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  1. Substrate
    Hi all, sorry if a similar question has been posted. I have a low tech tank that is very self sufficient (inhabitants survive without a very routine cleaning schedule). This tank has mostly sand substrate. While I don't have many tank inhabitants, I find I get a LOT of mulm on the sand. The...
  2. Low Tech Forum
    https://imgur.com/a/QBtqtks I am going to take some of the plants out of this tank and put it into my 50 gal that I'm setting up here, I do however have a few questions. I tried my best to get the soil even, and I used a under how much soil I am 'supposed' to use, that isn't my concern...
  3. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello! I am new to live plants (I hadn't added them in my tank yet) and sand when it comes to aquariums. Today, I bought an Aqueon 10 gal starter kit with a Quiet Flow filter which is a hang on the back. https://www.aqueon.com/products/filtration-media/quietflow-led-pro-aquarium-power-filters...
  4. Substrate
    As the title says, a very quick question: I have some CaribSea Super Naturals sand in my tank currently; it's been in for at least 7 years with no issues, but I'd like to make it a little deeper, especially in one back corner. Would there be any issues you can foresee with just adding more...
  5. Tank Journals
    I have just swapped a 10 for a 29. Its not so much a jungle yet, as it is a trimmed yard. All the plants were in my 10, after some pruning and culling to get rid of algae-ridden leaves. My lights are coming tomorrow, in the meantime I'm using my garden seedling T5 HO. Heater is coming in 2...
  6. Substrate
    I'm not very happy with the substrate I have in my planted tank at the moment. It is flourite mixed with sand on top. I was attempting to make my Aquarium a Congo biotope but I have not so far been successful and the flourite has risen to the top of the substrate in many places as I believe it...
  7. Substrate
    Hi guys a few years ago I had a tank with Fluval Stratum as the only substrate but unfortunately that substrate is too expensive to be used as the only substrate in a middle size tank (75 gallons) and also I had problems with plants that were hard to get into the substrate (they floated). Then...
  8. Substrate
    Hello, I have a bag of ADA Amazonia Aquasoil 9kg and just bought a 20kg box of Pisces New Zealand Iron Sand. I am thinking about mixing them both in a completely new cube tank. First i'd like to know, it is ok for me to mix both of them? the amazonia seems to be a bit more thick grain...
  9. Substrate
    Here are my concerns regarding choosing a capping sand. 1) The black gravel is 5 mm average size . Diana in her book recommends 2-3 mm and advises against anything more than this as it causes the dirt to accumulate in the gaps and anaerobic. 2) The white sands are of the right dimensions ...
  10. Substrate
    Greetings All. I am new here and have been researching substrate for my future planted aquarium. It is a 125g and will be filled with tropical fish such as cardinals, rams, platy's etc. I would really like a white sand substrate but the Planted substrate I have found so far (Eco complete...
  11. Substrate
    I have a 55g tank with a play sand substrate that is the bane of my existence. There are three featherfin catfish in there and they love rolling around in it and wallowing it out like little pigs. This is annoying, but the bigger issue is there is sand everywhere, literally everywhere. All my...
  12. Aquascaping
    Hi, I am planning to build a waterfall sand aquarium but I am stuck with the size of sand. I want to get a sand where it doesn't make the aquarium cloudy and the air pump will push the sand up. I have been looking at eBay to get a quartz sand but I am stuck with the size. The medium size is...
  13. DIY
    Hi all! This is my first post and i wanted to share some videos about my aquarium. I have built a sand waterfall using a powerhead instead of using the aerator. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTdMJxcB5NI Please view the video and let me know what you think? Also feel free to ask me any...
  14. Equipment
    Ive noticed today that there seems to be sand at the bottom/tip of my heater. Theres also condensation near the top. Its fully submerged and came with the tank secondhand, i dont know how old it is. Its maintaining heat fine and been in constant use for about two weeks.
  15. Substrate
    I was wondering if I could have like a 1 inch bottom layer of ecocomplete with like maybe a 1.5 or 2 inch layer of sand on top of it to grow dwarf hairgrass. I know that the sand will eventually go under, but I'm looking to have the dwarf hairgrass stay in the substrate. Will this be fine or...
  16. Substrate
    So, I was looking for fry control for my platys the other night, and totally scrapped my idea of a betta sorority in a community tank, which was looking more and more like a recipe for disaster, when I discovered Bolivian Rams. Beautiful, hardy, peaceful, and personable, these fish will be...
  17. Fish
    Hey So im going to be getting a 100L tank with a few WCMM, so it's going to be sub-tropical at about 18 Celsius, with sand subtrate. I really, really want some loaches, I know about the hill stream loaches and they are really nice, but I want something more active, without having to raise the...
  18. Tank Journals
    Just finished setting everything up and got it mostly planted. Still not 100% on plant placement or if I should add/remove some more. Any advice would be really appreciated! Plant list-Microsorum trident, anubias/anubias petite, blyxa japonica, bucephalandra, Java fern, crypt Wendtti...
  19. Substrate
    I'm thinking of swapping out Eco complete for a sand to be better for my corydoras. Are there any fine sands that have a high or moderate CEC? If not, are there any high CEC materials that could go under the sand but wouldn't need replacing like soil would? Would relatively hard clay balls work...
  20. Substrate
    I bought some stem plants online that I want to grow out for a tank that I plan to set up in a couple months (after I move). I'm going to convert a quarantine tank into a temporary grow-out tank. I have everything except the substrate. My main needs for a substrate for this tank will be price...
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