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  1. ourmanflint

    4x2x2 Heated Pond

    Thanks. The spechti I always thought were hardier than opercularis but not as much as occelatus. Some interesting info on this page M.spechti
  2. ourmanflint

    4x2x2 Heated Pond

    Pond is developing nicely, I have added a few more aquarium type plants so see which are hardy. The Rotala indica is looking particularly magnificent and is colouring up nicely, and the Heteranthera zosterifolia is growing really well too. I have added a dozen WCMM and six Macropodus spechti...
  3. ourmanflint

    4x2x2 Heated Pond

    New year new project. We finally moved out of grizzly London back in January to the not yet sunny Kent coast. We're just renting for now but this is the first proper garden I have had apart from the old allotment, for over 20 years, and it needs a water feature. After deciding probably not best...
  4. ourmanflint

    Water meadow gardening

    How fantastic, and reassuring that we all run into the same problems with ponds, no matter the size. I think you have covered everything in great detail, I have learned quite a bit. I had very similar problems with a smaller pond and blanket algae that I couldn’t fix until I put in a small 1...
  5. ourmanflint

    Allotment Pond

    Quick update: as the temperature has dropped quite quickly over the past week or so, was a bit worried that the fish might have died from the cold, not much sign of life until today, when I threw some flake into the pond. All the red shiners popped up as well as a few white clouds, a few minutes...
  6. ourmanflint

    You like Water Lily and Lotus? - Picture heavy

    I went to Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden a couple of years ago, but I don't remember seeing these anywhere. I know it's a very big garden so easy to miss things, shame though, would have enjoyed seeing more
  7. ourmanflint

    Allotment Pond

    Small video I took today, fish are getting very fat, though I only feed them once or twice a week and then only a tiny pinch of dry food. Have added a few more plants, native species, Luronium natans & Callitriche Sp. ands also some Limnophila Aromatica & Rotala rotundifolia from invitro...
  8. ourmanflint

    Journal Jungle pond project...

    Stunning Sanj
  9. ourmanflint

    Allotment Pond

    The plan is to catch everything up in October/November and move them into the polytunnel, if temperatures drop below 5-8C, I'll move them indoors. Bit worried about putting them back out in April because of all the hungry frogs.
  10. ourmanflint

    Allotment Pond

    Pond has been getting better, I did dose EI a couple of times to try and stabilise system, and it seems to be working well. Before I did EI water lily leaves would never turn green instead go from red when new to yellow and die very quickly, now looking much better though. I added a pair of...
  11. ourmanflint

    Allotment Pond

    Thanks for the info, think I will try the EI thing using KNO3 as a starting point, as Thames water is chock full of phosphates this time of year, and the solar powered pump is definitely a possibilty
  12. ourmanflint

    Allotment Pond

    photos
  13. ourmanflint

    Allotment Pond

    Hi all, my allotment pond has been going for about a month now, nothing fancy just a preformed liner about 750L. Water is a mix 50/50 rainwater and Eau de Thames. The pond has 6 baskets with following marginals: Caltha palustris x6 Alisma plantago x6 Butomus umbellatus x6 Cardamine pratensis...
  14. ourmanflint

    Asian Cube 20L

    How about a 2 1/2 year update? Tank is still here, I don't do very much to it, just top up with fresh RO when needed & that is it. Plants are doing well, though growing quite slowly. Still a lot of algae of different sorts but have given up trying to get rid of it. It's as low maintenance as I...
  15. ourmanflint

    Contemplating CO2

    Well this has been going for about a month now and I am really pleased, have set bubble at just under 1 bubble per second, which I know is very low by some but results have been great so far. All the plants you can see were struggling before but are now going a bit mad, and my ongoing cyano...
  16. ourmanflint

    Brine Shrimp Uk Temps Outdoors

    That sounds interesting. How is it set up? Might try one in the greenhouse for food supply
  17. ourmanflint

    Nelson's Low Tech Asian Blackwater

    Which shop did you get the Chocolates from Nelson? Was it Wholesale Tropicals? I bought 8 from there a month back as well, doing really well on both freeze dried Daphnia & Brine Shrimp, and frozen mosquito larvae and brine shrimp. I also have a few Rosy loaches in the tank with them that were...
  18. ourmanflint

    Pathway to Rio Negro 864L (biotope)

    What if you swapped the two end pieces over? Sometimes it can be stronger to have biggest first! Will be interesting to see how this all turns out. I do like biotopes
  19. ourmanflint

