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  1. This area is dedicated to sharing your experiences with The Tech Den business and your reviews and comment will be appreciated
  2. So my wants finally got the better of me and i decided that i needed to build myself a Fish Room and to do it properly to avoid disappointment in the future. First of all i have limited time for my hobby and while i love my fish, i wanted to ensurer that i kept things manageable. Six tanks + fry grow-out is the initial aim with the ability to add another two tanks (and only two tanks) in the future. The room is to be heavily automated to minimise maintenance and maximise viewing pleasure. Stock I'm Tropheus mad so that room will be designed for 5x2x2 tanks which i have come to believe is the perfect size for a colony of around 20 T's. Heating & Cooling Living in the western suburbs of Brisbane means that both heating and cooling are a necessary part of keeping African Cichlids. Knowing that the room will be heavily insulated once complete the obvious choice is a highly efficient reverse cycle inverter A/C. After much research i settled on the Daikin Ururu Sarara - One of the only 7 star energy efficient split systems on the market and with WiFi control to boot. Insulation I really didn't want to skimp in the insulation department so i ensured i had lots of wall depth and ceiling room and went with Bradford R5 batts (240mm thick) in the ceiling and EarthWool R3.5 batts (140mm thick) in the walls. There's a bit of capital cost involved in decent insulation, however i truly believe it pays for itself in both energy bills and room comfort. Internal Cladding Being a fish room i wanted to sheet the walls with something a little more moisture resistant than plasterboard, so went with Villaboard (fibro cement) on all four walls with plasterboard only on the ceiling. For paint i went with Dulux Wash and Wear Kitchen and Bathroom for it's anti-mould and anti-bacterial properties. Automation I'm hoping to completely automate water changes using a Neptune Apex and a few solonoid valves which i recently purchased from one of the brilliant sponsors here of QLDAF. I also purchased a 1,000L tank to stand in the corner of the room for pre-mixing water to ensure adequate hardness and temperature prior to water changes. Power I ensured that i had a least two GPO's on each wall with data wired through to where the Apex will be positioned. I also had an Isolator switch wired up outside to allow easy installation of the air-con when it comes time. So things are progressing fairly well, however as always there is still lots to do. A few progress photos below: Wall Insulation in and villaboard being installed with a little help from the father-in-law More sheeting installed Top-hat going up to fix the ceiling: R5 Bradford batts going in: The all-important power and data: Isolation switch for Air-Con: The AC unit that i am eagerly wanting to install ASAP: Water tank to go in corner of room: Paint - for when the time comes: I'll try to post some updates once the ceiling is in and the plastering complete. Then it's paint time and i can start moving in the tanks :-)
  3. Just want to give a big 👍 to the The Tech Den. I've ordered a few times now and have to say I am always surprised (pleasantly) with the speed and accuracy of my orders. Generally my order turns up the next day, (last order was paid Monday morning and turned up Tuesday morning less then 24hrs !! ) always carefully packed. After years of buying and selling online (ebay business outside of fish) I can appreciate their obvious dedication to their customers and just want to say thank you! Good job guys 👍👍👍
  4. when r u getting them back in stock Aquarium Tank Divider 45cm x 45cm
  5. Thanks again guys same old story ordered stuff yesterday arrived today, can't beat price or delivery speed! excellent work cheers.
  6. Not long ago I ordered a fx6 from the tech den. After a few days I started having problems and when I went back to the shop the guys at tech den did all they could to help me out and ended up replacing the motor free of charge on the spot. Big thankyou for your quick service. Other outlets I've dealt with would have sent me through the supplier to try and fix my problem, something I didn't have time for so I can't thankyou guys enough. Highly recommend these guys, they aren't my closest aquarium supplies store but it's the first place I'll go for any of my fishy needs.
