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  1. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Hey all, I’ve been meaning to start culturing some brine shrimp (never have before) and I just have some general questions. 1-is it more price efficient to hatch them instead of just buying them? 2-I plan to use a simple diy setup with some plastic bottles and an air pump shooting through the...
  2. Equipment
    Hey all, I have a pretty simple question but one I am kinda lost on because I have never used sponge filters.However after giving them some further thought, they seem to be the better choice in the tank im going for. But here’s the thing: I have no idea how to measure the effectiveness of an...
  3. Lighting
    I wasn’t sure if I should post here or in lighting…but alas, here I am, because ultimately I want to keep the aquarium pretty low tech (read: low cost). Also, I am not 100% sure my issue is lighting related! A little backstory: tank purchased as a Christmas gift for children. Basics of the...
  4. Fish
    I'm doing research on possibly keeping some white cloud minnows in an unheated 29 or 38 gallon tank with a three spot gourami and maybe a school of cory cats if there's room and I can find a species that would do well with the temperatures, and I wanted to make sure all of these species could...
  5. Plants
    Hi Planted Tankers I'm a noob. What's this plant that seems happy in my SpecV? How do I propagate it? Many Thanks.
  6. The Lounge & Introductions
    Hello, all! Nice to meet ya. I'm Specs. Needless to say, my knowledge of aquarium keeping (planted or not) is vastly outdated; with the extent of it being what little I acquired from my grandmother as a kid. She was a very low-maintenance gal. She didn't believe in doing water changes or...
  7. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Hey so I've decided to start a tank up after not owning any for a while. I have been very interested in putting shrimp in this one. I am currently running the tank empty for a few days before I get some heartier fish in there to get everything going. I was wondering if anyone had any tips on...
  8. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hello forum! This is my first post on literally anything fish/aquascaping/tank related and I could use some criticism on how to better my tank visually and to make my dwarf gourami happier! Tank has been cycling for at least a month and I just got the dwarf gourami 2 days ago and added I added...
  9. Fish
    I have a 20 gallon long with the following: Filtration - Whisper 20i + 10i. Fish in stock - 1 glofish tetra 1 peppered corydoras 1 albino corydoras 1 julie corydoras 7 albino glow light tetras 1 African dwarf frog Water Parameters - PH 7.4 NH3/NH4- 0ppm NO2- 0ppm NO3- 20ppm I'm such a noob...
  10. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello I have a few questions and problems I need desperate help with. I have been reading around forums and such lately trying to find answers I have picked up a good amount of info but I am still kinda stuck on some things that would be greatly appreciated if someone could help me out. I am...
  11. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    On a whim I bought "Medina 12-4-8 Liquid Fertilizer" while at the grocery store. I know it probably wasn't the best choice, as I did practical research after I got home, but from what i've found it shouldn't be too bad...? It contains: Nitrogen (N) 12.00% Phosphoric Acid (P2O5) 4.00% Potash...
  12. Low Tech Forum
    So as the title states it, I'm a total noob and I have no idea what I'm doing. I've never owned a fish tank before, and tbh I've never owned any fish or grown any plants either. But I think I've read enough to get a general understanding about how planted tanks work. Right now, I have a 55...
  13. The Lounge & Introductions
    Hi just joined, I love fish and plants. I have a betta named George, a bearded dragon named beard and a cat named cupid. I spend my days making them happy. I want to breed betta fish again because that was a joy lol. Right now im about to set up a 5 gal tank with plants and some shrimp :3 :fish:
  14. Plants
    Hi guys, like I mentioned in the title, I am a beginner to this whole aquarium thing and I was hoping you guys could help me out in identifying this plant I have in my betta bowl (the one on the left in the front with small leaves). Thanks a lot!
  15. Plants
    Just started my 10 gal. Added some grass and some cool looking tall plants. Pretty new to this. what else could I add to make it look better? Thanks for the help!:icon_lol:
  16. Tank Journals
    This shall be my spot for my journal. This will be my second planted tank, and I am super excited. Lighting; Aquatic Life dual T5, 1 35 Watt 6k and 1 35 Watt Roseate bulb. Filtration; Ehiem 2213 Substrate; 12L of Amazonia Aquasoil Plants; (as of now, I am a plant noob) Eleocharis...
  17. Planted Nano Tanks
    I've been lurking here and a couple other aquarium forums for a while. I'm in college and I'm hoping to setup a cheap planted cherry shrimp tank to put on my desk next year. Here is my budget at the moment. Current budget is for a 10 gallon. I'm willing to go much smaller but when I tried...
  18. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hey everyone! I just wanted to take a sec and introduce myself. Been checking out the resources here while setting up my first planted tank. Such a useful place, I'm very thankful to find it! I have tons of questions and have been checking out the FAQs for help so far! I hope to learn and...
  19. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hello all, this is my first post on The Planted Tank. Long time lurker, first time poster. :hihi: I have a currently unoccupied 2.5 gallon that I plan on making into a rimless iwagumi/heavily planted shrimp tank. I'd like advice on EVERYTHING: -Nano filter -Lighting -CO2(DIY?) -Substrate -And...
  20. Low Tech Forum
    Hi all, I've been lurking around here for about a week now doing research, and I still seem to be lost, so I guess I'll go ahead and ask some questions! :) First, I'll start off with where I am now. Pics first: Full Frontal ;) The fiddlers, possibly fiddlin' A view of the wooded end Right...
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