    Getting a consistent bubble

    At the moment I am running my CO2 on manual, as it sits next to my computer, so each morning I undo main valve on cylinder expecting same flow as previous day, but it never is. I have to manually readjust the needle valve to get countable bubbles, best I get after opening the valve is s steady...
  20. ourmanflint

    Upgrade from Aquael Leddy Smart

    Another option is the one I have on my 30cm cube http://www.fish-street.com/digital_aquarium_led_lighting
  21. ourmanflint

    Upgrade from Aquael Leddy Smart

    here you go. This is a corker though might be a bit too much power http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Nemo-Aqua-Fresh-LED-18W-36W-54W-72W-215-1400mm-Aquarium-Fish-Plant-Light/112087663676
  22. ourmanflint

    Pathway to Rio Negro 864L (biotope)

    I don't have any where near the experience of some on here, but I would advise you to reconsider using such big lumps of wood. Because they are just big lumps you will get lots of dead spots around them and underneath them which is not ideal for getting a good flow around the aquarium. I think...
  23. ourmanflint

    Living waters croydon?

    It's been like that a while now, seems to be on a downward spiral.
  24. ourmanflint

    Contemplating CO2

    Just bought a set up today. It consists of 3kg cylinder and dual stage Aquario reg with solenoid and pH Controller. I doubt I would use the pH controller to control the solenoid, but I guess it might be worth keeping it just to monitor pH levels for a while until I feel I know what's happening...
  25. ourmanflint

    Fish ID

    Thanks Darrel! I don't think they are for me then. The guy in the shop had no clue and neither had I. First time I've ever seen one.
  26. ourmanflint

    Fish ID

    Its a bit of a crap photo, but does anyone what this is? Thought they might be Copella but they don't match any of the nine species I checked. Plus those barbels! Cheers
  27. ourmanflint

    Contemplating CO2

    So what kind of diffuser would you recommend for my AquaNano 40 bearing in mind it's an all in one so no exterior filter. Thanks
  28. ourmanflint

    betta I'd please

    I would tend to agree with Lindy. This looks like a typical plakat that is traditionally used for fighting in Thailand.
  29. ourmanflint

    Twinstar..what is it?

    Why would I need to? I'm not saying it doesn't work, but it works by very conventional means, there is nothing magic about it. Ozone and O2 will kill unicellular algae, nothing new there.
  30. ourmanflint

    Twinstar..what is it?

    Yes of course it produces micro bubbles of O2 but it also produces ozone, it is impossible for it not to. As for the patent, it's just an application in the USA, you can patent almost anything in the US, not valid anywhere else though
  31. ourmanflint

    Twinstar..what is it?

    Physics applies the same no matter where you are, the only possible output from electrolysis of water is , H2, O2 & O3 There are zero other outcomes this is absolute!
  32. ourmanflint

    Contemplating CO2

    Ok, so a 2-3kg cylinder should last me a year if I don't go crazy with the CO2. Good to know. even the sodastream cannister is not bad I suppose, and I could just switch at my local Argos right? Ian, thanks for the kh advice, I will start shifting it upwards over next couple of weeks, eau de...
  33. ourmanflint

    Contemplating CO2

    Hi After 18 months of non co2 in my two cubes, I am considering adding CO2 to the 40cm cube. I have been running them as softwater tanks with a KH of 0.5 (approx. 10ppm KH Test ) and a pH of 6-6.5. What parameters would I need to move to, to provide a more stable environment? A bit worried...
  34. ourmanflint

    Twinstar..what is it?

    I have just come across the Chihiros Doctor and found this Twinstar thread. What a lot of fuss about it. Twinstar and the Chihiros doctor are Water Electrolysis devices that produce ozone, which in turn kills algae and prevents competition for nutrients from said algae. It is quite a clever...
  35. ourmanflint

    Amazon feature fish? (not angels)

    You're probably right Darrel.
  36. ourmanflint

    Amazon feature fish? (not angels)

    I would go for one of the pencilfish, especially something like n. unifasciatus or eques. A crenicichla regani would be an amazing feature fish, not sure how tetra compatible they are.
  37. ourmanflint

    Amazon biotope stocking

    South American Biotope would be much easier than an african one IMO, with much more choice of both plants and fish. Gold Emperor tetras are almost as showy as Congos, saw some the other day and they looked amazing. Upside down catfish wouldn't fit in, but more than enough options with corydoras...
  38. ourmanflint

