I agree that £100+ is way too expensive for this tank. The build quality is good though and it makes a nice feature wherever it's placed. No bigger than your average living room lamp - which is exactly how I sold it to the Mrs :D
This 'scape is ticking along nicely and still demands minimal maintenance. A quick wipe of the glass, 50% WC, occasional trim of the moss and filter clean every 2-3 week's. About 20 minutes tops. :D
Just recently I've been experimenting with backlit backgrounds and I'm quite...
Thanks Jack - It's pretty much no co2 as it only gets a tiny amount of liquid carbon every so often. I actually don't think it needs it tbh. I occasionally add a small amount of fertiliser if and when I think about it.
I think the problem niggling me might be the amount of substrate at the...
This is my ultra low-tech nano Aquacube, that had been sat around empty for over a year - until I suddenly got to urge to aquascape something one night...
Aquacube by Tropica - 20cm 8L
Azoo HOB filter
Ehiem substrate balls (for height)
Hi Foxfish, Aquajardin have a store near to Southampton and have a good range of substrates including the ADA soils. Worth checking out if you're in the area.
I'm currently using Florabase Columbo with good results although I found the grain size a bit large for my liking.
This is my desktop background image at work. To me it looks like cyperus helferi growing on the rocks??? The picture is part of a "Japan" theme so I take it that this is wild Japan. Nice!
Source: http://www.windows7news.com/wp-content/ ... -olwp3.jpg
My First Iwagumi - Juwel Rio 125
It looks better after 4 days!
Flow must be great with 2 powerheads and the spray bar all facing the front.
Perhaps a black background to blend the equipment slightly?
Great scaping skills Paulo!
There are some good individual pics here from the NA Gallery, if you haven't seen them already that is... Just over half way down the post. :thumbup:
http://akuatic.blogspot.com/search/labe ... %20Gallery
This is such a great forum and has really helped me in the past in all aspects. A huge well done to all involved for promoting this great hobby! I was a coldwater plastic plant guy before i discovered UKAPS! :thumbup:
I would love to see separate sub forums for things like Nano's...
Simply awesome, it looks so fresh and natural. Very well executed. Shame it has to be taken down, I'm going through a house move myself soon so I know where you're coming from. Good excuse to get scaping again though. Look forward to the new design!
I work for a lighting company and Iâ€™ve been given the choice of 2 ex-sample lights for a new 25cm cube that Iâ€™m planning. The cube will be set up using florabase substrate and dosed with liquid carbon and tpn+, if that helps at all!?
I was wondering which one would be best suited...
Re: NeilW's 30cm nano - 'Mono' (updated 12/8)
Fantastic work, quite inspiring in fact! :clap:
Neil, where did you buy your goby from? I noticed that you are local (ish) to me but havent seen goby's in ANY shop in the area.. :thumbdown:
Just wondered what the options are when it comes to planted marine tanks?
Anyone got one running? And what are the plant choices? I've only seen one type of plant in the marine section of my LFS.
Pics would be good..
This one of GF's has given me the bug...
My main focus on your current scape is on the piece of wood in the centre of the tank...I cant help but look at it. Which ultimately takes away the beauty of the plants in your tank, if that makes sense?!? Im no expert but try using the golden ratio to help with positioning the wood. Perhaps if...
Can anyone give me some planting tips for Staurogyne SP. Im looking to keep it low & compact but the plant that Iâ€™ve purchased is already quite tall!? Do I just take cuttings,plant and then keep pruning as and when required?
I've re-scaped today using the same substrate, same plants, same hardscape and will be using the same matured filter. Also I've filled the tank with de-chlorinated water. Is it safe to add fish tomorrow if I leave the filter on the new setup over night?
Hi, I'm currently running 2xT5's on a 6hr photo period for the first few weeks of a new set up. I'm Just wondering if turning on another 2 lamps for a midday burst would be ok as my glosso doesn't seem to be spreading, although it is growing upwards.
Would this just encourage algae?
Cheers Neil, I had began to worry about that to be honest :shock: I might add some smaller stones where the substrate meets the sand.. I have a few small pieces left, perhaps with some moss on them. What do you think?
I got in tonight to find the filter not working correctly, lots of trapped air?! I also noticed that there were lots of kinks in the tubing also so after a quick move around and a minor lounge flood ( :oops: ) I finally got the filter working correctly. I started up the CO2 and cranked...
Quick update - I managed to steal a few hours on Sunday for a trip the LFS. I picked up 7 Tropica pots for Â£17 which I was pleased with. I Didnâ€™t manage to get all the plants required but Iâ€™ve planted up all that I did buy, filled with water and kick started the filter...
