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  1. Substrate
    Hi everyone. starting a new high tech planted tank. 15g rimless, sponge filter, kessil a160we cherry shrimp and maybe some neons dwarf hair grass and an HC cuba carpet, as well as some other higher light plants. Stuck on what to do for substrate. was going to use fluval stratum but the...
  2. Substrate
    Hi, guys. I've been into aquariums for about five years, and recently had to tear down my 38 and 10 gallon tanks for a move. Long story short, the house is pretty much set up and I've gotten that old familiar itch to set up my aquariums again. I've always gone for a hybrid dirted tank choked...
  3. Equipment
    So I have a lot of time to think about aquariums but not much space to build one until after my wife and I buy a new house. This has lead me down several experimental rabbit holes as a fun way to pass the time. My latest thought is wondering if its possible to simulate the natural process of...
  4. Substrate
    Hey all, So, I am planning to setup a new tank. It will probably be 15-20 gallons. Or it could be bigger, havent setup my mind yet. For this post, I think the size doesnt matter. But please do correct me if I am wrong. First, I will add what I am planning to do. And then take a look at the...
  5. Low Tech Forum
    I don't wish to spend upwards of $173 on branded Aquarium Soil for my 40gal, I am wishing to do a dirted tank. This will be my first planted tank and I've heard newbies shouldn't do it but I'm doing one anyways! Any advice given for this would be appreciated as I am still in the midst of doing...
  6. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi everyone, I have a 125 low tech planted. Basic plants like swords, vals, java ferns, etc nothing crazy. Originally was a low tech dirt (miracle grow organic) capped with gravel, no other ferts. could not BELIEVE the growth (see 1st pic)... swords pushing my lids off, etc. It was...
  7. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    I got some plants and mud from a local pond and have them in a large jug. As expected, there were a bunch of hitchhikers, including at least one leech, a bunch of pond snails, some daphnia, and some red worms that I'm pretty sure are Limnodrilus hoffmeisteri. Of course, I'm keeping the jug...
  8. Tank Journals
    Welcome to my first tank journal! I have been a long time lurker and I guess it's about time to actually start contributing a little! This will be my 4th tank setup, 3rd time dirting and I have been enjoying it very much! I have a 20G long that I am tearing down and remodeling and decided to...
  9. Substrate
    Hello All, I am getting ready to set up my 3rd dirted tank and I am planning on using Miracle Gro Natures Care Organic & Natural Potting Mix (Green Bag) for my dirt layer. I have seen several threads asking about this product and the general consensus is that it is OK to use if you can't get...
  10. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I have a 7 foot long 265 gallon saltwater fish only tank and I am having a huge issue with having deadzones in the corners of the tank. I have nothing but fish in this tank such as a puffer fish, queen trigger, banana eel, picasso, clown trigger, soho tang, and more. The issue is that any time...
  11. Substrate
    Hello, new to planted tanks and redoing the substrate in my 72 gallon bow from huge gravel to dirt/STS. I was originally going to do 1'' dirt, 1'' STS, and 2'' of fine gravel, but I cant find affordable gravel anywhere. I was wondering if I could just cap it with STS? Im worried that it will be...
  12. Substrate
    My new tank 5 feet X 1.5 feet X 1.5 feet is ready. Did my water testing, no leaks. My plans for aquascaping is an area of approx 2.0 feet X 1.5 feet with complete grass and very small carpet plants, followed by a sand only area of approx 1.0 feet X 1.5 feet followed by another area of 2.0 feet...
  13. Substrate
    no more dirt, test, ignore post, or admins, please feel free to delete post.
  14. Low Tech Forum
    I've been watching the thread about Corydoras performance on sand versus gravel. https://www.fishlore.com/aquariumfishforum/threads/busting-the-sand-cory-barbel-myth.273423/ I got a lot of information from that thread. Busting The Sand Cory Barbel Myth. I've also not sustained consistent plant...
  15. Low Tech Forum
    Just wondering if anyone out there has experience with long term (~5+ years) Walstad / npt / low tech dirt tank. I set up a 125 walstad style ( though I do have filtration) lowtech plated tank several months back, and am amazed by the growth and vibrance of the tank. I've heard mixed accounts...
  16. Substrate
    I'm getting ready to start my first dirted tank using mineralized topsoil. I wanted to check with the good folks here and make sure I was on the right track. I'm following this guide: www.visual.ly/how-mineralized-soil-substrate This is my shopping list so far. Kellogg Topper Lawn Soil Kellogg...
  17. Tank Journals
    Planning on dirting my 5 gallon fluval chi for my betta. Currently it just had gravel, a fake plant and decor, heater, sponge filter, and the filter the tank came with. So here's the plan: Substrate: -Miracle grow organic potting mix -Either fluval stratum or plain gravel cap Filter: Will...
  18. Substrate
    Hey guys, I really need help making a decision on a substrate for my new tank. I'm setting up a 4ft (350L) tank which will be planted. I have used Tropica Plant Substrate and Tetra Complete Substrate in the past with moderate success but nothing great. My biggest obstacle is cost and as this is...
  19. Plants
    Help! My plants look terribly sick and I really can not identify the reason. There are also puff like objects on my drift wood. Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet As you can see, the bottom plant is fine and so is the hair grasses...
  20. Plants
    I kept jungle val in the past in a 10 gallon which never melted right away and grew like grass, had to trim it every week. Now I have it in my 20 Long and 55 gallon tanks and they are not growing long at all, it is almost hard for me to tell difference between sag and jungle val. I want it to...
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