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  1. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I've got a 20 gallon and I'm going to make it high tech (this is my first time). I want to dry start some Monte Carlo, S. Repens, and Hygrophila Pinnatifida (amount in that order), but I'm also worried about algae popping up, so I'm torn on whether to dry start or cycle first. Can they be done...
  2. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Would one need to cycle a tank before adding daphnia? Would adding a bacteria solution like fritzzyme 7 work? Thanks.
  3. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I don’t know what to do. My tank won’t fully cycle no matter what I do. The tank was set up for weeks before I put anything in there. I added food to start ammonia and added a ton of bacteria to get it started, but it just won’t work. Now I have 20 crs, 6 amanos in there, and some mystery and...
  4. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Hi guys, Thinking of starting a small 2.6 gallon scape and just making it a red cherry shrimp tank. Is it still necessary to cycle the tank if I plan on only starting with 20ish shrimp? Usually I would assume so, but their bio waste should be so low and I will have a strong pearlweed carpet and...
  5. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello all, I am 21 days into a new planted tank intended for cherry shrimps in the future. So far, everything seems fine, some of the plants are growing new leaves. However, as of the past few days, I am starting to see green algae growing on rocks and the surface of the glass, they aren't...
  6. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi, I have a heavily planted tank with aquasoil ( tropica ) that I launched in dry start method 2 months and a half ago. I flooded the tank 2-3weeks ago. Everything is going well, my plants are fine. But I need to cycle the tank, and when I test nh4, its always at 0, same for nitrites and...
  7. Substrate
    So I posted a thread here a while back discussing the algae in my tank. @Plinkploop was a great help in that thread, I forgot to properly thank you, so thanks and sorry it took a while. During that time we also discussed water parameters and my tank's cycle. We came to the conclusion that my...
  8. Plants
    Hi guys, First time poster, long time reader. Anyway, I just got a new 120L/30gallon tank and I used the canister filter from my old tank. It's a 3 tray filter with minimal mechanical media at the bottom and top. The rest is filled with Seachem Matrix and bio balls. I cleaned the mechanical...
  9. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hi all, Day 3 of my new tank, water tests showed Amm and nitrite present (this was actually a suprise as I thought that my substrate - UP Aqua Shrimp Soil - shouldnt leech ammonia and I hadnt "fed" the tank with anything yet). I did a big water change (90%). On day 6 tested again and tests...
  10. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi all, I'm trying to start up a low tech planted tank. Most of my surface area is planted and I've thrown in a bunch of frogbit and hornwort. Keeping tank at 78 degrees F. I've been using MicroBacter start xlf - I'd read positive reviews on this. I was seeing around 1ppm of ammonia and...
  11. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hello all, I have had a bit of a break from keeping fish and recently set up a 15g Fluval Flex planted aquarium. I set the tank up and added the live plants on 15th Jan and have been testing and today, I am measuring nitrates, it seems too early in the cycle but I'm wondering if this could be...
  12. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    I had in, 2 week the ammonia to bee at 3 whit fish food, after the first week i startet to get nitrit readings, then after two weeks i got nitrat to go up from 12 to 30, then 3 days after that the ammonia and nitrit got down to 0, it has stayed on 0 in a week now, even then i put the same...
  13. Low Tech Forum
    Hello planted tank people! I am just endeavoring into the world of fish tanks and am cycling my first tank ever. I plan on having Cherry red shrimp. I am 4 weeks into the cycling process and my parameters are all over the place. For reference I have a inert substrate, java moss, java fern...
  14. Fish
    My husband and I went through a traumatic tank cycle-crash a few weeks ago with our 125 g. Long story short, after a big water change the tank's nitrite level spiked, and despite doing a 2nd water change immediately, the next morning we woke up to find most of the small fish gasping at the...
  15. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello all, I'm new to the aquarium community and am trying to get some reliable information regarding cycling. I currently have a 5 gallon planted tank (fluval spec V) which is generally doing well. It has been running for a few weeks. Unfortunately, I didn't have the opportunity to cycle...
  16. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi there all - After months of research and waiting I've finally set up my first tank. The tank is on its third day and I just want to make sure I've got the right idea. For reference: UNS 45 ~9 gal I did a 50% water change on day two (managed to stir up aquasoil real nicely on planting day...
  17. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi, I’m starting my first planted tank with Controsoil. My question has to do with the Nitrogen cycle. Controsoil says it has low ammonia release. I have tested at 1ppm for the last three days and have been dosing seachem stability as per the instruction on the bottle. Is the 1ppm ammonia leach...
  18. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello All, About 3 weeks ago I moved into a new home. I had to completely breakdown my 50 gallon to make it light enough to move. I caught all the fish and put them into buckets with airstones. Removed the plants and most of the substrate and drained the tank. The new house was only 15...
  19. Planted Nano Tanks
    A few months ago I set up a ~4g cube. It currently has an AC20 on the back with just a sponge, though in recent days I have added some carbon. It has a hardware store LED 6000K bulb, with wattage I cannot remember at the moment though it is decently bright, even if this small stank still has...
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