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  1. J

    RE: My association with PlantedBox.com

    On Sunday November 14, 2010, Mark and I decided together that to better the future of PlantedBox.com and Mark Evans as an Aquascaper, PlantedBox.com needed to close its online shop. I've been involved in PlantedBox.com since day 1 when I first approached Mark with an idea and concept to...
  2. J

    Super Shallow Iwagumi

    Excellent, George! The replica rock is superb! :thumbup:
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    "Prairie Lands"... job done

    Re: "Prairie Lands"... more crypts!!! I tried the garden fence on Without Foundation :lol: I spent a good hour making and painting the damn thing and it looked silly :lol: :shh:
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    "Prairie Lands"... job done

    Re: "Prairie Lands"... trim no.1 :lol: Come on Bob! Let it grow bro! :thumbup:
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    "Prairie Lands"... job done

    Re: "Prairie Lands"... trim no.1 George, Nooooooooooo!!! You'll set the rebellious side of Bob off! It'll be stripped down by the weekend now :(
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    How long would a 500g or a 2kg cylinder last?

    I've run at least 6bps on a 60 litre before. Use a drop checker to measure co2, never trust BPS as it can vary from bottle to bottle.
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    Aquascaping World Magazine November/December Issue

    More the most part, I agree. PFK is aimed at the general hobbyist and people new to fishkeeping. But as Andy says, lets not even try to compare it to the likes of ASW magazine or AquaJournals as it makes no sense. iirc, Mr Amano stopped printing his magazines in English because there is not...
  8. J

    How often d'yer wash yer balls?

    I wash my balls daily. Media on the other hand is a different story. Sintered glass I rinse about every 6 months, and sponges get a squeeze every month or so. No need for sponges Bob! :thumbup:
  9. J

    Utricularia graminifolia and shrimp?

    Nope :)
  10. J

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

    Awesome Sanj. Not fussed on the one side also, but the wood on the right could be removed and you'd still have a truly epic scape mate :)
  11. J

    Brown algae

    I agree with Paul, but I would also remove at least one bulb from the light unit and shorten the lighting period until you get on top of things. Only then should you think about increasing the light again. Get some Ottos in there to feast on the brown algae too :)
  12. J

    So many problems I don't know where to start!

    No, don't be :) We all have to start somewhere, and the pics are helpful for others who are in the same boat :thumbup:
  13. J

    So many problems I don't know where to start!

    Tbh, that last tank looks under maintained and past the point of saving. Plants aren't healthy, and they wont recover. A thorough clean and new plants would be recommended. A short light period and good maintenance is the key to any tank ime.
  14. J

    my 7'x18"x18" journal

    Re: my 7'x18"x18" malawi biotope Sweet :D Great car collection too :)
  15. J

    IAPLC 2010 Results are out

    Ah, yes, that may explain it. Crazy that it was accepted though, as it was also entered in 2009 and ranked 1156! Maybe if I enter it in 2011 it'll make the top 500! :lol:
  16. J

    Saintly's 120cm' Fraggle rock' THE BIG STRIP

    Re: Saintly's 120cm' Fraggle rock'i love purple Sick bud, real sick :thumbup:
  17. J

    IAPLC 2010 Results are out

    Congrats guys, another great turnout with some very good results. I have no idea how I'm listed though as I didn't enter this year! :lol:
  18. J

    bonjourno! rock collecting becomes too much

    Awesome pics, Bob! Welcome home too :D
  19. J

    Andyh's 190l Lounge tank (update 20-09-11)

    Re: Andyh's 190l Lounge tank. Day 33 Hey, congratulations Andy! And to the missus of course ;) :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
  20. J

    Macro mixture

    Woah, John, these are well cool mate. And get well soon bud!
  21. J

    9watt CF in 11watt ballast = Bang?

    A small piece of tinted perspex should do it mate :)
  22. J

    [IWAGUMI] Project Scree - New plants and lights

    Re: [IWAGUMI] Project Scree Yes I do like that idea of a larger cabinet :) You should ask Neil for a quote, his cabinet build is excellent :thumbup: viewtopic.php?p=130987#p130987 'Scape is looking great too... wasn't sure about the white gravel, but it fits really well within its...
  23. J

    iPad.

    Lucky pup, they do look great.. Sat in the garden last night trying to balance the laptop on one knee with my monthly treat of a glass of wine on the other proved a little difficult. A pad would make my life almost complete! :lol:
  24. J

    Andyh's 190l Lounge tank (update 20-09-11)

    Re: Andyh's 190l Lounge tank. Day 33 Hey Andy, that's looking great mate! Starting to fill in very nice indeed :)
  25. J

    Ray's 90cm Rescape

    Glad you got the rocks ok Ray! :thumbup:
  26. J

    My venture into my new 760 ltr planted tank .

