• You are viewing the forum as a Guest, please login (you can use your Facebook, Twitter, Google or Microsoft account to login) or register using this link: Log in or Sign Up
  • You can now follow UKAPS on Instagram.

Search results

  1. Nick_593

    Dead tree/ wood- how to make use of wood?

    Thanks for the info here guys. [emoji106] Nick Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  2. Nick_593

    Eleocharis yokoscensis info?

    Thanks for the information here guys. I will trial the seeds and let you know. [emoji106] Nick Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  3. Nick_593

    Dead tree/ wood- how to make use of wood?

    Thanks Darrel and Simmo. Yes it's Quercus of sorts not sure on species it's been dead for years. It has fallen down in a field and I've had a load of branches from it. Looks just like Manzanita wood. I'm hoping I can use it in a Scape. It is dry and dead as a bone. Looks like Deer horns some...
  4. Nick_593

    Eleocharis yokoscensis info?

    Fair enough. However, have these particular seeds/ this variety been properly trialed? Fair comment on the seeds being a scam. I know this has been around for a while, but I've not seen this variety before however. And to name it as an eleocharis variety, I wonder whether seed could be...
  5. Nick_593

    Dead tree/ wood- how to make use of wood?

    Hi guys how can I use wood from a dead tree for an aquarium? The tree/ has been dead for years and dry as a bone. Any advice please? Sincerely, N Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  6. Nick_593

    Eleocharis yokoscensis info?

    It's the same genus (Eleocharis, sp.) so I'd imagine the plant will have very similar characteristics.[emoji848] I think E. acicularis is cosmopolitan too so it might even be the same species with a different classification from China. I will trial it. My guess is that it will be fine in an...
  7. Nick_593

    Eleocharis yokoscensis info?

    Hi guys does anybody know any information about Eleocharis yokoscensis? I'm wondering if it is Eleocharis acicularis with a different classification? Apparently E. Yokoscensis is from China and Mongolia? If anyone knows how it grows that would be great? Or any more information please? I've...
  8. Nick_593

    Back after many years, and all’s changed 🤔😂

    Welcome back to the forum/ aquascaping. [emoji106] I'm in the same situation as you guys and not done a tank in nearly 10 years!. Yes the hobby has changed a lot since 2010, and particularly since the early 2000's(!!). Equipment is much better and the variety of plants available are also...
  9. Nick_593

    Kessil light screws and spare parts?

    Hi does anyone know where I can get hold of some spare kessil light screws and a mounting plate for a kessil A160WE tuna sun? I've lost some screws and don't have the mounting plate for one of the lights. Thanks , Nick Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  10. Nick_593

    Where to buy Eleocharis parvula seeds?

    Thanks for the link it's good to have a bit of extra info about the plant. I'll endeavour to find some seeds somewhere and post here if I get lucky. Thanks again. Nick : ) Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  11. Nick_593

    Where to buy Eleocharis parvula seeds?

    Thanks guys. I was thinking more along the lines of a plant nursery growing E. parvula, as I can get a legitimate source of Eleocharis arcicularis else where. If anyone has any information that would be great. N :) Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  12. Nick_593

    Where to buy Eleocharis parvula seeds?

    Hi does anyone know where I can get hold of some Eleocharis parvula seed? If anyone has any information regarding a source please let me know. :) Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  13. Nick_593

    Product Review ADA/ Evolution aqua 900 DIY cabinet blueprints?

    From what I've been reading I'm not sure whether to use MDF or 18mm ply? Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  14. Nick_593

    Product Review ADA/ Evolution aqua 900 DIY cabinet blueprints?

    Hi does anyone have blueprints or any links to blueprints for a DIY ADA/ EA 900 aquarium cabinet? Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  15. Nick_593

    Does christmas moss attach itself to hardscape?

    Hi does Christmas moss attach itself to the hardscape, or rely on being constantly tied down? The posts I've read have been inconclusive. Thanks
  16. Nick_593

    Best moss for Kokedama/ wabi kusa?

    Hi I'm just wondering what the best option is to cover the outside of a kokedama moss ball? Are indigenous British forest mosses better use than say java moss for example? (any pros and cons?...).
  17. Nick_593

    Native British mosses for aquascaping?

