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  1. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi Guys, I just started my tank yesterday using the dry start method and i just have some few questions. 1. Is it okay if im using an airline tubing with an aerator to put air inside the tank? 2. Do i have to leave an opening in the lid? 3. Can i use dsm in sand substrate as well? 4. Is there...
  2. Plants
    I need some advice from someone who knows plants better than I do. What do the plants that do badly in this tank have in common? Plants that do badly: Monte Carlo (barely spreading after 6 months) Water sprite (both floating and planted barely grow) Cabomba Caroliniana (added a month ago and...
  3. Plants
    Hello, I just started my first planted tank and am having trouble with my Monte Carlo. I bought it online and I wish I had bought the tissue culture, this one came in a ball that had the leaves and roots all mixed up, making it hard to plant. After a week, some of the leaves have melted, that...
  4. Plants
    Is my montecarlo melting? Some of the leaves start to turn very light green....appreciate some advise here Used to be like this:
  5. Plants
    Anyone experienced this where the plants look different depending on the store they bought them at? I recently purchased some Monte Carlo from Aquarium Co-op online and while the plants look healthy, they are a different shade of green(lighter green) and their leaves are larger. The Monte Carlo...
  6. Plants
    How did it go so far? An Epic Failure followed by Lot of Patience, Work and a Rebound. Success, yeah but Hubris followed which resulted in Epic Failure Again Details here: Growing Monte Carlo as a Carpet - My Experience so far It's a long read. Comments and suggestions welcome.
  7. Algae
    Long time listener first time caller. Ive been in the process of moving out for the first time so my newish 20 long I set up before I decided to up root and the tank had all my attention and now it does not. long story short it got neglected for a little while and some of the not established...
  8. Plants
    Beginner: I have a low-tech tank 16 gallon with Finnex Planted+ 24/7 lights (kept on max for 8 hours a day - roughly 60 PAR per forums), dosing Thrive C once a week and Excel every day - both recommended dosage. Attempted a dry-start with the tank, but after two weeks had minor mold issues due...
  9. Plants
    Noob mistake. I used Mr. Aqua soil for Monte Carlo. It's 0.5cm granules, great for hair grass and other plants but I read that Monte Carlo prefers compact soil. No wonder it hasn't carpeted after 2 months even with CO2. It's not reaching for the light and grows flat but the leaves are also...
  10. Plants
    hello. I would really appreciate some help in diagnosing what issue is causing my Monte Carlo carpet to turn white and melt. My tank is approximately 2 months old. the first three weeks were great and the carpet grew out. then suddenly the plants started turning white and melting within a matter...
  11. 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...
  12. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hi guys, first post here. I'm currently in my second week of growing out my Monte Carlo in a high tech tank with co2/fluval nano 3.0, but I'm planning on modifying my filter and taking away the potassium nitrate in my dosing regime to get color on my Rotala H'ra. Will reducing the Nitrates harm...
  13. Substrate
    I'm about to start a pretty simple 7 gallon scape that's mostly just going to be a monte carlo carpet. This will be the first carpet I'm attempting and I have a substrate question. I know I need soil for the monte carlo to spread best, but I have a bunch of flourite left over from my previous...
  14. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I have a fluval spec v I'm about to set up. it will house a betta fish, and maybe a snail and an amano shrimp. I've kept low tech (eco complete, crypts, vals, whatever else I could get to grow in it, low light, no ferts) years ago. I have a few questions before I order the final bits needed to...
  15. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hello! I'm new here and I’m starting a new tank with my Waterbox 10, and trying out an aquascape with a Bonsai Driftwood I got a hold of. This would be my first proper aquascaped tank and I’m giving the dry start method a go for my Monte Carlo carpet. I’m mainly doing the dry-start so that when...
  16. Plants
    Hello, Here are my specs 75G - 48"Lx21"H width doesnt matter Finnex Planted+ CC series 48" light (12 hrs of light) Seachem Flourite substrate - about 2.5-3 inches GH - 4 KH - 3 PH- 7.4 Plants - Amazon Swords, MicroSword, Monte Carlo, Lugwidia (I think) and Java Fern They are in the tank for...
  17. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hi everyone, I am new to the forum, and was wondering if anyone could help me diagnose a problem with my planted beta/snail tank. My tank is about 2 months old and is planted with Java Fern, Anubias Nana, Monte Carlo, and a little Dwarf sag. It initially had some Hygrophila pinnatifida as well...
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