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Today 06:04 PM
Bradleyv1714 What is ista?
Today 01:03 PM
HDBenson Nope that's why I'm/we're here! If you can. I would remove even more than half if not all of the gravel. It just seems you don't want to remove it which is fine as long as you take out some of it.
Today 08:10 AM
aquafella Thanks again have helped me so much..hope you won't get tired of answering questions here..
Today 04:59 AM
HDBenson Aquafella. That should be fine with no cap on top. I still suggest removing about half of your gravel. Maybe an inch(3cm) of gravel then top it with the ISTA.
Today 04:32 AM
Not final yet..

Here is my current set up but I'm planning to rescape it and add some healthy substrate for my plants on top of my gravel..
Today 02:59 AM
Kind of substrate..

Thank you for answering my questions HDBenson..just so you know, this is the kind of substrate I'm planning to put on top of my gravel..this is ok right?
Yesterday 08:07 PM
Kylesaltandpepper This might be a little off topic but I was wondering how much ppm of KH2PO4, KNO3, K, and plantex csm+b you need for a low tech 55g.
Yesterday 05:49 PM
Sparklescale This is my new 7.5g Finnex. It has been set up since the middle of Feb. but, I just re-scaped it a few days ago. I have a fine sifted top-soil base, topped with Flourite black sand. The rocks are some soft sandstone from New Mexico. I'm not sure what to expect from this Finnex LED light, so, if it is too much and I start getting algae, I will start dosing Glute.
Yesterday 02:33 PM
HDBenson Guess my response didn't post. Aquafella, I would remove half of your gravel. Then, put this substrate on top of the remaining gravel. Finally re-cap the ISTA with the original gravel or, sand. Make sure the entire substrate layer is no more than three inches at the deepest point - two inches would be better. The gravel will help to anchor plants better than the soil(in my experience MOST commercial substrates are lighter than gravel). If you do not put something like sand or, gravel on the ITSA soil then you will have a big mess in your aquarium.
Yesterday 05:46 AM
aquafella Nice tank HDBenson..So you are saying that it is safe for me to put ista soil on top of my gravel? Because that's what I'm planning to do so I can confidently plant the dwarf sag, amazon sword and hairgrass..thanks for the tip..
03-25-2015 01:02 PM
HDBenson Aquafella: You will need to put something back on top of the river gravel to keep the soil from floating around your tank. Read up on using soil(s) in aquariums or, you will have a giant mess in your tank.

03-25-2015 06:44 AM
aquafella Guys, I have a quick u can see in my pictures, the substrate that I'm using is a river gravel..I'm planning on putting some top soil (for planted tanks soil) on top of the river that ok? the reason is my hairgrass can't stay put under the river gravel..or do i need the top soil under the river gravel? river gravel is bigger than top soil or ista soil..will that work or it doesn't matter which is on top? I want my substrate to be a little thicker for me to plant some hairgrass and amazon swords and dwarf sag..any tips guys?
03-25-2015 06:17 AM
aquafella My friend gave me this aquarium led light..i dont know what it is..hehe
03-22-2015 09:50 PM
The Dude
I'm wanting to do DIY C02, but haven't made the leap yet. I badly need to replace the bulbs. They are a few years old and very yellow. I ordered bulbs from amazon twice and each time they were broken .I'm sure that's the cause of the staghorn algae at the plants the surface
03-18-2015 04:57 AM
wantsome Nice what kind of lighting are you using? and what kind of substrate?

I love assassin snails. Assassin snails need a male and female to reproduce unlike pond snails. They are great at keeping snail populations under control. When you have enough of them you can trade them in at the petshops.
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