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  1. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    I am completely new to keeping shrimp (and this website); all of my aquarium experience is with a single beta, who my family managed to keep alive for 3 years before he developed some kind of malignant tumor and eventually died. I now have a marimo ball from that beta's tank, which has lived in...
  2. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    So I accidentally started a 30gal planted tank a few months ago while trying to grow lotuses, and it's turned into somewhat of a shrimp-and-tetra paradise. Today when gazing upon the accidental fruit of my labors, I noticed my largest Amano shrimp fanning its underbelly- and spotted clusters...
  3. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hi I'm extremely new, and I am getting a small tank soon that I would like to put some live plants in. I've looked around this forum, and I've seen many amazing tanks that are full of live plants. I don't plan for mine to look close to the ones I've seen on here, but I need some advice on ways...
  4. Aquascaping
    Hello, so I am still new to the aquascape, I have successfully done an Iwagumi style and a Jungle style. Right now I am getting into dutch style. I don't mind if the tank set up does not 100% follow all the rules for the Dutch style, the goal for this tank is to improve my plant management and...
  5. General Planted Tank Discussion
    hello, i recently purchased some tissue cultured java fern as the fern did its thing this plant started growing out of it.please help. I'm not sure what it is, i figured it was large enough now for someone to identify it.
  6. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello, So after testing my water parameters, I can see that things are not quite where I want them to be. I also have some other problems I'm unsure what to do about! So let me first provide the basic information. Tank: 10 Gallon Filter: Aqueon HOB (came with the tank) Light: LEDs (also came...
  7. Substrate
    I keep running into issues setting this tank up, and I am starting to have doubts that it will all be worth it in the end. I would love to see this project through, and I requested the day off work to finish this project (plants have been waiting in a bare tank for a week now, waiting) but now...
  8. Algae
    I have a GHA issue with my 20 long. I currently am running a Finnex Planted+ 24/7 raised about two inches. I'm running it on the 24/7 mode. I have pressurized CO2 and I was dosing Excel and Flourish on alternating days. I stopped dosing because my algae problem started shortly after I restarted...
  9. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I posted a thread a few weeks ago about my plants not doing too well and most people suggested that I had either too little CO2 or a calcium deficiency. Since then, I decided to test my kh and gh and found that they are very low. My kh and gh are both under 2 degrees and my ph shifts from 6.0...
  10. The Lounge & Introductions
    I just purchased a 40g bowfront. I have an existing 10g planted tank I've had for several years. I had co2 on it for a while, became too much of a hassle ... even though the results were great. I have several thriving plants along with an albino bristlenose, "fat" zebra loach, red tail shark...
  11. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Current tank parameters: pH between 7 and 7.4 Temperature is around 28-29 Ammonia tester has gone bad and gave unreliable readings ( always eight ppm even though there are living things in the tank ), but I use some neutralizers just in case. I do not currently have a reader for TDS, gH, or...
  12. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I'm new to the hobby and plan on getting a 40-gallon breeder tank. I'd like to keep it low-tech and plan on using low-light plants. I've been doing a lot of research online (forums, Youtube, etc). Please look at my inventory list below and let me know if you have any...
  13. Low Tech Forum
    Hi! I have a Fluval Chi 5 gallon tank. I just bought the Penguin® 75 BIO-Wheel® Power Filter along with the elive led grow light. I also have a Tera heater that is for 5-15 gallon tanks. I am wanting to focus on moss and ferns to do a low tech tank. With no animals what so ever. But I have no...
  14. Substrate
    Hi all, I have just added Seachem fluorite to my 35gallon established aquarium because the roots were sticking out of the sand. I added it this morning by rinsing it then placing it in a mason jar and pouring it into the tank, about 1 inch from the surface of the sand. I thought this would...
  15. Plants
    So my elodea is now recovering from a melt induced by Flourish Excel and has sprouted a bunch of new growth (I added Seachem Iron). However, when I went down to check on the tank this morning, all of them had sank to the bottom. I tried pulling them back to the surface but they sank to the...
  16. Low Tech Forum
    Hello everyone, I consider myself a newbie to aquarium plants (at least compared to all you gurus), and desperately need help determining what kind of lighting I need in my current setup. I'm attaching a pic of my tank- 46gal. bowfront. I believe it is right around 21" tall. Here's what I...
  17. Equipment
    I have been searching the internet for a week, and seem to be searching in circles in regards to buying a CO2 system. I currently have a DIY system and have had some issues with output being irregular. I want to switch to pressurized but don't know what system to purchase. I have looked...
  18. Algae
    Any advice on why this algae is appearing in my tank? I did a 10 % water change yesterday and a 50% on saturday. I dose the seachem line and follow their protocol from their website. I dose Co2 ( I speculate it is due to low CO2 levels, but idk ) I feed my fish every other day to avoid...
  19. Low Tech Forum
    Hi, I am new to planted aquariums. I have done saltwater for many years and I am DONE. Switching to Planted freshwater. I want to do low tech so I don't have to hassle with co2 and extreme lighting. I want to keep it simple. I have a 36x18x25 aquarium. what would be the best wattage and lights...
  20. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello guys I'm new to this and had a question that I can't figure out. I have a 29gal planted aqurium and I have a DIY co2 that I just did today and haven't kicked in yet (start bubbling) my question was that I have my air pump running during the day and it shuts off at night. Now should I not...
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