    Yeah, this is totally my type of tank and planting scheme which I had a lot of fun helping plan. I like the tweaks and additions you've made too, and overall, I'm so happy its come out this good for you mate :) Please keep us updated :thumbup:
  27. J

    My venture into my new 760 ltr planted tank .

    Wow, that's looking way better than I imagined mate, congrats! Have you changed the planting arrangement at all?
  28. J

    [IWAGUMI] Project Scree - New plants and lights

    Re: [IWAGUMI] Project Scree :lol: :lol:
  29. J

    Inline diffuser VS In tank diffuser

    The problem with this is, it doesn't work on all filters. Many filters tend to trap the tiny co2 bubbles until they form one or two very large bubbles, which then gets released in one go causing a co2 imbalance and/or waste of co2. Filter media may be mostly to blame, especially when using...
  30. J

    Inline diffuser VS In tank diffuser

    Too much surface movement will gas off co2 quicker, but as long as its not causing a slash I think you'll be ok. I'd imagine you'll be able to watch the co2 flow pattern when setup and tweak from there :)
  31. J

    Inline diffuser VS In tank diffuser

    Its not that they are bad, but they aren't as efficient as inline. Most of the co2 from a glass diffuser will head straight for the surface and gas off. When its inline, the micro bubbles follow the flow from the external, so they tend to loop around the tank, remaining underwater for longer...
  32. J

    Inline diffuser VS In tank diffuser

    Inline will always be better than an in-tank glass diffuser imo. Many people like to show the glassware off a little, but otherwise I'd avoid them. An inline reactor would be even better as it dissolves most of the co2 before it reaches the tank.
  33. J

    Magpie's 'Learning Curve' 90 x 75 updated 14/7 pics

    Yeah, Anubias Nana Bonsai would be a great addition :) Not sure about the HC in low tech conditions though... usually adores high co2 and generous levels of light, same with submerged riccia.
  34. J

    nelson's nano 1

    That's looking ace Neil, loving the grass and moss mate :D
  35. J

    [IWAGUMI] Project Scree - New plants and lights

    Re: [IWAGUMI] Project Scree Dark background for me... nice rearrange of the rocks too :thumbup:
  36. J

    Critters

    Many thanks guys, totally forgot I posted this tbh :lol: :oops:
  37. J

    NeilW's 30cm Iwagumi - 'Mono'

    Re: NeilW's 30cm nano - 'Mono' [Planted 25/05/10] That's beautiful mate, what a superb job on both the cabinet and scape :thumbup:
  38. J

    Aquarium Cooling. Fans?

    The Dyson fan is amazing... shockingly overpriced atm though :lol: Think about it though, you'd cool down sitting in front of that Dyson fan, wouldn't you? Moving the stale air at the top of the tank (which is also heated by the lights) should give you a drop of a couple of degrees at least...
  39. J

    Aquarium Cooling. Fans?

    PC fans cool a PC when the room is warm, so yes :) As long as its moving the relatively stale air you should notice a small benefit. Years ago I used to drop a frozen 2 litre bottle of water in the tank if it got too warm... these days I'm far too lazy and just leave it... trouble is, the extra...
  40. J

    Critters

    I noticed some little critters in my water butt today when I went to water the garden... Would they make an ideal treat for fish? Or best leave them alone? Any ideas guys?
  41. J

    Echinodorus parviflorus 'Tropica' (Compact/Tropica Sword)

    Re: Echinodorus parviflorus 'Tropica' (Compact/Tropica Sword Could this be down to you receiving the plants in emersed form? Most aquatic plants look remarkably different when grown above water...
  42. J

    cloudy because of trace

    http://www.gardendirect.co.uk/chelated- ... -mix-p-887 :)
  43. J

    Happy Birthday

    Happy Birthday guys! :thumbup: :occasion-birthday:
  44. J

    [IWAGUMI] Project Scree - New plants and lights

    Re: [IWAGUMI] Project Scree Google 'Iwagumi' and you might get it :thumbup:
  45. J

    Saintly's 120cm' Fraggle rock' THE BIG STRIP

    Re: Saintly's 120cm' Fraggle rock' 8)
  46. J

    [IWAGUMI] Project Scree - New plants and lights

    Re: [IWAGUMI] Project Scree Looks great G, what about some tenellus as an addition though?
  47. J

