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  1. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    So, my grandmother wanted her own shrimp aquarium for Christmas. I set one up, cycled it, and stocked it just in time for Christmas for her. I've had nothing but trouble with it since, however. The cycle had a hiccup but is improving, the addition of new livestock caused it to produce...
  2. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Perhaps a bit of an odd question, but has anyone tried to selectively breed bladder snails or know anything about their genetics? Since they're a pest snail there's not a whole lot of information on breeding them (plenty of getting rid of them though) and I'm pretty curious about doing some...
  3. Algae
    Hey guys! So I have been getting a lot of GSA in my 15 gallon tank, and was wondering if any of you know what I can do about it. For note, I do have a nerite snail, however I think it is too much for him to eat on his own haha. Poor Pablo. Anyways, I've heard you need to add phosphate to get...
  4. Substrate
    I love aquatic plants and eventually would like to try a dirted aquarium to try to improve growth and rooting, however, I was wondering how much of an impact dirt has on things like the PH and TDS? I've researched the basics of setting up a dirted aquarium, but I never see much information on...
  5. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Update: Thank you to everyone who gave me feedback on the situation! I only lost one shrimp thankfully despite my mistake and everyone seems comfortable now. I've decided to give rcs their own planted 3 gallon with parameters matched to the ones from their breeder. The aquarium isn't cycled but...
  6. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    This is my first post on here, but I've learned a ton lurking around already, so let me say thanks for all the help! To start, I have a 20gal tall tank that's been up and running for about 5 months now, ADA amazonia sub, Finnex Planted + 24/7 LED light that I run for 9 hrs/day (only a few hours...
  7. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Hello! I recently put 10 cherry shrimp in my pretty heavily planted Fluvial 5 spec with some chili rasboras hoping to start a colony! I wanted to run my parameters by you all to see if I need to boost my GH/KH at all... or are these suitable for red cherry shrimp? GH: ~120ppm KH...
  8. General Planted Tank Discussion
    So around July 22nd, I was having issues with one of my frogs, and long story short, someone at my LFS told me it was because my water was too soft (yes he was wrong, but I was desperate to help the little guy). I had been using RO water from a different LFS, without remineralizing, as I had no...
  9. General Planted Tank Discussion
    We've had a 30 gallon planted tank about 3 years and it has been very stable for quite a while (nice plant growth, healthy fish), thanks in part to great advice I've gotten in these forums in the past! It's low-tech, not CO2-injected. Here are the current parameters: Ph 6.8 Ammonia 0 Nitrite 0...
  10. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    I've been trying to keep shrimp but they always keep dying. The shrimp simply stops moving, and then is dead. Happens very gradually over the course of a day. I know the shrimp is dead because it literally just falls on its side or up side down. After some time, if they are well hidden and I...
  11. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I have a planted tank with nothing living in it, but I'm being sent a fish in a week so I need to get it ready. It's been cycled from ages ago, it used to house shrimp. It's been a while since I've done maintenance on it, so it's clean (and pest snails kept the algae away), but the parameters...
  12. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Just like the title says, what are parameters supposed to look like for the duration? So Im working on a 40g tank, I basically transferred everything from my 29 to the 40. Transferred filter for bacteria, but I also added a fluval 206. I started the tank on 4/22, added TSS on 4/25. It's got some...
  13. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi all, I recently did a total do-over with my 10 gallon tank. I decided to go with the low light/low tech option with tons of plants. I took out my old substrate and left a few handfulls to hopefully cycle the tank faster with some pre-existing BB (My old tank had been set up for a couple...
  14. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hello, I'm fairly new to this hobby and having a little trouble with cycling my tank. I have a 40 gallon breeder that is heavily planted and now has 6 white clouds. The tank has been up and running for a little more than 2 and half weeks. I have been testing (API master kit) my water about...
  15. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi Everyone! I have the nagging suspicion that one of my water parameters are off. I have a master test kit (pH, ammonia, nitrate, nitrite) but I've heard people discussing other variables that I'm not familiar with. Can someone point me in the right direction in what to buy and what to test...
  16. 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...
  17. General Planted Tank Discussion
    So I am still relatively new to doing a planted tank and about 6 months ago switched from a 20g planted tank to a 55g tank. At first my plants seemed fine but now they are starting to melt away or become stunted. I have checked my water parameters and I am not concerned that I don't have enough...
  18. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Different tanks 20 gal high & 30 gal high. Inert sand and black diamond substrate. Current USA Planted + LED lights - getting algae growth, guessing, I'm good. Low light, I'm happy at present. Osmocote plus root tabs for fertilizer 8.4 pH from local water supply GH 2 drops 36 ppm KH 28...
  19. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    So I made a post a while ago about a reading of point .25ppm of Ammonia in my 29 gallon. I've been more detailed check of my old 20g and my new 55. They all have the same color reading of .25ppm. In my 55g I would not be as surprised if it spike, it is fairly new. However, I have had Kuhli...
  20. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I'm not trying to bore anyone with repeated questions but I'm just starting out and only have petco and petsmart's around where I live. I did a lot of searching and still am not sure about my readings. So I testing everything in my tank today and found. PH-7.0 Ammonia-0/low Nitrite-0/low...
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