    Hi are there any native British mosses that can be used in aquariums for aquascaping?
  18. Nick_593

    CO2 regulator leaking? //

    Hi there appears to be CO2 leaking from the back of the pressure dial on my CO2 regulator. I'm wondering if this a common fault with a CO2 regulator after several years?... and should I be concerned?. Thanks
  19. Nick_593

    Which fish readily breed successfully in planted tanks?

    Hi thanks for all of the advice. For Apistogramma to breed succesfully do they need to be the exact same species, or is the same genus okay suitable? How many individual Apistogramma would be suitable in community tank (180l), and what sex ratio should they be kept with? How does leaf litter...
  20. Nick_593

    Which fish readily breed successfully in planted tanks?

    What would they be like with Yamato shrimps, 2x Angel fish, and some black neon tetras?.. Its a heavily planted 180l tank. Thanks
  21. Nick_593

    Which fish readily breed successfully in planted tanks?

    How good parents are Apistogramma spp? I've kept Ram cichlids in the past who spawned, but they ate the eggs.
  22. Nick_593

    Which fish readily breed successfully in planted tanks?

    Hi can someone give info on aquarium fish that will readily breed successfully in planted tanks? (Besides live bearers that is). Thanks
  23. Nick_593

    Where to get inline CO2 regulators? (Online)

    99.99999% of my previous FE's have CO2 tanks dumped. I have to weigh the FE's to try and tell when their getting low and I'm not always around to keep an eye on it.
  24. Nick_593

    Where to get inline CO2 regulators? (Online)

    Hi does anyone know where I can get inline CO2 regulators, besides for CO2 ART (they are out of stock)? I am trying to avoid the inevitable CO2 dump. Thanks
  25. Nick_593

    Pond water dechlorinator V aquarium dechlorinator?

    Is pond water dechlorinator suitable for the aquarium? What are the pros and cons?
  26. Nick_593

    Where to get inline CO2 regulator?

    Hi does anyone know where to get and inline CO2 regulator, other than CO2 art as they don't have one in stock..)? Thanks
  27. Nick_593

    CO2 system advice please!

    Hi I have ran out of CO2 for my diy FE system and cannot get refills for another week or so.... so I need an alternative. Is it possible to fit a small welding regulator such as the one shown here 'Cheap pressurised CO2 system DIY guide', on to disposable aquarium CO2 bottles, such as JBL etc...
  28. Nick_593

    Two single stage regulators prevent end of tank dump??

    Hi would two single stage regulators serve the same function as a dual stage regulator(?), and if so would this prevent end of tank dump? Thanks
  29. Nick_593

    Super glue to Java fern to wood?

    Hi I'm going to attach some Java fern to wood. I'm wondering if someone can recommend a brand/ type of Super-glue gel to use(?), as I don't want a white residue left on the wood if that's possible?.. Thanks
  30. Nick_593

    Terrestrial or aquatic moss for wabi kusa?

    Hi as title, would terrestrial moss or aquatic moss be best suited for a wabi kusa? Thanks
  31. Nick_593

    Best method/ equipmept to aerate (small) garden pond?

    Thanks Marting that pretty much sums up all I need to know about koi for the moment. A guy locally is selling some on on gum tree so the idea of adding them to the pond came up today. I think I'll stick to comets atm as I like them. The idea of a 12" koi for a 10er seemed a nice idea for a minute.
  32. Nick_593

    Best pond goldfish/ koi food?

    Soz meant size, not growth. ..Or are you saying the max size of the fish isn't dependent on the size of the pond? :confused:
  33. Nick_593

    Best method/ equipmept to aerate (small) garden pond?

    TBH I'm not really sure what they recommened, they just mentioned I'd likely need some more aeration in the pond- they were pretty busy when I was there with new fish stock and I get the gist of it.. I was thinking a new water feature but I'm not sure of the best road to go down to increase the...
  34. Nick_593

    Best pond goldfish/ koi food?

    Thanks guys. Is food more for health and aesthetics of the fish? I don't have any koi atm, just some goldfish. I know growth is dependent on the size of the pond, but will feeding encourage them to grow a lot quicker too? Thanks
  35. Nick_593

    Best method/ equipmept to aerate (small) garden pond?

