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  1. krazypara3165

    10L inspiration

    It is indeed. I came second in the competition but it all came down to facebook likes over the quality of the scape (my scape was rubbish compared to the standards on here!) However the two runners up still got £20 worth of aps vouchers on top of the tank that id won getting to the final stages.
  2. krazypara3165

    10L inspiration

    apologies, found the correct dimensions L/550xW/110xH/230mm but yes, i agree its too small for fish! hence why im thinking of a shrimp setup
  3. krazypara3165

    10L inspiration

    I have a 10l neglected tank sat on a shelf. it was loosely planted with 5 pearl danio's. most of the plants are long gone and there is only one fish left (god knows where they went to!!!) the dimensions are roughly 30cm long 5 cm wide and around 15-20cm tall any ideas on what to do with it...
  4. krazypara3165

    New Tank Cycling / Bacteria

    IMO most bacteria is pretty useless for cycling tanks. you are always best cycling them with ammonia. However some of the discus fanatics swear by biozym which they claim to be very effective.......I have not had experience with it but i prefer to do things the old fashioned way! ;)
  5. krazypara3165

    Is it Algae or ?

    Try reducing the lighting by two hours and increasing co2 in normal conditions you want the co2 to be a lime green. As yoube got no livestock bump it upto a light yellow :)
  6. krazypara3165

    Is it Algae or ?

    more information on the lighting could prove useful, however 8 hours seems a long time for a new tank, I usually start on 6. Also, what is your water change regime? you will need to do a lot more water changes in the first few weeks. Finally I cannot see any livestock in there it may be...
  7. krazypara3165

    Best way to get rid of snails?

    I have a 260l aquarium and assasin snails worked a treat. If your local to warrington i have plenty spare :)
  8. krazypara3165

    Manzanita Wood

    As people have stated you can get it from tom barr over from the us. the cost works out at around £150 a box including shipping but they are big boxes.
  9. krazypara3165

    where to buy plants

    Best option is to pop in to your local p@h and ask them what days they get plants delivered. they are usually in great condition if you get them on the day. apart from that the green machine have an online store with superb quality plants
  10. krazypara3165

    Playstation 4

    Apparently the UK is due a few bulk shipments of PS4's this week! :D On another note ive got two friends that have had issues with games freezing? has anyone else encountered this?
  11. krazypara3165

    Sunday afternoons.

    jeez thats brill! where was the venue? i must admit ive only caught a pike once and that was unintentional! Was fishing a small pond connected to the end of the st helens canal for small carp on sweetcorn and a small pike 3-4lb went for it as i was reeling it in!!!
  12. krazypara3165

    couple of trial shots on manual...

    Brilliant! its a fantastic hobby, but beware........ Once you get the bug it becomes very expensive! if i ever had to add what i have spent on photography equipment over the years it would make me cry!!!!!
  13. krazypara3165

    Sunday afternoons.

    Wow, cracking!!!!! what did you catch it on? I must admit ive not been fishing for a few years now, need to get back into it!
  14. krazypara3165

    couple of trial shots on manual...

    Excellent! its great to see people learning how to use a camera properly. what camera is it if you dont mind me asking? My two cents...... Tom is spot on with his advice, If you dont mind spending some money I would strongly look into a "going digital - get off auto" photography day lesson...
  15. krazypara3165

    Heater question.

    set it another degree or two higher :) i have a high tech led one that tells you if the tank is too cold or too hot or not enough flow and even that is never that accurate
  16. krazypara3165

    What's your favourite aquascaping shop?

    The Green Machine Wrexham Nature Aquarium Superstore for Fish Tank & Tropical Aquatic Plants Supplies | Aquatics, Aquascaping, Nature Aquarium & Hydroponics Specialists Its more than just a shop. This is the only planted store near me (and even then its a good 50 mins away!) and on my first...
  17. krazypara3165

    OK to Raise my outlet/inlet pipe?

    all good, nice to see the issues been resolved anyway :)
  18. krazypara3165

    OK to Raise my outlet/inlet pipe?

    bertie i found it was loud when I first started using it. i set it back up again a few weeks back and it no longer makes the noise. couldnt figure out why. Ive just realised it was because I had a filter sponge over the inlet!
  19. krazypara3165

    OK to Raise my outlet/inlet pipe?

    if you remove the top of the skimmer off and stick your finger over the hole you should be able to notice the suction, if not try adjusting the length of the intake
  20. krazypara3165

    brown algae....

