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  1. Substrate
    I love aquatic plants and eventually would like to try a dirted aquarium to try to improve growth and rooting, however, I was wondering how much of an impact dirt has on things like the PH and TDS? I've researched the basics of setting up a dirted aquarium, but I never see much information on...
  2. The Lounge & Introductions
    Hi, I'm Marius. I'm actively keeping fish since 2016. I'm fully devoted to Diana's Walstad ideas. I have 1 tank with CPD's and panda cories, 1 with bumblebee gobies and a third on the way with desert gobies and also a tub with rescued goldfish fry. I use common tropical plants like crypts...
  3. Tank Journals
    I've been working on a 90-gallon tank that I snagged for $20 a couple weeks ago (with stand, light, sump, and pump haha). I've had a 29-gallon tank with a gravel substrate that I threw a couple of plants in, but decided to use soil on this one. It's still a little cloudy but clearing up. Here's...
  4. Substrate
    I'm almost ready to begin putting together my 75g. I'm going to do a dirt substrate and cap it with eco complete. The dirt I'm using is an organic dirt. I added a picture of my dirt below. Any thoughts about adding organic iron or other organic nutrients to the dirt? Will it effect my water in...
  5. Substrate
    My next project is going to be a high tech 27 gallon cube. I'm planning on a dirt substrate capped with something, either BDBS or extra fine Contrasoil. I've grown glosso for several years in Seachem Flourite (regular stuff, not the sand) with ok results, but I usually have trouble getting it...
  6. Planted Nano Tanks
    I started this way back in mid October (2016) with a dollar store potting soil base and HC "Cuba" on a dry start. I originally had photos all through the build, but unfortunately my SD card died. A commonly cited problem with fish bowls is the limited surface area, but a half-filled sphere...
  7. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi everyone! I'm new to this forum and i'm hoping to get your help and advice. I am new to planted tanks, coming from the African Cichlid side of the aquarium hobby. I decided to start my foray into the planted tank side of fish-keeping after seeing some amazing Iwagumi-style aquascapes. So...
  8. Substrate
    Hey there, new to this forum but I've been lurking for a while. I am currently designing my first planted dirt tank. It's also my first tank ever! I hate doing things the easy way and I'm diving right into the dirt both for monetary reasons and because, frankly, it seems awesome. I will be...
  9. Planted Nano Tanks
    So I kind of destroyed my acrlyic 6.5 gallon bookshelf fish tank the other day. I was getting it ready for a co2 planted tank. I painted the back dark grey by accident when I wanted to paint it black. Started to strip the paint with acetone and it absolutely destroyed my tank, not...
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