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  1. sa80mark

    The tank of Sentimentally (closing insitu shot with sneaky peak at my next project)

    Nice little setup there mate, do you have any info on the lights youve got in that pic ? What are they and where from mark
  2. sa80mark

    dennerle 30l new scape

    Hi Andy unfortunately this was taken down due to work and an upgrade to a larger opti white, which all being well will be set up in the next 3 weeks :)
  3. sa80mark

    Bucep's bluff thread finished :-)

    Simply superb mate :)
  4. sa80mark

    Bucep's bluff thread finished :-)

    Very nice Tim, come on let us into the secret.... where did you get the rock ? I've been trying to find some more textured rock likes yours
  5. sa80mark

    Starting point The Cube-- New Cube Rescape

    Very nice mate, i like the use of the large pebbles, I've got a very similar type of stream right next to my house, brilliant for inspiration, I can see where your going with this tank, definitely worth watching :)
  6. sa80mark

    Cryptic Haven Low-energy Update Pics

    Dont know how I missed this one, it looks fantastic and gives me some idea of the crypts im thinking of :)
  7. sa80mark

    3ft of Uncertainty... Now Planted!

    Really nice mate whats the large leaf plant towards the front from center going to the right ? Some sort of anubias ?
  8. sa80mark

    H´s optiwhite hightech

    The only thing I can say is that red present with the silver bow is to central and draws your eye to much lol :)
  9. sa80mark

    Out of Africana - shrimp nano

    Very very nice and the montecarlo is looking great How fast or slow are you finding it grows in low tech ?
  10. sa80mark

    1300 litre chocolate lake

    Sounds very strange I cant think of anything to help, as tom said considering the gouramis etc are fine it cant be water issues, A bit of a long shot but is your ph to low ? I know its written that ph for them is between 6.5 - 7.5 but from experience closer to 7.5 is best for them The only...
  11. sa80mark

    Cryptolith

    Looks great, the tank looks much bigger than the measurements suggest Watching with interest :)
  12. sa80mark

    Back to my roots

    Will look brilliant when it fills in more, im doing a similar thing and going with a crypt based low tech riparium, Are you running this high tech ?
  13. sa80mark

    'A Twist of Nature'

    Beautiful gary, looks superb and once again great fish choice :)
  14. sa80mark

    James' new ADA 60-P ... New photos

    Ive found a seller on ebay (uk) that does black if thats any use to you
  15. sa80mark

    James' new ADA 60-P ... New photos

    Its was you :) I knew id been in a thread about filtet piping but couldnt find it :( was it 12mm black pipe you were after ?
  16. sa80mark

    grasslands nano thread closed.

    Im with you on the co2 thats why im going low tech until I get my custom reg built then I will have another go at it :)
  17. sa80mark

    grasslands nano thread closed.

    What a shame :( any plans for whats next ?
  18. sa80mark

    ADA 60fs Last Chance

    Ive got a sneaky suspension hes no longer in business, I could be completely wrong but that's the rumour
  19. sa80mark

    ADA 60fs Last Chance

    I definitely think your on the right track now just keep up the water changes and keep pumping that co2 in, algae etc can take a few weeks to turn around so dont get disheartened With the bigger tank have you thought about going low tech ? Less water changes and as you can see from the likes of...
  20. sa80mark

    First attempt

    Very nice jungle effect tank everything looks pretty healthy and very nice little crypts down the front, crypt parva ? By any chance
  21. sa80mark

    ADA 60fs Last Chance

    I would pit one before and one after the bubble counter just for peace of mind I cant view the video :( when youve got no live stock in there no limit to how much co2 you use so dont be worried about running it high, I was running mine massively high, so much I couldn't count the bubbles but...
  22. sa80mark

    90 cm fresh start. Thread finished.

    Looking great, very jealous :) I know many people arnt fans of black backgrounds but for me they make everything pop the plants, rocks etc Great rescape :)
  23. sa80mark

    'A Twist of Nature'

    Looks great gary, you really do have a great eye, as always I will be following this one :) just one thing though.... dont leave us hanging we all demand more regular updates ;)
  24. sa80mark

    ADA 60fs Last Chance

    If you have no live stock in dont be scared to crank the co2 up even higher :) Water changes can be boring but a few weeks of doing them will pay dividends also be happy you only have 15l to do, imagine doimg 200l + lol Fingers crossed things work out this time ;)
  25. sa80mark

    ADA 60fs Last Chance

    Water changes try to do them daily for atleast a week I was doing mine daily for 4 weeks, in a high tech tank as often as possible is always best, if you can only do it every 2 days then thay might work just try and do as much as possible 75% or more imo, With dosing imo its best to dose after...
  26. sa80mark