    Plant ID

    Thanks for the info guys, it definitely looks prettier outside than in, so must be extra light levels making the difference
  39. ourmanflint

    Plant ID

    Hi Instead of binning my cuttings from my tanks I now put them in the polytunnel "pond" (just an old water tank), I thought this was a Rotala Macrandra Green but looks very different now its been outside for a few weeks. cheers
  40. ourmanflint

    Aquanano 55 'Pride wood'

    Hi Nayr, first off I think you have what I would call aquanano 40, a 40cm cube but 55 litres so maybe thats where the confusion has crept in? If so I have the same one and you might want to rethink the scape as if you leave as is, nothing will ever grow in front of the filter outflow, as it is...
  41. ourmanflint

    What exactly causes BBA?

    One thing I would like to say in all these discussions is that tanks without fish in them or few fish, will behave very differently to tanks with fish, especially when you feed them reasonable well.
  42. ourmanflint

    What exactly causes BBA?

    Jose, just look in Google Scholars search and if you use the right terms you will find everything. Search terms should be keyword specific not general questions. https://scholar.google.co.uk/
  43. ourmanflint

    What exactly causes BBA?

    I did an experiment a while back on one of my tanks that suffers from BBA and GBA, I read in Diane Walstads book about blue light reducing iron in substrates so made available to nasty algae. To test this I placed a colour correcting gel from Lee Filters above the tank, which cut out about 98%...
  44. ourmanflint

    Maybe a software idea

    It takes a lot of work to make an app and these days no one wants to pay, they want everything for free! Believe me I know. I have tinkered with one for the ipad but decided against going ahead with it as no way to realistically recoup even expenses for time it would take
  45. ourmanflint

    New 40m Amano Tank

    More like 6" thick acrylic, looks like its about 7-8 ft wide as well! Stupendous,
  46. ourmanflint

    1000+

    Hi You'll need to add an anti-siphon hole to your outflow drain to stop it from draining too much. Just a small hole a few mm below the water level on the outflow pipe will do it. Then if pumps ever stop the water will stop draining when it gets to the air hole and breaks the siphon. You...
  47. ourmanflint

    Humic acid and other black water extracts in water. Do they degrade?

    Any plants in the tank will drive the pH to neutral over time, I have been trying for a year to have a planted tank with a low pH but it just does not seem to work. Also all humic substances will be broken down by UV over time as well. This is in a low tech tank by the way. I have often thought...
  48. ourmanflint

    Gourami Gloaming #4

    Chocs are fine at ph7 Lindy, i kept them in London tap water for a couple of years no problems at all. One of the biggest killers of Chocs seems to be bacteria introduced via poor quality live food.
  49. ourmanflint

    Alternative LED lighting

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/371230527075 There's a newish led called zetlight which mounts on the back, you might need two of them only £85 each, so they would be cheaper than the ecotech. I was going to buy one myself but ran out of cash
  50. ourmanflint

    Cavern

    Superb. Love all the wood.
  51. ourmanflint

    Anyone seen any female rosy loach?

    They had some at aquatic design centre last time I was there
  52. ourmanflint

    Dutch but NOT...

    Stunning tank martin! This is the kind of layout I always have in mind but never seem to achieve
  53. ourmanflint

    1047mm t5 tube help

    You can buy neutral density filters from pro photo suppliers which comes as a thin sheet. They come in different strengths that will cut light by 25% all the way up to 75%. 1m sheets are about £4 each and you can wrap them around tube and tape quite easily. Rod
  54. ourmanflint

    Midday lighting pause (siesta) - in tanks without CO2

    Alto - Like I said flowering plants are an exception, but even then the species negatively affected by continous photoperiods seem to be in the minority. Aquatic plants are on the whole much simpler so I would assume less prone to be damaged by continous light. There have been experiments where...
  55. ourmanflint

    Midday lighting pause (siesta) - in tanks without CO2

    Plants are relatively simple organisms that will continue to grow as long as conditions are right. There is next to no evidence that plants need any rest, they can happily grow 24 hours per day every day providing conditions are right. It just so happens that on our planet they have to endure a...
  56. ourmanflint

    The Journey

    I have had similar problems in the past. Its probably not the shippers fault but the trans shipper, as they will probably just buy space in a container, and the trans shippers send everything to southampton for the uk by default. Looks really good though.
  57. ourmanflint

    LED Vs Fluorescent on my 60P

    What is the wattage/output of the leds? I was thinking about buying one, but maybe underpowered for my 40cm cube.
  58. ourmanflint

    What does it mean - ppm relayed

    Jose I think you mean 1ppm = 1mg/l or 0.001g/l Rod
  59. ourmanflint

    Advice Needed for Design

    Not sure if the undergravel filter is a good idea in a planted aquarium as it disrupts ecosystem in substrate.
  60. ourmanflint

    Show your orchids!

