Juwel do polystyrene backgrounds which look pretty good. They're 60cm x 55cm tiles which can be cut and joined to fit your tank. I bought 2 for my tank but as its notarrived yet I really can't say if they look as good as a back ground as i think they will. What you should be aware of is that they cost £40ea or £60 if you want the root verson! You can simply buy and shape polystyrene yourself if your an artistic type. I'm not really so I did some overtime. I've heard that plain black background also works well so as to give the illusion of depth to a tank and draw attention to the fish and plants
I've just had a call from the fish store. My lovey new tank that was arriving today, the one I took today and tomorrow off for so I could get started right away. The one I rebuilt my living room for every night for the last two weeks and had a sleepless nights in anticipation of (yeah I'm sad) has been damaged prior to leaving the shop.
I cant tell you all how disapointed I am, they did say they're getting me another one for next week but this has really screwed up my weekend
Should I counter this news with excess of chocolate or alcohol ?
Fact or Fiction - Most plants use CO2 in the day and O2 at night?
In general it seems common knowledge that plants use co2 and release o2 as part of photosynthesis, but I've heard that at night when photosynthesis stops o2 is used and co2 is released. It was also suggested that many plants use as much 02 at night as they released in the day.
oops, lost this thread nd started a new one on the RO unit! I bought it, fitted it and now trying to figure out what 100 gallons per day actualy means, I think it means at 125psi at 25C its 100gallons per 24 hours... currently it seems closer to producing closer to 2.5 gallons per hour.
Thanks, I'm not too worried about making the plants grow fast - in fact I'd like them to be as low maintenance as possible! Just a thought, if its just yeast and sugar to output the CO2 bubbled through a diffuser then couldn't I just make one out of plastic tube and a drinks bottle?
whats your wattage of your lights do you use ferts
Good question, no idea about the lights but I'll check and I'll use fertiliser if its generally considered the right thing to do!
Simple questions that I haven't been able to get a straight answer to, so far. For a 380 L planted tank, do I need CO2 or is it just recomended? Assuming it would be best, can anyone suggest the right system for this size tank (bearing in mind I'm already way over budget!)
The local store has caniter type systems for £20 and £35 and then the next thing they have is covered in pipes and guages and costs nearly £200 the advice I got on them was pretty vague.
Sorry, I forgot to mention they add mineralsback in and they've just dropped the price to 3.50. It is more expensive than the other store round here but I trust the staff more so I dont mind getting a little ripped off ;) now I have this big tank comming tomorrow though I've started looking at buying my own RO unit because even at £3.50 per 25L its still going to cost a lot to fill a 380 L tank!