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  1. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I am in the process of setting up a new tank. Since I am in bay-area, the water here is super soft, and no need to reduce the hardness. I usually use seachem Discus Buffer and Neutral Regulator to remove chlorine and adjust PH to 6.8 to 7.0. So couple days ago, the new tank finally cycled with...
  2. 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...
  3. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hello everyone, I am currently about a month into my first planted aquarium journey. It has been a wild ride. I am running a 20 Gallon High (24"L x 12"W x 16"H with about 2.5" of substrate) with CO2 and medium lights (Asta 20). I am using an inline CO2 diffuser at about 2.5 bps and my pH...
  4. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hey all, Does anyone know the timeline of the nitrogen cycle in an established tank? I have a fully, recently cycled Fluval Spec V, and was curious how long beneficial bacteria takes to convert ammonia to nitrite, and then from nitrite to nitrate. Can't seem to find any answers anywhere. I'm...
  5. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hello all, I have had a bit of a break from keeping fish and recently set up a 15g Fluval Flex planted aquarium. I set the tank up and added the live plants on 15th Jan and have been testing and today, I am measuring nitrates, it seems too early in the cycle but I'm wondering if this could be...
  6. Fish
    I am new to cycling fishless aquariums and im having some issues with it. I was at 1 ppm ammonia and then i did nothing to the tank for awhile and the ammonia spiked up to 6 ppm now. So im also having issues with nitrite and nitrates as well.
  7. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hey there, I posted a few days ago and things seem to have only gotten worse... First things first here are my water parameters. Ammonia 0, Nitrites 0, Nitrates 0, 304 ppm GH and 143 KH. PH is normally 6.8 with co2 off and 6.4 with co2 on. Tank is 22 gallon long about 2 months old with finnex...
  8. Plants
    so my ten gallon is a bit high on nitrates with only one plant (currently, getting LOTS of plants rlly soon) and i was wondering if I could put common houseplants in the hob filter or just have the roots submerged. I think my bamboo plant is perfect, but what about cactus plants/succulents that...
  9. Substrate
    Using Eco-complete in a 55 gallon tank. Pretty lightly stocked, 3 guppies, 2 otos, 7 harlequin Rasboras. Fairly lightly planted as well with 3 smaller crypts, three clumps of giant hair grass (to add some early height), 4 smaller Amazon swords, 1 red melon sword Never had detectable ammonia or...
  10. General Planted Tank Discussion
    So I have been battling with my 55 gallon tank for 2 years now, and I'm finally at a point where I can invest some money and time into it. For a long time it seemed that just about everything I tried with this tank backfired, and I just gave up. I also contracted a staph infection back in...
  11. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hey guys, I've been reading the forums for a while, but this is my first post. I recently had an issue I was hoping someone might be able to help me with. I just started EI dosing on my well established tank 2 nights ago, and yesterday I came home to 5 or 6 dead Tetras and the rest of my fish...
  12. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi guys Im new to this forum, and have got back into aquariums after having been unable to have aquariums for about 15 years (no I wasn't in jail). Anyway, Ive posted below some of my pics from my first foray into the planted tank hobby. This tank is ~180L and is about 2 weeks old. So far...
  13. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Welcome to another episode of Aquahound's Dirty Little Secrets. In this episode I go over The Nitrogen Cycle aka "The Silent Killer". We all go through this cycle when starting up a new tank and taking the time to let the bacteria grow is very vital to having success. It is exciting when you get...
  14. UK
    Hello, I live in london and am fed up with struggling with my nitrates. The tap water has between 30-40ppm. Between that and my slightly overstocked aquarium I can only get my nitrates down to a consistent 20ppm. I hate the thought that every week i change the water and add more nitrates for...
  15. WTB/RAOK
    Up for RAOK: A sandwich bag full of Water Sprite, 2 portions available. Just pay $7 shipping +$.60 paypal fees. These are great nitrate consumers and well adept for use in either tank cycling or nutrient rich tanks. Will also include a patch of Ricca and 3 red root floaters as a show of...
  16. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Ammonia-->Nitrites-->Nitrates That is how the cycle goes right? Now obviously I am at the point where I never get readings of Ammonia or Nitrites, but my Nitrates have always been sky-high. I know there are a little bit of Nitrates in my tap water (which sucks) but whenever I use my...
  17. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I'm confused by my water parameter test results. I'm 23 days into a fishless cycle with seeding material. Until now, my readings have followed the expected course. Previously I have needed to add pure ammonia every other day to keep the levels at ~1.5-2.0ppm. However, for ~3 days, my ammonia...
  18. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I have a sword in flourite with flourish tabs (and flourish liquid for the other plants amended with API Leaf Zone for more iron and potassium.) Oh, an daily Excel. I also made capsules of iron tabs and calcium. It is suffering from lack of nitrates, which I don't want to add to the water...
  19. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I have a 7.9 Gallon Fluval Ebi with approximately 20 Cherry and Tiger shrimp in it and heavily planted. It is planted enough to fill much of the tank but not enough to eliminate nitrates. I want good plant growth so I can replant stems and fill the rest of the tank but I do not want to be...
  20. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hey all, I have recently relaunched my 50G aquarium to be a planted tank but it is not going as well as I had hoped. I upgraded my lighting to 4 t5 fluorescents and have been using my DIY CO2 setup for about 2 weeks now. The results in my plants, however, have been less than stellar. My amazon...
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