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  1. ian_m

    What about Test Kits ?

    Many people ask "What test kit should I use to test my tank water ?" or "My test kit says my nitrate is high ?", so before posting a question on test kits and hobby test kit results, please read the quoted text below from ceg4048's excellent article on "The Estimative Index (EI) Dosing with Dry...
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    CO2 concentration versus time. The maths...

    All this talk about CO2 concentration and why CO2 turn on two hours before lights on got me thinking about how does the CO2 concentration vary with time for our CO2 injected high tech tanks. Well here is my stab at the maths, remembered from A level maths 35 years ago (oh and my maths books)...
  3. ian_m

    How to check your drop checker....

    Almost every couple of days there is someone on this forum who reports they cannot get their drop checker to change colour despite everything they try. In almost 100% percent of the cases it because of poor CO2 injection and distribution in the tank. However, despite many members repeating the...
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    How to use a PLC to control your fish tank.

    Zeus also built a PLC controlled fish tank. Below is Zeus's build notes & pictures. https://www.ukaps.org/forum/threads/how-to-use-a-plc-to-control-your-fish-tank.42993/page-3#post-489803 How to use a PLC to control your fish tank This article explains how you can use a PLC (programmable logic...
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    Here comes the chloramine....

    Wondered why I had low water pressure this morning... http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/14555097.PHOTOS__Burst_water_main_closes_Hampshire_road/ Just need to be extremely fish careful over the next couple of days....
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    Pump timer issue and liquid carbon overdose....

    Once again I due to Johnny McFumbleFingers and Mr FailureTo RTFM, after replacing a timer I ended up putting 240ml liquid carbon into my 180litre tank. Whoops. 50x times overdose. Sat down at 8pm'ish and could hear whirring...quick investigation revealed my liquid carbon dosing pump was...
  7. ian_m

    High flow tank...

    480 pumps in this one....
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    Twinstar now available from AllPondSolutions....

    Just got an email from AllPondSolutions who now stock Twinstar. http://www.allpondsolutions.co.uk/aquarium-1/aquarium-equipment/twinstar-controllers-1.html
  9. ian_m

    Clown loach deaths ?

    Two of my Clown Loaches (out of 3) have recently just died, about a week apart. One was found dead Fri 17th Jan and other Mon 20th Jan. Both were 10-15cm long. On water change day Sunday 19th Jan the two remaining loaches appeared to be OK. No sign of white spot on them or other fish. No sign...
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    Lighting upgrade for Vision 180

    I have run for two years an algae free (apart from odd BBA) high tetch CO2 added Juwel Vision 180 tank fitted with Arcadia T8 tubes (2 x 25W). Looking to add more light as definitely having difficulties growing some "higher tech" plants at substrate level. Its not CO2 or ferts or flow issue as...
  11. ian_m

    Bargain spoons, Robert Dyas

    Just bought 6 long handled tea spoons (latte spoons) for bargain price of £1.49 in Robert Dyas. Perfect for measuring ferts and to be left in the dry salts bag. Replaces my previous normal length tea spoons, £1.99+p&p ebay, which are not now such a bargain.
  12. ian_m

    Why are there no "monster" planted tanks ?

    If you read various other forums, there are people out there making some quite massive aquariums in their houses (and sheds). For example: This 20 foot marine aquarium, 5,500 litre UltimateReef.com - View Single Post - OMC: 20ft long x 2ft wide x 4ft high And 7ft x 7ft x 4ft Triton or this...
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    Been given a Baby BiOrb (30l).

    Just been given a Baby BiOrb (30litre) tank & setup from some ones son who found maintenance too hard and just killed fishes. Anyone got any killer planted thoughts ? I was thinking, adding bit more ceramic filter bits, as don't appear to be that many in the filter, and using sand as...
  14. ian_m

    Help me calculate my ppm, please ?

    Had a timer failure last week and ended up empting 1litre of 1.5 strength EI Macro mix (from Aquarium Plant Food) into my 180litre tank. Not 100% sure what happened, but left the remote control for my timers away from the tank which managed to turned air on, lights off, ferts pump on but not...
  15. ian_m

    Any comments on use of Aquanano 40 for aquascape & shrimp ?

    Just about to buy a Aquanano 40 (and stand), to aquascape and keep shrimp. aquanano.php Anyone got any comments and/or advice. I understand the light is described as "adequate" Reason for choosing this tank are. - Has to high WAF (wife acceptance factor) as likely to be in lounge. - Has...
  16. ian_m

    DIY Project Water change heater project.

    One issue I have my high tech tank is the length of time required for me to do a 50% water change (90litres in my case). This is made worse in, my house, due to use of a water softener (incoming water is 22° Clark) meaning I can't use hot house water in water changes. I have been mixing tap...
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    Resolved! Is there a way of saving messages in progress to "drafts"

    I am starting on my next DIY project and want/need to start creating a posting with what I have now, but have not yet finished (or even started) the project. Is there a way to save a message to "draft" section, where I can access it to add/edit as I go along in next week or two ? When...
  18. ian_m

    DIY Project DIY dual peristaltic dosing pump with alternate switching.

    Needed a solution to fert dosing whilst I am away for 3 weeks shortly (and as I keep forgetting). Time to make a gadget.... Here is the finished item, awaiting to be fitted. And two one litre containers for the mixes. And inside. I got two peristaltic pumps from...
  19. ian_m

    Anyone used Byron/Home Easy remote timeswitches ?

    Anyone used Byron/Home Easy remote timeswitches to control their aquarium equipment ? One of these to control the switches http://www.chbyron.com/Byron/RemoteControlProgrammableTimerUnit/69/121/0/45/model/p/56/HE200/ and some of these...
  20. ian_m

    Algae problems, cause, effect and removal.

    Just a report on my algae issues and successful cure. A newly planted Juwel Vision 180, IE dosing and CO2 but mature filters and substrate. After a week or two started suffering minor algae issue, brown powder type algae on leaves, BBA on wood and thread algae starting to appear on the plants...
  21. ian_m

    CO2 and rubber and silicone...

    Been niggling in my mind for ages about CO2 and rubber and silicone as a general no no in aquatic world, but not seen any real evidence of why not. (OK someone in US tried 25m of silicone tubing as tank CO2 diffuser and got nothing and others report issues with clear vinyl tubing cracking)...
  22. ian_m

    Air on at night ?

    Saw something somewhere, where the CO2 was turned of an hour or so before lights off, but air via air stone turned on an hour after lights off (and off an hour before lights on) so as to re-oxygenate the water during the night for both fish and plants. Anyone got any comments on this regime ...
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