    Which ADA

    http://oliver-knott.com/30+M52087573ab0.html Flora-Base is made by the same people to the same recipe.
  48. J

    Where did all my co2 go

    You also can't measure co2 usage by 'bubbles per second' as every regulator is different to some degree and will release co2 at slightly different rates. Then you have variations in the co2 line, etc. making bubbles different sizes.
  49. J

    Shrimp Tank - Juwel Rekord 60

    Grrrr, I've put off posting in here as its doing my head in :lol: I miss my shrimp tank so bad! :( Great shots Paulo, some cracking looking shrimp too mate... got any cherries up for sale? Drop me a PM if you have bud, ta :)
  50. J

    Good EI discussion (split from Paul's 200L journal)

    Just to correct myself about the 'balance' - its more about the balance of light and co2. Ferts make no difference. I've double dosed EI from day 1 and not had issues. The problems arise when nutrients are simply too low.
  51. J

    Good EI discussion (split from Paul's 200L journal)

    I fail to see the point though G... AFAIK, no one has ever said anything different :eh:
  52. J

    Good EI discussion (split from Paul's 200L journal)

    Well for me, EI has always been about good light/co2/fert balance, regular maintenance, and great plant health. I don't recall anyone saying EI was flawless.
  53. J

    Glosso Flowers

    Its in an old tub in the garden that I used to put old substrates in before being used elsewhere. It was covered with a piece of perspex simply to stop it getting any more wet than it was.. a few days later I noticed Acicularis and glosso growing, so I swapped the lid for another old tub simply...
  54. J

    Cabinet Hinges?

    Will be fine once primed and finished :thumbup:
  55. J

    My top tip for trimming moss

    hahaha :p No pics... was going to do some, but then I realised my cherry barbs have bred, and the young are hiding in the moss :thumbup:
  56. J

    Neil's DIY cabinet

    Looks great Neil, I'd be well happy :D
  57. J

    My top tip for trimming moss

    Get yourselves one or two of these: Simple hairdressing clips. I'm lucky as most of my family are hairdressers, but there's lots of places you can get them, very cheap too... like: http://www.virtualvillage.co.uk/pack-of ... 0-009.html Simply attach to the moss you want to remove, then snip...
  58. J

    Cabinet Hinges?

    I imagine they'd be perfect bud... just use smaller screws :)
  59. J

    Neil's DIY cabinet

    Re: DIY cabinet- Spray vs. Brush Roller might be better mate :) As long as you give it a good sanding to get rid of any high spots I don't see a problem...
  60. J

    How to re-scape a hi-tech tank, once it's past its best

    Why rinse the old substrate? You'll wash away what good is left in there and potentially end up with a massive ammonia spike after killing off the good bacteria. I'd either disturb it as little as possible, or replace it completely.
  61. J

    Top Gear "Back"

    New series has just started on 2 :D
  62. J

    Andyh's 190l Lounge tank (update 20-09-11)

    Re: Andyh's New 190l Lounge tank. Day One! Garuf's got it mate :D Yeah, the stone was great, and I was glad you had that piece as I knew you'd use it well... And I was gonna say, I bet your Dad is well jealous... when is he upgrading? :D
  63. J

    Andyh's 190l Lounge tank (update 20-09-11)

    Re: Andyh's New 190l Lounge tank. Day One! Top bombing bud, looks very nice :)
  64. J

    Footballer fish tank

    This one? http://www.pbase.com/plantella/wmhn Or this one maybe? http://www.pbase.com/plantella/swc2006 :lol:
  65. J

    Not a great start...

    At least your wood is ok bud! :lol: Stick at it mate, it can only get better :)
  66. J

    Light Compensation Point and optimal PAR levels

    What makes you think the light levels are a problem?
  67. J

    Acuavida 2010 results are out

    Congrats guys, great results :)
  68. J

    Emmersed grown Echinodorus Bleheri,when to remove old leaves

    Re: Emmersed grown Echinodorus Bleheri,when to remove old le I remove pretty much all the old leaves before planting. Can be heartbreaking when hacking up something like a motherplant, but she will grow back just as strong.
  69. J

    A large Wabi kusa

    Stunning :)
  70. J

    nelson's 200ltr

    Told you your rock work was awesome bud, and this is another fine example :D
  71. J

    maturing a new pump

    I don't see a reason why not... but you could also simply pick up some mature media from your local Maidenhead Aquatics or Pets@Home who are usually happy to share :)
  72. J

    Magpie's 'Learning Curve' 90 x 75 updated 14/7 pics

    Re: Magpie's 'Learning Curve' 90 x 75 opti-white Would love to see some bigger pics tbh, but from what I can see it looks great - cracking piece of wood Manda :)
  73. J

    what car are we driving?

