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  1. Tank Journals
    About 4 months in, low tech, no CO2 and no liquid ferts at all
  2. For Sale/Trade
    Hello PlantedTank! I have many stocks of this plant package. All requests made this weekend will be shipped Tuesday morning (due to Labor Day.) Nursery is not snail-free. Since these are fairly fast growing plants, I want to be able to provide more than several species to those looking for a...
  3. 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.
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. Lighting
    Hi, So I recently purchased a second hand Fluval Roma 90L. I set it up with my plants and away I went. 2 months later not much is growing at all. Everything surviving but not thriving. I've just looked at the tube lights and the original bulbs have been replaced with a (very) cheap LED...
  11. 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...
  12. General Planted Tank Discussion
    It's been 3 years now with planted tanks, and it is getting exhausting and frustrating. My discus, frontosa, cichlid tanks, and my koi ponds are all doing great, but this planted stuff is more difficult than saltwater, in my opinion. I used to think discus were hard, now they are easy once I...
  13. Low Tech Forum
    About a week and a half ago I had a smaller school of vietnamese minnows to my (heavily) planted nano tank. This tank has been running for almost three years. I've had very few problems with it. Recently, its only fish-inhabitant has been one (very) old and lonely tetra. A couple of days after...
  14. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hi there! So, this will be my first fish tank since I was a kid who had no idea how to really take care of fish. I've picked up a 4 gallon 10" cube, with the intention of housing a moontail betta with some mystery snails. For filtration, I've got a sponge filter that will take up 2" of space...
  15. Tank Journals
    Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum and excited to be here! I wanted to share my new tank setup so far. Being in lock down in New Jersey for the last 9 weeks has pulled me back into the aquarium hobby after almost 10 years away. I used to keep as many fish tanks in high school and college as my...
  16. Plants
    Hi all, I've lurked here a fair amount but I've got a couple of things that have me scratching my head, so here's my first post. I'll start off with loads of detail and then try to summarize at the end. Feel free to read the end first and go back to the paragraphs for more detail. Tank details...
  17. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I'm new to this hobby and have had this tank up and running for about 3 months. I purchased a large amount of various plants from a local grower and threw them in the tank. Some are doing well, others not so much. I don't expect much growth since I'm not injecting Co2 but some plants are...
  18. Low Tech Forum
    Pretty much a n00b, but this is my first planted tank. It's a 17.1G and this picture was taken yesterday so it's been about 3 months planted. I have Rotala which have completely taken off and a Java Fern which seems to be doing ok but my Monte Carlo just seems kind of stuck in limbo. Water is at...
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