    ADA 60fs Last Chance

    Looking good matey, only thing id recommend is shorten the length of pipe between the reg and solenoid, keep this length as short as possible :) The push fit wont leak its rated for 10bar so once the pipes seated correctly it will be trouble free Keep the water changes large and regular and...
  27. sa80mark

    ADA 60fs Last Chance

    Looking good mate :)
  28. sa80mark

    ADA 60fs Last Chance

    It says its a 3 -4mm barb so it might be slightly on the loose side ?
  29. sa80mark

    ADA 60fs Last Chance

    This is the only one I can find thats close to 4mm barb TAIL CONNECTOR EXT THREAD M8 | S.31291 | Malpasonline.co.uk
  30. sa80mark

    ADA 60fs Last Chance

    This is the best I can find on ebay Top quality 10 meters OD 8mm ID 6mm BLUE PU tube tubing F-T0806PUTUBE1 | eBay
  31. sa80mark

    ADA 60fs Last Chance

    A quick Google search suggests its commonly labeled as PU tubing
  32. sa80mark

    ADA 60fs Last Chance

    I think im right in saying it needs to Polyurethane ?
  33. sa80mark

    Brandis Edge (Flamingo)

    Certainly looks like a spawing dance to me, fingers crossed :)
  34. sa80mark

    Brandis Edge (Flamingo)

    Yep I cant view it either
  35. sa80mark

    James' new ADA 60-P ... New photos

    I wouldnt buy a new light just yet, I think the growth problem might be co2 distribution, give your new inline diffuser 3 weeks and see if theres any change first ;) it might be worth trying a spray bar to just to rule out the lilly pipe
  36. sa80mark

    Omega's Iwagumi - Xibalba

    Very nice, great cabinet and a lovely scape :)
  37. sa80mark

    Andy D - First proper attempt - name to be decided

    Looks and sounds like a great start, one thing to watch is the plants at the rear behind the rocks this is where flow will be very restricted, I had this problem in my 30l cube and my HM suffered, Mark
  38. sa80mark

    H´s optiwhite hightech

    Only differnce Is the price ; )
  39. sa80mark

    H´s optiwhite hightech

    Upto now the best filler ive used on mdf is car body filler, easy to work with, cheap, never shrinks, takes paint brilliantly etc etc ;)
  40. sa80mark

    A forest unnamed - Fluval F35

    The problem with betta is you will pretty much always get differing opinions, I kept and bred thousands of betta, male betta should always be kept alone, betta do not do well in pairs, groups etc the area where this differs is with females, females can be kept together but I always advise...
  41. sa80mark

    11.4G Riparium

    Is there any update on this :) Mark
  42. sa80mark

    AL's Setup Mk3 - Sorry, I don't name my tanks.

    Heres the link soon to be wabi kusa | UK Aquatic Plant Society Im working away until next week but I will get some up to date pics on when I get back :)
  43. sa80mark

    AL's Setup Mk3 - Sorry, I don't name my tanks.

    Not sure if it does alright long term in dry start and not exactly the same but I have a bit in my wabi kusa thats doing well but it has only been in there a week
  44. sa80mark

    Marine 94 Litre

    Very nice, back in my marine days I had quite a bit of the scinaia complanata absolutely stunning stuff you must be very happy with the tank
  45. sa80mark

    Primordial - The beginning of the end.

    Looking really well, im really getting into these 1 plant type tanks Just out of interest what filter are you using ?
  46. sa80mark

    A skint mans tank

    Bargin mate, have you searched ebay, clip on lights occasionally pop up for good prices :)
  47. sa80mark

    A skint mans tank

    Nice layout, my favourite so far :) are you going high tech or low ? For the light id go 9w, I have 11w on my high tech 30l and its a bit to strong I have no doubt at all 9w would be better suited to mine Hth
  48. sa80mark

    Brandis Edge (Flamingo)

    Really really nice fish ive been toying with the ide of doing a biotope for them :) and what a great picture of your kid looking into the tank Mark
  49. sa80mark

    A skint mans tank

    I struggle with my hardscape to the easiest way I found was to decide what plants you want, then you have an idea of how they grow, tall, short, bushy etc that way you decide where in the tank a specific plant is going once you decide that its so much easier to place the hardscape, atleast...
  50. sa80mark

    60P IWAGUMI Mountain Scape

    Very nice, love the hardacape :)
  51. sa80mark

    premature complete diy optiwhite build

    No nothing special or posh just this one :) HA6 Marine silicone aquarium water fish tank RTV translucent clear top quality | eBay
  52. sa80mark

    premature complete diy optiwhite build

    Thanks guys :) the silicone is a bit messy in a few areas but nothing a sharp blade wont sort :) Strange the pics arnt showing I use my phone to veiw ukaps 99% of the time and never had a problem
  53. sa80mark

    premature complete diy optiwhite build

    After sitting on my hands all weekend due my sons birthday this afternoon I managed to get some glass stuck together :) im happy but the misses looks like a pitbull chewing a wasp because I decided the workshop was to cold so I built it in the kitchen :) Enjoy
  54. sa80mark