    Yeah, until you hit a wet or icy patch :wink: Have you actually tried talking to your insurance company to see what the rise would be? Going up to £3k for a few simple mods seems extreme.. in some cases they usually just put up the excess. Try smaller insurance companies with only single...
  74. J

    Brain Teaser

    :roll:
  75. J

    what car are we driving?

    afaik, any mods are frowned upon by most insurance companies if you don't tell them as the mods tend to make the car more appealing to chavs and other idiots who like to borrow and abuse other peoples property. Performance, visual and stereo mods included. There's loads of companies out there...
  76. J

    what car are we driving?

    And no insurance payout because the car is modded...
  77. J

    Brain Teaser

    ... a straight edge helps too :silent:
  78. J

    Andyh's 190l Lounge tank (update 20-09-11)

    Re: Andyh's New 190l Lounge tank Yes bud, only a little :angel:
  79. J

    cool background help

    viewtopic.php?f=21&t=8068&hilit=frosted+backing Use a small amount of cooking oil to apply the backing - its so much better than soapy water :)
  80. J

    sams 60cm 'Pinnatifida Peak' (4.5 weeks)

    Re: sams 60cm (planted) There's just no stopping you now bud, one great scape after the other, brilliant! :D
  81. J

    Magpie's 'Learning Curve' 90 x 75 updated 14/7 pics

    Re: Magpie's 'Learning Curve' 90 x 75 opti-white Depends on many things, including fish choice, maintenance and flow rates.. Shrimp also love to pick up grains of soil for kicks and giggles :lol: What about using moss to hide the barrier? Tie to small stones (slate or pebbles are great for...
  82. J

    Magpie's 'Learning Curve' 90 x 75 updated 14/7 pics

    Re: Magpie's 'Learning Curve' 90 x 75 opti-white Wow, how much fun are you going to have?! :D Your brother in law did a great job with the cabinet, looks really good. Looking forward to following this one :)
  83. J

    iPad.

    I'm no fan of Apple products, but I do like the iPad and I really want one! http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1936683
  84. J

    A Day at the Beach

    Outstanding imo. Such a dynamic mix of healthy plants, right up my street!
  85. J

    Andyh's 190l Lounge tank (update 20-09-11)

    Re: Andyh's New 190l Lounge tank Pour the substrate around it! I think it looks killer! :D
  86. J

    My venture into my new 760 ltr planted tank .

    Outstanding mate! Looking really good :)
  87. J

    Interzoo BABY!

    Awesome guys! I've been away for a while as my old man had a heart attack, but damn, this is a welcome return, good job :D
  88. J

    238l rescape, UPDATED 21st Oct

    Re: 238l rescape. Yeah baby, that's looking good mate :thumbup:
  89. J

    My venture into my new 760 ltr planted tank .

    You're getting some really great results so far mate, glad you're happy so far, I know I would be too :D
  90. J

    NeilW's 30cm Iwagumi - 'Mono'

    Re: NeilW's 30cm nano - "Mono" [Hardscaped 29/04/10] Indeed man, that's awesome!
  91. J

    NeilW's 30cm Iwagumi - 'Mono'

    Re: NeilW's 30cm nano - "Mono" [Hardscaped 29/04/10] :thumbup: from me bud :D
  92. J

    Undergravel Heaters

    Clive is going to shout at you :mrgreen:
  93. J

    Help: Anubias nana falling apart

    Not sure where you bought the anubias, but I'm guessing they were grown emersed, so you should expect some die back as the plants adapt to submerged conditions.
  94. J

    My venture into my new 760 ltr planted tank .

    Looks great with the added trim mate :thumbup:
  95. J

    HELP! URGENT CO2 PROBLEM!!

    Uhm, nope. Carbon monoxide is poisonous. Carbon dioxide is used everywhere... and yes, too much co2 can be dangerous as it drives the o2 out of our bodies, but it would take a hell of a lot more than one 95g bottle to even give you a headache :thumbup:
  96. J

    Saintly's "purple rain' added HD vid

    That's looking so cool Bob! :D And look at that, the tank is not in any way cracked :wink:
  97. J

    Discussion: Are we obsessed with circulation and flow?

    Oh right, yeah.. I agree about Korolia's too.. not a fan of them.
  98. J

    Discussion: Are we obsessed with circulation and flow?

    Oooh, still not convinced about the glassware thing :o
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