• 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


  1. Antoni

    Under the manzi roots - Antoni's new 120cm - hardscape in the making

    Hi guys, Have been working on this hardscape for some time, but due to lots of other projects and assignments, haven't quite finished it yet. Probably will refine some details and finish it after the Aquascaping Experience on the 5th of March :) Tank: Optiwhite 120x50x50 cm Hardscape: full...
  2. George Farmer

    UKAPS Aquascaping Experience - Raffle Prizes

    Hi all, It's just 4 weeks left until the most exciting aquascaping the UK has ever seen - The UKAPS Aquascaping Experience, held on Saturday, 5th March 2016. More details here - www.ukaps.org/ae To make things even more exciting, UKAPS have teamed up with some of our excellent sponsors, who...
  3. George Farmer

    Video Announcement of UKAPS Aquascaping Experience 2016

  4. George Farmer

    UKAPS Aquascaping Experience 2016

    Hi all, In case you missed it - www.ukaps.org/ae And there's the sub-forum here - http://www.ukaps.org/forum/forums/aquascaping-experience-info.124/ Cheers, George
  5. George Farmer

    Announcing the UKAPS Aquascaping Experience 2016

    UKAPS are incredibly excited to announce the UK's first ever dedicated live aquascaping event. Our aim is to inspire and educate new and experienced hobbyists alike with a wide variety of exciting aquascaping experiences. The UKAPS Aquascaping Experience will be held at a one-day event in the...
  6. George Farmer

    UKAPS Hardscape Challenge 2016 - How to Enter

    The UKAPS Hardscape Challenge is an exciting head-to-head live competition that allows aquascapers to compete using a dry layout consisting of hardscape materials and substrate. 10 entrants are selected from UKAPS Members through a qualification round. The UKAPS Hardscape Challenge will be...
  7. George Farmer

    When things don't go to plan... - Day 28 update

    Hi all, I thought I'd share this video with you all after some of the comments I've received asking "how do you do it?" etc. I'm by no means a perfect plant grower! I have issues with my aquascapes and plants as much as the next man. Perseverance and patience are usually all it takes to...
  8. George Farmer

    Journal My best low-tech 'scape so far

    Hi all, I thought I'd post a quick photo of my Superfish Expert 70. No CO2 or liquid carbon. Occasional ferts (Colombo Pro) and Colombo Pro Soil. Internal filter and It hasn't had a water change in 3 months. Plants are mostly crypts, buces, Rotata and some Anubias, Cyperus. Incredibly low...
  9. George Farmer

    30cm - The Cube

    Hi all I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year! :) Here's a few shots of my home tank, a 30cm cube. It's been set up for a few months and is surprisingly low maintenance. I'm not using CO2 injection but add liquid carbon and Tropica Specialised daily, 1ml each. I...
  10. George Farmer

    New full-time career in aquatics

    Dear all, It's with a great sense of excitement that I announce a change in full-time career from the Armed Forces to the aquatic industry. From 1 April 2014 I will be the AquaGro Brand Manager for Tropical Marine Centre (TMC). The role is very diverse and there are some extremely exciting...
  11. George Farmer

    George's 65cm Natural Aquario

    Coming soon... :)
  12. George Farmer

    Your personal aquascaping/aquarium highlights from 2013

    Hi all, With the end of 2013 fast approaching I thought it would be interesting to share our personal planted tank and aquascaping highlights from the year. They can be anything from your own successful 'scapes, breeding fish, beating algae, new kit, new plants etc. Mine was setting up my...
  13. George Farmer

    What's your favourite aquascaping shop?

    Hi all, I'm interested to hear about your favourite aquarium shop that has an interest or bias towards aquascaping. For instance they may have a decent planted display tank or two and stock aquascaping-friendly kit such as CO2 and decent hardscape. Similar to this thread - UK Shops for...
  14. George Farmer

    George's One-Pot Iwagumi Challenge

    Hi all, New journal time. :) Spec - Tank and Cabinet - TMC Signature Range Lighting - TMC GroBeam 1500 Ultima x 2 CO2 - 2Kg FE, Dennerle reg with solenoid, 1BPS with Fluval bubble counter, Up Aqua inline diffuser Filter - Fluval G3 Substrate - 15 litres TMC nutraSoil (black) Ferts -...
  15. George Farmer

    Any runners out there?

