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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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.
  5. General Planted Tank Discussion
    First test results after seeing that my Betta was biting his tail. PH = 7.6 High End PH = 8.2 Ammonia = 0.25 ppm Nitrite = 5.0 ppm Nitrate = Between 5.0 ppm and 10 ppm. A day later after 75% water change: PH = 7.6 High End PH = 8.0 Ammonia = 0.50 ppm Nitrite = 5.0 ppm Nitrate = 0 ppm...
  6. Low Tech Forum
    Hey everyone, I'm fairly new to all of this stuff. So far I've managed to put together 4 different Walstad-method bowls for bettas, snails and ghost shrimp. I've recently started experimenting with threading java moss to stones, wood, etc. Basically, I'm graduating college next week and...
  7. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Day 10 on the new amazonia tank. I've planted twice and have done 3 60% water changes. A few days ago, the ammonia tested 0 and nitrites .25 ... that was before a right before a water change. It's been two days. Now the ammonia is 0, the nitrite is 0, and the nitrate is 5. Could it be cycled...
  8. Low Tech Forum
    I had many more cichlids than my 29 gallon setup could handle, and I could not keep up with the water changes / cleanings. The light and heater are 20y old. Literally. The filter is a Aqueon quiet something 30 purchased 2y ago. Last night I sold my cichlids and we impulse purchased some...
  9. Substrate
    Hi all I posted a question the other day about using my two 20lb bags of eco-complete with a black sand cap. I have been reconsidering the color scheme of the very dark substrate. I was thinking of using a more natural river stone colored gravel and black sand with the eco-complete. I figure...
  10. Lighting
    Hi. This is my first planted tank, and I've researched about the different parts of the aquarium, but this factor still confuses me: Lighting. In hoping to get a 55 gallon tank, and it needs medium-high lighting. My biggest concern is lifespan though- I want a light that I don't have to replace...
  11. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello all, this looks like an interesting forum. I found a 15 page thread here that described people wrestling with the Fluval C02 system. Before I get into that, let me give you some of my info. I have a 30 gal, fish include roselines, a red tail shark, danios, tetras, & 3 angels. I know...
  12. Low Tech Forum
    My sorority sisters were given 7 fat heads (5 of which are rosy reds) as part of a scavenger hunt. Deemed just "feeder fish" my sisters told me to just put them in a bowl until they eventually die out. Being vegetarian and unable to watch anything in distress (the same goes for most insects &...
  13. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello all my first post in this forum (So be nice) I am in the process of taking down my reef tank and are leaning towards building it into a planted tank. My vision is to make it look natural. A little driftwood and some 24-30" tall plants at the back of the tank reducing down to grass at...
  14. Lighting
    Hello, My tank dimensions are 24" L, 12" W, and 14" H. I'm interested getting into the hobby of planted tanks and I've done a little bit of research. Right now, I just have a standard Aqueon 24" at 8000k T8 and looking forward to upgrading (no plants yet). What are your thoughts on perhaps...
  15. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hey how yinz guys doin! Just joined the forum and decided to turn my 20G tall tank into a planted tank. I just wanted to ask a few questions about my equipment that currently have and if that interferes with my expectations of growth. 1st.) I have a underwater filter attached to a power head...
  16. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hi all :) I'm new here, but have been browsing for awhile :) I am going to buy a 5 or 6 gallon tank on thursday, and eclipse most likely - And I can't wait!! But - As always - I'm a newbie to this whole concept in general. :( My tank would house my betta fish, and potentially a couple of...
  17. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Does anyone remember any good posts with maybe an outline of "getting started" ? I have several medium planted fish tanks, but want to start a 10 gallon strictly planted tank. (try my hand at aquascaping). I've surfed several posts in here, however most of the topics seem beyond me. I'm looking...
  18. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi, I am new to the forum. Five years ago I had two planted aquariums. Now I am looking to re-enter the hobby. I am thinking of setting up my 70 gallon Oceanic aquarium. I am sure that there have been advancements in five years. I have general questions. Is there a major chance of leakage...
  19. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi everyone, I checked the other noob posts and they were a lot more advanced than me. I am a total noob. I was referred to this site by an aquarium enthusiast and was immediately floored by the amount of info! I have a small goldfish--he's not even really a goldfish, he is what they called a...
  20. General Planted Tank Discussion
    i have been lurking and reading as much as i can on planted tanks.i have read allot of contradicting "facts".instead of a "what should i do" thread i thought it might be good to know what common beginner mistakes to avoid? i have a 6' long 18" tall and 12" deep 110g tank that im going to go...
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