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  1. Substrate
    So I have a 40 gallon planted tank that is very low maintenance and low up-keep, which works really well for my really hectic work schedule. It's been up and running with flourite substrate for about 5 years now. I have a big love for corydoras and although the few I have seem fine, I'd love to...
  2. General Planted Tank Discussion
    My aquarium used to be near a tap but is no longer so it makes water changes a PITA. I have to use a bucket. I've been considering getting a PVC tube of about 25ft which should go directly from my tap to the aquarium. I can add de-chlorinator at the same time. I would then just need to get a...
  3. Substrate
    I have a 55 that's been up and running for about 9 years now. It has the same substrate from day 1. The substrate is organic soil topped with eco complete. I feel like it's time to replace it. My plants have been not getting sufficient nutrients lately as they have been browning. I recently...
  4. Aquascaping
    Hi guys few specs: Juwel rio 300 (350L)> 4x T5 54W juwel day lite bulbs > pressurised co2 @ 2bps > community fish > dwarf saggitaria > Green Cabomba > anubias on 2x bogwood >>> tank is mature using an fx5 filter > lights on for 8 hours and co2 on for 7.5 My question is regarding removing...
  5. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Over a week and a half I've noticed one of the Yellow RCS in my work tank has turned deep green. The attached image is basically true to color. It's the shrimps shell and flesh that seem to be turning color. It's active, doesn't hide, eats, and moves around like any of the other shrimp. I've...
  6. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I am not happy with the plant growth in the tank. I want to switch to flourite mixed with eco complete. If I take all the plants and shrimp out and house them in a bucket for a few hours will I be able to safely put them back in the tank tonight? I will be leaving a layer of old substrate at the...
  7. Equipment
    I have a Hagen Elite Mini filter in my 5 gallon betta tank. Everything is going well, but I don't know how often I should change the sponge in the filter. I squish it every week when I do a water change, but the brown stuff is still slowly building up. Thanks for your advice, Val
  8. Lighting
    I did a touch of reading and stumbled on this thread here: http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/forumapc/equipment/80007-compact-florescent-lighting-question.html Very similar to my current question which is if running a 6500K 36W bulb (I know it's 17", it's just for a 10 gallon atm) in that...
  9. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Okay I'm new to this whole planted tank thing and when i first setup my new 55 gallon tank i thought I would go the cheap route and use sandbag sand for the substrate. which looks pretty good suprisingly but the plants are not doing so good in it. So needless to say i am changing to...
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