    Hi all, Apart from aquascaping and photography I've recently (last 12 months) really go into running. I'm now the captain of my local team and we won the road race league this season! :D I've got my first half-marathon (13 miles) next Sunday - The Great Eastern Run, which I'm hoping to run...
  16. George Farmer

    George's Hillside (new Signature layout)

    Hi all, I've recently re-scaped my TMC Signature so I thought I'd start a new journal on here. Not really a groundbreaking aquascape - re-using the moss-covered Manzi from my previous two layouts that you can see here - George's TMC Signature | Page 38 | UK Aquatic Plant Society Specs -...
  17. George Farmer

    UKAPS Members' Full-Tank Shots

    This pinned topic is to showcase UKAPS Members' full-tank shots (FTS) of fully mature aquascapes. It is designed to be a high-impact and inspirational thread with no dialogue, discussion or feedback. For this reason only posts containing the following are to be submitted - 1. One full-tank...
  18. George Farmer

    CRS photos, including babies

    My CRS are breeding. I have about 30 babies. :) Here's a few shots of the adults and their children.
  19. George Farmer

    2013 AGA Aquascaping Contest

    Hi all, Please consider entering this year's AGA contest. 2013 AGA Aquascaping Contest It's free and you can enter three aquascapes. In many ways it's better than the IAPLC in my opinion. There's a good chance you'll receive actual feedback from highly reputable judges. There's...
  20. George Farmer

    Want to set up a display tank in your LFS?

    UKAPS member, Mark Evans, sets up a planted display tank for his local aquatic retailer (Photo - George Farmer) Recently I've been contacted by some UKAPS members that are interested in how they should go about setting up a planted display tank in their local aquatic retailer. This subject is...
  21. George Farmer

    ADA Solar I vs TMC 1500 Ultima

    Hi all, I thought I'd post two comparison photos showing the difference between the ADA Solar I metal halide with NA-Green bulb (150w, 8000K) and 2x TMC GroBeam 1500 Ultima (2x 30w, 6500K). ADA Solar I ADA Solar I by George Farmer, on Flickr TMC GroBeam 1500 Ultima TMC 1500 Ultima by...
  22. viktorlantos

    Tropica workshop Denmark - video slide show

    Cheers to all :) 2 weeks ago we had a nice weekend at Tropica with some of the UKAPS cream. I made some photos on the nursery tour at that time and since we had a local workshop this weekend i put these photos together in Animoto. Maybe the video will be useful for some who never seen the...
  23. Dan Crawford

    Groundland - Shallow Aquascape

    Hi Folks, it's bout time you had a journal from me! Well, it's not much of a journal because the aquascape is almost finished but here's the journey so far….. Last year I set up an awful lot of tanks and the lead up to Aquatics Live was a very busy time. Consequently after the show was over I...
  24. George Farmer

    George's "Crystal Palace" - now with HD video

    Hi all, This is my latest project. Please excuse the poor photo quality taken with my phone. Crystal Red Shrimp non-CO2 aquascape by George Farmer, on Flickr It's going to be dedicated to crystal red shrimp (CRS) and I hope to get them breeding. The tank is in my office at work. The tank...
  25. Ady34

    Aquanano40 CRShrimp tank....Journal Closed.

    Hello, after my first planted scape and the introduction to the enjoyable antics of shrimp, ive decided to dedicate a tank to them. Looking at various nano set ups i stumbled upon this Aqua One set up, which at 40 x 40 x 40cm, 55l is a little larger than some, but hopefully that should offer...
  26. Ady34

    Fluval Studio 900. Sticks and Stones.