    Thanks for the tip Michael, i didnt realise they needed a rest from watering. How long should you refrain from watering for?
  61. ourmanflint

    Fish room New Parosphromenus !

    Hi lindy, one of the reasons I asked is I have a group of 9 of these types of Paros that I also got from Colin same time as david strickland, and I dont know what to do with them? Not having an ID is really bugging me I must admit.
  62. ourmanflint

    Show your orchids!

    I have the same Dendrobium Darrel, but have not had any flowers for a couple of years, its currently overgrown with keikae? Not sure if I should cut them all off though.
  63. ourmanflint

    Fish room New Parosphromenus !

    Are these all from the fish you got from Colin at the fish hut Lindy? If so what are you going to call them when you eventually pass them on? Do you have any better idea of an ID? Rod
  64. ourmanflint

    Bit of an emergency, Cattapa logs?

    2 is too much maybe? Also did you boil them first?
  65. ourmanflint

    Dosing Pumps- Suggestions Needed from Experienced Users!

    GHL and Grotech pumps are really good. The aquamedic ones are more in your budget, a bit bigger but easy to maintain.
  66. ourmanflint

    Just WoW!!

    Thanks for the videos Martin! Looks like they changed fish at some point, or are those still bosemanni rainbows? I think the backlighting is genius, really adds to the feeling of being underwater looking up.
  67. ourmanflint

    Just WoW!!

    Not sure if this has been posted before, but my jaw dropped looking at this gorgeous aquarium full set can be found here http://aquascaping.floraquatic.com/2014/12/une-plongee-dans-la-nature-par-takashi-amano/
  68. ourmanflint

    plant id please

    As above it does look like a Limnophila species possibly aromatica
  69. ourmanflint

    USB PAR meter

    Apogee Par meters cannot be used very well with narrowband LEDs either and they even say so on the website, there are quite large errors especially with blue LED's. Cheers
  70. ourmanflint

    USB PAR meter

    not sure you are right Darrel, check this thread over at the planted tank http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=509705 It sounds convincing Cheers
  71. ourmanflint

    USB PAR meter

    Google DIY par meter, can be adapted from lux meter for less than £20.
  72. ourmanflint

    Betta Pallifia - Video update

    Nice. A new species for me, looks like a real monster!
  73. ourmanflint

    Show your orchids!

    Used to have lots of types but have given up trying to keep Vandas and Cattleyas, they just seem to perish after a while, can never get the humidity right with those. My favourites are Oncidiums or Odontoglossum I think they are called now, just love the huge sprays of flowers you get from them...
  74. ourmanflint

    The fastest growing UK plant shop!

    Some very nice plants but I think you need to do better than Cryptocoryne species Green when labelling your plants! But good luck anyway.
  75. ourmanflint

    Which of these LED?

    Not in my case Ian. I use them in my blackwater tanks and blue light is very much necessary to balance out the orange/brown tint to the water. Cheers
  76. ourmanflint

    Which of these LED?

    I was looking at this one for my 15" cube http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/16W-12white-4blue-each-1W-large-power-led-bright-aquarium-tank-lighting-/151335047193?pt=UK_Pet_Supplies_Fish&hash=item233c459019
  77. ourmanflint

    JJ Market Bangkok

    Yes Martin! You're pretty lucky to be living there. Hopefully one day I might get to live in Thailand permanently.
  78. ourmanflint

    JJ Market Bangkok

    The £75 Crypt was C. Xtimahensis, from Singapore I think, the rest were Japanese imports.
  79. ourmanflint

    JJ Market Bangkok

    It is! To be fair it was a very large Buce, could have easily made 10 - 20 smaller plants. Most Buce's were in the £50-100 range for a decent size clump. I also found a £75 Cryptocoryne, but wasn't tempted. I did bring back a few Barclaya longifolia @£1.20 each and quite a few Java Fern...
  80. ourmanflint