  7. Hi all, I am thinking of doing a low tech planted set up, maybe a 3 or 4ft tank. Never done plants, would like it low tech. No C02, expensive lights etc. Don't mind adding a bit of aquarium dirt and ferts though. Ive tried searching for articles on here but to no avail. Would just like advice on how to set it up very basic. Any articles worth a read floating around? Cheers
  8. The best most helpful customer service I have come across in a long time. Thanks to John for replacing the T8 tube in my Juwel 60 tank with a LED. Now I don't have to wait months for a replacement tube (which don't seem to be imported very often anyway) The LED fits into the slot where the tube was, so I can still use the hood. Many thanks to all the team at Tech Den,, you are all awesome. Merry Xmas and Happy New Year. Sue.
  9. Tech Den Xmas Special Number 7 - Take me to the River, Drop me in the water! Laguna Pond Fountain Kit 2000LPH - WAS $109.00 - NOW $54.49!!!! That's half price!!! This Laguna kit includes everything you need to generate powerful water circulation and have a beautiful water fountain display in a medium sized pond. Only on sale today and tomorrow so get in quick!! http://www.thetechden.com.au/dealoftheday.asp
  10. The Tech Den Xmas Special Number 6!- Bristlenose Logs! Small Bristlenose and Pleco Breeding Logs WAS $9.50 - NOW $5.95!!! That's aver 30% Off!!! Today and tomorrow only....
  11. Hi, im wanting to get a tank built by Peter who works at Tech den, has anyone had one built by him ? Could I possibly see a photo just to get an idea. Thanks
  12. This Sunday afternoon we are having a frag swap and we are doing this with our local MAFA group. There will be fragging demonstrations for every type of coral fragging application we can think of. Displaying frag tiles/discs, types of glue, fragging equipment, safety equipment and many other aspects of fragging! We will have the Red Sea representative attending if you have some curly questions. We will also have have a bunch of give aways for those attending on the afternoon. Will be a really good afternoon and if you are keen to come along send me a PM and can give you more details and would like to see you there.
  13. Hey guys, I hope to be around the hobby long term and a regular contributor to this forum, would like to get to know the community to get and eventually give help. This is my first post on the forum and my first real aquascape setup 3 days ago, I have attached some pictures from a couple of angles, I will send more once the water has settle down and cleared up after a week or two. Below is all the details about it and the issues ive had getting it together and obviously looking for some expert feedback. Dimensions/gear 44x30x35 40L 10 Gallon Up Aqua Pro Z Series White LED Light 44cm 10.5watts for Plant Growth not sure if ill need to add another? guess ill just see how the growth goes Fluval 305 canister Pressurized Co2 (new dual guage reuglator with solendoie on its way) Full line of seachem ferts Ada amazonia powder AS Will eventually be a shrimp tank with crystal reds Issues Over the weekend and I was able to pick up all the plants (most from the market day at springwood thanks guys!) I went ahead and did my aquascape a bit earlier then I was expecting to hence these are some problems I ran into Aquascaping tools still haven't turned up so i had to go ahead and do this new aquascape without them making it more difficult then it should have been primarily I couldn't plant hc properly and didn't get quite enough incline on substrate spread well i think its to deep at the front? Driftwood didn't get time to soak so it keeps floating I tried tying on some substrate to the bottom and some rocks on top to keep it down for now hopefully i can get rid of thos ein next coupel of weeks I think the wood is sitting a bit far forward so i might saw off few pieces at the back and put it right up in back left hand corner to give the fore/mid ground a bit more room? Didn't really add any colour as yet (reds/yellows, if i did what would you reccomend?) I do have different textures and shades of green, browns in crypts I am a bit worried about my foreground as the driftwood shades a lot of area, especially under that right over hanging piece would I be better off putting a rock there? what would grow under shade? There is a larger and smaller "cave" on the right side (tried to show in one of the pictures) I didn't get to accentuate quite as much as I would have liked as the driftwood didn't quite sit how i expected plus can't really get light