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  1. General Planted Tank Discussion
    So I have a new 55 gallon tank that has been cycling and I feel like I may be doing something wrong. I've been throwing food in to help cycle but the ammonia never spikes and the Nitrite and Nitrates seem to be all over. I have successfully cycled tanks before but this is my first planted one...
  2. Low Tech Forum
    I think I’ve got all my equipment and will be putting my first low-tech tank together this weekend. I’ve been reading A LOT, here and elsewhere, trying to figure out the best (I.e., most likely to succeed) way to go through cycling period. Would love to have any/all voices of experience weigh...
  3. Tank Journals
    Hey all! First post. Currently cycling my first tank, which I decided to make planted after I started (hence the substrate and silk plants). It's not really a looker just yet, but that's fine -- as long as it's a nice environment for my future betta and snail there can be other tanks I set up...
  4. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hi all, Currently have a planted Fluval Spec V in the later stages of fishless cycling. I have some Dwarf Hair Grass (not sure which type, but got it from Greenpro on Amazon), Anubias Nana, Echinodorus Parviflorus (mini sword), and 4 stems of Rotala H'ra Vietnam. I'm using the stock, updated...
  5. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hey Guys, I recently moved and am FINALLY able to set up my 55gal! It's been cycling for a week now and I've got a couple questions regarding my situation. I've got Seachem Flourite substrate down and have plants coming. DHG carpet, Amazon Sword, Red flame, and a bonsai drift wood with java...
  6. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Greetings - First post, first time setting up a planted tank. I am going to be setting up a 75g planted tank this weekend and have a question regarding the cycling of a planted tank. I have read many different things about doing so. I'm starting out with 7 beginner plants, got one of each to...
  7. Low Tech Forum
    Hello! I am in need of some advice from experienced planted tank keepers. I have two empty 20 Long tanks that I am planning to turn into planted tanks using the Walstead Method. I got what I would consider "a good deal" on some aquatic plants for a Black Friday special, and they should be here...
  8. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi all, I am brand new to the planted tank hobby and I am looking for some advice. I had a tank years ago, but just recently decided to get back into it. I was just wondering what is the best way to cycle a new planted tank? My LFS said to do a fish-in cycle, but after doing some of my own...
  9. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I am doing a fishless cycling. I thought that I did an error by adding the fluval bio-enhancer 2 first days. I mistakenly thought that this was to start the cycling :(. Nevertheless, I had ammonia reading really soon in the process. See below how my cycling goes. Now, after 17 days, strange...
  10. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hi, long time reader first time poster. I have recently flooded my 3.7 gallon nano tank, after scrapping my attempt with the DSM when mold started to form. The trouble is that all my plants are dying, which I attribute to the ammonia spike which seems uncontrollable (8+ ppm) with high nitrates...
  11. Low Tech Forum
    Hey guys! How long did it take you guys to cycle your freshwater fish tank? Please include information such as size of the tank and if you cycled with(how many and what fish?) or without and fish. I know there is more variables but I rather keep it simple. I am just curious to know because it...
  12. Low Tech Forum
    Hello everyone! My name is Omar, I graduated college this past spring and decided I would get a fish tank since it has always been one of my interests to do so. Before purchasing I made sure to do adequate research in the hobby to make sure I take the proper steps. I purchased a 75 gallon tank...
  13. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Just turned on the light this morning to find quite a few microscopic creatures on the glass. I did just purchase Sunkist shrimp. Babies? Or possibly something else that came from the pet store. It's a heavily planted tank that's been cycling for about a month with no fish. The shrimp were...
  14. Plants
    I am looking for advice on plants to use in cycling my tank. At the moment I am planning on using a fishless cycle following the advice of several articles and an old thread: https://rotalabutterfly.com/rex-grigg/cycle.htm Silent Cycling in a Planted Aquarium - Article at The Age of Aquariums -...
  15. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I recently began a fairly heavily planted tank around 3 weeks ago with a dry start of about one week. I have the beginnings of a dwarf hairgrass carpet, some java moss and a few background plants, and I've been dosing with GLA EI fertilizer kit for about 2 weeks. Using the API drop test kit, my...
  16. 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...
  17. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hello, I'm fairly new to this hobby and having a little trouble with cycling my tank. I have a 40 gallon breeder that is heavily planted and now has 6 white clouds. The tank has been up and running for a little more than 2 and half weeks. I have been testing (API master kit) my water about...
  18. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I have a 20-gallon tall tank (my first) that has been planted and running for about 2 years. There are a number of reasons I don't like this particular tank (including the fact that the kit came with pretty crappy lighting, as kits do) and I am about to upgrade. I am looking forward to putting...
  19. Tank Journals
    Hi all, So after waiting (not so) patiently for 3+ months after first seeing the Fluval Edge 6G, I was pleased to open one on Christmas morning, courtesy of my lovely (and extremely patient) wife. I've never owned an aquarium before this, but as the father of an 18-month-old toddler and with a...
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