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  1. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hey yall, I recently set up a 10 gallon planted tank, im unsure of what stocking, but I currently have fluval stratum and driftwood, no plants. I am cycling with API quickstart as well as seachem stability. It took around two weeks for my ammonia to come down near 0, however I have not seen an...
  2. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello fellow hobbyists I am a newbie to this hobby, and have started this journey with a 60 Liter FW tank. I plan to make it a heavily planted betta tank. Here’s what I have so far: - 50x35x35cm tank - Tropica aqua soil 9 Liters - 30cm piece of driftwood (soaked for 2 weeks prior to 16th July...
  3. Low Tech Forum
    I will try and keep this short. I did a 20% water change 2 weeks ago. Unfortunately, I didn't test the tap water (has been fine for 20 years). The utilities department flooded the lines with chloramine due to coronavirus fears. My fish started suffocating, so I did 2 more emergency water...
  4. Fish
    My husband and I went through a traumatic tank cycle-crash a few weeks ago with our 125 g. Long story short, after a big water change the tank's nitrite level spiked, and despite doing a 2nd water change immediately, the next morning we woke up to find most of the small fish gasping at the...
  5. 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.
  6. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    If I have 1ppm of ammonia out of my tap that's going into my tank does that mean I will have 1ppm of nitrite then 1 ppm of nitrate as the nitrification reaction proceeds? Say if I'm doing a 50% water change that will immediately be cut in half- so 0.5ppm of ammonia turns to 0.5ppm nitrite...
  7. Low Tech Forum
    Hello everyone, I'm relatively new to planted tanks and tanks in general. I adopted a cute betta fish from my coworker who was moving out of state, she wanted to leave him in the office! He was in a plastic bowl with no heater, plants or filtration. I knew he would die there so the rest is...
  8. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I recently began a fairly heavily planted tank around 3 weeks ago with a dry start of about one week. I have the beginnings of a dwarf hairgrass carpet, some java moss and a few background plants, and I've been dosing with GLA EI fertilizer kit for about 2 weeks. Using the API drop test kit, my...
  9. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hey guys, A month ago I moved my 40G across my room in a process that took about 2 hours. The entire time i had my filter running in the tub that the fish were temporarily in. A week after the move i noticed that all my parameters were stuck at zero. No Ammonia spikes, no Nitrite spikes, and...
  10. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I feel like I'm going to catch a lot of flack for this question but... Are frequent to water changes REALLY necessary in a heavily planted tank??? Everyone talks about how they do weekly or even semi weekly water changes, but is it necessary? If Ammonia and Nitrite stay at zero, and Nitrates...
  11. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I'm having a huge problem. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but my pretty heavily planted 55g tank keeps going into a mini cycle. Several fish have died because of this and it's getting really upsetting. I don't do anything out of the ordinary that I am aware of. I do weekly 50% water changes...
  12. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hello all, I have quite a bit of questions if anyone has the time about testing water in a freshwater aquarium. I just got the API master test kit that test the following: pH Ammonia Nitrite Nitrate I'm wondering what else I should I be testing for. I have a 10G tank that is planted and a 55G...
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