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04-06-2013 03:17 PM
bpb Definitely let me know if you wanna try it. I've done this successfully with delicate fish like blue rams, cardinal tetras, and otos with no deaths. Matter of fact the only fish deaths I've had since I started doing dirt tanks is due to predation and old age. It's pretty fool proof as long as you buy the right dirt. My only issues I'm having are a big of algae but that is due to probably having too intense of light.
04-06-2013 12:32 AM
JasterMake
College station plants fs

The whole idea of dirt in my tank freaks me out. It looks like it works well but I'm not ready for that yet. I might try it out on a small tank one day
04-04-2013 02:52 AM
bpb I like those types of tanks as well. Most of them need co2 though. I really like the overgrown jungle look but subtly scaped mainly by bunching plant species. I won't be tearing down my tank for a redo again for some years but just replacing species one by one as I feel so inclined.

If you're redoing your substrate and are interested...I've got a bunch of mineralized topsoil left over. This stuff works like a charm, is super cheap, and a royal pain in the neck to make. I did way too much for fear of not having enough lol.
04-04-2013 02:09 AM
JasterMake
College station plants fs

I'm kind of in the same boat. I want to redo my current tank with a scape of some sort. Something with color and all new plants. I've seen some neat looking tree scapes.
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_XCOzLIip0Q...PM20080507.jpg


But I like the rock themes as well.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5222/5...9867eb9e_z.jpg

I'm going to start off with some flora max black substrate to cover up the fluorite I have now.
Hopefully I can figure out what I want after I see what it looks like with black substrate.
04-03-2013 12:13 PM
bpb It's just an iPhone pic. Whatever kind those are. I'll let you know if I want to do an order. What sort of planning are you doing? Just more plants, or a new tank, or what? I'd definitely like to try something different in my tank that I haven't done before but I'm not a master of plant species knowledge so I'm not sure what would grow and what wouldn't.
04-02-2013 11:57 PM
JasterMake
College station plants fs

Nice tank. For some reason I can't make the pic bigger. I only have an ipad so some things I just can't do. What kind of image is it.

It you ever want to split the shipping from aquariumplants.com or something let me know. I'm in the planning stages now.
04-02-2013 04:45 PM
bpb Nice. I actually prefer the look of sand tanks and really dark substrates like Eco complete, but I was on a very tight budget. The sand looked alot better than my turface does, but once the plants fill out it won't be too noticeable, especially if the carpet fills in lol
04-02-2013 04:30 PM
bobc4d I am thinking about using pool filter sand, it is what I have in my 10g with the betta.
04-02-2013 02:52 PM
bpb What kind of sand are you thinking about using? I actually just removed my sandbed in my tank. The filters are very mature but since I swapped the substrate with all brand new stuff I'm going through all the new tank issues. Diatoms for days! My Siamese algae eaters, lone oto, and ramshorn snails are all thrilled though and are voraciously munching away 24/7.
04-02-2013 01:36 PM
bobc4d that is a great tank bpb. I have dw which has been leaching tannins for about a year but it is in a betta tank so he is right at home with slightly less than clear water.

I have a planted 36g bowfront with gravel I am thinking of switching to sand.
04-02-2013 12:09 PM
bpb Nah the tannins you see in this pic are a result of the Malaysian driftwood. It's been leaching for years.
04-02-2013 06:27 AM
Bear Sage
College station plants fs

The tannis bad with your mts?
04-02-2013 12:03 AM
bpb Here's a pic of the planted tank. It's still kind of recovering from planting. The crypts and jungle Val, amazon sword, and wisteria all melted shortly after planting but are all starting to recover. I predict in a couple months when the roots have had a chance to really make it to the dirt at the bottom, and the turface settles, the growth will really take off. I hope so anyway! The ludwigia repens was the first to do that and is growing great. Amazon sword has out up 5 or so real fat leaves so I know they're trying.
04-01-2013 11:24 PM
bpb Awesome. I would love to have LEDs over my tanks. Just can't afford the up front cost and I am useless with a soldering iron lol.

I've had many tanks over the years starting from Betta bowls all the way to my current setups. Right now I've got a 75 gallon planted tank with mineralized topsoil. Don't use co2 or any additional ferts. Growth is pretty good. Algae is eh. Not algae free but its manageable. Lighting is probably a little strong for my lack of co2. It's pretty newly planted, maybe a month or so.

I also have a 55 gallon reef tank that is about a year old and is a fairly even mix of sps, lps, and soft corals.

I'll post a couple pics on this thread later tonight
04-01-2013 09:19 PM
JasterMake
College station plants fs

I have a 25 gal deep that has kept me busy for the last ten years.
http://imageshack.us/a/img20/7779/photoapr01160207.jpg

My fluorescent hood finally gave out an I went a few weeks without lights putting together an led diy setup. I have had lots of trouble getting back to a balanced setup with the new light. But I think it's finally ready to stop throwing in random plants and design something special. I just did not know what I could keep with the new light.

What do you have going on?
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