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  1. Low Tech Forum
    Hi! :giggle: I've had my tank for a little under 4 months now and it has already gone through so many changes as I have been getting it established. I've made plenty of newbie mistakes, but somehow have managed to keep all my fish alive (if not all my plants)! I started off not doing anything...
  2. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Hello there everyone! I'm new to the forum and this is my first post, I was just hoping to get some clarification and advice! I'm setting up a Fluval 5 gallon (Built in filter) and was hoping to try out shrimp that weren't Amano's lol! I've purchased Amano's from a reputable LFS in my area...
  3. Substrate
    Hello, I am new at this hobby and wanna have my first planted aquarium, my tank is 40 L (10 gallons) which I will keep a betta in it, it is lowtech, and I will have the following plants in that tank: crypt wendtii brown, anubias nana, anubias nana petite, rotala sp. green, bacopa caroliniana...
  4. The Lounge & Introductions
    Oh, hello! I've been on a slow descent into aquarium madness for the past several years, starting from a feeder fish in a 5gallon mistake some 13 years ago. So, of course, I'm up to a 120gallon running and several other tanks in storage at this point. I avoided getting into planted tanks because...
  5. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I started my fishless cycle on 10/20 by adding ammonia. 10/22 Ammonia levels were at 4.0, PH 7.6 so I added some crushed fish food, Stability and Prime. 10/23 Ammonia levels were at 3.0, Nitrite at 5.0 and Nitrate at 20.0 10/24 Ammonia at 4.0, PH 7.8, Nitrite 5.0, Nitrate 10.0 - Added Prime...
  6. 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...
  7. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello, everyone. I hope you are staying safe. I recently took a dive into CO2 diffusion in my 20-gallon tank. I started using CO2 about two days ago. I have an inline diffuser and I use an Eheim 2213 canister filter. I would say my tank is moderately planted, as nothing has had the chance to...
  8. Tank Journals
    A big hello to all from a newbie to this forum! I have been lurking for year or two here, have been drooling over the nice planted tank setups people show here. I have kept fish since I was a child, knew nothing about the nitrogen cycle then. Ha! Was without a tank for a good couple of decades...
  9. Tank Journals
    Hello, long time listener, first-time caller. I wanted to start documenting my experience with my first tank and sharing it with other hobbyists. At this point, you've probably scrolled to see this is a long post so if you get through, I'll thank you in advance for sticking with it. I'll start...
  10. Equipment
    So I am back into the hobby after a long hiatus and am currently cycling my two new nano tanks. This is the first time I am using pressurized co2. My set up is as follows paintball tank to solenoid to splitter with needle valves for each output to bubble counter/check valve combo to in tank...
  11. The Lounge & Introductions
    Very glad to join this wonderful site! I’ve had tropical fish since I was a kid in the 70’s. I thought I was time for a change and have started to add shrimp. I’m finding out there are so many other things to consider and juggle than an only-fish hobbyist needs to. Then there’s growing plants...
  12. The Lounge & Introductions
    Ok, folks. My introduction to this forum may end up getting me promptly kicked off this forum, but here goes. I'm here because I got a guppy by accident two days ago. I teach introductory environmental science to non-science majors, and in our unit on nutrient cycling I have my students set...
  13. Low Tech Forum
    I don't wish to spend upwards of $173 on branded Aquarium Soil for my 40gal, I am wishing to do a dirted tank. This will be my first planted tank and I've heard newbies shouldn't do it but I'm doing one anyways! Any advice given for this would be appreciated as I am still in the midst of doing...
  14. The Lounge & Introductions
    Hello everyone, My name is Brian and I recently dipped my toes into the world of Planted Tanks! I had occasionally thought about owning a fish tank again, especially after the passing of our family dog earlier this year. After much time and stumbling into videos by Joey aka "King of DIY" on...
  15. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello guys, I'm new to the hobby and to the forum. So I bought a tank from FB Marketplace and cleaned it up. Below are the specs for my tank. I've been doing quite a lot of reading on this forum but never bothered to make an account/post. So, for any 'pros' out there, if you have anything to say...
  16. The Lounge & Introductions
    Hello everyone! I'm Savannah, a trans photographer/musician from southern MN. Although I am not new to keeping fish I am kind of new to "properly" keeping them. The last fish I had was an Oscar who I had for about a year and a half until I moved and my parents over-fed him. I've always been...
  17. The Lounge & Introductions
    Hi guys I'm new to this site but not entirely new to aquariums I've been keeping fish for the last 15 years. Usually low-tech low maintenance stuff - I started off with goldfish and fake plants haha. My last tank before I downsized and moved into a unit was a 3ft community tank with danios...
  18. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I have a 67L tank, currently I have the filter and heater running with just the driftwood in (just to get rid of the tannin and making sure the wood has properly sunk before planting - which I'm hoping to do next weekend) I'll be swapping the sponge from the filter baskets to small ceramic...
  19. The Lounge & Introductions
    Hello, I am a newbie to planted tanks. I kept a few freshwater tanks almost 30 years ago and saltwater about 15 yrs ago. Just got back in the hobby with a simple 39g freshwater planted tank. I threw some playground sand in there and tossed in a few newbie plants and a couple fish. I have...
  20. 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...
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