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  1. Algae
    Can someone please ID this algae. Is this just brown algae (diatom). This seems to be growing unusually fast for diatom. If I brush it off the leaves it goes off easily, but comes back and spreads really fast within days.
  2. Low Tech Forum
    I think I may have sabotaged myself from the very outset. I set up a low tech Walstad type tank last January with mixed results ever since. I used organic garden soil as a base and capped it with Home Depot play sand. Most of the plants I have introduced grow ok, some ven do really well, but the...
  3. Algae
    Hi all, longtime lurker for tips on the forum, decided to finally ask for some help. I was wondering if anyone could help me with identifying some of the algae I've got going on in my aquarium. I'm pretty sure I'm facing 3 distinct types, I included some (very) up close photos of the algae as...
  4. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi! I'm having problems with my aquarium, and I'm hoping someone who enjoys mysteries and troubleshooting has some ideas. I've got a 46 gallon bowfront aquarium with an external canister filter, in-line CO2 injection with tank and a home-made inline reactor, and T5 and LED lighting (details at...
  5. Missouri
    I work in Clayton and have a 3 gallon planted Betta tank on my desk. The Betta and the plants have been doing great since inception (January). However, I've had poor luck with snails. They just seem to do worse and worse and eventually die. I got a Nerite snail about a month ago and he stays...
  6. Equipment
    I recently purchased a Vortex XL Diatom Filter. I'm planning to use it around twice a month to polish the water on my 120G. My question is: How often do I need to change the filter powder on the filter? Do I need to do that every time I use it? If not, and can reuse the powder for more than...
  7. Algae
    I have been a long-time lurker around these forums, and have recently decided to switch from an oscar tank to a planted tank. Currently I have a 15 Tetras and 5 plants in my tank as a test to make sure everything can survive under my control. I dose the tank with my own dry fertz, I used an...
  8. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi - I was offered a good deal to buy a used diatom filter. I have a couple of questions: (1) What should i be cautious about when buying a used diatom filter? I did some research and it looks like it relies of a culture of diatoms - I would have to guess that the device needs maintenance to...
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