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  1. viktorlantos

    Oase BioMaster Thermo External Filter

    They are pretty good. We're testing them for a few months now. Really up to the eheim pro 3 or 4 level. But time will tell the truth. Still good to see someone step up to challenge the largest brand with a different approach.
  2. viktorlantos

    Amano RIP?

    Cheers Steve, i am glad you got a response from her. Wonderful touching story on both sides again. Thanks for sharing [emoji106]
  3. viktorlantos

    60P - A Brief Crack of Light

    Love it! Life is full with colours :)
  4. viktorlantos

    ada spring washer

    They are pretty good for any glass pipe. And last long. We have many others but those are only good for hose cleaning. We had to do many glass pipe fixing when client broke their glass coz brushes are not flexi enough or they are too hard on the head part.
  5. viktorlantos

    Up Inline diffuser

    Cheers Ross, It is not that important where you place your diffuser if that is a good one. The diffusers are in a different league than cheap ones. I usually say that the pricing equal with a good external reactor and it is almost the same efficiency.
  6. viktorlantos

    Up Inline diffuser

    Yup this is interesting. Their ceramics are very good. With fine bubbles you have less waste. Also they fill up the tanks many times to the edge of the glass, where lilys are not moving the surface that much. Superjets have less turnover than we use with our avg canisters. So it all adds up to a...
  7. viktorlantos

    Up Inline diffuser

    Ada never used low co2 on their tanks. Those who say that, never seen their tanks in flesh. Actually when i was there i recognized how much more they are using than we do. The answer was that, they push it til the fish gasp. Dc not needed continously only on initial stage. For an expert may nod...
  8. viktorlantos

    Cant clean up green water

    Not much use after that. But some ran it for 24 hrs like we do in cases. Would be useful if shops could let it rent for cure. We dif this in the past in our country but we stopped as the uv tube damaged with the heavy logistic. Still it was a good idea then.
  9. viktorlantos

    Cant clean up green water

    Also not sure about the natural or ambient light if that changed, but may need to be decreased. +1 on uv with the correct flow! Ran it for 2-3 days then a water change would do the work.
  10. viktorlantos

    60P - A Brief Crack of Light

    On fishes axelrodia risei or sp blue. Both are smaller and brave fishes. Looks awe when they are in groups. On microrasboras go for Merah. Others may look too thin especially for a final shot. Lovely colors, nice gardening mate! :)
  11. viktorlantos

    Amano RIP?

    Lovely and touching story. If you would like to contact with Sayuri i can help. I am sure she would be happy especially after this post that the english men is still there and you both remembering the same story around the sane time on the opposite side of the world. Let me know and i will share...
  12. viktorlantos

    Dragon minimal 90P

    That is a white background which looks grey if you not illuminate it. Part was as i pushed the light backwards but not equally. This was a test shot only before i shoot with more light
  13. viktorlantos

    Dragon minimal 90P

    This journal is kind of messed up and i am not too active these days sorry about that. The tank is still up and running in many different form. :) Currently this one Green Aqua Showoom by Viktor Lantos, on Flickr Green Aqua Showroom by Viktor Lantos, on Flickr This week shot. The water was...
  14. viktorlantos

    Dragon minimal 90P

    Trimmed back on the back to have a nice shape/form. Thank you
  15. viktorlantos

    Aquamedic AM1000

    We do use mesh in some of our AM1000. Runs super silent. But then depend on the mesh strength after a few months the flow can push the mesh into the outflow and the reactor will stuck. Some harder mesh resist a but longer like dryvit mesh etc, but the water will shape them after many months of...
  16. viktorlantos

    Suggestion Have you searched first?

    A bit on the search as i see many give negative feedback on the default search. Xenforo has one of the best search on boards what i've seen. But this is something what need to understand. If you search on the home page the search query will ran through on the entire board. More result, harder...
  17. viktorlantos

    Suggestion Have you searched first?