    Hello, following straight on from the brief 'Coastal Erosion' journal, i thought id better begin a new journal for the rescape. After considering a hardscape only set up :eh: .... i came to my senses, and used the plants from coastal erosion to start the tank off. These needed adding to and...
  27. Mark Evans

    saintly's "Autumn Blush"

    my lad is 3 almost 4. i had my 60cm sat in the corner with a box of stone wood and substarte. i put the substarte in and left it. last night i let my little boy have a go at scaping and this is what he came up with. ABSALUTLEY NO help from me, apart from adding the substarte.
  28. Mark Evans

    Saintly's 120cm 'hill's of desire'

    So, it's time to get the 120cm out again, but the difference being, it's in someone else's house. my Aunty and uncles to be precise. it's literally 2 minutes from me, so i can treat the tank as if it were my own. it's an impressive house, so i couldn't resist persuading them to have a 4 footer...
  29. Stu Worrall

    90x45x45 "Llyn Peninsula"

    Well, my tank is here at last and im most pleased with it. Its a 90x45x45cm optiwhite on a metalika stand from Aquariums Ltd. Had a wee problem with the original tank which was sorted with no problems by Ray at AQ and to say im happy with it is an understatement. The silicon on these tanks is...
  30. Mark Evans

    Saintly's 240L 'savannah dreaming' scape finished

    Tank Stats. 120 x 45 x 45 240L opti-white substrate, 5 x 10L florabase ferts, EI plants, plenty lighting, 2 x 54wt5 filter, AquaPro NR4 1550lph, korolia no.3 injected co2 via boyou inline diffuser. fish, various.
  31. Mark Evans

    "Prairie Lands"... job done

    Tank: 120 x 45 x 45 optiwhite from aquariums ltd Lighting: Arcadia 4 x 54wt5 (running 2 x 54t5) Filter: Aquadistri 1500LPH Co2: pressurised via in line diffuser (2 hours before lights on- 2 hours before lights off) Ferts: EI via spoon (dry) Substrate: Columbo flora base x 5 10L Plants...
  32. LondonDragon

    My First Planted Tank (The End) Juwel Rio 125

    Hello everyone, Just thought I would post a few photos of my Juwel Rio 125. I haven't been in the planted scene for too long, I have really started using real plants in the past 9 months, was using mainly plastic before. Started reading the various forums on the web and also asked a lot of...
  33. Mark Evans

    'Blue Sky' Iwagumi ...overgrown

    I'm collecting everything i need for an up and coming journal in my 60cm. A change in substrate, is exciting.(thanks to Aquajardin :thumbup: ) I've used ADA in the past with tremendous results, I'm itching to get this into a tank :D
  34. George Farmer

    [IWAGUMI] Scree Evolution - The End

    The [IWAGUMI] Project Scree aquascape has evolved after almost 7 months with the original plant layout. Here's the original thread - viewtopic.php?f=35&t=12095 The hardscape concept, inspired from a mountaineering expedition to Snowdonia, Wales - To final full-tank shot - Keen to attempt...
  35. Piece-of-fish

    NA Style Baby... (Update 24.12)

    Ehehei 777th Journal :) That is what we have managed to do during LFKC meet on Sunday. Huge thanks to all the guys for coming and helping with the hardscape. This would not look as it does without your help and advice. Initially plans were very different but i am very happy how this turned out...
  36. Stu Worrall

    90x45x45cm - 2011 IAPLC entry #577 - The Unknown Valley

    Llyn Peninsula (below) was stripped down this week with much regret but I wanted to have a go of using the black lava rock I picked up from a local quarry a while back. 90x45x45cm ADA Entry 2010 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr This is what ive been working on for the last few days. Lots of prep...
  37. LondonDragon

    Shrimp Tank - Juwel Rekord 60

    Hi Guys, has some might be aware sometime ago decided to setup a shrimp only tank to see if I could breed some cherries and hopefully one day some decent Crystal Reds. The Tank has been up and running for about a month and since over the past week I have noticed loads of little Cherries on my...
  38. Piece-of-fish

