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BEGINNER BONSAI COURSE


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piece written on the 26th April 2014 by  
Bishopsford Bonsai Nursery hold various courses through out the year. These courses cover all sorts of topics and are available to beginners, intermediate and advanced folk. I've attended an advanced course before on creating forests, but today I booked myself for a beginner course to go back to basics and refresh the memory on how to prune, plant, shape, etc. your trees. I met up with some mates at Bishopsford bright and early this morning, armed with a big coffee and some crucial tools. This was the first time I'd been to a beginner course and I've got to tell you, it was such a blast! The groups are always kept small and intimate so you get plenty of one-on-one time with a professional which really helps you sharpen...

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WORLD’S LARGEST AQUARIUM –...


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piece written on the 19th April 2014 by  
Last week the Buiness Book of World Records announced that China has set a record for the world's largest aquarium, Chimelong Ocean Kingdom. Not only did they claim the world's largest, they also claimed another 4 records which include: largest underwater viewing dome, largest aquarium tank, largest aquarium window and largest acrylic panel. The aquarium which is part of the Chimelong Hengqin Bay Hotel features seven themed areas each representing a different part of the ocean. Here are some photographs I was able to track down: I'm like a child when I go to the Two Oceans Aquarium at the Waterfront in Cape Town, I can't imagine ...

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NEW CICHLID TANK – 1 WEEK UPDATE


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piece written on the 13th April 2014 by  
For those of you who are interested in my aquarium hobby, you'll have noticed some photographs on Instagram showing that I decided to end my affair with high tech planted aquariums and go for something a little more challenging, a cichlid setup. I really enjoyed venturing into the planted aquarium hobby, balancing nutrients, correct lighting, amazing substrate and CO2 that boosted the plants. The problem was the fish. Normal tropical fish (angels, platties, swords, tetras, etc) are very plain - their personalities are rather dull an...

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PLANTED AQUARIUM INSPIRATION FOR A FRESH...


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piece written on the 27th January 2014 by  
It's been a while since I blogged about my huge interest in planted aquariums. I'm happy to say that I have a bit of an update to share with all of you, I've actually been quite busy on the aquarium front. Let me throw out three things that I've been up to: 1. An Interesting Outing This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by Red Sea at Fish Etc in Stellenbosch. The presentation started bright and early on Saturday morning and saw 2 hours of incredible education taking place. I can honestly say that I learnt more about reef/marine aquariums than I believe...

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CICHLIDS OF LAKE MALAWI


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piece written on the 5th January 2014 by  
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of aquarium fish, be it the regular tropicals, marine or cichlids.  This afternoon I came across a company called Earth Touch, a global factual media production and distribution company that works with the likes of National Geographic, Discovery and other production companies. Earth Touch produce videos on a wide selection of topics, but today I came across a 6-part series about Cichlids from Lake Malawi. If you're interested in tropical fish you'll enjoy this mini series as it'll give you a strong idea how these...

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MY PLANTED AQUARIUM


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piece written on the 23rd October 2013 by  
Many years ago I found a big interest for tropical fish and I kept a number of fish tanks. I've had the pleasure of breeding a number of fish including angel fish and some chiclids. There's something about creating an under water environment that inspires me; watching the PH, Ammonia and Nitrate levels is incredibly interesting, ensuring that Co2 and light are sufficient to inspire plant growth so oxygen levels are correct for the fish and that ammonia levels are at a minimum due to the plant growth. It's a challenge and I love a challenge - introducing your first fish after several weeks of carefully getting the tank correct is an amazing feeling, and even better is watching them thrive. Over the years I lived in a number of places that didn't provide the right environment for a fish t...

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LOOK BACK AND DON’T REGRET


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piece written on the 21st October 2013 by  
I remember the day that I decided to quit my job and start a company like it was yesterday. Although it wasn't a snap decision and rather one that took many years, it still feels as though it hit me like a lightning bolt. At the time, there were a number of reasons fueling the decision and although some of them are too personal to share here, I decided to give myself 10 minutes to come up with 5 reasons that I'd like to share with you: I wanted full control (yes, I'm a bit of a control freak, it comes with the territory) over final sign off on concepts and ideas that I felt would suit partner companies. In many cases ideas that were far more cutting edge were simply pushed to the side in order to concentrate on the bottom line. For me it's never...

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REINVENTING MY GREATEST ASSET


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piece written on the 18th October 2013 by  
Over the past decade (if not longer), I've had an amazing journey with this blog. I've reached the 100,000 uniques a month mark, I've aligned with some incredible brands, I've met some amazing people and just altogether this blog has been an amazing springboard for me. Today things are changing and I hope that you'll come on the journey with me. When I started iMod.co.za all those years ago it was created as a means to communicate with friends who were abroad. The concept for iMod came to me (believe it or not, this was before "blogs" were around) in the search for something a little more organised than a simple PHP guestbook script, which at the time was a hot entity - Yup, it was the next best thing after Anglefire and Geocities! Dammit, I gave my age away didn't I? ;) Over the yea...

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