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  1. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I'm helping out an elementary school that has "nature courtyard" that includes a 800-1000 gallon fully contained pond. They keep an eastern painted turtle and a school of feeder goldfish in the summer. There is also normally a spring explosion of tadpoles and then frogs which then make their...
  2. Substrate
    The Father Fish Method (https://bit.ly/37rO43V), a variation of the Walstad Method, is claimed to create permanently nutritious substrate while the Walstad Method only lasts a few years and requires root tabs thereafter to maintain. A guy I met at my LFS, who has been doing Walstad for over 30...
  3. Plants
    Hi everyone, I'm wondering why as my plants grow, the older growth turns dark brown but the new growth is light green. I want to reduce or eliminate the amount of dark brown growth from my plants. I am currently running a CO2 system at about 1.5 bps and I have a Beamworks DA FSPEC light 10000K...
  4. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Due to my RCS population in a mixed tank, I have moved to daily 10% water changes vs. large weekly changes to keep hardness values stable and so they don't get forced into a molt. I use a couple of those cheap half gallon plastic fish bowls you get at the LFS (that hopefully nobody ever keeps a...
  5. Plants
    Hi, just noticed this in the leaves of this single plant. I just started my planted tank and this is day 10. - I used ADA Aquasoil and Power Sand. Also added Seachem Stability & diffused CO2 since day 1. I only recently started liquid fertilisers (Seachem Flourish, Potassium & Phosphorous)...
  6. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    The custom micro mix thread has reached nearly 100 pages and nearly 1,500 posts. Additionally, the old threads on trace toxicity are long and full of chaff. Now, I try not to be lazy and generally am willing to put some time into researching a topic, but this is a bit much. I realized I'm...
  7. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I'm new to this hobby and have had this tank up and running for about 3 months. I purchased a large amount of various plants from a local grower and threw them in the tank. Some are doing well, others not so much. I don't expect much growth since I'm not injecting Co2 but some plants are...
  8. Plants
    If any of you guys knows whats going on and can help, it would be greatly appreciated, as I'm at my wits end with this tank. All my plants seem to be stunted, and the stem and older leaves of all my plants are turning brown. Photos are at the bottom, below the tank descriptions. Tank Stats...
  9. Fish
    I was reading a thread on another site about how bettas need vitamins, or they can get an S-shaped curve to their body from deficiencies. It was recommended to use any multi-vitamin pill and crush it up. I know I can't believe everything I read on the Internet so I wanted to ask if anyone here...
  10. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hey everyone! So I have a planted 20 gallon long, and I've been struggling with algae, nutritional imbalances, and frustration haha. This tank has been going since about January. As you can see in the pictures, my s repens leaf tips are curling and turning brown, and my ludwigia super red...
  11. Plants
    My limnophila is turning brown? any ideas to what it is and how to help? please and thank you!
  12. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Anyone know the copper toxicity/copper LD50 for Amano shrimp? I want to make sure I won't kill them with my ferts! I read somewhere that copper LD50 is 0.07ppm but not sure how accurate that is
  13. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I just medicated my tank for a short while and have found a sort of residue on the water surface - nothing alarming but it is noticeable. I have a spare eheim carbon pad which I could use temporarily however there is a lot of contrasting opinions on whether it will remove plant nutrients and...
  14. Algae
    I have had a 5 gallon aquarium I set up to learn the hobby. Its RO water with quartz gravel and no CO2 injection (Low tech). it has always had algae. Only for a short has it worked well with minimal algae but it didn’t last and I have tied every suggestion people have given to others and...
  15. Substrate
    I am setting up a new 75g and using an organic dirt substrate. My plan is to put this in a thread in the journal section once I get started. My question is what are your thoughts about adding nutrients to the organic dirt like iron and plant food? I have attached a few pictures of what I am...
  16. Low Tech Forum
    I'm fairly new to planted tanks and this is also my first post to the forum. Sorry... this is sort of long. I've had a 29 gallon tank for about a year now but I redid it 2 months ago. When I redid it, I added 2 amazon swords (plus some other plants). I got a fairly large bleheri amazon sword...
  17. Algae
    Hi all, first time posting in a while. I have a 40b semi-iwagumi that has been set up for approx 5 months and is going well. I had some issues with cyano in my glossostigma carpet, but added some power heads to increase flow in the area and it took care of it. There has been a tiny amount of...
  18. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi, I'm new to the forum, but I thought this would be the best place to ask about my tank. Two weeks ago, I added a larger dose of phosphate to my tank because my plants had been getting great growth with what I had added so far. Unfortunately, I added too much and green water took hold of my...
  19. Algae
    PEOPLE THE GODS HAVE ANSWERED OUR PRAYERS! So I was having problems with cladophora algea for about a year and I tried everythinnnnng to stop it. Even bleach, but nothing was good enough. Until one day I'm taking inventory of all my aquarium supplements and I find this bottle of API Algeafix. I...
  20. Low Tech Forum
    Here is how we got our start.......We set my youngest daughter up with a 2 gallon filtered tank with 3 white clouds (we lost one), and then my wife also added a Betta in a bowl to the mix. We have had that going for months, but all the fish looked really bored. I decided to buy a 10 gallon set...
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