in there to show it. i water back flowed into solenoid fried it and snapped my co2 Diffuser and bubble counter (yes this is first time using co2...) , went bought a co2 reactor and found the fittings from my fulval 305 dont fit it >< so new regulator and pipes on the way These are the plants I have used and where they are planted Crested Java Fern (mid) Bolbitis (mid) it is already quite brown and translucent Christmas Moss (cover) Crypts right and left(in the next week) (mid) anuibus (single hightlight?) amazon sword (background) is already yellowing Cherry red shrimp in a week or two once plants settled in and got the scape how I want it Thank you for taking the time to read my post I can't wait to hear your thoughts. I will keep posting weekly/monthly pics as this tank progresses, thanks for your input. TNoble
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  15. Hi tech den from mick 19 i am from victoria and buy from you for the great prices and quality service My best mate lives at tweed heads and has just got back into fish hes not currently on this forum He was after a cannister filter and other equipment so i suggested you guys he gave you a call yesterday And was very happy with the suggestions you made and the ease of the transaction so looks like you Have another long term customer. So thanks again
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  17. ...We have had a few new products come through and just want to run through a few of them. ADA would be best described as a form of not just Aquatic Excellence but also Art. Here is a link to our ADA items as you may want to refer to it as we go through the different items as we cover some of them. ADA Aqua Design Amano If you are looking at starting up a new Planted Tank this will cover a few items from the ground up. Before you even look at adding Amazonia, Malaya or Africana soils there are a few items that they do . First of all there is the powders that they do and we will cover some of the ones that we do - there are more too. If you get a chance have a look at the Green Machine which can be handy. The powders are sprinkled over the base of the tank to be planted. Bacter 100 - A powder that has over 100 various kinds of substrate bacteria in a dormant state to give an ideal substrate environment. ADA Bacter 100 (100g) PENAC W is a substrate additive. It prevents the substrate from becoming anaerobic and improves the substrate environment and stabilised the tank. It also can be added directly in case of shortage oxygen in the tank. ADA Penac-W 200g prevents substrate from becoming anaerobic It is a substrate additive for improving the soil. It helps plants to spread the roots and grow healthy. It is effective for Cryptocoryne and Echinodorus that are important of swelling. ADA Penac-P 200g (Plants) After looking at the options for the powder layering you also then have the options of the Power Sand and Power Sand Special. Power Sand is base substrate material designed for providing nutrients to the roots of aquatic plants and promoting growth of substrate bacteria. The advantages of Power Sand that avoids the hardening of substrate and is formulated with increased nutrition. ADA Power Sand - S 2 Liters Power Sand Special is similar to Power Sand only that it Bacter 100 and Clear Super that promote the development of substrate bacteria quickly with increased nutrition, several times that of Power Sand. ADA Power Sand Special - S 2 Liters Then you have your Substrates.. The most popular of the range Amazonia. Available in the Soil and also the smaller granule Powder. ADA Amazonia Soil 9l For a bit of a colour contrast there is also the Malaya again available in both Soil and Powder. ADA Malaya Soil 9l The third one in the range is the ADA Africana in Soil and Powder. ADA Africana Soil 9l Decorative Sands La Plata is also a good decorative sand to emphasise the gullies in a aquascape. It is not really designed for nutrient - it is more decorative. ADA La Plata Sand 2kg Less than 3mm From this point there is also options of fertilisers in both dry form and liquid form. Fertilisers in Dry Form include:- ADA Iron Bottom which come in a stick from that goes into the substrate and slowly release iron and is designed for plants to draw iron nutrient through their roots. It comes in two sizes - short (25mm) long (50mm) with both being 30 pieces. The long are designed for deeper substrates and the short for shorter substrates and general suggested use is one per 15cm X 15cm area. ADA Iron Bottom 30 Pieces (Short) ADA Multi Bottom