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  1. Equipment
    Hey guys. So I've been growing DBT for about 3 months now here's what I've been using: - 15l x 15w (13 gallons) tank - Fluval Nano plant lighting (full brightness), 12-15 hours a day - ADA soil, - daily Flourish Exel - weekly dose of NA thrive after water change - standard HOB filter...
  2. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hi everyone ! I set up a new planted tank a few days ago (on july 5th). I keep the light on from 8 a.m. to to 10 p.m. I checked the pH and it's neutral. I notice that my plants are dying. I keep finding and picking dead roots from the gravel. I'm worried that the coarse gravel is crushing the...
  3. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi, I am really needing help since I couldn't find any good information on this so far. I have a plants-only aquarium and since I know that CO2 is good for plant growth I have arrived at the following question: What is the best (highest) value of CO2 (in ppm) to have the fastest plant growth...
  4. Plants
    These tiny vine-like offshoots appear to be growing from my variegated water wisteria. In the image you can see the 2 or 3 tiny vine/offshoots floating above the wisteria. The plant is doing just fine so it's not an issue I'm just curious. Are these some sort of flowers? Are they free floating...
  5. Lighting
    Hey there, I'm currently in the process of setting up a planted Iwagumi in a 20 gallon tank. Dimensions: (approx) 19.29 x 16.93 x 12.99 in 49 x 43 x 35 cm But I quickly realised the lighting which came with my tank was absolutely crap for planting! (1st image attached) It came...
  6. Equipment
    Hi All I've got a problem I'd like some thoughts on / help with. I've kept a few tanks over the years, all with great success. I have now just established a new 400L planted tank which is OK, but not great. Why I'm not happy with it, is that the plants are not pearling or thriving as well as...
  7. Plants
    I've got four of these sword plants, they were doing fine when I first put them in the tank. But now new leaves grow in distorted (ravelled edges, small, orange/red tint on the edges). The existing leaves seems to be thriving but new growth looks weak? I'm not sure if this had anything to do...
  8. Tank Journals
    Let me know what you think! Substrate- Black Sand Lighting- SR Aquaristik LED Fixture Filter- Small internal filter Heating- 25w Heater CO2-None Hardscape- Lace Rock Fauna: Trapdoor Snail, Blue Mystery, LF Zebra Danios Flora: Echinodorus 'ozelot' , Cryptocoryne (not sure of variety)...
  9. Plants
    Ok so I have some java fern I bought last week, I'm not expecting it to miraculously go nuts on growth, but I'm curious how to encourage that lush bush look, simular to the photo for it in the plant profile section on this site: (disclaimer:photo not mine! (I wish it was) (C) in bottom left...
  10. Plants
    I was looking at my filter intake tube and the surface are of my powerhead and they looked awfully blank. I was thinking anubias nana petite or "pixie(?)" would look amazing attached to either or both. Has anyone tried this is so what did you use for attachment? Pros or cons to this idea in...
  11. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I have a 10 gallon tank set up with a bit of plants, which light is best for my tank? I currently have these to choose from: 13W 825 lumens 6500k mini spiral CFL bulbs Hatch lighting 15T10/CL 120V I don't know anymore information on this bulb but it makes a nice yellow light. I would...
  12. General Planted Tank Discussion
    So I just made this account today and I am very new to this site and needed some help :) I recently got a job a Big Al's fish store and am learning about fish, I'm still learning so cut me a little slack. I'm really interested in starting a planted aquarium, they fascinate me. I know a decent...
  13. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I recently purchased a Crinium calimastratum for my planted cichlid tank. I think it it one of the most beautiful plants i have ever seen. I have other plants in the tank that are thriving marvelously. I currently have these other plants Scientific Name / Common Names - Cabomba pulcherrima /...
  14. DIY
    hi all great forum. I think i've interpreted everything right so this post is more for clarification before purchase then anything. i'm a freshy with planted tanks and native australian fish, I've decided to start updating my fluros to LEDs. my trial tank is 1200x450x700 (47x17x27) - 378L...
  15. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello everyone my name is brian. A little background I have been running a 150 gallon salt water reef aquarium for about 2 years when I decided it was to much to keep up and I was craving the look of a nicley planted fresh water aquarium! So i switched over and now have a 3 week old fresh...
  16. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi all, here is some info about my tank: tank: 2 gallon fluval spec filter: sump with large sponge and 2 packs of biomax (I took out the activated carbon) light: 13w fluval 6400k cfl clamp-on lamp flora: nesaea "red" hc (Hemianthus callitrichoides) fauna: 6 espe's...
  17. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hey there, Just getting into the planted tank thing over the last 2-3 months and encountering some problems that I was hoping to get advice with. Here's my set-up: Tank = 4ft x 1ft x 20 inches Substrate = Fairly standard dark gravel (small pebbles) with JBL Aqua Basis Plus underneath Lighting...
  18. Lighting
    Hello All! New to the board. Love all the insight and helpful advice this board has given me. That being said, I was hoping someone would be able to give me some advice on lighting for my tank. Tank: 140 Gallon freshwater Co2: Yes, 2 bps (need more from what I've read) Light Fixture: 6...
  19. California
    I have had my 65gal planted tank up and going for about 2 months now with CO2 and a specialty substrate for plants. Am I going to need to add anything to it? What's a good fertilizer to add without getting crazy algae everywhere??
  20. Low Tech Forum
    Ok so here’s the deal I currently have a 6‘long X 1.5’wide X 2’deep 130 gallon tank with 2 36” T12 life-glo bulbs. I have some amazon swords that are doing pretty good I guess and I have a few other plants that aren’t doing all that well so I want to upgrade my lighting but I don’t want to spend...
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