    Cheers ceg, thats what I thought. Is there any probable causes for it or is it the usual case of far too much light?
  21. krazypara3165

    OK to Raise my outlet/inlet pipe?

    No problem, if its fully extended it should be fine anyway :)
  22. krazypara3165

    OK to Raise my outlet/inlet pipe?

    Bertie the skimmer on the aps works quite well if set up properly! my only advice is this, you get the 'u bend' piece that on one side is connected to the hose leading to your filter and on the other side (in the tank) as it connects to the intake black pipe (with the skimmer if you have it...
  23. krazypara3165

    brown algae....

    Having a discussion on a discus forum and the general consensus seems o be that brown algae is caused by high phosphates. Is this correct? My phosphates are usually sky high but I never experience brown algae!
  24. krazypara3165

    Playstation 4

    Indeed. although I have another friend that has had the opportunity to see both units stripped down which mus of been cool. apparently the ps4 has a clever intricate cooling vent system so they can use a smaller fan so it is quieter. MS have learnt from their previous mistakes and put a bloody...
  25. krazypara3165

    Playstation 4

    Apparently according to my friend (who works for sony) sony are launching a warranty investigation for three big issues that the initial 'launch batch' suffer from apparently they already have a list of issues and production has now been altered to fix some of them. as they are near enough...
  26. krazypara3165

    Playstation 4

    I had one on pre order, however cancelled it on the advice of a friend from the US. massive batches have been sent out with bent hdmi pins and it seems the cooling system is insufficient resulting in a similar overheating that plagued the '360. Ill be waiting till next year but by the looks of...
  27. krazypara3165

    Do I need CO2?

    If it aint broke dont fix it! However, I notice your looking to grow more demanding plants. if you want to go down the co2 route i'd reccomend saving up and going for a pressurised system as it is more stable. if you do go down that route i would also look into regular fert dosing.
  28. krazypara3165

    Placing order with Tom Barr for Manzanita wood

    been mega busy recently so i apologise for the wait. once I confirm that the members that have already paid are happy with their selection I will individually pm the remainder of you all with the selection that I have left.
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    Stocking levels

    this is a superb little website. just had a mooch!
  30. krazypara3165

    am i wasting my time ?

    you could remove the co2 and stop dosing E.I but you will encounter slower growth rates and you may find the onset of algae if the lighting is too much.
  31. krazypara3165

    am i wasting my time ?

    Your tank will give you all the answers you need. are you getting good growth? is there no algae? if the answer to this is yes then it seems you have the correct balance!
  32. krazypara3165

    Stocking levels

    also a good point! i have x2 2000lph filters on mine.
  33. krazypara3165

    Stocking levels

    it all depends of your water change regime too. I have 5 black skirt tetras, 20+ rummynose and 11 adult discus in a 280l. and I change 33% twice a week.
  34. krazypara3165

    Noob with an idea or twelve

    Welcome. This place is a sure fire route to bankrupcy! youll find yourself getting bigger and bigger tanks (just look at alistairs 1300l one)
  35. krazypara3165

    Where to buy this plants

    .....sad to hear. I got some amazing plants from him last year... some id never even heard of!
  36. krazypara3165

    Where to buy this plants

    i got a bunch from alanusupov a long while back. maybe wothwhile giving him a pm. he had a monster of a stock list!
  37. krazypara3165

    Black Heaven

    superb. well done!
  38. krazypara3165

    A few of my favorite things

    Fantastic!
  39. krazypara3165

    Placing order with Tom Barr for Manzanita wood

    tiny bit of dead moss, however no spiders (as of yet) if there was any.... after emptying the box theyll be in my living room somewhere lol!
  40. krazypara3165

    Placing order with Tom Barr for Manzanita wood

    bank transfer is easiest for me. ill sort out prices tonight but if people want to paypal its piece of mind for you all. (i dont mind paying the 2.5% or whatever it is these days)
  41. krazypara3165

