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  1. Low Tech Forum
    For those concerned about humus release from soils, I have some exciting results. Recently, I watched an aquascaping tank setup sponsored by the Raleigh Aquarium Society. Demonstrator used STS (Safe T Sorb), a gravel-like clay. The advantages of STS became clear: inexpensive ($7 for 40 lb...
  2. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I have persistant ich problem in otherwise very healthy 100gal tank. 14species of tank raised Tetras and some Rams and most were spawning. Water prams are fine and H2O a solid 79. No new fish or decorations. This problem started when strand algae and D. Sag and W. Sprite were taking over...
  3. Substrate
    Hi everyone, I'm new here and I've been learning a lot reading over the past few months. I finally have most of what I want in/for my tank, and would like a quick bit of help verifying if my idea(s) is(are) sound. To save some cash on substrate I've purchased some organic potting soil, super...
  4. Substrate
    I bought the tank off of craigslist, and I don't have a clue what kind of substrate it came with. I thought it was Ecocomplete, but having looked at it again, it might just be plain gravel to me. Anyone recognize it? I'm also thinking about just starting from scratch and doing a dirted tank. In...
  5. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I have had a 29 gal tank for years. I have had live plants for years too. Recently I have decided to use soil to help bring more natural nutrients to the plants. I am planning on mineralizing it before putting it in the tank. I have found many places that say how to do this and many have...
  6. Substrate
    Hi all, I'm entering a whole new world of crazy; tomorrow I'll be starting an emersed growing setup, for some nice plants I'd like to have on hand but don't have a way of working into my setups at the moment. I'm mostly winging it; going to grab some T8 bulbs and a fixture from home depot...
  7. Substrate
    Bought this to use as a substrate with a fluorite cap. Before I put it in the tank I noticed it actually has ferts in it.. 0.05 - 0.0 - 0.0. Only some nitrogen.. Will this be okay for fish after a immersed start with dwarf baby tears??
  8. Substrate
    I have started an experimental 20g tank using potting soil capped with 3/4 inch of gravel. I simply purchased an organic potting soil from Menards (our local building supply warehouse). Its about two weeks old and both the plants and fish (guppies) seem to be doing well. I've heard folks say...
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