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  1. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Well, after 4-1/2 years, my little nerite snail finally died. He was the last in my tank so I'm breaking it down to put away for awhile. I hate tossing the plants, but don't know what else to do with them. I have a planted Opae Ula environment, but that's brackish and these are freshwater so I...
  2. Low Tech Forum
    I will try and keep this short. I did a 20% water change 2 weeks ago. Unfortunately, I didn't test the tap water (has been fine for 20 years). The utilities department flooded the lines with chloramine due to coronavirus fears. My fish started suffocating, so I did 2 more emergency water...
  3. Substrate
    Hi all, sorry if a similar question has been posted. I have a low tech tank that is very self sufficient (inhabitants survive without a very routine cleaning schedule). This tank has mostly sand substrate. While I don't have many tank inhabitants, I find I get a LOT of mulm on the sand. The...
  4. Algae
    I need to clean the black algae off my Fluval 206 intake stem and strainer. What is the safest way to do it? (Besides elbow grease) What would you soak it in? What would you scrub it with?
  5. Substrate
    Hi, I'm having a bit of trouble getting rid of all the fish poop from my aquarium. Due to having a lot of rocks and plant, the poop gets stuck down inbetween the rocks and is really hard to get to with the siphon. In the end I've had to remove all the rocks in order to actually get rid of all of...
  6. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I've barely cleaned any of the rocks in my tank since it started, and now they are dark green, black in some places from build up and such. I suppose I thought it gave it a natural look but I'm starting to change my mind. Also, what do you use to clean them? Metal brush?
  7. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi All, New member here, I went and got a 60L starter tank. Its a used one and got for a good price. since I was just beginning, went the budget route; AA AQUARIUM EQUIPMENT - Adds Life to your environment It came with some drift wood and gravel and filter. I will be using the drift wood. The...
  8. Substrate
    Hi, I'm a casual hobbyist getting back into it after a couple years off... Last summer, for the first time in my life, I bought a used tank from a complete stranger...some college bros. They didn't clean it really much at all (they drained the water, but that seems to be about it...I have a...
  9. Equipment
    Hi everyone! I have had my aquarium for about a year now and every time I change the filter pads on my hob when I restart it, it spits out a bunch of debris into the aquarium. I've tried putting nets and filter foam under the output to try to catch some of it but that still doesn't help much. I...
  10. Algae
    So I've tried doing a planted tank and it's turning out to be more of a money sink/time sink than I can really afford right now. It's a 29G tank currently still running with a few fish and plants in it. I want to convert it back to a fish-only tank. I had several questions about this: 1...
  11. Algae
    I bought a steam cleaner couple of months ago, and works great on pretty much everything you can imagine of dirt. So this idea about maybe using the steam cleaner to get rid of the algae on my 3D background popped into my head. The plan was to empty most of the water, use the steam cleaner on...
  12. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I sorta have a dead spot in cleaning. My tank is heavily planted around that area with roots right under that area. I can't reach to gravel vac that area and sometimes there's decay buildup there. Should I be worried or should it be okay and will turn to nutruients and get sucked up? I gravel...
  13. Aquascaping
    Intro: What's up TPT, Tyveck here! I noticed there wasn't a guide on driftwood posted so I thought I would give it a shot. Here is a simple guide on what to look for when finding driftwood! This is my first guide on TPT So please tell me what you think! If you have any other advice please feel...
  14. DIY
    This little DIY hack won't cure diatoms but I've found it helpful in removing them from the leaves of my Anubias. Grab an old t-short the rougher the fabric the better. Cut up a section shirt. Drape it over the tip of your thumb. Wrap a rubber band around the knuckle of your thumb. Rub leaf...
  15. General Planted Tank Discussion
    A combination of messy mistakes has made the water in my 10g completely cloudy. Problem is I can't seem to clear it. Here's what I've done: - daily 50-80% water changes - multiple deep gravel vacuums - temporarily put in a more powerful filter than is typically in that tank - dredged the...
  16. Equipment
    After 6 month of use there a lots of solid build up on my titanium heater. Thinking of cleaning it with vinegar. Any tips for heating a titanium heater, apart of unplugging it first? :icon_smil :help:
  17. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    If carbon is made to take chemicals out tha water is that taking away from the ferts I give my plants or should I remove the carbon part of the filter?
  18. Substrate
    How would I keep the substrate clean? I've noticed when I performed a water change in my 20 gal long tank and the new water moves the substrate I see alot of what I assume is waste from the shrimp/otos/snails swirling around. I thought the plants were suppose to deal with the waste. Now I have...
  19. General Planted Tank Discussion
    What do you do to keep you aquariums in nice condition? Post your schedules!;)
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