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  1. Substrate
    I started this tank around 10 days - 2 weeks ago. First time I've tried using potting soil as the base substrate. I added about an inch of soil, then covered it by an inch or so of pool filter sand with some gravel mixed into the very top layer of that sand. The sand and gravel were washed...
  2. Substrate
    So I posted a thread here a while back discussing the algae in my tank. @Plinkploop was a great help in that thread, I forgot to properly thank you, so thanks and sorry it took a while. During that time we also discussed water parameters and my tank's cycle. We came to the conclusion that my...
  3. Substrate
    I'm setting up my first dirted tank, was planning to use this dirt. I sifted it to remove the wooden bits and noticed that it has vermiculite in it. Is the vermiculite ok to use? Anyone have experience with this soil ? I just added water to the bucket of sifted soil, it all floats. I think...
  4. Substrate
    Hi everyone. starting a new high tech planted tank. 15g rimless, sponge filter, kessil a160we cherry shrimp and maybe some neons dwarf hair grass and an HC cuba carpet, as well as some other higher light plants. Stuck on what to do for substrate. was going to use fluval stratum but the...
  5. 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...
  6. Substrate
    I'm about to start a pretty simple 7 gallon scape that's mostly just going to be a monte carlo carpet. This will be the first carpet I'm attempting and I have a substrate question. I know I need soil for the monte carlo to spread best, but I have a bunch of flourite left over from my previous...
  7. Substrate
    Hi all, I got a new aquarium bowl for Christmas and wanted to try using soil for this one. I watched a lot of "Foo the Flowerhorn's" videos and am using this as a starting point. I'm going to use miracle grow organic choice potting mix (filtering out large pieces). My question is what to use...
  8. Substrate
    I just received a bag of Fluval Stratum and realized that the bag I received was didn't contain enough substrate for a proper plant bedding. Before I spend $5.99 to return this bag for the bigger one, I wanted to ask if anyone had success with mixing Fluval Stratum with any other substrates. In...
  9. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I dirted and reworked my tank about a month ago, and my tank has gotten crazy cloudy. It's been there for 2-3 weeks now, and I'm unsure what to do. I've done a lot of water changes, but it's not helping. Ammonia and nitrite tests are perfect and the fishes seems to be doing fine. The filter has...
  10. Low Tech Forum
    I don't wish to spend upwards of $173 on branded Aquarium Soil for my 40gal, I am wishing to do a dirted tank. This will be my first planted tank and I've heard newbies shouldn't do it but I'm doing one anyways! Any advice given for this would be appreciated as I am still in the midst of doing...
  11. Substrate
    Hello to all on this forum :) I have a Fluval Flex (15gallon? = 57L). When it started to cycle, I used Fondovivo and white gravel. Now I have 13 shrimps and Tylomelania sp. orange, who just gave birth to a baby. I planted Eleocharis sp. mini in the gravel, but Tylomelania threw it out (almost...
  12. Low Tech Forum
    I started a 32 gallon planted tank recently. I've had substrate and water in it for 2 weeks now. Substrate: organic soil capped with eco complete. I planted it about a week ago and the water is just as cloudy as day 1. I poured the water from the eco complete bag out before adding to tank. There...
  13. For Sale/Trade
    FLASH SALE - Everything must go by Thursday (July 7th) Located in Miramar, San Diego, CA Selling: Aquascaping stone ($1 per pound) Amazing Drift Wood ($2 per pound) Japanese alternative to Soil ($10 per bag)
  14. Aquascaping
    Hey folks, first post here. I got a 25 gallon 18 inch marineland cube, already hardscaped with around 28 lbs of granite (pics attached). I have the larger rocks raised up two inches by laying a few layers of cut ceiling egg-crate (really cheap alternative to gain some height btw). Tank will...
  15. Tank Journals
    Hello! I'm working on a 10 gallon dirted Iwagumi style tank. This is my first tank and I'm learning the mechanics of how these ecosystems work, so I would love some input on my methodology. Substrate The bottom 1" layer of the substrate is a 1:1 ratio by volume of organic potting soil (peat...
  16. Low Tech Forum
    I want to do a lowtech tank next time, but I can't decide on Walstad style soil base or a traditional aquatic substrate. Could somebody please advise me regarding the following to help me decide? Do you still get the co2 'boost' from waste breakdown with traditional substrates (like...
  17. Substrate
    I live in Portland, OR, and we have pretty amazing varieties of soils around here that have a high mineral content, and some with high clay, as well. I'm wondering what kind of properties mineralized topsoil has? Is it sandy, or silty, or loamy, before you mix it with the clay? Where does the...
  18. Substrate
    I'm thinking of starting a new shrimp tank for the shrimp that I want to selectively breed. I have a 50 gallon tank that has blue velvet shrimp, and I want to separate the non-culls so that I can reinforce the traits I want (blueness). My question is- has anyone tried using volcanic rocks as a...
  19. Substrate
    Im tearing my 10 gallon and rebuilding it as a high tech. I was wondering what a good planted substrate was. I would like to spend a little cheaper but i could splurge on something. Anyone know anything about Marfield Controsoil?
  20. Substrate
    I'm a newbie about to start my first planted tank, a 20 gallon long. I'm looking for low maintenance, low tech (have too many other responsibilities to play with my tank very much in the next few years). I'll have lots of questions, starting with substrate: I plan to use Miracle Gro Organic...
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