    Aeration is necessary if stocking a pond with fish, especially in the summer. O2 levels plummet between 2am and 5am due to plant respiration at night and anaerobic respiration from bacteria in fish waste and food, especially during a hot summer. I lost some gold fish last year because of it...
  36. Nick_593

    Best method/ equipmept to aerate (small) garden pond?

    Hi guys could someone recommend the best way to aerate a small garden pond, and what equipment will be best on a budget? Pond volume roughly 2500l. Thanks
  37. Nick_593

    Best pond goldfish/ koi food?

    Hi, I'm just wondering what the best food would be for some goldfish and koi carp for a pond? Also is feeding completely necessary as the fish have been getting on well so far? Thanks
  38. Nick_593

    Wabi Kusa questions??

    Thanks guys. Does it have to be the Japanese type soil though.. or can you find it naturally in the UK too? The soil under where I collected the sphagnum moss seems to be exactly the same.. dense, sticky, black peat soil? Just read there are a lot of specific nutritional values for the Bonsai...
  39. Nick_593

    Wabi Kusa questions??

    Hi Viktor thanks for the advice. Those Wabi's look great. Would love to go to Japan. I'm sure I've seen those photos on Google images before too. Can you get that Keto tsuchi Bonsai soil in the UK/ Europe? I'm sure the soil where I collected the sphagnum moss is the same (?), dense black peat...
  40. Nick_593

    Wabi Kusa questions??

    Hi, thanks, seen loads of videos on line now. Looks like there's loads of different methods so I'll just make something up later. Do you know if Glossostigma will grow submerged under around an inch of water with just plain gravel an Osmocote fertilizer and plenty of light, or will a proper...
  41. Nick_593

    Wabi Kusa questions??

    Hi guys, I have a bag of barley straw, a bag of sphagnum moss, and some ADA Aquasoil ready to use with making some Wabi Kusa balls. -I've read that ADA just use straw, stones and some moss? And other use just clay and moss, or sphagnum moss, stones and aquarium moss? I'm just wondering what...
  42. Nick_593

    Best way to get rid of snails?

    I also have a snail infestation and I've just logged on to created the exact same thread. Does anyone have any alternatives to using assassin snails? - I have 6 nerite snails as inhabitants and assassin snails have had a good go at them in the past. Would loaches be the best option? If so...
  43. Nick_593

    Cyanobacteria disappearing on its own- any reason why?

    Hi, I have had a few weeks of tank neglect due to being away, and tank neglect was a bit poor prior to this also. - So, algae issues. .. But remedy isn't the problem. Strangely, it is/ has disappeared on its own. Symptoms were; front of aquarium glass and floor caked in different algae. -...
  44. Nick_593

    Wabi Kusa questions.. Anubius flowering?

    Hi guys, Has anyone had any success with Anubias flowering with a Wabi Kusa set-up?.. Also, what would anyone recommend for the main substance of the Wabi-Kusa ball's? 1-Clay, Sphagnum moss, etc 2- Stones, straw, and Sphagnum moss? Or a combination of all three?.. *Also, is digging up some...
  45. Nick_593

    Plant recommendation/ advice please? (Red tint'd background)

    Nice one guys. Will give them a call in the morning!. Nick
  46. Nick_593

    Plant recommendation/ advice please? (Red tint'd background)

    Thanks Tim. Just checked out their website- no contact email. Do you know if they post?
  47. Nick_593

    Plant recommendation/ advice please? (Red tint'd background)

    Thanks Mick. That's a lot of help. I'll keep on the lookout for Potamogeton gayii. I was leaning towards Rotala spp, as I haven't tried it before, but I'm looking for something with longer leaves. I've used Ludwigia arcuata before and it was great (but wanted something different as I've tired...
  48. Nick_593

    Plant recommendation/ advice please? (Red tint'd background)

    Hi guys. I'm looking for a plant to add to the background of my tank. Currently there is a lot of green and I want to add some contrast. Ideally I want something as close looking to 'Heteranthera Zosterifolia' as possible, but with a red tint. Something that is a mix of green and red is...
  49. Nick_593

    Marine Aquarium advice?