    "Green&Grey" (300l) - Last day video

    I agree with all the above, truly unique tank the red is so vibrant it just jumps out and grabs your attention then the ammania takes your eyes to the back of the tank, really really nice I would love to have this in my house Cant wait to see what you come up with next :)
  55. sa80mark

    1300 litre chocolate lake

    Thread alignment ? in my younger working days I was a cycle specialist ( my first proper job title lol :) ) at halfords and used to get quite a few bikes with this as a recurring problem and 9/10 it was misaligned threads due to manufacturing errors so it might be worth having it checked out
  56. sa80mark

    56G Sarawak Blackwater Riparium

    Ive bred many betta in my early days and B schalleri is one that I managed to get 4 spawns from, they aren't supposed to be that difficult to bred but I struggled for a while and tried many different things to induce spawning, what I found worked best is stained water ph around 6 and plenty of...
  57. sa80mark

    premature complete diy optiwhite build

    Thanks everyone :) the job im on has run over so im still away from home but the misses phoned earlier and my glass and (her words) " 2 tube shaped things with a point on" after laughing pretty hard I guessed she meant my silicone has arrived :) so all being well I will be home tomorrow and will...
  58. sa80mark

    Mark Evans-120 x 55 x 55cm.... 'Convalescence' The joy of shrimp

    Truly inspiring tank, the growth is something for all of us to aim for :) I love this picture, what is the plant in the picture ? Crypt parva ?
  59. sa80mark

    premature complete diy optiwhite build

    They are a nice bit of kit very expensive for one of use though :(
  60. sa80mark

    premature complete diy optiwhite build

    Yes I know how hard bending stainless can be I was going to try this method bending stainless steel tubing - YouTube
  61. sa80mark

    premature complete diy optiwhite build

    If only ali, unfortunately its quite expensive unless you buy in bulk :( Im going to make 2 sets I think one full length spray bar and a standard Shepherds hook
  62. sa80mark

    premature complete diy optiwhite build

    Its alot easier than people think, I built loads of tanks when I was breeding fish as it worked out massively cheaper, the only bit ive still got some researching to is the led build I think ive got it all sussed but need to do the maths bit, how many leds what divers etc
  63. sa80mark

    premature complete diy optiwhite build

    Not beveled no, polished edge, I did consider a 45 degree bevel so the edges met on the 45 but with it only being 6mm thick I was a bit concerned that the edges would be to fragile :) I've got a 90% complete list of components and materials I will be using so when I get home tomorrow night I...
  64. sa80mark

    premature complete diy optiwhite build

    Long awaited upgrade As some of you know ive got a dennerle 30l cube which seemed like a good idea when I bought it but as always happens I wanted more :) ive been toying with the idea of an optiwhite for sometime and gone through the I must have ada stage, anyway ive decided as im a carpenter...
  65. sa80mark

    125L Iwagumi. "New beginning"

    Very nice, some nice buys there :)
  66. sa80mark

    Proper attempt

    Sent the same time as tim lol :)
  67. sa80mark

    Proper attempt

    No you cant convert then bar is the measure of pressure and l/min is flow rate
  68. sa80mark

    125L Iwagumi. "New beginning"

    I believe so yes I came across it on another forum in a post about modifying eheim, when I get home ill see if the bookmark is on my laptop :)
  69. sa80mark

    125L Iwagumi. "New beginning"

    Another solution which might suit you would be to buy 2 eheim 2215 replacement motors and keep you cylinders etc this way you could upgrade both filters for aroun £80,
  70. sa80mark

    125L Iwagumi. "New beginning"

    As said above eheim 2217, im using one on my tank and love it, cant fault it at all
  71. sa80mark

    Dong Hu Gorge

    Very clever use of rocks, the idea is brilliant and the moss should really set the scape off, definitely one to watch :) Can you give some more info such as tank size etc Mark
  72. sa80mark

    40 liter

    Seems pretty reasonable I had prices from 3 companies for the glass tobdo a 60x40x40 and they came in from £64 - £79 (my brother in law can do it for £78 but thats 8mm thick :)
  73. sa80mark

    grasslands nano thread closed.

