I would have bought quite a few plants of you. Do you not sell plants anymore and going more to just selling Co2 equipment?
  31. Brian Murphy

    120cm X 50 x 50 Optiwhite

    I did buy filter wool and have to change it everytime I clean filters ..... are eheims filter wool better? I need to try something fast or else I am tearing this scape down and starting from scratch but don't want the expense or hassle tbh
  32. Brian Murphy

    120cm X 50 x 50 Optiwhite

    I've seen others using them getting growth after a week and so have I in the past. This has been 3 weeks now. Also lost my rotala macranda to the shrimp. They seem to love red plants
  33. Brian Murphy

    120cm X 50 x 50 Optiwhite

    Also got a new 120 ati dimmable sunpower ordered, as I think 80cm arcadia led isnt enough
  34. Brian Murphy

    120cm X 50 x 50 Optiwhite

    Still getting some brown dirt on the glassware and pipes from my last scape when I used dragonstone. Must be coming from the substrate. I thought purigen would have sorted that out but no. Got some 1-2 grow! Plants that haven't grew at all and haven't died at the same time. I have an image of...
  35. Brian Murphy

    2kg FE used in just over a week?

    I have it going as hard as I can just so the mist isn't coming out as biggish bubbles. I have a dual stage regulator from Co2art and the tubing from that going into a bubble counter and from that into the UP diffuser and out via lily pipes. Im going to start injecting from 2 hours before lights...
  36. Brian Murphy

    2kg FE used in just over a week?

    Hi all, So I have decided to use Co2 24/7 for the initial setup period before I add any livestock but in just over 1 week (saturday to following monday) the 2kg fe is empty! How long does your 2kg fe's last for? Even if I had been using it for the photo period that is still only approx 2 weeks...
  37. Brian Murphy

    120cm X 50 x 50 Optiwhite

    Got my 1-2 Grow! Planted yesterday and added anubia barteri var. Coffeefolia. I also just splashed out on a new 120 ATI sunpower t5 :) Going to buy the bulbs seperately from lampspecs or similar. Any suggestions as to what 54w bulbs I should get?
  38. Brian Murphy

    120cm X 50 x 50 Optiwhite

    I will get better pics up later
  39. Brian Murphy

    120cm X 50 x 50 Optiwhite

    Amano shrimp, bristlenose plecos, s.a.e and a shoal of something but undecided
  40. Brian Murphy

    120cm X 50 x 50 Optiwhite

    Set-Up Tank :120cm x 50 x 50 Optiwhite Filters: 2 x 1200xl jet filters (3 x bio rings, foam, filter wool and purigen) Lighting: 80cm Arcadia otl led (6 hours) Co2: 2kg FE via UP inline diffuser 24/7 50% water changes every other day on week 1 Ferts: Tropica specialised after I added the 1-2...
  41. Brian Murphy

    Feedback Quick Delivery! Excellent Service!

    I had ordered late Tuesday night in the hope that I would receive my plants on the Thursday and they arrived promptly on Thursday. On opening the parcel I realised that there was only 5 pots and I had ordered 6. 1 email later and they sent out the missing pot the next day. Great customer...
  42. Brian Murphy

    Anyone doing the Great North run?

    I'm not doing it myself but the Mrs is and will be in Newcastle over the weekend. Any decent aquatic shops I could visit?
  43. Brian Murphy

    Online learning courses/Horticulture, landscaping, garden design

    I would love to do a course at Sparsholt college in Fish Management/Aquatics but living in Northern Ireland, married and a mortgage it isn't really something I can do, unless we sold up and moved :(
  44. Brian Murphy

    Hi from Ireland

    Im up in Northern Ireland .... not far lol ..... where do you buy your stuff?
  45. Brian Murphy

    Eheim Pro 3 - worst Eheim ever?

    Never had an eheim filter but always wanted to get a pro3 thermo 1200xl after hearing they are the boss .... maybe not after reading this !
  46. Brian Murphy

    Has anyone bought a filter from www.bitiba.co.uk

    £341 for an Eheim pro 3 thermo 1200xl on it compared to £549 on the zooplus.co.uk site !! Crazy difference o_O
  47. Brian Murphy

    Hi from Ireland

    Hi Halley .... welcome to Ukaps .... where is Ireland are you from? Not many aquascapers around our little Island so its great to see you here :)
  48. Brian Murphy

    A wonderful tribute to Amano

    Very Nice. He will be missed
  49. Brian Murphy

    IAPLC 2015

    Well done to all the UK entrants and especially Stu on your high ranking :)
  50. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    I haven't posted in a couple of months as my tank has not went the way I had wished, mainly down to the leeching of the dragon stone. I will be removing the rocks in the coming weeks and possibly the sand aswell and going for a carpet along the front. Front view I got a surprise when I noticed...
  51. Brian Murphy

    light ideas for 4ft tank?

