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  1. Arizona
    Hello All! I'm starting my first planted tank and am super excited to get plants! Does anyone have any recommendations for where I can buy easy-for-beginner plants in the valley? I live in Mesa, but can travel around a bit. I'm looking for low-light/low-tech plants. Thank you! Cat
  2. Plants
    Hi guys I am a semi-beginner aquarist and plant keeper. I was recently given this fully planted 5 gallon tank and I was just curious about the names of the plants both common and scientific. Also I would appreciate any tips you can provide. I actually work at a pet store and I would love to...
  3. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hey Guys I just joined here and am setting up my first planted aquarium. As of rn I have a 37 gallon tank that has been cycling for 4 weeks with 8 rummy nose tetras in it and a couple of stems of elodea. I am currently running a basic 17W T8 starter kit fixture but recently purchased a new...
  4. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi there, I'm new to the hobby. I was wondering if there was any suggestions for starting my tank? I'd love this tank to be self-sustaining. Is that possible with a five-gallon freshwater? My tank: Marineland ML90609 Portrait Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon
  5. Substrate
    I am really on the fence about dirting my 38 gallon. I want to try and see what happens but i've heard of some problems with algae and other issues. I have a single florescent light that has grown crypts, vals, and swords pretty great over the last year with only some root tabs. If I dirt my...
  6. Substrate
    Hey there, new to this forum but I've been lurking for a while. I am currently designing my first planted dirt tank. It's also my first tank ever! I hate doing things the easy way and I'm diving right into the dirt both for monetary reasons and because, frankly, it seems awesome. I will be...
  7. Tank Journals
    Hey everyone! So my first post flopped and now I have a better idea of what I want to do so here goes… The Background: I won a 3 gallon halfmoon tank in a tetra Facebook contest (yippee!) a few years ago and I set it up in my dorm room at college, threw a few guppies in there and enjoyed the...
  8. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hello everyone! I've been looking to start up a planted tank! I currently only have a three gallon half-moon tank and a LED light. I just need some pointers on substrate, plants, fish for my tank, CO2, etc. I am a college student on a somewhat limited budget and I would like to stay on the...
  9. Low Tech Forum
    Greetings and salutations, I would like to introduce myself as a pre-enthusiast to the planted tank world and I already have some questions mostly about lighting. I found a great deal on a 20 gallon long aquarium on everyone's favorite online bulletin board, and my main concern was what...
  10. Equipment
    I was wondering if someone could take a look at what I'm doing and see if it's sufficient, not even close, hit or miss, etc. 29 Gallon tank Am running 2 filters until the new one gets a colony - Penguin 150B (the old one) and the new one is a Cascade 200. I am just now trying my first...
  11. Tank Journals
    So this is my setup: Plants: -A Marimo ball that was split up to be attached to rocks, did not work out so i have them just lying around -Lilaeopsis Mauritiana Fish: -2 happy shrimps Lighting: -2x MR11 -2x 3-bulb LED mini-strips (3W each) Total output : ~10W Substrate: -Superior...
  12. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello all, Yes, I am new here. I am trying to set up my first planted tank. I've been researching like crazy, and I am determined not to have a catastrophic failure. So, my tank will be a goldfish tank. 1 black moor and 1 telescope. It will be in a 20 long gallon tank, for now. I am aware that I...
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