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  1. I have decided to go back to a spray bar instead of a lily pipe, as the side where the lily pipe is the plants do well, but the other side of tank plants do not do as well. I purchased a wave machine from you, is it alright to use this with a spray bar and where should I put it, where should I put the co2 diffuser is it under the spray bar or under the wave machine

  2. Hi,
    I started a nano hemianthus cuba planted tank 7 gallon.I hav 36 watt pll light with 2700 lumens in it.a light brown/black coat is. getting formed on the plants and the plants are not growing.I have pressurised co2 with 1 bps diffused through a small internaal filter with a sponge on the outlet of the filter, which diffuses really good,saw it online and did it.I aam doing ei dosing.ada bllack sand.but still not getting results.wat changes should I make.thanks for ur suggestions.

  3. Hello Richard
    I bought a piece of redmoor wood from you which has what looks like fungus on it, I have tried boiling the wood to no effect.
    Is there any thing I can do to remove it ?
    Hope you can help.
    Thanks Les

    1. Hi Les that is Biofilm which is perfectly normal to form on a new piece of wood. The film will be consumed by plecos and shrimp. Perfectly safe for your fish and plants. Emiel

  4. Hi Richard, I am looking to create an overgrown, dense jungle style aqua scape. I’ve got seachem black, seachem black sand and seachem red as a substrate. What plants do you recommend I choose to create a jungle style aquarium? Thankyou, Emiel

  5. hello richard
    i am using the neutro+ on my 180 gal planted tank with neutro carbon with fantastic results i might add, can you confirm that the neutro+ is 10 ml per 100lts, as on the product page it states 5ml per 100lts for neutro t and plus but on youtube you state 10ml for the plus and 5ml for the t.
    many thanks.

  6. Hi Richard ,on the oliver knott fluval edge aquascape i know that the background plant is juncus repens,could you please tell me what the midground plant is please
    regards graham turley

  7. Hi
    Just purchased plants for my aquarium. Just wondered is it ok to plant them in the fine gravel that I have in the tank. And if I need to anchor them down what would you recommend i use. Always had potted plants or just top cover plants but wish now to go for a more natural looking scape for my discus. Thank you, Maddrs

    1. Hi Maddrs, yes you can plant them straight into the fine gravel so I would take them out of the pots and rock wool and then using tweesers push them in so all of the root is under the gravel. As a rule we would recommend that you use a nutrient rich substrate before a layer of gravel so that the roots gain plenty of nutrients however that is not a problem if you do not have substrate, just make sure you fertilise to feed your plants. If you plant using the tweesers you wont need to anchor them down as the gravel will do that for you. Following this method will create the natural look you are after 🙂

      1. Hi
        Thank you for your advice. Just received my plants and about to plant them. They look really healthy stock and I am looking forward to seeing how my discus react to them.
        Many thanks.

        Yours, Maddrs

        1. Great, feel free to share your planted aquarium on our facebook page should you wish :). If you need any further help, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  8. Hi Richard

    Thank you for your advice. Plants arrived today and they look really healthy. My tank is planted up and the discuss are shoaling and shimmering well.


  9. what is the benefits of aquascaping ? does it have any differences between the normal aquarium ? please answer this asap tq 🙂

  10. Hi richard

    I cant seem to get any groth from my plants. I have been using neutro plus and liquid co2. How much should i be dosing for a 350litre tank. I have a juwel highlite that has 2 daylight t5 tubes.

  11. Hi Richard ,
    I have a 7 gallon tank with LED ADA lighting (5hours /day)
    co2 with diffuser ( 1bubble/second)
    glass bubble checker ( dark green)
    The tank is one month old, planted with HC cuba ( all bottom of the tank), floating plants (duckweed), 3 ghost shrimps.
    The HC is covered with hair algae, I do 1 or 2, 50% water change a week, and if i add fertilizer the algaes is bigger the next day
    I really need some help,
    Thank you

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