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  1. Plants
    Help appreciated - trying to estimate the initial plant load needed for a 180 gallon, to minimize algae problems during startup. I keep hearing that making sure you have enough plants initially is key to preventing algae and longer-term success. Can you help advise if this enough?? Species...
  2. Low Tech Forum
    12g Long Walstad Log About me and this tanks backstory: tl;dr: Previous salty boi switches to planted low tech. I’m new to the planted tank scene, but, not new to the aquarium hobby. Several years ago I had a nice sized empty space in my room and was looking for a way to...
  3. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello all! Philip J Fry here, but you can call me Blake. I have recently started a project building a custom Bio Active Vivarium that I plan to house a Flame Crested Gecko in. I'm in early stages of the build but moving along quickly. I don't have any friends that also share this passion. So I...
  4. Equipment
    I'm pretty new to pressurized Co2 and have happily run a regulator/needle valve combo on a 20 gallon tank for the last 3 months. Its been great! I just added a 30 gallon tank next to my 20 gallon and want to take Co2 from my 20LB Co2 tank and disperse them the RIGHT way between the two tanks...
  5. Riparium/Terrarium/Vivarium
    It's been about a month since I first set this up and it's gone through a few iterations since then; I know it will go through a few more in the next few months. Here it is as it stands today. I'm really hoping to get advice, critiques and just General help as I build this up. I've never had...
  6. Lighting
    Hey guys been looking into LEDs for my tank and to be honest I may actually cause myself physical harm when it comes to DIY (seriously) I currently have a rio 300 with 4 t5 54w day-lite bulbs and pressurised co2 with weekly dosing of ferts. tank measurements are 121cm long x 51cm wide by 66cm...
  7. DIY
    This is going to be my first hood build. It is for my 29 gallon. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Since this is my first time, I would like to have any potential problems pointed out beforehand so hopefully I don't make any major mistakes. I have made a model in sketchup (it is rough...
  8. General Planted Tank Discussion
    A quickie pictorial of my man cave tank from start to finish. I would appreciate feedback.
  9. Equipment
    Hey everybody! Longtime lurker. I've learned a ton from this site over the years, am about to go high tech -- but would appreciate your input on a couple pieces of CO2 equipment. I'm (slowly, slowly) putting together a CO2 rig, and right now I have the regulator (a single stage Smith - Medium...
  10. Tank Journals
    Hello All, For years, I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy the aquarium hobby from multiple platforms. Nevertheless, I don’t doubt that my path to the present day has been similar to many aquarists. I began my childhood with your basic setups, stocked with different, interesting freshwater...
  11. DIY
    Hi there, I've built a few aquarium stands over the last year, and now I'm thinking about building a third one soon. What I'd like to do is have something similar to 4 15G tanks placed side by side like this UUUU - to give a dimension around 48" long, 24" deep, and 12" tall. I'd then build...
  12. Tank Journals
    Hey there! It's been quite some time since I last worked on this tank. I have, um, forgotten to work on this tank because my other, smaller, tanks have been needing my attention more. And well it takes a bit more $ to do a 55 than a 10g;) So, I got some plants yesterday and I'm still...
  13. Tank Journals
    This is my first aqua-terrarium (or terrarium in general) build and I wanted to share my first experience with you guys. My hopes are that it will inspire/motivate/help people who are building their own and to get some great suggestions from the veterans here. I'm pretty ambitious, and so...
  14. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I humbly request the help of the experts on this forum to help make sure I buy the best parts for my new build at the best possible prices. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. I am fairly new to the hobby and have only setup a few planted tanks so far, and this will be my first...
  15. DIY
    For purposes of full disclosure, I have never built an LED light fixture. This will be my first DIY LED build, so pardon my ignorance. Aquarium Info: Manufacturer: Fluval Model: Osaka 155 Capacity: 155L / 40gal. Dimensions: 24" (61cm) x 24" (61cm) x 18" (46cm) HxWxD Additional Info: The...
  16. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Greetings everyone, After a three year hiatus from planted tanks I have decided I want to get back into it this summer. I will be moving in august, but I dont want to wait that long to get going and I figure a 29 shouldn't be to bad to move and it will give me an excuse to change things up if...
  17. DIY
    Hello all, I'll start by introducing myself. I'm completely new to planted tanks, but had been into reef tanks for about 5 years. I took my reef tank down about a year ago due to time and money constraints. I've decided to start a new tank, and the planted tanks have really caught my eye...I...
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