    Placing order with Tom Barr for Manzanita wood

    Apologies its been a mental weekend! anyhoo i will be compiling a few 'piles' for each of you today and I will post pictures on tonight if each of you are happy I will post tomorrow :)
  42. krazypara3165

    Placing order with Tom Barr for Manzanita wood

    well its arrived! ill have to go through it over the weekend. by the end of sunday i will of pm'd everyone on the first list with 'their selection' and hopefully ill get it posted early on in the week :)
  43. krazypara3165

    pipefish B&B

    superb! this was one of the last posts i was reading before i went away and its one of the first few ive read since returning. its been brilliant to see how you have done with breeding them and its been an interesting read!
  44. krazypara3165

    1300 litre chocolate lake

    Cant wait!!
  45. krazypara3165

    Placing order with Tom Barr for Manzanita wood

    Apologies for the lack of updates, the wood was shipped out on saturday! If everyone is still interested ill sort out payments once it arrives when i confirm i have exactly what everyone has asked for :)
  46. krazypara3165

    Andyh's "Twisted Wood" UPDATED 10May14

    cant believe that tank is only 10 days old. great looking tank!
  47. krazypara3165

    charity

    Im not surprised. I was talking to a few of them at an air show I was working a few years back and they all seemed to love it!
  48. krazypara3165

    charity

    ahhhh good stuff! always been intrigued by the AAC
  49. krazypara3165

    suitable riparium plants

    Brilliant stuff. ive ordered a few plants to keep me going for a little while until i do my full rescape :)
  50. krazypara3165

    charity

    ditto, I always purchase a poppy, and donate to help for heroes and local charities as and when I can but the amount of people i get at my door each month pressurising me to give to aid 1000's of miles away is starting to take the p###. Mark, what regiment did you used to be in?
  51. krazypara3165

    suitable riparium plants

    cheers gents!
  52. krazypara3165

    riparium planter medium

    cheers gents! ill have a mooch tomorrow!
  53. krazypara3165

    riparium planter medium

    sorry to hijack the thread a little but i am interested in settung some of these up in my low tech planted discus tank. is there any plants you could reccomend Alastair?
  54. krazypara3165

    riparium planter medium

    Apologies it works out around 11.60 including postage as it wasnt specified. they have smaller sizes too. 2 x Large Clear Plastic Storage Baskets Caddy Shower, Bath STRONG SUCTION HOOKS | eBay
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    riparium planter medium

    theres ones on ebay for 8 quid delivered for a pair
  56. krazypara3165

    suitable riparium plants

    I have recently acquired some shower caddy pots so I would like to set up some riparium plants growing emmersed out of the top of my discus tank. I was wondering if anyone had any recommendation for plants? the water will be kept at around 28 degrees. Ideally im looking for south american...
  57. krazypara3165

    Natural environment / Biotopes

    is there a discus episode? i would be interested!
  58. krazypara3165

    Difference between TMC ADA SIGNATURE

    Superb info gents! Cheers george, I was thinking of getting the shallower one after seeing shallow tanks in TGM
  59. krazypara3165

    Difference between TMC ADA SIGNATURE

    Evening chaps. I have finally come to the conclusion that my discus tank will never bee the planted paradise ive dreamed of due to the difficulty of balancing the needs of the fish with the needs of the plant. So I have decided to treat myself to a new optiwhite and a stand specifically for...
  60. krazypara3165

    Check valve needed?

    yes always use a check valve! its usually a good idea to use 2. I only have a plastic one and the water has managed to breech it. thankfully the co2 setup is not in use so the water was stopped by the solenoid before it reached the reg.
  61. krazypara3165

    Are these LEDs any use?

    they look ok to be fair. colour rendition is 6500k. they produce 40 lumens per unit (in comparison to cree which produces around 80-100. I would say its worth a shot as its a freebie! Here is some info i dug out http://sloanled.com/sign-and-architectural/downloads/DataSheet-VLPlus-Metric.pdf...
  62. krazypara3165

    Recommendation for CO2 regulator with adjustable working pressure

    I dont know the range, but it is defiantly adjustable. its a bit wierd, behind where you insert the co2 tubing, if you remove the tubing and you insert a small screwdriver to adjust.
  63. krazypara3165

    Recommendation for CO2 regulator with adjustable working pressure

    I have a dennerle one. sexy bit of kit! one of these Dennerle CO2 pressure reducer Evolution Quantum | aquaristic.net that link is just for a picture reference. i dont know how easy they are to get hold of in the uk but i believe one went for around 35 on that well known auction site a few...
  64. krazypara3165

    Sexy on a budget!

