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My Photography
Off topic post, recently a bit active in photo shooting more than aquascape. The reason why I do that is to understand the nature, like Mr Takashi Amano does. So is a helpful skill to develop our aquascaping and some nature behaviour. The place I am staying has such a limited stone scape, but worth for deep in study of the formation. If you like my photography, please drop a 'LIKE' on my link. Thank you very much.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Budget aqua light - partly DIY

I believe many of the hobbyist step into the world of aquatic plant will consider few things, such as setup budget, equipment cost, fertilizer, heath of the plants and etc. As I can share about this budget aqua light, because I have 2 used T5 12000K fluorescent tubes that kept in the storeroom. Normally once a year I'll change the tubes for lighting efficiency to grow some healthy plants.

The top photo is the China made double T5 tube housing ceiling light with electronic ballast just cost around US$18, but it came with the normal fluorescent tubes. What I do is replace the used 12000K tubes and place on top the tank, it works good for aqua light. But the back portion of this ceiling light need to cover with waterproof material, such as PVC, plastic, metal of others, that is to prevent the open case cause electric shock by water.
After tested for a day, some plants show the good sign of photosynthesis happening with add on extra wattage. Perhaps you can try it too, low cost high effective light fitting.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Clean Your Equipment In 1 Minute

Algae grows on any equipment is a pain to aquascapers, most of the time we will spend a lot of time to clean the small gap or narrow corner with all kind of tools, but still some algae sticks on the surface. Here I share a fast method to clean it with the daily use material, I believe still many do not know it.

  1. Algae grows on the surface skimmer, especially the rubber area is very hard to clean it.
  2. Prepare a softdrink recycle bottle (or any kind of container), and get some Sodium Hypochlorite (bleach) for enough to use.
  3. You may hold it or throw the whole thing inside the Sodium Hypochlorite.
  4. For this situation, I hold the far end and rinse the other part inside.
  5. After that stir fast in circular to get rid of the algae, do it until no more green on the equipment.
  6. Then wash it properly until no more soapy feel on your fingers, that will kill your fauna.
  7. Finally, clean it in a minute only, some of the "crystal salt" still on the edge of the surface skimmer that currently I am unable to clean it with any chemical, but with a blade is the fastest way.
Well, I am using this method for years, because I'm just taught someone about how to use this chemical and cause a lot of easy job to us.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Update of the tank

Temporary took away the hairgrass and replace the front soil, shifted the plans a bit. But still have no idea what should I do for the next, the more I put my-self inside, the less time I have for others. Better make it simple and clean for time being.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

ADA International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (IAPLC) 2012 winners' photo

 001 Zhang Jian Feng CHINA


 002 Yeo Siak Wee MALAYSIA


 003 Long Tran Hoang VIETNAM


 004 Chen Song Pin TAIWAN


 005 Yutaka Kanno JAPAN


 006 Duc Viet Bui VIETNAM


 007 Truong Thinh Ngo VIETNAM


 008 Teoh Chee Keong MALAYSIA


 009 Diego Marinelli ITALY


 010 Xuan Thuy Nguyen Thi VIETNAM


 011 Toshifumi Waranabe JAPAN


 012 Wang Chao CHINA


 013 Su En Zong CHINA


 014 Robertus Hartono SINGAPORE


 015 Timucin Sagel TURKEY


 016 Bernice Sim MALAYSIA


 017 Hidekazu Tsukiji JAPAN


 018 Luis Carlos Galarraga BRAZIL


 019 Leandro Artioli BRAZIL


 020 Piotr Dymowski POLAND


 021 Chung Wei Cheong MALAYSIA


022 Katsuki Tanaka JAPAN


023 Xue Hai TAIWAN


 024 Piotr Beczynski POLAND


025 Cheng Jing Qiu CHINA


 026 Haruji Takee JAPAN


 027 Quan Nguyen Minh VIETNAM

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

ADA International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (IAPLC) 2012 - Top 200

The best top 200 IAPLC 2012 photos, also the first time I have such a big volume photo in a post. 
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Specification For 20" Tank

Tank size : L20" x D13" x H13"

Light system : Aqua Zonic Super Bright double tube 24W T5 lamp with 12000K brightness

Filter system : "DIA" 502 Canister filter with ADA Bio Rio, JBL Symec, JBL PhosEx plus and bamboo charcoal insides.

Substrate : JBL Floralpol, JBL AquaBasis plus
layer 2 - ADA Aqua Soil (Amazonia II)

C O 2 : DIY type, 2 x 1 litre bottle, 35~40 bubbles/min.

Airation : after lights off, approx. 11 hours.

Water : Changed 1/3 tank water Once a week, dosing Stress Zyme(benificial bacteria).

Fertilizer : ADA Brighty K, Seachem Flourish Trace & Excel


Old Tank Specification:

Tank size : L33" x D15" x H16" custom made clear glass tank (8mm thick)7425 cubic inch, 32.1 gallons, 121.6 litres (based on H15" water)

Light system : Normal light with electronic ballast
32W 8000K NEC circline light x 3nos.
22W 6200K Philips circline light x 2 nos.
9W Red Aqua PL double tube x 2nos.
a total of 158W = 1.3W/litre = 4.9W/gallon

Filter system : "DIA" 502 Canister filter with ADA Bio Rio, JBL Symec, JBL PhosEx plus and bamboo charcoal insides.

Substrate : JBL Floralpol, JBL AquaBasis plus
layer 2 - ADA Aqua Soil (Amazonia)
layer 3 - size of 5mm pebble stones (front)

C O 2 : DIY type, 2 x 1 litre bottle, 35~40 bubbles/min.

Airation : after lights off, approx. 11 hours.

Water : Changed 1/3 tank water twice a week, dosing Stress Zyme(benificial bacteria).

Fertilizer : JBL Ferropol, ADA Brighty K, JBL the 7+13 balls, PMDD - KNO3, KH2PO4, K2CO3, CaCl2 & MgSO4.