    Four Seasons 300L Finish

    Hi, this is going to be a loooooooooong planning... Some of you have seen my recent topic about bottom drilled tanks. Originally i wanted to go for 370L bottom drilled but decided that its a little to big and i dont have enough experience to pull it out yet and that its better to go for...
  39. Ian Holdich

    Aquagreen (the end)

    I thought i'd have a mess around with some hardscape this afternoon, ready for my new scape. The old scape will be shut down next week and i'm away on holiday for a week. I will have my plants on order over the week when i'm away and will be planting on the Friday when i get back. I have the...
  40. George Farmer

    [IWAGUMI] Project Scree - New plants and lights

    Inspired by a recent mountaineering expedition to Snowdonia. This is my third attempt at an Iwagumi, and I think it has potential. I think it's the strongest use of hardscape I've used in any design so far. This dry run with the hardscape has been set up in a 60x30x30cm, but I will be...
  41. Alastair

    A Chocolate Puddle -

    Right, thought it was about time I finally start my journal especially after a few people pushing me to start it up. Brownie points to the first person to guess why I chose the name for the journal ( those who know are excluded). Having had so much fun running high tech, there was one tank...
  42. sanj

    "Fifty Shades of Green" - (1600 Litre Sanjarami)

    I dont know what to call it, its too early and i think I will only get a real feel of where it is going when im in the tank, bruising my fingers and getting angry at the tree stumps. Hopefully I wont get too frustrated about it and it will manifest itself with ease... hmm. Sanjarami...well i...
  43. BigTom

    Tom's Bucket O' Mud - The End

    ***WARNING*** This journal is likely to contain any, some or all of the following: mud, dirty glass, terrible typing, horrible crawly things, really boring fish, algae, piles of rotting crap, bad photography, drunken ramblings, non-existent aquascaping, total disaster and complete disregard for...
  44. Stu Worrall

    Stu's 90x45x45 Apalala Shore - IAPLC 2012 #114 - AGA 2012 #3

    Following on from this last scape which to be honest got too grown in. Final photo for IAPLC 2011 - #577 - The Unknown Valley The Unknown Valley Stu Worrall - 90x45x45c IAPLC 2011 - #577 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr Ive now stripped the tank down and started on a new design. this time its...
  45. George Farmer

    IAPLC 2013 - Results are out!

    Hi all, The IAPLC 2013 is now open for entries. Closing date for entries is May 31st 2013. More info - The International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest 2012 I'd like to encourage as many UKAPS Members to enter as possible. I think the UK aquascaping scene is growing well, and would love to...
  46. George Farmer

    Introducing Featured Journals

    Introducing - Featured Journals Hi all, The objective behind this Featured Journals sub-forum is to showcase the best journals created by UKAPS Members. We hope that this will maintain and encourage further the excellent quality of journals on the UKAPS Forum. Qualities of a Featured...
  47. George Farmer

    Lots of Dry Start Method questions!

    Hi all, Some of you may be aware I'm setting up a new tank. Journal here - George's TMC Signature - The Hardscape Chapter | UK Aquatic Plant Society manzi situ by George Farmer, on Flickr I'm really interested in trying out the dry start method (DSM), as discussed a few years ago by Tom Barr...
  48. LondonDragon

    Top 20 IAPLC 2012 Entries + UKAPS Member Entries

    Well better later than never, here is the top 20 IAPLC Results plus UKAPS Members entries. Well done everyone that participated. 1. Zhang Jianfeng (China) 2. Siak Wee Yeo (Malaysia) 3. Long Tran Hoang (Vietnam) 4. Song Pin Chen (Taiwan) 5. Yutaka Kanno (Japan) 6. Duc Viet Bui...
  49. George Farmer

    George's TMC Signature

    Hi all, I'm really excited to be aquascaping again for the first time since May last year. I have a TMC Signature 60x45x30cm (clear silicone) with gloss white cabinet. I need to cut out a half moon in the cabinet side for the filter hoses because unfortunately they're not pre-cut. I did...