    Using this a while ago on our board with good success. So probably will help with all the issues above. At least will reduce the duplication.
  18. viktorlantos

    Flexi-M Mini LED

    We have it in a low tech. Sometimes with CO2 but mainly not. This is a mid light. May would compare to a 13W compact light by eye. Have the same ammount of light like the Dennerle 20L in kit light, but nicer color rendering. The problem is that since it is close to the surface the light spread...
  19. viktorlantos

    Ohko Ocean, now 'Peaks'

    Mosses gives more natural look with their deep green colors. The vivid green plants sometimes mess up the overall look and push the shot to the unnatural kind of way. Sp Green is somewhere in the middle, but looks brighter for sure. Still this can work out nicely. I may would do a gradient...
  20. viktorlantos

    Monte Carlo

    How is the water temperature in the past 2 weeks?
  21. viktorlantos

    Eheim Pro 3 - worst Eheim ever?

    Prof 4 serie is coming out this week or so. Will that be a fix or the problems continue? Prof 3 series will go out at the same time. Priming is the worst innovation on modern filters not just on eheim unfortunately
  22. viktorlantos

    Eheim Pro 3 - worst Eheim ever?

    Wow this looks really bad :(
  23. viktorlantos

    Ohko Ocean, now 'Peaks'

    Beautiful work with these stones. Hopefully will have no algae on it otherwise you will brush this beauty all the week :)
  24. viktorlantos

    Where can I buy an ADA poster?

    We also used this calendar framing in the past. Wonderful recycling of the expired calendars and those photos are still awesome gives plenty inspiration in a year. ADA distris receive posters timely. So i would check with the local one if they have any to share.
  25. viktorlantos

    Amano RIP?

    I had a few emails with the ADA staff this week and let me quote a few words from it. Amano San was like a teacher/mentor in Niigata. His passion, viewpoint, perfectionism was always there and those who he worked with did their job based on these guidelines. I am sure they will do their best...
  26. viktorlantos

    Amano RIP?

    The official announcement from ADA which come in late (probably because of the time zone), but arrived. We will miss you master :(
  27. viktorlantos

    ADA Aquasky users - what power adaptor?

    We do use it with a plug only for years. Sold tons of them. But of course if TGM recommend a different thing to the local use it is ok. This is just like a laptop adapter. You also do not need a transformer for them to use on any network. I do use these lights since they come to the market...
  28. viktorlantos

    60P - Colour by numbers

    Thanks mate! ;) lovely scape now when you control the power.
  29. viktorlantos

    60P - Colour by numbers

    Yeah this light is useful when you do such a colorful scape like this. Nice reds! Not sure if you shared, but could you tell us the lighting hours and if you dose iron next to your fertilizers?
  30. viktorlantos

    ADA Aquasky users - what power adaptor?

    For old superjet, vuppa, solar mini that transformer needed, but led uses a different one which works on all systems.
  31. viktorlantos

    ADA Aquasky users - what power adaptor?

    You only need a plug. (travel kit or laptop plug). No need a converter.
  32. viktorlantos

    Auto dosing pipes

    Dan there's a short version glass U pipe too. ADA has it, and i am sure the cloning companies also deliver it. We're using these too on dosers.
  33. viktorlantos

    Forests Underwater by Takashi Amano at Lisbon Oceanarium

    They had problems at the beginning and some of the plants adopted hardly. Some of them melted too. And the opening ceremony was too close. In Niigata and Japan they have soft water. So Niigata and Tokyo/Sumida is kind of the same condition. No need special care. This was the first time when ADA...
  34. viktorlantos

    Forests Underwater by Takashi Amano at Lisbon Oceanarium

    Great photos Paulo :thumbup: It is an insane work both to build an maintain. No room for errors. Have you seen any Amano shrimp walking around in the room? :) From thousands of shrimps there should be some :)
  35. viktorlantos

    Is this hobby losing the plot?

    I do not want to go offtopic here, but i rarely use pH computers. Sometimes this is helpful, but since active soils, soft water, spec bio mediums etc you will face with more problems than success. I do use a profilux machine on some of our tanks, On fresh start i surely sees that pH probe is...
  36. viktorlantos

    Is this hobby losing the plot?

