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    Safe metals for tank

    Hi, I want to experiment making hollow shapes out of fine metal mesh in to which I'll put Riccia plants. It may be crazy, but if it works I'll post pics etc. But first, I need some safe material. Copper, stainless steel? anything? Can anyone say what metals are safe for a freshwater tank...
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    eliminating phosphate

    Hi, Algae problems! Algae is covering my plant leaves and making them unsightly; it shows as a brown looking discolouration especially towards the top of the plants. Some is long thin strands of light green and the glass has to be rubbed clean too. My nitrates are quite low, so the lfs said...
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    Algae photosynthesising?

    Hello, I have a sizeable piece of bogwood in the centre of my tank. Now, after being in there for 5 weeks a bloom of green algae has established on the top surfaces of the wood (well, I presume it's algae). Once the lights (bright T5 tubes) have been on for an hour or two there are numerous...
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    Controlling Nitrate

    Hi, All the guides I keep reading say to keep Nitrate levels under control by carrying out water changes. Trouble is, Where I come from the Nitrate level in the tap water is as high as 80ppm. So obviously I'm never going to get Nitrate below that with any amount of water change. In the tank...
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    Controlling Nitrate

    Hi, All the guides I keep reading say to keep Nitrate levels under control by carrying out water changes. Trouble is, Where I come from the Nitrate level in the tap water is as high as 80ppm. So obviously I'm never going to get Nitrate below that with any amount of water change. In the tank...
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    JBL Permanent CO2 indicator

    I have a JBL CO2 system to try and provide an optimum plant growing environment. It came with a 'Permanent CO2 indicator'. The indicator is a plastic unit that comes apart to two sections. The top clear half has 5ml of tank water and three drops of a reagent added. Then the black plastic bottom...
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    Timers for lighting

    Hi, I'm setting up a tank for the first time. I want my fluorescent lights (a twin D&D T5 2*39 watts thing) switched on and off automatically. So I bought a timer plug at my DIY store. Great, except that it says that it isn't suitable for fluorescents. None of the other timers on sale are...
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