    Bloody hell tim you have been a busy boy this week, looks much bigger than 60x20x20, very nice
  74. sa80mark

    New scape "Rocky Moutain"

    Very nice idea, quite simplistic and understaded, it should look very effective once the hair grass has grown in, keep us updated with its progress :)
  75. sa80mark

    1300 litre chocolate lake

    Thays where I went wrong I moved in with her before I got my tank :( lol For me number 3, I get the impression the highest bit of the wood would be above the water line ? Would look great with moss etc growing down it to the water :)
  76. sa80mark

    90 cm fresh start. Thread finished.

    Fantastic thanks tim :)
  77. sa80mark

    Out of Africana - shrimp nano

    Brilliant, they do look good :) ill get some ordered
  78. sa80mark

    90 cm fresh start. Thread finished.

    That dragon stone looks great not the usual colour or maybe thats just your lighting, the blyxa looks great ive got it right on the top of my plant list for my next tank
  79. sa80mark

    90 cm fresh start. Thread finished.

    What a change, looks great, what is the rock youve used ? And whats the plant front right hand side of the picture ? Blyxa ? Mark
  80. sa80mark

    1300 litre chocolate lake

    I cant believe the size of that wood, judging by you other tanks this is going to be pretty special, your a brave man taking on a tank that size im nervous about upgrading to an 80l, most importantly though come on let us all into the secret.... how do you get around your misses ? If mine...
  81. sa80mark

    ADA 60fs Last Chance

    Theres a few journals ive come across with diy cabinets its just a case of finding them, try the seach feature also theres a few in the diy section, For your tank a standard 18mm mdf carcass will be more than enough :)
  82. sa80mark

    The Grassy knol

    Looks great makes them greens really pop :)
  83. sa80mark

    ADA 60fs Last Chance

    Yes mate there the ones :)
  84. sa80mark

    dennerle 30l new scape

    A few more pics :) sorry about the quality, taken during water change and perhaps more importantly im terrible with a camera :(
  85. sa80mark

    ADA 60fs Last Chance

    Just to second what ali said the co2 art solinoids although cheap are exceptionally good i bought one as a quick cheap fix and was so happy with it bought another as a spare, :)
  86. sa80mark

    Supernova - from eBay to NA

    Regulator porn :)
  87. sa80mark

    Out of Africana - shrimp nano

    Looking good I like the idea of the scape, almost a rocky outcrop thats caught drifting wood, Let me know how those acrylic pipes work out im looking at some on ebay for the same price so im guessing the same ones :)
  88. sa80mark

    dennerle 30l new scape

    Small update, everything growing really well no issues upto now and ive ordered some more plants, ive got Bacopa australis to go in the rear right corner and ive got some Chladoflora that im going to use in between the rocks Pics to follow :)
  89. sa80mark

    1300 litre chocolate lake

    Wow what a find :)
  90. sa80mark

    My 260 l second attempt

    Lol they do all have a water fascination god knows why its great to see there little faces though :)
  91. sa80mark

    New plans, finally got me opti. 80x40x40

    Nice build or in the words of my idol keith lemon, Bang tidy :) You know whats coming next though dont you.... coffee table :)
  92. sa80mark

    New plans, finally got me opti. 80x40x40

    Come on kirk dont keep us in suspense WE NEED PICTURES ;)
  93. sa80mark

    My 260 l second attempt

    Looks great mate, once that Fissidens grows in your onto a winner, little bob looked like he had fun, my 4 year old daughter love helping with the water changes fingers crossed she will soon be wanting her own tank :)
  94. sa80mark

    Red Ryuboku

    nice, I can imagine spending hours sat in that chair looking into the tank, it will come to life brilliantly once you stock it, any ideas yet as to fish/ shrimp Mark
  95. sa80mark

    dennerle 30l new scape

    Ive got no idea to be honest I bought it about 6 years ago when I was breeding fish, I bought it from a lfs in crewe it came in unlabelled bags, grain size is 1- 3 mm if your wanting some ive got approx 2 kg left Mark
  96. sa80mark

    ADA 60fs Last Chance

    On your budget my preference would be an up aqua from aqua essential this to my knowledge is the only adjustable pressure rwgulator in the price range
  97. sa80mark

    dennerle 30l new scape

  98. sa80mark

    dennerle 30l new scape

    A couple of pictures during water change :) and I have to say my new favourite plant is tropica 1- 2 grow Ammania sp. 'bonsai' im not sure if im just having a bit of luck but this thing is growing absolutely brilliantly and looks great to :) and riccia is doing well to
  99. sa80mark

    dennerle 30l new scape

    Thanks guys, means alot, this was a bit of a rush setup as I was getting frustrated sat watching an empty tank while waiting for my upgrade, so I decided to throw this together and I have to say im really happy with it, I just hope it grows as ive got pictured in my head :)
  100. sa80mark

    dennerle 30l new scape

    Thats got to be worth a try :)
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