    I also like what Tom Barr does with his tank. Beautiful gardening! Just in the real garden he move plants quickly if that plant do not feel ok in a spec position Maybe this is not a step1 beginner class, but something what remind us that a tank can have multiple locations with different...
  37. viktorlantos

    Is this hobby losing the plot?

    On Staurogyne and some other plants. The general guide Tropica has is right. But there are plants which easier to melt in new condition than others. Maybe this is something what would be nice to have highlighted in a catalog since we know many of them. But if not then your retailer need to...
  38. viktorlantos

    Is this hobby losing the plot?

    Back to Tropica. 2 years ago (or a little earlier?) Tropica changed the way of promoting aquatic plants. Strange how time is moving and information lost quickly. But this campaign built by some of the best and most experienced UKAPS members. These guys spent weeks to build up something which is...
  39. viktorlantos

    Is this hobby losing the plot?

    I think the problem is still the reading. There are dozens of wonderful guides and information. But many beginners do not like reading. They are asking questions and try to find answers in journals or different topics. Tropica has wonderful guides like how much algae eater you need. ADA has many...
  40. viktorlantos

    ADA Aquasky - Am I Asking For Trouble?

    Flexi and Aquasky is two different stories. Both sleek and sexy but flexi is a low light. Also the light spread is very limited. AS is poweful. But if you have co2 i would go that way. Less limits, nicer plants. Their color spectrum is also different.
  41. viktorlantos

    Forests Underwater by Takashi Amano at Lisbon Oceanarium

    OMG Paulo this one was amazing. Thank you for sharing it. Great work on the video gives back a little on the experiment. :thumbup:
  42. viktorlantos

    Limnophila hippuridoides

    What a lovely plant! And noone bought it in our shop til we demonstrated the best side of it :) For us lot of light, soft water, co2, water temp 22-24, daily fertilizers do the work in both world. As this plant looks awesome under and above the water too! Isn't this super sexy? :) Water change...
  43. viktorlantos

    GlasGarten Mini L "Nemesis"

    Very cool. This tanks looks great and now as it looks healthier it looks sexy too :) Next task is the trimming :) Seen that you used the spin type glass and replaced to the lily form. In this size i usually prefer the spin since these lilys with a bit stronger flow makes headaches only. Brush...
  44. viktorlantos

    GlasGarten Mini L "Nemesis"

    Nope, but you should turn off the CO2.
  45. viktorlantos

    Boulder Dash - Mini S

    It's great what you did with the stones. On the top view i thought the stone group are in the back since the tank is small, but bringing them to the front part gave a perfect deepness to the layout. Love what you did with it. And the stones looks superb. :thumbup::clap:
  46. viktorlantos

    GlasGarten Mini L "Nemesis"

    Looking good! I would do a 3 days blackout to save time with the algae battles :)
  47. viktorlantos

    Success and failures

    Thank you for all of your comments and feedback. I am glad you liked the progress. It was a nice learning curve for me too. Probably would do a couple things differently next time. A few shots what i found in our board as a bonus :) Riccardia growing on the glass in high humidity. light green...
  48. viktorlantos

    Tokyo fish stores

    AquaForest. Hard to find, but nr1 place to visit. :) Sumida Aquarium if you're there do not miss it. Penguin Village is good too, but far from the city. If 1 shop only then aquaforest!
  49. viktorlantos

    Potamogeton gayi

    Loved this plant. Unfortunatelly this is still not available for order from Tropica. Works wonderfully in a 60L tank too. Green Aqua Showroom by viktorlantos, on Flickr
  50. viktorlantos

    My current 'scapes - 65cm NA and 30cm cube

    That nano is crying for a cover :) Looks fab man!
  51. viktorlantos

    Co2 test reagent ??

