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  1. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi Community!!! I have a 4L flower vase as a tank. Have 5 types of plants 3 Cherry shrimps (saw 1 tiny baby) No filter just air pump (aqueon 10) for a bit of water movement/ aeration? It’s only 4 days old, should I do a water change? And if I do, what percentage of it? I did not cycle it so I’m...
  2. Algae
    Hi there, I have a low tech 29 gallon fully planted tank with fish. It’s been running for over a year and I’ve been doing everything I can to get rid of this pesky brown and black algae. It’s gotten so bad that it has stunted the growth of my golden anubias, anubias petite, and many of my Buce...
  3. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Just set up this 22 gallon two weeks ago. I got all tissue culture plants except for two, and of course, this morning I saw a (smallish) pond snail (maybe bladder snail) on the glass. I pulled him out, but this evening I just found 3 more tiny little babies. So, how screwed am I? Is there any...
  4. Plants
    I've had my aquarium set up for about 2 years now and over the course of its life, I've noticed that a lot of plants that other people have a lot of luck with keep dying on me. For reference, I have a low-tech 15-gallon tank with a Finnex Planted+ light that runs for around 8 hours, 80˚F...
  5. The Lounge & Introductions
    I just recently found this forum and hope to find lots of information and people who understand the love of this hobby. It can be hard to find like minded people sometimes. I live in Yoder, CO and have gotten back into aquarium keeping after a stage IV cancer diagnosis. I have responded to...
  6. Low Tech Forum
    I haven’t gotten anything yet, so this is still the planning stages! For various reasons I’ve decided to get a Flex, and while I want to get the 32g one day I’m going to start with a smaller one, and the 15g isn’t much more expensive than the 9g. Current stocking plan is a betta, rice fish, and...
  7. General Planted Tank Discussion
    To get it out of the way, here are my parameters/stats. This is after I changed the tank on Tuesday, having added fertilizer Monday. I add Thrive S every Monday and Friday. This tank has been established for ~2 years, without CO2, the light is on a ~8 hour cycle (finnex 24/7) but not at total...
  8. Tank Journals
    Tank officially started on 04/20/22! My ideal goal is to have a heavily planted neo shrimp tank for my work desk. But I want to get it established at home first. Hardware Tank: UNS 5N Substrate: pool filter sand Filter: Mignon Filter 60 (this thing is adorable. And I call it fillet mignon in...
  9. Tank Journals
    I was pretty active on this forum in like 2012-2015 (as a lurker if not a frequent poster), but kinda drifted away from the hobby for a while when I went to college and then moved around the country a bunch. I'm getting back into the hobby of late. I've had this ten gallon tank set up with just...
  10. Tank Journals
    About 4 months in, low tech, no CO2 and no liquid ferts at all
  11. Lighting
    Basically the title. I’m getting a new light and I have the choice between the 15 -24 inch 3.0 for 80 bucks or the 24-34 inch for 140. I’m just wondering if it’s worth the extra 60 bucks for the larger one.
  12. General Planted Tank Discussion
    This Journey into this hobby has brought me far, and quick, now I'm trying to learn, and get better as fast a possible, how good is that for me? I don't know. I have a much larger tank in the works, but for the short term, I'm working on a Low-Tech, planted 40-gallon rimless aquarium that will...
  13. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hey y'all! Haven't been here in a year, but I did spend that year experimenting and learning through my own experiences. Just wanted to share one of my greatest successes, a maintenance-free (kind of a broad statement) 10 gallon tank. It sports 2x 6500k 23watt CFL bulbs, your run of the mill...
  14. 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...
  15. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I really like the way saltwater tanks look, specifically ones with macros. But, I know from experience that they are more work and maintenance than freshwater (even when kept simple). So, I'm looking to make a freshwater tank that looks like it's saltwater. I also want it to be a Walstad tank...
  16. Algae
    I have a 1 year old 29 gallon low tech tank that recently started developing blackbeard algae. Around the same time i removed about 80% of my floating plants to reduce the constant job of thinning them out. What could be causing my new BBA outbreak? Nutrients, co2, lighting too strong...
  17. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello all, Wasn't sure where this post should go in terms of categories because it kind of fits in multiple categories. I have a few tanks, but they are all in rooms or angled away from my office setup while working from home. So I wanted to do something small for the desktop and decided to...
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