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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.
03-17-2015 01:34 PM
Originally Posted by aquafella View Post
1st photo is under blue and white led lights and the 2nd is under blue and green led lights..
What is your light strip?

Oh, by the amazon plant roots have been know to consume the substrate of 30g tank.
03-17-2015 04:46 AM
Ryan83 Here is my 20g long so far...

Stringray light, 8 hour photo period.
eco complete, EI dry dosing twice a week.
10 black neons, 8 dwarf golden barbs, 9 yellow fire shrimp, 1 bamboo shrimp, 3 ottos, pond snails, 1 assassin snail.
03-17-2015 04:25 AM
Set up part 2

So I moved some plants around making sure that both driftwood has some plants on it..I'm trying HOB currently..I'm still confused if I should use HOB or airline sponge filter..1st photo is under blue and white led lights and the 2nd is under blue and green led lights..
03-16-2015 12:32 PM
Egg crate background?

Originally Posted by jeepguy View Post
This is my 65 gallon lowish tech. No co2, the light is a finnex planted plus about 36" above the substrate. Crypts, anubias, and lots of moss. I follow ei dosing except k2so4 instead of kno3.
Jeepguy - I love that background - is that some kind of egg crate to which the plants are attached?
03-16-2015 02:58 AM
Here's my lowtech tank..

So I'm planning to add more plants..I think adding some amazon sword would look good with my set up..that airline sponge filter was currently replaced with a 380 hr/l venusaqua HOB..When I was using the sponge filter I only changed the water once after 2 weeks and it was only a 10% water change..I added more rcs on that 19 to be exact..The only thing I'm confused about is the filtration..HOB seem to be a bit strong and causes strong current inside my tank..the sponge airline filter however seems ok but I'm concerned if it has the same cleaning ability with the HOB..I wanted to stick with the airline sponge filter but I'm afraid it might make me do more water changes..I'm ok with 10% water change once or twice a month..

Also..I currently have 19 rcs and around 20 fry guppies, 2 neon tetras, 2 cardinal tetras..My question is if the rcs will reproduce with this kind of set up? I'm basically letting nature takes it's course, I know all the shrimplets would not survive but I just want to make sure that they will still breed and some shrimplets will survive..
03-14-2015 09:19 PM
Originally Posted by Mcar585 View Post
If u don't mind sharing, what is your modified ei regime. I'm looking to do a modified ei method also. Thanks
Hi Mcar585,

I dose about 1/2 the recommended amounts of all nutrients.

Originally Posted by newbieplanter View Post
What are the plants on the right side of your tanks I wanna buy some?
Hi newbieplanter,

The plants on the right side of the 10 gallon are Limnophila sp. 'Wavy' and on the right side of the 30 gallon are Nymphoides sp. 'Taiwan'.
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