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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. Low Tech Forum
    Hello everyone, I am a beginner with my first planted tank and I am doing a fishless cycle until I can get some small schooling fish. It's a 20g long with easy plants and mostly DIY lighting. The substrate is CaribSea Eco-Complete and the filter is oversized and only filled with biorings...
  5. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi all. I've been reading posts on aquarium hobbyists forums for years, but never posted. I have never been much of a plant grower since I kept pleco and silver dollars, but have learned that when it comes to water chemistry questions, this forum is the best source. The quality of discussion and...
  6. Algae
    I am fairly new to planted tanks but had a reef tank for a few years so not completely new to aquariums. I have a 10 gallon low tech tank with a small simple corner air filter and a 24W 6500K CFL. No CO2 at the moment. Plan to have plants and a few tetras and shrimp so started off with a...
  7. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Just like the title says, what are parameters supposed to look like for the duration? So Im working on a 40g tank, I basically transferred everything from my 29 to the 40. Transferred filter for bacteria, but I also added a fluval 206. I started the tank on 4/22, added TSS on 4/25. It's got some...
  8. Low Tech Forum
    Hi, Im starting my first planted tank, and have a 120l tank that I have secondhand. I dont have any of the old substrate but i have the okd filters (two fluval U2,s ) with dirty media. It was waiting two days before going in the water but remained wet and i rinsed it in my old tank water before...
  9. Low Tech Forum
    hi! my apologies if this is a basic question anyways lol. but as far as i've researched, there hasn't been anything all that clear as to how to cycle a planted tank. right now i have all the components for setting up a low-tech 40 gallon tank (besides live plants), though i wanted to be sure i...
  10. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I hope I'm not opening a huge can of worms by asking this, but can someone explain to me why we so frequently use terms like "cycle" (verb) "cycling" (verb) "cycled" (adj, past tense verb) when we're really talking about bringing the natural nitrogen cycle (noun) to a stable equilibrium in...
  11. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello, I'm new to the forum and also to planted tanks and would like to hear if the following method would work. We currently have a well established 30gallon bow front that contains fish only and would like to use 5-10 gallons of that water along with the HOB 75gph filter, some decorative...
  12. General Planted Tank Discussion
    OK so it's been a good couple weeks since my newbness busted out but I'm at a loss and the interweb aint helping. What and Where exactly do I need to get and go for proper Ammonia drops to do a fishless cycle. Sadly I went into the chain store and very specifically told them what I wanted...
  13. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello guys, long time lurker. Recently just got back into the hobby and had a 10 gallon planted shrimp tanking going well (low tech, excel and occasional ferts, like once a week). about 10 adult cherries and 15-20 babies swimming around. Got home this morning from a 12 hour shift and found...
  14. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello fellow planted tank enthusiasts! I've recently run into something that has never happened to me before. After doing some research I decided that I wanted to set up a dirted tank. For a low risk setup I decided to use a cheap old 10 gallon tank that I was planning on heavily planting and...
  15. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Okay, my tank has been set up for about a week now Now, I have not yet added any plants, and I hope I'm not at the wrong place, but I'm just curious as to why my nitrite levels are through the roof! It's gotta be between 2.0ppm and 5.0ppm, cant really tell from the chart. My ammonia is at .25...
  16. Substrate
    Hi all, Im starting a low tech, 7.5 gallon bowl with aquasoil. (Low tech: low light, no co2, no water column dosing but with big canister filter and a rich substrate) I know that changing water makes the co2 levels fluctuate so you want to keep that to a minumum with this kind of tank.. but i...
  17. Substrate
    I already posted this in the invertebrates category. I'm re-posting it here to try to get more responses, I hope that's okay. I just set up a 35 gallon tall tank and I'm considering adding some type of worm to help aerate the dirt. I've been trying to seek out info about worms in the substrate...
  18. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    I just set up a 35 gallon tall tank and I'm considering adding some type of worm to help aerate the dirt. I've been trying to seek out info about worms in the substrate on the web, but most of what I come across is just info about how to get rid of them. Once the tank is cycled I'm planning on...
  19. Fish
    I have a 20 gallon long with the following: Filtration - Whisper 20i + 10i. Fish in stock - 1 glofish tetra 1 peppered corydoras 1 albino corydoras 1 julie corydoras 7 albino glow light tetras 1 African dwarf frog Water Parameters - PH 7.4 NH3/NH4- 0ppm NO2- 0ppm NO3- 20ppm I'm such a noob...
  20. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    not sure if I had a mini cycle(thought it was a full one since I seeded from my old tank and used two bottles of different bacteria)... Ammonia is between .5 and 1 but I keep using prime and doing water changes, I have 3 small Anubias barteri nana with sand and gravel underneath... I have no...
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