    As far as i know cal liquids are premixed. Ready to use.
  52. viktorlantos

    Success and failures

    Originally was below 6 at the start. Even at nighttime the pH did not go over 6.5 I kept some taiwan bee shrimps and many CRS. But after months the pH slowly increased and at nighttime it become too high for taiwans. Nowadays after 6 months the pH is 6.8 daytime with CO2 and 7.5-7.7 nightime...
  53. viktorlantos

    Success and failures

    I made the outline of the mountains and the blue grade and sent it to the printers. Shortly after received it made some test shot, but my daughter sabotaged the photo session :) With her in the shot maybe the sizes looks totally different. This isn't a small tank :) Sabotage :) by...
  54. viktorlantos

    Success and failures

    This was the point when i've checked first how this looks. How natural it is since this is the main change at IAPLC this year. Looked good :) Just a little PS to test it. Many asked if this is real or not :) Montage - Aquarium vs real by viktorlantos, on Flickr unfortunately the tank is only...
  55. viktorlantos

    Success and failures

    Day 1 Not too bad, had better start too earlier :) Day 1 by viktorlantos, on Flickr All the riccardia is brown for the start. Maybe algae, maybe too much humidity. On wood this looked well, and all the fissidens were good too. 1st week Visual tweaks 1st round by viktorlantos, on Flickr...
  56. viktorlantos

    Success and failures

    Cheers guys, i am not posted journals a while ago, as things keeps me very busy, but since we're moving out of the crazy season it's time for sharing and caring again :) I though i share my last tank which i built at home. Running a business is not easy and most of the guys who is involved...
  57. viktorlantos

    Stu's 120x45x45 tank sponsored by Tropica

    The Murdannia Keisak looks fab with Ludwigia Palustris. I never had this combo, but look like their leaf size and shape works well together. Murdannia is heavily neglected by the hobby unfortunately. Wonderful plant with a unique look. I love it! Great shot Stu! :thumbup:
  58. viktorlantos

    Stu's 120x45x45 tank sponsored by Tropica

    Nice one Stu! Ceramic is not getting dirty probably because you have less lights on sides. But i still agree micro bubbles are lovely! Can not wait for a better photo later on :) Bring on that camera Stu! :D
  59. viktorlantos

    Coming back to UKAPS...

    This is the 2nd best news of the day. If there would not be the Lisbon giant tank today it would be the nr1 for sure.... :) Awesome news man! After AGA i hoped to see you more.
  60. viktorlantos

    New 40m Amano Tank

    yup this does not fit to their philosophy. and this tank is running with around 56.000W light which is really not the low light kind of tank :)
  61. viktorlantos

    New ADA Aquasky "Moon" - Thoughts?!?...

    Actually there's a magic dust which makes your Super Jet shiny :p;) Powa Powda from Japan! :) Both EI and ADA works. But none of them will do the water change and cleaning for you :)
  62. viktorlantos

    New ADA Aquasky "Moon" - Thoughts?!?...

    Yeah this seriously kick some ass again :) I made some photos how this compare to the current king the Aquasky 602. Yup this is not just the photo. This is equal in real life too. From the side this does not look good. More noticeable the glass and the light material difference. But from...
  63. viktorlantos

    Forests Underwater by Takashi Amano at Lisbon Oceanarium

    Great podcast from Scape Fu on behind the scenes from Jurijs who worked on this tank too. Worth to listen as many awesome facts and stories are there which is not published yet. http://www.scapefu.com/takashi-amano-underwater-forests/
  64. viktorlantos

    Dragon minimal 90P

    Cheers :) We usually use Osram or Sylvania 865 THO tubes. Sometimes add a little reddish like Grolux or Giesemann proflora. Lighting is on for 7hrs every day. Showroom has shaders on all windows. This is quite important. Many has light room at home which cause algae problems even if the tank is...
  65. viktorlantos

    From This to This!!!

    Thank you for your kind words :) We're using 2 filters under that tank. An Eheim 2260 with an updated pump with 3500lph. This one is fully loaded with bio media (Bio Rio). On the other side we have an Eheim Pro 3 2073 loaded with chemical media to clear the water. Purigen etc. That Eheim 2260...
  66. viktorlantos

    From This to This!!!