    Have you used one Iain? Or seen one in action? I do like the look of them and the price is ok aswell
  52. Brian Murphy

    Another tank bites the dust. Soaked floor again..

    Not good ! I still have these 3ft tanks but need re-siliconed .... which should be no bother to you as you have loads and are an expert at it ;)
  53. Brian Murphy

    light ideas for 4ft tank?

    Got an arcadia otl 90cm but need to change back to T5's I think. Wanting to suspend the light aswell. Any ideas?
  54. Brian Murphy

    Amano RIP?

    I'm still trying to get head around the news. I live and breath aquascaping and although I knew of Amano and ADA, I always thought that it was for the elite of this world. I couldn't afford his products and thought they where overpriced so have only ever used a few of his cheaper products. He...
  55. Brian Murphy

    Another tank bites the dust. Soaked floor again..

    Not nice at all .... where in Ireland are you? I have a few 3ft tanks here but they would need re-siliconed before filling up and you are welome to have them if it helps you out? I am in omagh, N.Ireland.
  56. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    It was crumbling when I got it so jet washing it would pulverize it lol A wee video of my amanos having dinner ..............
  57. Brian Murphy

    Finally... UK aquascaping competiion.

    Will be leaving entering until last minute as im not sure what way the scape will go. I always complicate things and should have just simplified the scape. Alot going on for my first proper scape lol Did you come over to n.i. in april? I never heard from you
  58. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    My dragon stone are giving off a serious amount of dirt and this is the tubing and lily pipes after a week since they where cleaned(see below). Water also clouds up alot from time to time so I think that is why my growth is slower than it should be. Thankfully everything is growing but it would...
  59. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    Yeah I have been trying to think of a way of seperating it but cant find any sieve that has holes the right size.
  60. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    Had so many issues recently with the dreaded white scum from the new wood getting all round the tank and delaying the growth. Also had the light too high but have it 15cm from surface. Only got amanos in tank so far but im making sure growth is correct before adding fish
  61. Brian Murphy

    How to keep lily pipes straight / in position?

    I just push the lily pipe a little to the left or right and it seems to just wedge in place.
  62. Brian Murphy

    Finally... UK aquascaping competiion.

    Might enter if ready on time and there are spaces available :)
  63. Brian Murphy

    Stu's 120x45x45 tank sponsored by Tropica

    Some good growth stu. What is your lighting period and on/off with the Co2 and have you done any ph tests?
  64. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    Im going to do it on sunday morning when I am off work and can add them early and let them acclimatise before Co2 comes on at 2pm and then I can intervine if I see them struggling. I dont want to mess with the Co2 and will have to lower the injection rate already and it could set me back with...
  65. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    Yeah was going to wait until I am at home all day so sunday morning might be a good idea .... hopefully I can find my test kit in the meantime PS I know not to add to the tank when there is high levels of Co2 going in, I just meant in general terms as in having a high tech tank ;)
  66. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    Also got some Amano & Bumble Bee shrimp at the weekend but going to hold off putting them in just incase there is still some ammonia leeching from the soil. One filter was on my other tank for a good month or more so should be able to handle everything but I can't find my test kit to check the...
  67. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    Looks like the Monte carlo has a second lease of life and I am starting to see some new green shoots coming from the melted plants. Not too sure about some of Limnophilia but just going to leave it a little longer to see if any of it comes through. First time I have seen first hand the effects...
  68. Brian Murphy

    When to start adding ferts to in vitro setup?

    Thanks for your helpful reply Mick. I have started adding both Tropica ferts on alternate days on around 5/6 pumps each day (300l tank) and the monte carlo is already showing signs of improvement and I was ready to order more as I thought they had melted too much. It explains alot from earlier...
  69. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    Limnophilia hippuroides back left, ludwigia Inclinata beside that and didiplis diandra before the sand. Rotala rotundifolia at back right behind the rock. Having some melt with the limnophilia and the micranthemum monte carlo that is at the front right, both at the end of the tank from the...
  70. Brian Murphy

    When to start adding ferts to in vitro setup?

    I would be afraid of a major algae outbreak by adding ferts ..... might start off with a small amount
  71. Brian Murphy

    When to start adding ferts to in vitro setup?