    That's fine, thanks for the advice. They will be kept in an insulated outdoor garage and specimens are for preliminary work prior to be taken to the laboratory. The Obelia are hydroids that lack a nervous system also. My main query was regarding the upkeep of a saline water environment as I...
  50. Nick_593

    Marine Aquarium advice?

    Hi Foxfish thanks for the help. I will likely need the specimens up until Christmas. The study will be carried out in a laboratory in Pembrokeshire in a few weeks, but I will be collecting the specimens in the next two weeks, and keeping them at home for roughly four weeks for some microscopy...
  51. Nick_593

    Marine Aquarium advice?

    Thanks for the advice! But will I need a filter (I presume so), and what other equipment? Wont be able to go down to the beach every day and change the water.. Thanks!
  52. Nick_593

    Marine Aquarium advice?

    Hi mate, need to get some native marine specimens. Could you offer any advice on how to keep them? Thanks
  53. Nick_593

    Marine Aquarium advice?

    Hi guys. I am doing a study on some marine bioluminescence organisms and need to set up a 'Basic' marine aquaria set-up for the inhabitants. The specimens will be some Brittle stars & Hydrozoans. Could anyone recommend a basic set-up for keeping marine organisms? -Will a substrate be...
  54. Nick_593

    Common problem with DIY FE?. Danger to fish and cylinder?

    Hi guys, has anyone seen or use one of these before? Are they dual 'stage or dual 'guage'? I was under the impression that they were dual stage for a moment, but their pretty cheap. Dual Gauged CO2 Regulator Aquarium Home Brew | CO2Art.co.uk - CO2 Aquarium Specialists Thanks
  55. Nick_593

    Dual stage CO2 regulators for Aquaria- CO2 Art?

    Hi guys. Has anyone had any experience with these CO2 regulators by any chance? Dual Gauged CO2 Regulator Aquarium Home Brew | CO2Art.co.uk - CO2 Aquarium Specialists Whats the quality like etc? (as their a lot cheaper than other ones I've seen)? Thanks a lot, Nick
  56. Nick_593

    Hydor Koralia UK- where to get replacement parts??.

    Hi guys, thanks a lot for the replys. Got a new one from eBay. Hi mate; there's some on eBay. Koralia nano impeller is the same as the Koralia 1. Just have a quick look on eBay. Maine was £8 I think. Nick
  57. Nick_593

    Common problem with DIY FE?. Danger to fish and cylinder?

    Brilliant. Thanks a lot guys. Could someone recommend a dual stage regulator? Preferably one as cheap as possible and suited to an FE? (It would also be a good idea to mention this in the DIY FE thread, as I bought the regulator mentioned in there, but now supposed it would be best to...
  58. Nick_593

    Common problem with DIY FE?. Danger to fish and cylinder?

    Hi guys. I have had several occurrences where a huge surge of CO2 comes out of my DIY FE system (the Fire Extinguisher) when the levels of CO2 get too low in the FE. This has resulted in CO2 overdose in the tank, and the regulator freezing and becoming covered in ice. I have never been there...
  59. Nick_593

    Bioluminescence/ Fluroescence in Tropical marine Fish/ invertebrates?

    Hi guys. I have two questions; 1) Are there any freshwaters/ (or even marine fish or invertebrates), that produce bioluminescence? 2) How do certain fish in the hobby produce the light they produce? For example, German Blue Rams (etc), produce light. Is this Bioluminescence or...
  60. Nick_593

    Hydor Koralia UK- where to get replacement parts??.

    Thanks mate, think I've found the right place now. Dropped them an email. Thanks
  61. Nick_593

    Hydor Koralia UK- where to get replacement parts??.

    Hi guys, My Hydor Koralia 'nano impeller has broken. I haven't had it long, but don't have the receipt. 1) Does anyone know how to get in-touch with Hydor UK directly? 2) Does anyone know where I can get a replacement impeller? Thanks a lot, Nick
  62. Nick_593

    which moss

    Hi Pete, moss is a great addition to any tank, and I cant think of any moss that isnt suitable for beginners, so whatever takes your fancy. Research a few different types (Weeping/ flame/ java/ fissidens etc) and google image them to see what takes your fancy. I think Fissedens requires the...
  63. Nick_593

    What is this algae ?

