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  1. Equipment
    Been a lurker for a while now, and still consider myself a noob for the most part. I had a 55g planted "super budget" tank 20 or so years ago and relocation made me sell. Angels, Blue Rams, few other bits and bobs in there. Basically, I'm looking to get back into the hobby with just ONE tank...
  2. Equipment
    I've been researching for hours trying to get all this straight. I'm trying to work out a budget dual stage CO2 setup, but I'm a bit overwhelmed by all the options. Here's my current understanding: In the case of regulators made for aquariums, like this GLA model, the term "regulator" is used...
  3. Low Tech Forum
    What is the most budget-friendly, off brand substrate to use in a low-tech aquarium? There will be shrimp, fish, snails in said tank. It will be my first tank. I'm only planning on using a 9-gal tank so the bag doesn't need to be huge!
  4. Tank Journals
    Well, i'm fairly new to the plantedtank, and i decided to show my tank as a good way to welcome myself to everyone. It's nothing special, and this tank is always a work in progress. Everything in this tank is made to be low tech and on a budget. Just recently have i really stepped up my game and...
  5. Low Tech Forum
    I've had this aquarium since mid november I think just waiting to get it started. I was finally able to make it to a TSC (the nearests is a 3 hour drive) to pick up some substrate and get the tank started cycling. Since my husband hates how much money I spend on my hobby this is going to be a...
  6. California
    A&P Tropical Fish - Long Beach, CA Hi all! Just thought I'd share this little gem of a ghetto aquarium shop. Not the best neighborhood, no, and not the nicest aesthetics, but they have a WONDERFUL selection of saltwater fish, freshwater fish, live rock, driftwood, water treatments...
  7. Tank Journals
    I have set up another tank. :red_mouth I had a 55 gallon setup as an emersed tank but decided before moving to clean it out in set it up as a real planted tank once I moved. I had (still have) no money to put into this tank so I am letting things kind of just fall into place with this tank...
  8. Substrate
    OK, I've read enough threads on substrate to make my eyeballs bleed. Most of them end up talking about layering the substrate. My issue with layering my substrate is more one of clumsyness etc. I tend to move my plants around until I get them to just the "right" location to my liking, and in...
  9. Planted Nano Tanks
    I've been lurking here and a couple other aquarium forums for a while. I'm in college and I'm hoping to setup a cheap planted cherry shrimp tank to put on my desk next year. Here is my budget at the moment. Current budget is for a 10 gallon. I'm willing to go much smaller but when I tried...
  10. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello everyone, I am working on my first tank and created a very nice spreadsheet for creating a budget. I figured I might as well share it for anyone else in the planning phases. Here is a quick screenshot: You set the total amount you want to spend and it will calculate your current total...
  11. Tank Journals
    Current Photo: Filter: Regular HOB Filter Lighting: 54w X3, 8 hours a day LED Moonlights at night Substrate: Play Sand Co2: 2x DIY yeast. Fauna: 6 Angelfish 1 African Bush Fish 1 Yoyo Loach 1 Black Ghost Knife 1 African Featherfin Catfish 2 Cory Catfish 4 Otos 3 Mystery Snails...
  12. Equipment
    Hello everyone. I'm brand new to the hobby and the forum (although I've been lurking for a while). I'm excited about getting my first planted tank (indeed, my first tank at all) up and running. I've got a 29 gallon tank. It's 30" by 12" and about 18.5" tall. After reading through all of...
  13. Low Tech Forum
    I have been out of the fish hobby for ohh....6/7 years now. I used to have a 500 gal saltwater reef tank (yes I said 500, not 50) and a 90 Gallon Tall african Cichlid tank that was the headboard for my bed when I was a teenager (6/7 Years ago). Those tanks are now sittin in my parents shed, and...
  14. Equipment
    Im thinking of upgrading from DIY can anyone give me a good brand or system for close to a hundred bucks, links are appreciated, or even just a diffuser would be handy right now. Thanks ya'll :D
  15. Tank Journals
    Hi everybody. This is my credit crunch budget tropical tank thread. :redface: After one of my colleagues got a fishtank (a forum user named moorin), I decided I wanted to have one again. We already had all the stuff I needed, except for half of it had gone missing, and half of the stuff had...
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