utilises trace elements as well as a iron coating to slowly release into the substrate for plants to take in from a root level. ADA Multi Bottom 30 Pieces (Short) Fertiliser in a liquid form:- ADA have a three step program and it is really easy to use. The dose is one squirt per 20 liters. With my tank at home it gets direct sunlight and found that it was getting a bit of algae growth on the glass and only after a couple of days of use I found the Algae had browned off and was a lot less. Step1 is designed for newly planted tanks 0-3 months. Contains trace elements in a good balance and promotes the new leaf growth at initial stage. A 250ml bottle used daily will last approx 50 days for a 100l tank. ADA Green Brighty Step 1 - 250ml Step2 is designed for tanks 3-12 months old and contains more iron ingredient, vital for the plant growth period. ADA Green Brighty Step 2 - 250ml Step3 is for more mature tanks 12 months and older and contains trace elements with iron and potassium, which helps the root growth. ADA Green Brighty Step 3 - 250ml There is also there speciality ferts ADA Green Brighty Special lights is a liquid fertilizer for fast growing sun plants, such as Riccia or stemmed plants. It contains a balanced nutrient formula, necessary for the sun plants, and it is very effective for leaves with nutrient deficiency. ADA Green Brighty Special Lights - 250ml ADA Green Brighty Special Shade is a liquid fertilizer designed for shade plants such as Cryptocoryne. A rich potassium promotes the root growth. It is also used for a potassium supply of the layout preferring low KH level. ADA Green Brighty Special Shade - 250ml ADA Green Brighty Special K is a liquid fertilizer supplying potassium, which tends to be in short supply in the planted aquarium. ADA Green Brighty K - 250ml Lastly there is ECA in a 50ml bottle contains rich iron and organic acid promoting the nutrient absorption process of plants. It is highly recommended for treating colour-loss of plants. ADA ECA 50ml If you want to get some inspiration on scapes the International 2013 competition is a fantastic book showcasing all 2,164 entry works submitted by hobbyists around the world. ADA - The International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest Book 2013 Here is a couple of teasers for you to have a look at a couple of movies...enjoy THE BOOK OF AQUA DESIGN AMANO - The latest General product catalog ||| ADA - Aqua Design Amano Co., Ltd
  18. had a quick look at the new store and worked something out.JOHN IS GUNNA NEED A BIGGER STORE... looks good and John could still crack a smile .Might be cos he has [MENTION=7848]PETFISH[/MENTION] doing a the heavy lifting . get in and have a look guys hes got some real good new stock and hes always good for a chat just remember All our sponsors need our support
  19. We have decided to get in the Laguna Pumps and also Airlabs Hi Flow Air pumps - The AirLabs are great value and getting some really good feed back on them - they come from the same people that bought you Miracle Lights and Shogun Heaters. The AirLabs range from 30-120 lpm and are very energy efficient which is important with the current power costs. AirLab Hi Flow Air Pumps Laguna Pumps
  20. It Hasn't Been Watered In 40 Years, But This Plant In A Bottle Is Perfectly Healthy. WHOA.
  21. :dance:Just want to say a HUGE thanks to The Tech Den ordered some things from them yesterday and turned up today talk about fast service thanks John cheers Yellows
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  24. After a bit of toing and froing we have decided to go ahead and stock ADA. There have been a few posts on here and requests for it and time to get it all sorted. I would like to hear what everyone wants. I can order in what I think you want but its all a bit of a waste if I get it wrong and not get what you want. So if you like your ADA and there are certain ones you like, would love to hear from you and what you would like to see on our shelves. Stock is about 4 weeks away but just need to arrange the logistics and pallets and the range. Thanks...
  25. hello fellow fishkeepers, well im very happy to work out photobucket and can now share my experiances building my dream tank! a 240gallon 8x2x2 fully planted tank here are some pics along the way of this long journey to planted paradise please enjoy and keep green from troy 8x2x2 custom made starfire front + sides starfire visability shown twin cabinet i made from hmr white and stainless tank on raw cabinet
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