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  1. Tank Journals
    I set up a planted tank for my daughter's kindergarten class. I've had planted tanks for years. I like the Walstad approach with an Amano aesthetic. For this tank I was hoping for a setup that would survive during the summer with little to no intervention. I was inspired by Tom's Bucket o' Mud...
  2. Equipment
    Hi... About to build a 3 ft planted tank... I am planning for an elaborate sump with filter media, a refugium DIY Co2 reactor, and DIY UV sterilizer. The idea of a refugium in marine tank fascinates me, as it can be me employed in a planted tank... it could be used in multiple ways... like...
  3. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hello all - I'm in the process of setting up a Fluval Spec III (2.5 gal) Walstad tank, using the filter section as a small non-lighted refugium for scuds, ostracods, etc. with dead leaves and twigs as the media. I thought it would be nice to try breeding a pair of Scarlet Badis with the...
  4. Substrate
    Any one used this for there refugium on freshwater tank? Thinking that any good substrate will do the same as miracle mud, since the purpose of a refugium is to have fast growing plants that take up the nitrates as they pass through. I'm setting up a 180 tank with a 40g B so just want to know...
  5. Lighting
    I'm setting up a 180g planted discus tank and was thinking of getting a finnex 18in light for my 40g B refugium but I think I might have algae issue since the light will be right on top of the tank. I will be doing water changes a lot so I might not but wanted to see if anyone had any...
  6. DIY
    So, long story short, I have a couple of old bottom drilled 60 gallons I picked up a while back for basically free (I think $20 each lol), and I wanted to do something with 'em. So I started thinking: I already have a 75 gallon wave front tank, unfortunately the stand is impossible to put a sump...
  7. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Haven't been on the forum for a while, but I had to share this. I was shocked to find this 2-foot long Garter snake in my refugium. I have a cat that tends to bring snakes and other critters into the house from outside, relatively unharmed. My theory is that she brought this guy into the house...
  8. Equipment
    I was playing around with some ideas and I came up with this design after some research and reading (the first picture). I'm concerned with how adequate the water entering the fuge will mix rather then flow on the surface and exit the fuge. so I came up with the second idea for the sump - adding...
  9. WTB/RAOK
    As title states, I'm looking for a R200 Sump, used is perfectly fine, just looking for it to be in good condition. Two people locally haven't got back to me yet on theirs that their are selling.
  10. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I'm looking for a good scavenger to clean up my Freshwater refugium. Any suggestions welcome. 90g tank, 80 degrees. 7.0-7.2 ph. 30g refugium w approx 20g refuge.
  11. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Wanted to start afresh with a new aquarium. Want as little hassle as possible and am willing to pay top dollar for something of high quality. Was researching and stumbled upon the uniquarium. Does anyone have experience with them? Could you use the back of the aquarium kinda sorta like a...
  12. Tank Journals
    Finally had some time to get this project rolling. This will be my second tank - inspired by the amount of fun an 8g nano has given me. All of the equipment used was sourced from craigslist. Eventually, I will be converting a 20g tall (on the rack below the tank) into a sump with refugium...
  13. Equipment
    Hello I am new to the site but not to keeping planted aquariums. I recently moved and this gave me motivation to set up a new tank. All my old tanks have used canister filters but I am thinking of using a overflow that will run into a fw refugium that will include a reverse flow ug filter. I...
  14. Tank Journals
    The amount of growth I've witnessed in this little gem has blown my mind (except for the lack of growth of the h.m) Lighting is 2 x 12" 7w 4700k p.o.s. wal mart lights and a 18-led tetra led strip ~3w. Some of the plants... Cabomba, Cryptocoryne, H.m., Anubias nana, Anubias congensis (I think)...
  15. Tank Journals
    Hello all, I have been inspired by many tank builds that I have followed to create a planted shrimp tank of my own. I know that 3 gallons is relatively small to keep cherry red shrimp, but I have read that people are successful in breeding these guys if the colonies are kept small. However...
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