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  1. Low tech 10 Gallon Dirted Tank

    No maintenance low tech tank. Nitrates stay around under 5ppm, which requires very little water change. Stocking includes one giant betta and many many neocaridina cherries and pond snails. No worries though, they are the main reason this tank stays algae free without any help from me at all...
  2. Tank Journals
    Hey Anyone and Everyone, I created my first planted aquascape tank a few months ago. I was floating the Guadeloupe River in Texas, and was so inspired by the beauty there that I decided to try to create an underwater version of this small slice of Paradise inside Central Texas. So far, it is...
  3. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I dirted and reworked my tank about a month ago, and my tank has gotten crazy cloudy. It's been there for 2-3 weeks now, and I'm unsure what to do. I've done a lot of water changes, but it's not helping. Ammonia and nitrite tests are perfect and the fishes seems to be doing fine. The filter has...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Tank Journals
    Hello there fellas! So I wanted to share my 40 gallon breeder, high tech planted tank and it's progress in the hope to get some advice as I'm rather new to the hobby (almost a year now). Especially the whole nutrient dosing thing, and knowing how to spot deficiencies etc (I have done LOTS of...
  7. Tank Journals
    Hoping to see some good growth soon. This is 2 weeks post-initial set up. 40 gal Substrate: Miracle grow organic potting soil, fluorite and Eco complete mixed, sand on top. Plants: micro sword, jungle val, amazon sword, anacharis (moderately planted) Lighting: Strip lighting- 2 30 Watt...
  8. Substrate
    I want to do a substrate change from gravel to MGO/kitty litter covered with gravel in my 49 gallon tank for the added benefit to my plants. If I do any substrate change, I need to do it all in one day and add the fish back into the aquarium that same day as I do not have a tank big enough to...
  9. Tank Journals
    Hi there folks, posted for the first time today about a fish issue. Decided I should probably introduce myself, and what better way to do so than with a tank journal! Here is my 46gal dirted, planted tank bowfront set-up. I am using Miracle Grow Organic Choice potting soil. I can't remember the...
  10. Lighting
    I just signed up because i am having a lot of trouble sorting through all the different information on the internet about lighting and watts per gallon rules. This will be my first planted tank but my fourth or fifth freshwater tank. So i would like to keep the cost of lighting under $100 if...
  11. Low Tech Forum
    Dirt tank! 20 long from 1$ per gallon sale at petco a few weeks ago, driftwood I found at the river, clay pot from Walmart and landscape stone I slammed with a hammer. Sifted organic top soil(1") and floated small wood out then added orster and sea shells, laterite and kitty litter(clay from the...
  12. Tank Journals
    Hello Everyone, I wanted to share my recent experience with building my first custom stand for my first dirted planted tank. I have been working on this for roughly a month now and it feels really good to see it all come together. I have learned alot with the building of the stand, so...
  13. Substrate
    I bought the tank off of craigslist, and I don't have a clue what kind of substrate it came with. I thought it was Ecocomplete, but having looked at it again, it might just be plain gravel to me. Anyone recognize it? I'm also thinking about just starting from scratch and doing a dirted tank. In...
  14. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hey everyone. I'm "new" to the aquarium hobby and to this site. I'm 18 and live in Hawaii. I really enjoy this hobby and hope to get involved in the community to learn from others and put together an amazing tank :) I've done a lot of research - some of it from this site - but not sure how to...
  15. Planted Nano Tanks
    I decided to start a new tank that I can bring to work and have at my desk. I've been talking about bringing in fish for a while and my co-workers that sit near me liked the idea, so I decided to go ahead and do it... I was going to a few months ago, but when I changed my 55 gal tank substrate...
  16. Tank Journals
    Hello all, I'm new to the forum. This is my first dirted and planted tank project. I'm moving from a 29g non-dirt to this new 75g. Advice, comments, criticism is all welcome because I'm learning as I go. Here's the progression: I finished my DIY stand and got the tank on it about 2 weeks ago...
  17. Tank Journals
    I got this used 220-gallon tank (dimensions 72"x24"x30") with cabinet stand and canopy from a local hobbyist. The canopy has a couple of T8 lights, and they are going to be replaced with T5HO lights. The blue background will be scraped off, and it will be repainted into black color.
  18. Substrate
    Just wondering what's a good depth of substrate to plant in, I'm gonna do dirt with sand as a cap?
  19. Substrate
    I wanna know what to do to stop air bubbles comin from my substrate its soil for a base n oil dry as a cap I got two filters runnin no air stone?
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