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  1. bigemrg

    My 30 gallon Bedroom Build

    Thanks very much! They're on top of the substrate and hidden by the rocks and driftwood. I didn't want to disturb the substrate in case the thinner layer of gravel under the pots caused problems with the UGF!
  2. bigemrg

    My 30 gallon Bedroom Build

    Okay, so it has been over a month since the big tank rescape so I thought I'd post an update. I think everything is looking amazing... The plants are doing great! Even the Echinodorus! A couple of leaves are being eaten by the Red Cherry Shrimp, but there are new ones growing - that's a...
  3. bigemrg

    My 55 gallon Living Room Build

    Thank you! Yes, looked everywhere for a decent sized piece of wood and was extremely lucky to find this piece at my LFS on the day it arrived!
  4. bigemrg

    My 55 gallon Living Room Build

    Okay, so I thought I'd post a quick update. Nothing much has changed since my last post, in which I mentioned that I was removing the artificial plants which were collecting algae for some reason. They've now all gone but that has brought with it a new problem. Unfortunately the algae has now...
  5. bigemrg

    My 40 gallon Living Room Build

    Okay so there are changes happening in this tank. Just like my 30 gallon Bedroom tank and 55 gallon Living Room tank, I'm going to remove the remainder of the artificial plants and replace them with real ones. I've already taken the first step and have removed the artificial plants. Here's what the tank...
  6. bigemrg

    My 55 gallon Living Room Build

    Okay, so its been just over a month since my last update for this tank and I've decided to have a bit of a change! I'm in the process of removing all of the artificial plants and will eventually be replacing them with real ones. The artificial ones seem to be collecting quite a bit of algae...
  7. bigemrg

    My 30 gallon Bedroom Build

    Okay, so it's been over a week since the big rescape, and the addition of four new Sterbai Cory's, so I thought I'd post an update. The new Cory's are doing great and seem to love exploring the tank. In fact they seem to have given my original two year old Cory's a new lease of life as they're...
  8. bigemrg

    My 30 gallon Bedroom Build

    Definitely! Makes me want to go and get juveniles of all of my fish!
  9. bigemrg

    My 30 gallon Bedroom Build

    Okay so the four new Sterbai Cory's seem to be settling in well. After initially going into hiding for 24 hours they're all now out and about, schooling with the original guys, and are all feeding. I must admit that I didn't realise how small they were when I picked them up. Here's a shot of...
  10. bigemrg

    My 30 gallon Bedroom Build

    I hope so, although in my experience Sterbai Cory's have been problematic immediately after introduction. If they survive for a couple of weeks though they are pretty much bulletproof!
  11. bigemrg

    My 15 gallon Living Room Build

    Thanks, yes the plants are doing a lot better than I'd ever imagined. I think the Flex is an excellent little tank and I particularly like how the filter works at the rear of the tank. I wish bigger tanks had a similar system.
  12. bigemrg

    My 30 gallon Bedroom Build

    Okay so I made a quick trip to my favourite LFS this morning to purchase some new driftwood to replace the stone at the right hand side of the tank. I got a trio of pieces that are currently soaking in a bucket and should do the job nicely. However, I also did something quite rash! I...
  13. bigemrg

    My 15 gallon Living Room Build

    Okay so I'm still monitoring water parameters in this tank because I was hoping the plants would help keep the nitrate in check. Last week I was disappointed that nitrate had crept up to 25ppm before water change day. However, after measuring nitrate today it was basically 0ppm! So it does...
  14. bigemrg

    My 30 gallon Bedroom Build

    Thanks very much! Hopefully everything will grow as well as the Anubias and Crypts did in the previous scape!
  15. bigemrg

    My 15 gallon Box Room Build

    Thanks! I don't need help with anything! This is a journal of one of my aquariums where I note changes I've made to the tank.
  16. bigemrg

    My 15 gallon Box Room Build

    Okay so after I rescaped my 30 gallon bedroom tank I was left with quite a few Crypts going spare. I decided to plant them up in this tank along with an Echinodorus barthii and some Bacopa caroliniana. I also added about half a dozen root tabs to help them along. So here's what the tank looks like...
  17. bigemrg

    My 30 gallon Bedroom Build

    Okay so the deed is done! The rescape is complete! Here's how the tank looks at the moment... All plants are now either potted up in spice jars or terracotta pots in Fluval Stratum with a root tab in the bottom. I've removed over 50% of the Crypts and have reused them in my 15 gallon Box Room...
  18. bigemrg

    My 30 gallon Bedroom Build

    Okay, so I've done something drastic! I mentioned in an earlier post that I may have to do a complete rescape in order to fit all of the terracotta pots in, and, well, I'm afraid that's what I've had to do. So, the aquarium currently looks like this... Eek! I'm giving the fish a rest from...
  19. bigemrg

    My 30 gallon Bedroom Build

    Okay so things didn't quite go to plan. My Eheim air pump arrived, but not until 9pm this evening! I thought the Amazon delivery driver must have got lost! So, it's now just after 11.30pm and it's finally fitted and is doing a great job on the UGF uplift tube, and is producing lots of water...
  20. bigemrg

    My 15 gallon Living Room Build

    Okay so there's been some good plant growth in the couple of weeks the new plants have been in the tank. Even the plant with the red leaves, which I didn't think would do well with the stock Flex 57 lamp, is doing really well. Compare its height against the dragon stone behind it with the...




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