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  1. Tank Journals
    This weekend I started on my first planted tank and I wanted to share it with you guys! I'm hoping you will have pointers and suggestions for how to improve as I go along. It's still a work in progress, but I think it looks pretty good so far. I need to get more plants as you can see. I just got...
  2. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Hello there everyone! I'm new to the forum and this is my first post, I was just hoping to get some clarification and advice! I'm setting up a Fluval 5 gallon (Built in filter) and was hoping to try out shrimp that weren't Amano's lol! I've purchased Amano's from a reputable LFS in my area...
  3. Tank Journals
    Hey everyone, I recently got my hands on a cheap Kmart aquarium starter kit ($29 AUD = ~$22). It is a 5 gallon semi-rimless glass tank (rimmed on the bottom but not the top) and the kit comes with an internal filter, plastic lid, background wallpaper, fake gravel and plants. From what I could...
  4. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello everyone! first time posting on the forum, ok now to the beef. I have had this 5 1/2 gallon tank full of cherry shrimpies and MTS. At this point it been 6 months without a water change I just top it off with RO water whenever the water level drops a little bit but other than that the only...
  5. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Hello! I recently put 10 cherry shrimp in my pretty heavily planted Fluvial 5 spec with some chili rasboras hoping to start a colony! I wanted to run my parameters by you all to see if I need to boost my GH/KH at all... or are these suitable for red cherry shrimp? GH: ~120ppm KH...
  6. Low Tech Forum
    Hi all, I'm a complete newbie and just wanted to get some fish but also experiment a bit with some easy-to-grow plants in the tank. I got a 5 gallon tank with filter, lights (enough for low to medium light plants), and heater. I filled the bottom with Imagitarium black sand from Petco. Now I'm...
  7. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hey folks. I have spent quite a bit of time reading threads on this site, and now that I have a tank, I think (hope) I'm ready to be active on the forum. I'm brand new to planted tanks, but I think I've got a pretty good start. My main issue right now is finishing(?) the cycle in my tank. I...
  8. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    As the title states, I am thinking of adding 1 MTS to my 5 gallon. It is decently planted with: Monte Carlo Dwarf Hair grass Vallisneria Nano Ludwigia Natans Rotala Rotundifolia Alternanthera Reineckii Mini Sagitattaria However, I already have 3 nerite snails and about 10 RCS shrimp. I...
  9. Low Tech Forum
    Hello everyone, I'm relatively new to planted tanks and tanks in general. I adopted a cute betta fish from my coworker who was moving out of state, she wanted to leave him in the office! He was in a plastic bowl with no heater, plants or filtration. I knew he would die there so the rest is...
  10. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hell Everyone, I am new to the hobby and have set up a 5 gallon planted tank. I have a fluval C2 filter maxed with bio media and it is planted pretty heavily with Java fern, Amazon swords,moss balls and i think hawthorne. I did a fishless cycle with pure ammonia and it worked successfully...
  11. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hello everyone, Thank you in advance for your responses as I am completely new to this. I have a 5 gallon aquarium that I set up a few days ago and put plants in today. I was reading that the fish tank I have (Marineland ML90609 Portrait Aquarium) often does poorly growing plants with...
  12. Tank Journals
    Here we go again! I picked up a used Fluval Chi 2 - 5 Gallon for $50 along with a bunch of extras (submersible LED strip, 50W preset heater, a piece of what looks like manzanita wood, fluval rocks, glosso root tabs, freeze dried bloodworms). I definitely should have snagged the other Chi they...
  13. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hey guys!- When I say brand new, I mean brand new. It's a regular ol' 5g rectangular aquarium. I've got about an inch of black fluorite on the bottom, and water filled to about halfway. The filter I intend to use is just a Marina Power Filter S15, and if I remember right (I'll check the box...
  14. Planted Nano Tanks
    I'm currently trying to plan a 5 gallon tank to keep in my dorm room. I'd like to keep the tank freshwater as I have no experience with salt water. Plants have never gone well for me whenever I've tried them, I have very hard water where I live. but I'd like to try them again. Also I'd like...
  15. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    I have an extra 5 gallon sitting around, and got curious as to whether or not CRS would be able to thrive in here, and if so, what recommendations would you have towards set up.
  16. Planted Nano Tanks
    Marineland Contour 5G tall Finnex FugeRay Planted+ Aquarium LED Light Plus Moonlights, Cliplight Hydor water heater 25W java moss, java fern, anubias assassin snails amano shrimp Betta This is my first tank I have ever had. It has been up and running for almost a year now with shrimp and...
  17. Planted Nano Tanks
    I've dug up my old 5gal after not being satisfied with my 29gal and it was sitting on my desk for about a month with nothing but gravel really without knowing what to do with it. I also bought a 25cm cube from my local fish guy and it also was on my desk for a month as well. Finally set them up...
  18. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hey everyone, new here. I bought a little 5 gallon Fluval Chi back in April, and of course by the end of June the LEDs on the filter/light cube went out. I admit, I left it that way until last week, when I decided enough is enough. Tossed the whole cube and upgraded to a clip on light and old...
  19. Lighting
    I'm starting a new 5gal planted, Marineland Countour... Has anyone used the 36LED Mingdak light? http://amzn.to/2drLZrq Wondering what light level of plants I can grow with this? I'm hoping to do some medium range plants with this guy. Thanks for any insight you can offer.
  20. Fish
    What is the best filter and pump for a betta tank? Mine will be a five gallon heavily planted tank. I've been looking online but wondered what other people are using. Thanks
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