    Good to hear you've got it under control!. Algae is a tricky dilemma in any aquarium, and often reoccurs if your not careful. With a newly set-up tank, its best to start off with a low photo-period and build it up hour by hour over the following weeks. The struggle with algae is mostly concerned...
  64. Nick_593

    What is this algae ?

    Hi, looks like Green Spot algae, and might be a consequence of your tank being newly set up. But if you have CO2 and Ferts at the right level(?)[this is important!]), then the only variable I would suggest changing is your photo period, which is a big factor with algae problems. Keep the...
  65. Nick_593

    .

    Hello everyone, Its been over a month since I've updated this journal, so thought I'd update my progress since then as I gutted the tank a bit last night and replaced my fish (a few tetras and keyhole Cichlids for three German Blue Ram Cichlids). *Still undecided on the fauna for the tank, but...
  66. Nick_593

    A New Adventure (a jungle mess)

    This tank is simply 'stunning'.. 'Save as' for inspiration!!. =) Looking forward to more updates!.
  67. Nick_593

    Protogynous hermaphroditism in Cardinal tertas (also other Tetras?).

    Hi Ed, thanks for clearing that up, and it seems you know quite a bit about this subject!. Just wondering if you could clear this up also? I have five Ram Cichlids' in my tank, and there was supposed to be two males and three females, but sometimes they are a bit difficult to distinguish in...
  68. Nick_593

    Protogynous hermaphroditism in Cardinal tertas (also other Tetras?).

    That's cleared up that observation then. Must be a greedy female, and some sort of dominance related growth/ feeding rate, as suggested. I was just staring into my tank earlier and thought, could it be possible?.. guess not. Cheers¬!
  69. Nick_593

    Protogynous hermaphroditism in Cardinal tertas (also other Tetras?).

    Hello everyone, Just made some observations with the fish I have in my tank. I have 8 Cardinal tetras in my tank, and there is always just one that is much larger than the others. A few weeks ago the largest one died, and within 4 to 8 days, one of the others grew to be much bigger than the...
  70. Nick_593

    180L Juwel Vision - first journal, first scape!

    I like this tank a lot, and the layout has potential! Seems that you know how to grow plants well and know what to expect. I also have a Juwel vision tank so particularly interested in this one. Nice piece of wood you have in your tank too. Just need to wait for those Crypts to fill in(!)...
  71. Nick_593

    Stu's 90x45x45cm - Wave Island - IAPLC 2013 rank 82

    Love this tank. Really ambitious with the hardscape and inspirational!.
  72. Nick_593

    .

    Hi guys. This is the tank from Mid February. I'm looking for some advice on my plans for a big chop on the plants this week, and I'm going to re-position a few things (subtly!) too. This is the tank from last night. Here's my plans for some point this week!.. I need to balance...
  73. Nick_593

    George's TMC Signature

    This tank looks awesome. And agree with Ghostworld about it being half full. Looking forward to the progress.
  74. Nick_593

    Advice on photo/ video software for DSLR please?

    Thanks for advice on this thread guys. LR and PS I think.
  75. Nick_593

    Advice on photo/ video software for DSLR please?

    Hello everyone. Just bought my first DSLR, and been experimenting a bit today. Could anyone offer some advice on software for photo editing? Preferably best value for money, or even some free photo editing software if there's any out there? *What do most people tend to use? Thanks#!
  76. Nick_593

    .

    Thanks mate.!
  77. Nick_593

    .

    Hey everyone. Just an update on my tank. Got a new camera today and couldn't resist taking a few shots of the tank. I'm still learning to use the camera and going to have a read through a couple of books tonight, and the threads on here. :bookworm: Plants need a bit of work (trimming/...
  78. Nick_593

    Advice on suitable Cichlids for an aquascaped tank please?

    Hi mate. Tank is 180l high tech (CO2/ ferts/ UV sterilizer etc). Don't use test kits as lots of people advise there isn't much point, but 50% water change weekly and tank is very healthy. Will look into these suggestions now. Cheers!
  79. Nick_593

    Advice on suitable Cichlids for an aquascaped tank please?