    Afternoon all, I've recently been seeing some stunning tanks with some stunning scapes (most recent one was George's one on the PFK site) and after looking at the cost of all the components (I believe George's setup was close to 1k) How many people have similar set-ups done on a budget? I...
  65. krazypara3165

    celestial pearl danios - where to get some?

    gilbert, in the end my local maidenhead aquatics ordered them in for me :)
  66. krazypara3165

    Placing order with Tom Barr for Manzanita wood

    Right here is the update. I have spoke to Gary, and due to the quantity that he requires he will be ordering his own box, SuperColey1, Samuran, Deano3 and my order should all fit in the one box and he will hopefully squeeze a tiny bit in for Pinkmummy79 it will be anywhere between...
  67. krazypara3165

    stolen ideas :)

    Quick update, it seems that the blitz in the earlier setup done a fair whack of damage and killed a lot of the plants off. However, even though the humidity only stays at around 70% underneath the dead hairgrass lots of new shoots have appeared and it seems as if some of the other plants are...
  68. krazypara3165

    UKAPS Printed Garments

    It was just a thought. I'll be buying one either way ;) on another note, Miranda- Loving the profile pic!
  69. krazypara3165

    UKAPS Printed Garments

    I like the black ones! my only feedback would be if the logo on the front was on the breast (either left or right) rather than the center. ........ and another thing, I used to be a member on pistonheads. we had a run of tshirts made with the logo on the left breast and our username on the...
  70. krazypara3165

    UKAPS Printed Garments

    dependant on the colour and style id be interested :)
  71. krazypara3165

    Planted setup virgin UK

    Just dont tell ceg you have that much light available! If he asks tell him you have a 9w incandescent bulb! ;)
  72. krazypara3165

    Placing order with Tom Barr for Manzanita wood

    I've passed everything over to Tom Barr just waiting on a reply again.
  73. krazypara3165

    23 watt cfl bulb

    was the bulb it replaced 6500k? you will tend to find the higher the 'k' rating the brighter they look. it does not affect performance.
  74. krazypara3165

    Darn you all

    here is my two cents. if you want to compare several cameras spec wise these are the things that I would look out for...... cost! ISO rating, the higher the better. (in brief ISO allows you to take pictures in dark rooms without using flash) Focus points, the more the better for obvious...
  75. krazypara3165

    Darn you all

    As george says get it into manual. The next person I see with a DSLR set on auto will be getting a slap. I started off with an olympus e420 and a few lenses. Good bit of kit and dirt cheap when I bought it. The down side was when I upgraded to nikon I had to replace all the lenses. Your best bet...
  76. krazypara3165

    I heard you guys know a thing or two about plants

    superb! do you know the name of the plants? i think i can make out the anubis and the vallis but its that a lily in the middle? impressive looking plant!
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    storing aged water outside.

    superb! thats exactly what i was looking into doing!
  78. krazypara3165

    I heard you guys know a thing or two about plants

    thats good to know, mine runs between 27-30 (Althogh Ive slowly lowered it to 28 and most plants struggle) Have you got a list of species that is in there?
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    I heard you guys know a thing or two about plants

    thats a superb setup!!! exactly something I would love to achieve (if only plants liked 28 degree temps lol)
  80. krazypara3165

    storing aged water outside.

    building a cubbord is the plan at the moment however there would be no space for a larger tank :P im thinking of getting a 200l water butt and fitting it with an immersion heater linked to a thermostat cut off and adding a pump so I could go outside 20 mins earlier turn on the heater and then...
  81. krazypara3165

    storing aged water outside.