I would be there for hours trying to position extra branches! :lol: If I see any interesting bits this weekend then the saw might come out. How would I go about attaching the branches, glue?
Cheers James :thumbup: and cheers for the great Plantedbox customer service :wink:
Cheers LD, I would like some more to be honest but i havent seen anything similiar in the LFS. I might see if I can find a bit this weekend. :)
Cheers G, im liking the size of the tank too but surely having an extra 5mm would be a benefit?
Cheers Steve! :thumbup:
Re: 238l rescape.
Sounds good to me so far, Chilled. Must be tough with such a big tank cost wise?! What about Tropica substrate capped with Sand? Or would that work out more costly that akadama? Just a thought..
After spending the last year or so researching, learning, maintaining, enjoying and generally playing about with my 60x30x30cm tank, I decided to purchase an optiwhite aquarium.
This tank and cabinet came from ukaps member, John Starkey who kindly let me take the luminaire when I bought the...
This may sound a bit daft :oops: but I'm having issues installing my hydor external heater. I'm having issues connecting the tubing to the unit...
Can anyone walk me through this? Am I meant to take the blue faster off, slide up the filter tubing then back down once tubing is attached to the...
Ah there it is..Nice one Steve, photo looks ok to me (?!) but I bet it looks better in the flesh (as they always do imo)
I do like this though.. I imagine it would be a fairly easy tank to maintain/prune with all the space around the island. It seems to give a very clean look which I like.
That is kind of why I wanted the Nile Sand, due to grain size I imagined it would hold bottom better and not waft around as much as plain sand during maintenance etc. It's also the perfect colour for what I'm after.
The Unipac Arctic is quite nice but might be a bit grey in colour... It's...
ADA Nile Sand is perfect for the foreground that I'm planning, but I begrudge spending Â£30 on sand, half of which I probably wont use. Just wondered if anyone knows anything similar to Nile Sand? Im looking at Unipac's Senegal or Zambezi currently...
Anyone know of any others out...
Looking good, Gareth. What are your plans for the foreground? The tank and stand look great, fits nicely in that space too. I'm putting together a similar set up at the moment so I'm keen to see what you actually decide to do here. Keep us updated with the progress!
Thanks to everyone for your detailed responses! That's exactly the kind of information I was after. The java ferns that Amano uses in his tanks look amazing and I would really like something similar for my next 'scape.. To be honest I would be more that happy with some looking half as good...
Does anyone have any advice on getting the best out of the Java Fern varieties..Needle leaf in particular.
I'm curious about how to get it to thrive and look it's best. I'm sure I read somewhere that you can trim it right back for better growth..
I really like this, Mowse :clap: The GLO units look so much better suspended. Good choice of plants too, will look great once established. I've often looked at these tanks in my LFS and wondered what a properly 'scaped one would look like!? Nice one. :thumbup:
Can anyone give me any tips for taking good shots of my tank with my compact?
My camera is a Panasonic DMC-FX12 and the current setting are:
I'm not expecting anything too great but any advice would be welcomed? I seem to get better pictures...
EBAY item 160404821460 may be of interest? Or get up the A34 to MA in Newbury as they have some nice peices of sumatran driftwood that could bne chopped tyo size. Relatively well priced at Â£9.99 as well. Just a thought!
Re: Saintly's 120cm latest scape
Looking forward to this one, whatever style you decide on.. Your scapes rock! I don't suppose I can persuade you to part with some stems when you tear the current set up down? If you dont ask and all that! :thumbup:
Yeah the ember's are cool little fish, I find the orange gives a nice contrast against the all the greens. I've definitely learnt a lot from this tank when it comes to substrate and hardscape positioning. That's what this tank is all about.. :wink:
Cheers Ad, I miss that cave.. I'm not over...
Hi all, I've been playing around with this 60x30x30cm tank since March last year.
Current specs (last pic) are:
SUBSTRATE: Tropica substrate capped in Argos playsand
FILTER: Fluval 204
FLOW ASSISTANCE: Koralia Nano
LIGHTING: 2 T5HO 7hr photo period, OSRAM daylight lamps.
CO2: FE 2bps
Re: Wabi-kusa project
Cool WK project Tom. I quite often experiment with mini projects like this but rarely get any good results. Do you add any ferts to the water or are they not required with emersed growth?
Keep the pics coming :wink:
Cracking little nano tank you've put together there. Also, it's good to see someone documenting some experience with the ADA fert range as I'm considering this over TPN+ for my next project. :thumbup:
On a different note, I visited Aquajardin in Gloucester recently and was surprised at the...