    Hello everyone. I've decided I want to give up my community tank with tetras and cherry shrimp, and would rather have just two or three Chichlids in there. I walked in to an aquatics shop earlier and saw some Convict Cichlids, and thought how awesome they would look in my tank. But found out...
  80. Nick_593

    Camera advice please?

    Hi, I've read a few threads on here about cameras, and I think I'm going to invest in the Canon EOS 600D, which seems a pretty good camera.. Unless someone could recommend an equivalent for the same price range (this would be appreciated!)? Also, what do people think of SLR Hut as a camera...
  81. Nick_593

    .

    Thanks Dav, there's both Eleocharis parvula, Eleocharis acicularis in there. They both send out runners, especially with ferts and CO2. I've read people recommending E. parvula over E. acicularis, but I'd recommend E. acicularis over the former any day. It grows a lot faster, at least in my...
  82. Nick_593

    .

    Thanks Mark, the whole tank has had a good trim and I'm waiting for the plants to come through again. Cheers mate, I've cut the hairgrass right down, and just waiting for it all to grow back. Will get some pics up soon, once I've sorted out a decent camera. !!
  83. Nick_593

    Are there any Dwarf Cichlids suitable with Cherry shrimp?

    Thanks for the suggestions on this thread, and the topic received far more attention than I expected. I've kept Rams with cherry shrimp in the past, which cut the numbers of cherries down so much that I rarely saw them any more. So I couldn't appreciate them really, but they did recover with an...
  84. Nick_593

    .

    Thanks for the advice. This is the first scape I've made any decent progress with. But I'm really happy with how the plants have grown, and the overall layout. I think the hardscape needs a bit of tweeking, but theres nothing I can do with that now as its embedded into the substrate. Will have...
  85. Nick_593

    .

    Haven't updated this thread in a while, but here is the most recent picture of the progress [December 2012]. Apologies for poor quality photograph. Need to invest in a dSLR..
  86. Nick_593

    .

    Cheers mate! :)
  87. Nick_593

    .

    Thanks mate, tank is coming on better than expected, and CO2 and ferts are doing wonders. Will upload some photos soon.
  88. Nick_593

    Are there any Dwarf Cichlids suitable with Cherry shrimp?

    Hi, are there any Dwarf Cichlids out there that you can keep with cherry shrimp (preferably new world)? I'd like to keep some German Blue Rams, but the last ones I had ate the majority of the cherry shrimp in the tank. I'm looking for something else, possibly Keyhole Cichlids? Any suggestions...
  89. Nick_593

    Uses for Phytoplankton in fresh water setup?

    Hi Steve, unfortunately I cant think of any good purpose for adding phytoplankton to your tank, and in fact, you quite likely already have plenty in there. Phytoplankton are any microscopic living organism in the water column harnessing light for photosynthesis. Adding phytoplankton to the...
  90. Nick_593

    Algae

    In my experience 10 hours of light is far too long a photo period for a new tank, and would definitely encourage algae. I've read in the past that one of the best ways to keeping algae at bay is to mimic 'winter' conditions in the tank with a shorter photo period. I only have my lights on for 6...
  91. Nick_593

    Any Divers Out There?

    I have a few friends who trained under BSAC at uni, but most of them who dive abroad have now converted to PADI as its more practical when extending your qualifications in another country. I'm PADI advanced open water as I did most of my diving in south Africa and Honduras, but hope to get to...
  92. Nick_593

    Has anyone had any experience with these luminaires?

    Hi thanks for the reply. They do look brilliant for the money, and ideal for someone just starting out.
  93. Nick_593

    Has anyone had any experience with these luminaires?

    I'm helping a mate out getting his tank together and I've been looking for a cheap luminaire for him as the tank is an open top 150l Clearseal (36"). I've just had a look around the forum and online and came across these. Seem like a bargain. http://www.allpondsolutions.co.uk/aquar ...
  94. Nick_593

    .

    .
  95. Nick_593

    GA workshop scape - seiryu with mosses

    Brilliant layout. What glue was used to attach the Fissidens to the rocks?
Top