    JJ Market Bangkok

    Just got back from a couple of weeks in Thailand,and thought I'd post a few pics from JJ market ( Chatuchak). It's heartbreaking just how cheap so many things are over there, but a few surprisingly expensive things as well. Bucephelandras are really expensive,about 5-10x what I pay here, and...
  81. ourmanflint

    Advice on critters

    Buy a few bags of daphnia from any old shop and add them water and all to the tank as you set it up. That will add huge amounts of microfauna to help get your ecosystem going. I've got a big water tank at the allotment and its full of mosquito larvae, mayfly larvae, daphnia and cyclops. I now...
  82. ourmanflint

    Bottled water

    There are tables of uk bottled water analysis online, just pick the brand that matches your chosen parameters. I did it with my aquanano 30.
  83. ourmanflint

    which Bucephalandra?

    Easier to tell you what it's not, but it does look like lamandau green
  84. ourmanflint

    Which Otos?

    I think most are labelled as such Ed but very few actually are vittatus, mine certainly aren't, they were sold as vittatus but are probably macrospilus or something
  85. ourmanflint

    LED ideas for 58L tank

    here are the ones I was talking about. You would need to remove gooseneck and clip, which slip off. Mine came as a single row of 9x 1w LED's http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LED-Pro-Lighting-Bar-37cm-Fish-Tank-Aquarium-Clip-on-Light-white-9W-/171297517774
  86. ourmanflint

    LED ideas for 58L tank

    You can get single Beamswork 9w LED strips which are approx 250mm x 40mm x 10mm. You should be able to squeeze in quite a few.
  87. ourmanflint

    Flow In A Large Low Tech Tank

    I would try to create an even laminar flow from one end of the tank to the other, there's a new pump in market specifically for that. Can't remember its name though!
  88. ourmanflint

    Bufo Bill's Boraras Cube

    I think the key with Boraras is to have far more than you had to stop any particular fish from being picked on. If you had a shoal of 20 fish I doubt you would have had such problems. Tank is looking good though.
  89. ourmanflint

    Gourami Gloaming #4

    I would look to the substrate Lindy. Is the TMC nutrasoil buffering up to the 6.5 mark. I know people generally use it to drop the pH to that level, but maybe it also increases pH to that as well? Rod
  90. ourmanflint

    Lily Pipe for internal pump?

    Interesting! I' m not overly familiar with fabricating with acrylic, but will look into it. Thanks
  91. ourmanflint

    Teenage budgets and great expectations [45 Gallon Shallow Cube]

    What an amazing start! I can only echo what Ed has already said, you can achieve a lot with very little, and Tom's thread is a great intro. As for your choice of light, it would work but would need to be very high above the tank as 48w of Led is an awful lot of light for such a shallow tank...
  92. ourmanflint

    Lily Pipe for internal pump?

    Hi Ed I have drilled the holes twice now making them bigger, but you're right I could add more in different areas. It's worth trying anyway so I'll give it a go tomorrow to see how it it changes flow. Thanks
  93. ourmanflint

    T5's Old Hat

    T5's are not quite done yet, but the inevitable fall of fluorescents has started and they are on there way out.
  94. ourmanflint

    Lily Pipe for internal pump?

    Funny you should say that as I saw the same thing whilst trawling through google. It's not ideal but it might do. I've also realised that I could use a traditional lily pipe and hang it over the compartment top. Might require some jiggling of my pump for correct position but it should work I...
  95. ourmanflint

    Lily Pipe for internal pump?

    I am not happy with the flow in my 40cm cube, it's an aquanano, so has three compartments at the back, and I have added an extra pump outlet about 10cm above substrate level. I use a 650L per hour pump at low level, at first I just allowed the pump to work as normal, so flow was directed...
  96. ourmanflint

    Beamswork Green Element EVO 24 - Enough light?

    How deep is your tank, that is the most important thing to consider. I would have tHought that almost 50w of LED on anything less than 18" deep would be massive overkill, especially seeing as the Beamsworks rest on the glass and you cannot easily adjust the height. Cheers
  97. ourmanflint

    Asian Jungle

    It's the light discussed in this thread http://www.ukaps.org/forum/threads/opled-lights.33054/ Cheers
  98. ourmanflint

    Asian Jungle

    Cheers Ed. It's a 40cm cube. Wish I could go bigger but I have to limit myself with this for a while.
  99. ourmanflint

    Asian Jungle

    Yes the larger ones are definitely more colourful. And at least you will get to see them when they are in your tank! I have to sit still for 10 minutes before they show themselves
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