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Forum: Low Tech Forum 04-08-2014, 07:03 PM
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Posted By BigTom
It'll have ground limestone in it probably.

It'll have ground limestone in it probably.
Forum: Tank Journals 04-06-2014, 08:20 PM
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Posted By BigTom
Haha thanks again. The ferns were 90% java fern...

Haha thanks again. The ferns were 90% java fern 'trident'. There's still some around the sides and back. It's a great plant, probably my favourite but it's been the dominant plant in the tank for...
Forum: Tank Journals 04-06-2014, 07:52 PM
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Posted By BigTom
Thanks Bill. I do dose a very small amount if...

Thanks Bill. I do dose a very small amount if they plants start showing obvious deficiencies... But in 4 years I've gone through just 500ml of all in one liquid ferts (ei mix).
Forum: Tank Journals 04-04-2014, 11:06 PM
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Posted By BigTom
Cheers. The fern was just from a generic garden...

Cheers. The fern was just from a generic garden center. It lived on a shelf in my room for years before I added it to the tank. They're pretty common in most garden centers over here in the UK.
Forum: Tank Journals 04-04-2014, 10:40 PM
Replies: 327
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Posted By BigTom
Well after a month of melting hard, the crypts...

Well after a month of melting hard, the crypts seem to be getting the hang of it :)

Still a bit patchy in places but lots of new growth coming through.
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Forum: Tank Journals 04-04-2014, 10:39 PM
Replies: 327
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Posted By BigTom
I don't bother. The soil should last for ages,...

I don't bother. The soil should last for ages, after which a cheap all-in-one EI fert mix can be dosed in low amounts if the plants start to show any deficiencies. Soil has a pretty good CEC so it...
Forum: Tank Journals 03-26-2014, 02:23 PM
Replies: 327
Views: 75,936
Posted By BigTom
Well the smaller crypts melted really heavily, so...

Well the smaller crypts melted really heavily, so the transition between the open and planted spaces is a bit abrupt, but there's plenty of new growth starting to come through so it should start...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-06-2014, 10:24 AM
Replies: 1,301
Views: 587,298
Posted By BigTom
Cheers Rider. 3x1x3 feet. Lots more details on...

Cheers Rider. 3x1x3 feet. Lots more details on the journals thread.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-03-2014, 11:22 AM
Replies: 1,301
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Posted By BigTom
Crosspost from my journal - ...

Crosspost from my journal -

http://img809.imageshack.us/img809/446/p4sz.jpg

Thought I'd preserve this shot here as it's since been emptied and filled with crypts.
Forum: Tank Journals 02-28-2014, 10:18 AM
Replies: 327
Views: 75,936
Posted By BigTom
Yeah they're melting heavily at the mo, going to...

Yeah they're melting heavily at the mo, going to be a while before things look pretty again. But that's the joy of crypts I guess!

Not sure which species they are to be honest, the guy selling...
Forum: Tank Journals 02-27-2014, 08:31 PM
Replies: 327
Views: 75,936
Posted By BigTom
Out with the ferns, in with a couple of hundred...

Out with the ferns, in with a couple of hundred crypts -

http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2014/052/5/f/untitled_by_hairytoes-d77dnyb.jpg
...
Forum: Tank Journals 02-20-2014, 12:38 PM
Replies: 327
Views: 75,936
Posted By BigTom
Thanks chaps :) Got some bargain crypts...

Thanks chaps :)

Got some bargain crypts arriving soon so might be making a few changes.
Forum: Tank Journals 01-21-2014, 05:53 PM
Replies: 327
Views: 75,936
Posted By BigTom
Yup it's a maidenhair. Just bare-rooted wedged in...

Yup it's a maidenhair. Just bare-rooted wedged in the hardscape at the water surface.
Forum: Tank Journals 01-21-2014, 03:48 PM
Replies: 327
Views: 75,936
Posted By BigTom
So once again I;ve been neglecting this thread...

So once again I;ve been neglecting this thread terribly. Sorry about that.

Not much going on really; the plants have taken over, the baby fish are all mostly grown now and everything just ticks...
Forum: Tank Journals 10-27-2013, 05:29 PM
Replies: 752
Views: 87,102
Posted By BigTom
Just stumbled into this thread for the first...

Just stumbled into this thread for the first time. Amazing selection of plant species there! What is your room humidity like?
Forum: Tank Journals 10-27-2013, 11:51 AM
Replies: 327
Views: 75,936
Posted By BigTom
Sorry, I've been neglecting this thread....

Sorry, I've been neglecting this thread. Hopefully you figured it out, but I just cut off the top 20% including the metal hoop, wrap them around the internal filter basket then apply plenty of brute...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 10-18-2013, 07:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 543
Posted By BigTom
I wouldn't worry. I've got soil and a sand cap...

I wouldn't worry. I've got soil and a sand cap which are as much as 8" deep in places and never bother poking or stirring. Some gas bubbles up sometimes but I'm pretty sure it's mainly CO2, so not an...
Forum: Tank Journals 08-19-2013, 10:38 AM
Replies: 327
Views: 75,936
Posted By BigTom
I've got a second hand Eheim 2213 with an 18" 1...

I've got a second hand Eheim 2213 with an 18" 1 micron filter 'sock' from ebay - with a slight trim they're just the right size to wrap around the internal basket. I've got 4 and just rotate them...
Forum: Tank Journals 08-18-2013, 01:29 PM
Replies: 327
Views: 75,936
Posted By BigTom
It's a pain in the arse to be honest, the...

It's a pain in the arse to be honest, the slightest cloudiness is immediately obvious through 3 feet of water. Need to run a second filter with a 1 micron filter to keep it clear, which needs...
Forum: Tank Journals 08-17-2013, 02:31 PM
Replies: 327
Views: 75,936
Posted By BigTom
Rosy loach juvenile at 53 days old; big enough to...

Rosy loach juvenile at 53 days old; big enough to go in the main tank soon -

http://img547.imageshack.us/img547/9593/gnlv.jpg
Forum: Tank Journals 08-17-2013, 10:52 AM
Replies: 327
Views: 75,936
Posted By BigTom
Things are all growing in quite nicely - ...

Things are all growing in quite nicely -

http://vimeo.com/72537889
(click the HD button!)

My big old male Sawbwa are starting to look a bit old and senile now though, think they must be coming...
Forum: Tank Journals 07-24-2013, 07:03 PM
Replies: 327
Views: 75,936
Posted By BigTom
Have finally gotten around to working on the...

Have finally gotten around to working on the riparian section a bit... added some extra stonework about level with the surface and have thrown a bunch of plants at it to see what sticks. Will give...
Forum: Fish 07-24-2013, 11:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,299
Posted By BigTom
Lovely photos sumer - I had a pair of these fish...

Lovely photos sumer - I had a pair of these fish a while back but yours are much prettier specimens. I only got mine to breed once.
Forum: Fish 07-23-2013, 10:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 878
Posted By BigTom
Rare siting of one of my guys today - ...

Rare siting of one of my guys today -

http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/2011/kwp6.jpg
Forum: Tank Journals 07-23-2013, 10:16 PM
Replies: 327
Views: 75,936
Posted By BigTom
Yawn... ...

Yawn...

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