    Day 1 by viktorlantos, on Flickr in 4 months.... (still in progress) The scape is 4 months old by viktorlantos, on Flickr
  67. viktorlantos

    From This to This!!!

    New 120P Scape is coming by viktorlantos, on Flickr Green Aqua Showroom by viktorlantos, on Flickr Moss Forest - IAPLC 2014 - IAPLC rank 222 by viktorlantos, on Flickr :)
  68. viktorlantos

    From This to This!!!

    HD9A7564 by viktorlantos, on Flickr Green Aqua Showroom by viktorlantos, on Flickr ps: had to change one of the stones on the left after the start
  69. viktorlantos

    From This to This!!!

    HD9A7623 by viktorlantos, on Flickr ADA Aquasky Moon 601 by viktorlantos, on Flickr :)
  70. viktorlantos

    Dragon minimal 90P

    BTW this tank rescaped a few times since this journal. The current look is this. So change is good and you can try different things :) Green Aqua Showroom by viktorlantos, on Flickr Green Aqua Showroom by viktorlantos, on Flickr It's done by our friends on this event: We let our board...
  71. viktorlantos

    Dragon minimal 90P

    We usually keep these tanks in the showroom for 8-12 months. Then a new installation needed to have something new to our visitors. So it is not because we could not keep it up and going, it is because we want something else. Usually above 120cm width. 2 filters also gives you a backup way if...
  72. viktorlantos

    Dragon minimal 90P

    Used / using both. But surely soft is the way to go in many ways. Not because you need less CO2, but because many plants looks much better and the overall impression will be nicer.
  73. viktorlantos

    check valve

    Ada plastic ones are great. Not too expensive.
  74. viktorlantos

    60P - The Shimmering of Light

    Looks Awesome Chris! How about the mirror? With your scape this looks pretty cool. How you feel with the daily use? Is it a nice add on or something which you would not pick up next time?
  75. viktorlantos

    AquaSky 601 or Other for ADA 60P

    602 works also in single mode as stripes can work independently, but it is only for experts like jordi mentioned. 601 is enough for most and increasing the light period from 7-8 to 10 you still can push it even more. Or go with aquasky moon if that's available and that's between the two.
  76. viktorlantos

    What canister to get ?

    If you have the buget and you have space in your cabinet Eheim 1200XL is a great fit. Massive bio load and plenty extra flow even if your tank is heavily planted.
  77. viktorlantos

    Rotala / Amannia Bonsai (Melt)

    Thanks mate ;) Plants look nicer healthier. Most of them. We have 14-25 gh in our country from tap. Which is not optimal at all
  78. viktorlantos

    Rotala / Amannia Bonsai (Melt)

    I think its great if anyone share their info, experience. No matter where they are from. We do meet with tens of thusands of plants every year zillions of stories from our clients, installations and the tanks we're running. I came here to help not to do business. Just wanted to show you a few...
  79. viktorlantos

    Rotala / Amannia Bonsai (Melt)

    Hmm so only enemies out there? ;)
  80. viktorlantos

    Rotala / Amannia Bonsai (Melt)

    Yup for better appearance.
  81. viktorlantos

    Rotala / Amannia Bonsai (Melt)

    We do use soft water - ro in all of our tanks. Heavy light plenty co2 daily fertilizers and water temp around 21-24 celsius. Everything thrive. Only ug hates us ;) or the soils. Since in sand and lower light goes better. I cant report a general bonsai failure and we sell quit a lot.
  82. viktorlantos

    Rotala / Amannia Bonsai (Melt)

    Now from keyboard, much more convenient. :) On the test issue about Tropica process. There are probably not so much nursery who has dedicated international pro team which test their plants and give useful feedback before plant goes out to the market/mass production. And before even any plant...
  83. viktorlantos

    Is this low light?

