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  1. Fish
    Good morning aquarists. I have 3 years experience with saltwater aquariums. I have multiple reef tanks, but I’m new to planted tanks, and freshwater in general. I have a heavily planted 29 gallon aquarium with 11 Neon Tetras, 6 Black Skirt Tetras, 3 Otocinclus Catfish, 1 Hillstream Loach, 10...
  2. Equipment
    Hello! I want to set up a betta sorority in a 50 gallon tank I recently got. I know that in order to make it look the way I've been dreaming, I need a CO2 system and better lights than I am used to with my current betta tanks (Currently, I have 2 tanks with Anubis and dwarf hairgrass). I am...
  3. Substrate
    I've had planted tanks for about 20 years now with some successes and some failures. I've always used either Flourite or sand. I would use root tabs when I remembered but mostly relied on fish poo and Malaysian Trumpet snails to get that poo underground where the roots can get it. I've only used...
  4. Low Tech Forum
    Hi all So I'm looking for general advice and hopefully some answers to a few specific questions. I'd class myself as new to the hobby, i have kept a small tropical tank with a few plants in the past, but it wasn't a great success. This time I'm doing more research so i have more success. I've...
  5. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi all, I'm pretty new to having a planted tank and the aquascaping hobby in general. I have done a fair bit of research, but it always seems to get overwhelming pretty quickly, but I am pretty determined and will keep increasing my knowledge. I decided to give it a go and bought a Juwel Rio...
  6. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hi there, I am super new, and despite my best efforts all attempts to buy the Planted Tank Guide have left me eternally loading on the paypal page. I was hoping to get some advice on starting my tank. I had a tank when I was a kid, and I really didn't have the resources/know-how to keep the...
  7. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Hey everyone, i'm new to the hobby, couple days ago i posted in this forum about a tank that i made right now for past week, and on the process of maturing it, and right now, i'm still do my research about what type of shrimp that newbie friendly. so far, theres 2 type of shrimp that suit my...
  8. Plants
    Hi Friends! I'm new to the forum but I've had an aquarium for about six years now. Two years ago, I upgraded to a 120 gallon tank from a 30 gallon and decided to also get into planted tanks. Since then I've had little luck getting good growth from my plants. The don't outright die, but the...
  9. 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...
  10. Low Tech Forum
    Hello everyone, Please forgive my lack of knowledge, but I have a few questions regarding the stocking of my low tech planted tank. I plan on heavily planting my tank; I'm not too sure if this is relevant however. (Also what constitutes as heavily planted?) Anyway, I have recently purchased a...
  11. Fish
    Hi, new to the forum and relatively new to the hobby. I've been working on a 10 gallon tank for about 2 months now, working through the process of cycling and deciding on stock. Currently it has some Guppy fry (from other tanks, doing what Guppies do) for a little less than a month now, keeping...
  12. Substrate
    So, I was looking for fry control for my platys the other night, and totally scrapped my idea of a betta sorority in a community tank, which was looking more and more like a recipe for disaster, when I discovered Bolivian Rams. Beautiful, hardy, peaceful, and personable, these fish will be...
  13. Low Tech Forum
    Hey there , First of all i am new here as well as in a planted tank..... I am total new in the planted tank keeping... I decided to to make one for experimental basis ... A "small low tech planted tank" So i have some Q if someone can answer these then it would be great help.. Some...
  14. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello everyone newbie to forums here. So i decided to plant my already established (over 1 year) 10 gallon aquarium. It is my first time planting and i have a few concerns if anyone could help ease my mind. first about my tank specs: 10 gallon marineland penguin 150 filter flourite substrate by...
  15. Lighting
    Hello Forum People, I have fallen out of having aquariums for quite a while and am just getting back into it. So for my first foray into to a planted tank i have bought a 48wx13dx24h 60 gallon tank. I am having trouble figuring out the lighting that I can use though. The tank came with a hooded...
  16. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this but here it is. I've read online that you can use distilled water instead of tap water during a partial water change. I just wanted to see if what I read online is true. If it is do I need to treat the distilled water with dechlorinator...
  17. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I keep seeing a bunch of different information through my searches about how much water you should change and how frequently. I'm a new tank owner with a 10 gal planted tank with shrimp and a couple oto catfish. I plan on adding a few more fish soon though. The information that I'm really...
  18. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I bought this heater a little more than a month ago to heat up my 2.5 gallon, but now it's been moved to my 6.6 bookshelf tank that houses my Betta and four Ghost Shrimp. It's set at 79 degrees, but I found out when I got home this evening that the water temperature was 84 degrees and the light...
  19. Tank Journals
    Alright, so after having a 2.5 gallon tank and going through the hassle of cycling it (not done yet), I've decided to dive into a 6.6 gallon fishless cycle. I'm pretty new and might need some advice, so chime in, because it's always appreciated. First off, my water source base test using the...
  20. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I heard to put pure ammonia to start off a brand new tank, but I don't know how much for gallon? 6.6 tank.
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