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  1. Lighting
    Let's see some pictures of your timer setups. I made the mistake of buying the coralife power center which only lets you program one set of outlets for the same time, and I figured what better way to get ideas than ask people to share. Extra points if you include the name of your timer in your...
  2. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Anyone here use it to cycle their tank? I never been convinced that a quick cycle is better than a normal cycle, but my LFS gave me some of this stuff and so I am skeptical..:eek:
  3. Substrate
    Hi everybody! (Hi Dr. digitalqueso!) Simpsons anyone? Anyway. After a battle with PH for the entire time this tank has been set up, I have finnaly figured out the culprit I think is at least in part to my gravel. Dang ole diddly pea gravel. My ph would get as high as 8.4. And every time I do a...
  4. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi, I set up a 10 gallon planted tank on Monday (13th Jan). This is my first planted tank. Unfortunately because of misinformation I hadn't rinsed the Fluorite substrate as thoroughly as I should have, so it was really cloudy the first day. I've been changing the water nearly daily, and it...
  5. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I'm beyond frustrated at this point. I've tried everything, tested, tested again, tested after that. That's all I've been doing and the results have been much of the same. Tonight, after changing my 2.5 gallon tank (waiting for it to go into the cycle, after having it for about six weeks)...
  6. General Planted Tank Discussion
    So, the history thus far... That leaves me with tonight's test, after 50 water change: PH = 7.6 High Range PH Test = 7.4 Ammonia = 0.25 ppm Nitrite = 5.0 ppm Nitrate = 5.0 ppm So, I pretty much just went into sort of panic mode and did a 75% water change, but I didn't have time to leave the...
  7. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I'll give you the old results and the new ones, after a 75% water change. Yesterday: PH = 7.6 High End PH = 8.2 Ammonia = 0.25 ppm Nitrite = 5.0 ppm Nitrate = Between 5.0 ppm and 10 ppm Today: PH = 7.6 High End PH = 8.0 Ammonia = 0.50 ppm Nitrite = 5.0 ppm Nitrate = 0 ppm I guess that the...
  8. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi guys, so I'm brand new to the hobby, but I am ready to start a freshwater tank soon and I'm very excited! I have already purchased an Aqueon 40 Gal Breeder. I want to have a planted tank, I'm planning on using Eco-Complete Substrate, with some Angelfish, Pristella Tetras and GBRs. Maybe some...
  9. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I decided to set up my aquarium again after a year or so and put water and gravel in it 3 days ago. I added plants yesterday and today and I also added 5 neon tetras today to start the cycle. When I checked my parameters today I had ammonia below .25 ppm and nitrates were registering right...
  10. Low Tech Forum
    I just started a planted fluval chi for a future "breeding tank" I used small pebble rocks for the substrate and planted a fairly healthy jungle. I figure the excessive plants (hosting beneficial bacteria) should help cycle the tank. I will probally throw in a bit of fish food for some added...
  11. Substrate
    Good evening Planted Tank readers :) My main question is do I need to start a nitrogen cycle with a sandy bottom tank, if so how? I have always wanted a large fish tank and every time we go to town my 4 year old has to stop at Petsmart or Petco. So I went on Craigslist and found a complete 55...
  12. General Planted Tank Discussion
    So as the title says, I'm attempting my first dirted tank, and I'm having some problems. I've been fishless cycling tanks for 10 years or so, and this is the first time I've ever had a serious snag. After a month of fishless cycling and seeing almost minimal ammonia, nitrite and no nitrate, I...
  13. Equipment
    I have some extra sponge filters I would like to seed with bacteria. If I just sit them in tanks already established will the bacteria build up or would it be better to actually have them running. I figure there will be some bacteria build up without having to run them, but I just wanted to make...
  14. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hey PlantedTanker's, I am a recent user and i wanted to see if I could understand more about ferts in the tank. So i am cycling (w/o fish) my tank currently and my build is: -Flourite -Flourish and excel for CO2 -10g with 28W 6500k lighting -Been going for almost 2 weeks now -Probably should...
  15. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Started my first fishless cycle on my 10g tank almost a week ago and have a little question. Once I get the nitrates my tank needs, do I have to worry about the ammonia and nitrites? They go away on their own right? Also sorry if this isn't the right place.
  16. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    I have a 15g freshwater planted shrimp tank (established 6+ months now with CRS, Tigers along with swimming companions of galaxy's and 4 neon tetras) that I want to relandscape using a more efficient soil substrate that I have now and rearrange it entirely to give it a more aquascape look. My...
  17. General Planted Tank Discussion
    How long should I wait until I start dosing excel in my newly setup 140? its been cycling for 2 weeks and is currently moderately planted. Also, can I toss in some root tabs? My bbuddy at the lfs said to wait but I want my tank to start filling out fast.
  18. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi Everyone! I'm new to planted tanks and new to this forum. I've been lurking around here for about a month reading through old threads as I started my first planted tank. I'm a fairly experienced aquarium hobbyist. I got my first tank 35 years ago when I was a 10 year old child and I've had...
  19. Substrate
    Hi PT, im new to the planted aquarium game. I had just purchased the Fluval Stratum Substrate.I was wondering how im suppose to cycle this. I also have cycled water already that I saved from my aqaurium before transitioning to this substrate. Will this cycled water speed up the process? Ive...
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