    Maybe your surface movement is really slow. You also can add in an aeration overnight to make a balance.
  84. viktorlantos

    Rotala / Amannia Bonsai (Melt)

    I do not have problems with this plant but like all tissue plants many other factors play. By now got cold / freeze for example. Not a fresh plant in the box / on the shelf. Not carefully washed from the gel. This plant is higher demand on light and probably nutrients co2 too. We grow them in...
  85. viktorlantos

    60P - The Shimmering of Light

    Looks sexy! ;)
  86. viktorlantos

    Help! trying to plant in ADA Amazonia substrate

    If you watch an ada video you frequently see how they are showering (not sure is this the right word) the soil before the planting to make it denser. Worth to try next time ;)
  87. viktorlantos

    Is this low light?

    This is a mid light only. However CO2 is a useful addon to any of your plants so i would not remove it
  88. viktorlantos

    HAC 2014 - Hungarian Aquascaping Contest Result

    Actually both nr2 and nr1 got the same point on total from 6 judges. But nr 1 had 4 1st place and 2nd had ony 2. ;)
  89. viktorlantos

    Amano in Portugal

    I guess the upper visual sketch only demonstrate how the final look will hide the huge columns which exist in the tank. That is a copy paste demo from earlier scape only for demo purposes. Would be impossible to create a real visual of the future look. I look forward to that. :)
  90. viktorlantos

    HAC 2014 - Hungarian Aquascaping Contest Result

    Cheers guys. After a little delay we finished the contest and gave out all the awards to the bests. HAC Aquascaping Contest is a local contest which we organize and sponsor since 2009. The contest grown up with our local community and our company too. We live in symbiosis. :) This year we've...
  91. viktorlantos

    Both worlds - aquatic plants

    Except that we cool down the room to 20-21 celsius 24hrs a day :) The air conditioner does a great job sucking out this high humidity then. We need to cool the room heavily to keep all tanks under 24 celsius. Including shrimp tanks too.
  92. viktorlantos

    Both worlds - aquatic plants

    The soil is very high on the back. Around 30cm or so. All plants were planted underwater and we let them grow out of the water. High soil is kept in place with lava stones and pond textile.
  93. viktorlantos

    Both worlds - aquatic plants

    Nope they already acclimatized to the room condition. No need extra care. However we have around 60-80% humidity in our showroom. If we forget to empty the dehumidifier we easily open next day to 80% :) So maybe this plays a little role there.
  94. viktorlantos

    60P - The Shimmering of Light

    Monte Carlo is a bit larger than HC, less demanding so will work nice also in shady areas too. Piga team - Eweni IAPLC 2014 rank 218 by viktorlantos, on Flickr or in a later phase Green Aqua Showroom by viktorlantos, on Flickr :)
  95. viktorlantos

    60P - The Shimmering of Light

    Wow congrat! For this layout it will work nicely! The leaf size is too large i think compare to the other plants and your aquarium size. The mosses the foreground is really nice and the stem background also fits in nicely without distorting the ratios. Maybe Micranthemum Monte Carlo? Same...
  96. viktorlantos

    Both worlds - aquatic plants

    BTW community events are fun. Last time we let these guys in to re-scape almost all of our tanks :) Will publish a video shortly about the event and how the tanks progressed in the past 2 months. re-Scape team shot by viktorlantos, on Flickr
  97. viktorlantos

    Both worlds - aquatic plants

    We're using this way to avoid clogging. The new diffusers catch more bubbles which stops the operation in a short time. But using this way we almost eliminated the cleaning process. So no cleaning needed in our soft water environment. This extend the lifetime a little on the diffuser plate.
  98. viktorlantos

    Both worlds - aquatic plants

    Yeah i had a problem earlier that it was almost invisible. Now this is fine and visible :):);) Thank you for all of your feedback. The tank was done by our lovely community. We did a re-scape event 2 months ago. So we let our community to play with our gears for 2 days :) The tank specs are...
  99. viktorlantos

    Both worlds - aquatic plants

    Cheers to all, Some eye candy to share this time. One of our tanks from the showroom. Above and under water. With 100mm macro the border between the 2 worlds nicely blended :) Green Aqua Showroom by viktorlantos, on Flickr Green Aqua Showroom by viktorlantos, on Flickr Green Aqua Showroom by...
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