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  1. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Hi! I'm new to keeping shrimp and I didn't think to test my GH and KH before getting my RCS (everything else was fine as far as I know). My GH is only like 30 ppm and my KH is SUPER high, somewhere between 180 and 240 ppm! 2 weeks ago I bought 4 RCS for my planted 10 gallon, and this week 2 have...
  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. Fish
    Hello! My Platinum white halfmoon dumbo betta has pretty badly ripped fins :(. He is very healthy eats frozen and the best pellets. I also house ghost shrimp and an adult brisslenose pleco with my betta. She often leaves lots of poop everyday(a lot). My water chemistry is practically perfect...
  4. Low Tech Forum
    Hi, just for reference, here's what my tank looked like almost two years ago: https://imgur.com/a/In9fsp9 Now it looks like this: https://imgur.com/a/L1h8MJ2 Basically to cut a long story short I had to leave the place I was staying due to family issues, and I came back and it's completely...
  5. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hello folks, I was hoping for some advice on my water. It's hard as a brick and I want to lower the PH, but not totally sure how. I have been trying to read here and online and there is just so much information. So my water after it sits out or in the tank levels off around 8-8.2 PH. It's...
  6. Algae
    Possible Algae Issue? A few of my plants have this brown/black residue. Could someone give me any advice on what could be causing this Algae issue? Tank Size: 260 litres (68 Gallons) Lighting: Fluval Aquasky LED 2.0 33 WATTS 145cm long Light Cycle: 9 hours Fertilisers: Flourish Iron every...
  7. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hello guys, i am a newbie to fish keeping as well as keeping aquarium plants in my tank. Just earlier i bought a couple of plants from LFS and i did a 20% water change and used the tank water to clean the aquarium plants along with a second rinse with new treated water and soaking it for about...
  8. Fish
    Hello people, THIS IS URGENT PLEASE READ!!! I recently cleaned out my 30 gallon aquarium and got a bunch of new fish. I had/have a: 1 year old male Molly middle aged rainbow shark(not a bully) 6 young glo-fish tiger barbs 1 young pleco 1 male betta(does fine with the barbs for now) If...
  9. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Okay so doesnt really have anything to do with plants but Im hoping yall can help anyway! When I left for college a few months ago, I had gotten rid of most all my fish and left my mother in charge of my remaining two tiny tanks. One being a small grow out tank and the other a 10 gallon planted...
  10. Low Tech Forum
    Hey guys, I'm very new to this forum and planted tanks in general. My experience with aquariums had always involved 10-20g tanks with plastic decorations. Currently, I have a 10g set up thriving with Glofish, and a pond of goldfish. Now I am setting up an Aqueon 15g column tank and I want to...
  11. Fish
    Hey everyone, Setup is: 20 Gallon 12x12x24 1 Aquaclear Mini HOB w/ small sponge filter on inlet 1 med sponge filter with airpump Planted, 2 Blood Gouramis, 3 Khuli Loaches, 5 Ghost Shrimp, 9 feeder minnows which appear to resemble White Cloud Mountain minnows 0ppm Ammonia, 0ppm Nitrite, 5ppm...
  12. Plants
    I was wondering if anyone currently has a DHG carpet in Flourite? I would love to see pics of the setup to judge against my own and maybe get a better idea of how to proceed in the future! I know that there is no real issue with growing it in the flourite, I'm just worried that it is too heavy...
  13. Plants
    I have been trying to grow plants in my 65 gallon tank for 3 month now and they all seem to slowly die. I started with monte carlo because Im trying to achieve a carpet and I've heard its one of the easier plants to carpet. It slowly died even with the fluval 3.0 light and co2 injection. I...
  14. Substrate
    Hello Guys, I am setting a new 42 Gallon planted tank. The dimension of the tank are 30" L X 18" W X 18" H. So guys initially I was planning to use potting mix for my aquarium but as many people said it wont work, I ended up buying 2 bags of planted aquarium soil 8 Litres each...
  15. Low Tech Forum
    Hello Guys, First of all I am a completely new to the planted setup. I am setting up a new 42 Gallon Planted tank. The dimension are L 30" X D 18" X H 18". I want to start pretty low tech setup with diy Co2 with yeast, sugar, baking soda formula. I have already purchased few items like...
  16. Algae
    Hello Planted Tank Forum! First post! I've had a 20gal tall tank planted with various plants over the last year and am having the worst luck with the Amazon Swords, which I thought were supposed to be super easy to grow. This started out as a basic tank for my 5 year old to learn basic...
  17. Plants
    So i have some simple java fern/ moss and some moss balls but I want to get more for my 20 gallon tank. What lights do you use and what fertilizers??? like what do I need to make sure that I don't kill the plants... and what plants would you recommend??? SEND...
  18. General Planted Tank Discussion
    At the moment I have two tanks that I am trying and failing to grow plants in, it seems even the "beginner plants are to advanced for me. Tank 1: 20 long Fluval 206 filter Eheim jagger heater 30 pounds Flourite black 5 pounds black gravel...
  19. DIY
    Hello everyone! Driftwood from the store is so dang expensive, so I wanted to make my own. I have been reading a lot about what types of wood are/aren't safe to be made intro driftwood, and how to prepare it, but I can't seem to find any answers to a few questions. Firstly, I found a Juniper...
  20. Equipment
    I have a Sun Sun 302 canister filter and i need the water level lower than what it is. I looked at many DIY canister intake and bought everything, I made the intake and it isn't working. Any advice on how I can fix this.
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