    I appear to be having a little melt in some plants which are in vitro but as it is a new set up I was holding back on adding ferts but should I be adding ferts considering they are in vitro?
  72. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    I have raised it to 40cm above the waterline and I think that should do it considering it is 50cm deep. I will keep a close eye on the plants and adjust again if I feel the need.
  73. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    Good man ... I dont know if Mark is on here that much anymore though but good to know he was able to do it. I have just set the smaller leds to come on first until i can get home from work and sort it out then. Just wish I knew about it before buying it.
  74. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    Having a few problems with the arcadia otl led light as when it is programmed it ramps up to the highest intensity of 24 even though it was set to a lower number. When googled I see that this can't be by-passed! It has to be done manually which is useless unless you are at home everyday to turn...
  75. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

  76. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    Pics from planting day ........
  77. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    Good to know .... pics coming shortly :)
  78. Brian Murphy

    Classica Over Tank Luminaire LED

    Im only finding this out now and I am not happy at all! What a stupid design. So if you set the lights using the built in timer in the controller you cannot control the light intensity?!? What is point in having it?!? Looks like I will have to just plug it into a normal timer and hope the...
  79. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    I think I might just wait in case I ruin it .... hope I haven't already by posting pics of the hardscape? Anyone know what the rules are generally regarding that?
  80. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    All planted up and looking good but I am going to hold back on pics as I am thinking of entering a competition if things go well
  81. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    It has been a long wait but I finally got my light and have been putting it through it's paces before I receive the plants tomorrow and start planting on friday. I have gone with the Arcadia Classica OTL LED 90cm and I am pretty impressed so far with the colours from it.
  82. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    It has been a 'Journey' to get to this stage alright lol
  83. Brian Murphy

    Beach find wood id. Is is fish safe?

    Hard to know tbh .... I have access to great looking rocks but worried in case they are limestone or just not suitable. I would try a piece of the wood in a bit of water and test the water for PH swings etc over a few days
  84. Brian Murphy

    Gluing Rocks

    Silicone is your best bet .... seen amano use it before
  85. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    So its been a month or more waiting on my light and plants so have had plenty of time to lay out the hardscape and this is my final scape. I just hope the wood doesn't float after been out of the water for a month as I had it soaking before hand and wasn't expecting the delay in getting the...
  86. Brian Murphy

    Stu's 120x45x45 tank sponsored by Tropica

    Looking good stu :)
  87. Brian Murphy

    Big Red Rootscape 160 litre

    That has really grown well for you, especially the moss :thumbup: I think harlequin rasboras would look well in there, shoal well and would just enhance the natural look of it. You say that the shrimp have bred for you and they are amano shrimp? Also how have you attached the light unit to the...
  88. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    I've been playing around with the hardscape over the past couple of days and I think I am getting to something that I am happy with. I am trying to picture it with the plants grown in and what the critters might think of it considering all the nooks and crannys they will have to explore and...
  89. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    The tank etc? It was from fireaq :)
  90. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    I eventually found a proper black mat that was 120cm x 50cm, so replaced the polystyrene with it and it looks must better. If I'm gonna do it then I want to do it as right as i can. Just waiting on my light to come and was have been waiting on more dragonstone to come from zooplus (both .de...
  91. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    No not yet:( .... hopefully soon though
  92. Brian Murphy

    Back to my Roots

    Alastair has told me to let you all know that he hasn't been well of late and that is why he hasn't been able to reply or get on here for a few weeks.
  93. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    Yeah it was my plan originally but I seen a tank recently exactly like the way I wanted it to go so thought about doing something different. I'm just going to go with something more natural as you would see in the wild. Biotopes are are foremost in my mind but don't want to go that way exclusively
  94. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    So the hardscape materials that will be used so far are Manzanite wood (Tom Barr) and I am going for Dragon stone as I have a red wall behind the tank and I also want to succeed with a red plant and was thinking of volcanos and fire and going for a reddish look, maybe what mars might be like if...
  95. Brian Murphy

    Natural Aquarium attempt - 16/06/2015 (pics)

    Did the monte carlo come through in the end? Was it the light ?
  96. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    Good to know, I had thought that although it looks close on the map it probably isn't lol
  97. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    I might do if all the equipment works as expected, but a I will use my own shipping agent to deal with it. Couldn't go though that again lol ..... I might even be able to take some orders off here from you guys and give you a price etc .... we'll see
  98. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    Just looking on the map, they aren't that far from you in Foshan, Guangdong
  99. Brian Murphy

    Fish Deaths?

    So I contacted Northern Ireland water and requested information from them regarding any treatment they may have done and this was the response .............. Thank you for your email of 25 January 2015, in which you asked whether the disinfectant arrangements for your water supply zone had...
  100. Brian Murphy

    The Journey

    I didn't get a proper aquarium matt so just going to use some polystyrene sheets that I have had lying around for this purpose. I will probably just colour in the edge with black marker so as it doesn't stand out too much
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