    The Mrs has informed me that I can upgrade my tank next year (potentially upto a 6 footer!!!!) under two conditions...... A, I have to get an oak stand (easy enough) B, I have to get rid of the 100l water barrel that sits in my living room to age water..... My question is this.... Can I...
  82. krazypara3165

    Placing order with Tom Barr for Manzanita wood

    Everythings updated. Thats it for now im afraid. im sending over the info to Tom Barr and leaving it in his more than capable hands. To the ones on the top list i will confirm in a message the average price per person and estimated timings and if agreed i would like a contribution (or full...
  83. krazypara3165

    stolen ideas :)

    Whats the best way of maintaining humidity? I can only seem to manage around 80%
  84. krazypara3165

    Placing order with Tom Barr for Manzanita wood

    Woody pics. Manzanita order arrived! | UK Aquatic Plant Society Thats the quantity of one box. For anyone else interested I will be placing the order with tom in the morning.
  85. krazypara3165

    Woody pics. Manzanita order arrived!

    Cheers conger, some superb wood there!
  86. krazypara3165

    Fallen Tree

    Superb set up! Thats the first time ive seen an engineering feat like that in a tank!
  87. krazypara3165

    stolen ideas :)

    so...... here is the new setup. its a smaller tower so should be easier to keep the humidity up. the bulb is a far less powerful one, however the plus side to this is that i can add another bulb if needed. i have also disconnected the fans and sealed most of the gaps. humidity is currently 85%...
  88. krazypara3165

    stolen ideas :)

    big clown i was thinking the same! :P
  89. krazypara3165

    stolen ideas :)

    cheers. ive acquired the other pc case which is smaller and more suitable. ive just got a 1300 lumen cfl bulb and im removing the fans as we speak. ive done a pretty good job of toasting the plants however ill move them into the new setup to see if they can recover.....
  90. krazypara3165

    stolen ideas :)

    cheers. theve started drying out a fair bit but i will keep it going over the weekend and observe. temp is touching 30 as ive had to turn the fans off to keep up humidity. going to go with a plan b this weekend and get a smaller pc from my friend apparently he has a smaller one which would be...
  91. krazypara3165

    stolen ideas :)

    Its been running for an hour this morning and it seems temps are stable at 22 degrees and humidity is at 85% so im going to leave it on whilst im at work. Worst comes to worst it dries them out and I have to buy a few more pots of plants and a lower wattage bulb lol. Haha my friend has moved in...
  92. krazypara3165

    stolen ideas :)

    Yeah the covers on now, but theres an intake fan and an exit fan on to keep the temp down so I cant imagine the humidity staying high. I may get a lower wattage bulb in tomorrow that way I can turn the fans off. I take it the plants will dry out if I keep it running?
  93. krazypara3165

    stolen ideas :)

    This idea may be over before it starts...... i had it running for an hour without the fans on and it gets dangerously hot. Turned the fans on and it appears to keep it at a stable 25 degrees. However I would imagine that will be sacrificing the humidity? The leaves are already drying off a bit...
  94. krazypara3165

    stolen ideas :)

    Like Andys thread (see pinned thread) ive decided to setup an emmersed grow box. The idea of propagating my own plants grew on me and after seeing andys thread ive decided to do it myself The kit is an old pc server tower originally kitted out to grow..... lets say tomatoes. Anyway ive...
  95. krazypara3165

    Newbie! Discus and plants, what buffers?

    I have discus. wilds and domestics and Ive bred them some tips i have collected along the way. Research - Starting up a high tech planted tank is hard but very rewarding, I'd advise to work on the planted side before getting the discus. this way you can inject more co2 and get the setup right...
  96. krazypara3165

    co2 idea on flow outlet.

    just be careful if your planning on keeping a planted tank via co2 and discus. Discus are specialist fish and are less tolerant to co2 than other fish meaning its harder to get the balance right. I ended up stunting some of my discus because my water parameters favoured the plants rather than...
  97. krazypara3165

    manzanita wood :) *PLACING ORDER WITH TOM BARR* page 2.

    Placing order with Tom Barr for Manzanita wood | UK Aquatic Plant Society Sorry for the delay. the post is up!
  98. krazypara3165

    Placing order with Tom Barr for Manzanita wood

    Mods please move to the relevant section if this is misplaced :) As above I will be placing an order with Tom Barr for some manzanita wood hopefully as soon as possible. to reduce on costs I am inviting members to join in on this. The box/boxes ordered will be around 90 cm x 42cm x 42 cm...
  99. krazypara3165

    manzanita wood :) *PLACING ORDER WITH TOM BARR* page 2.

    Its pretty recent but he hasnt been updating that thread.
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