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  1. Substrate
    So, ADA Amazonia is no longer available due to scarce raw materials. I have been looking for it for a few months. I don't know if it will go away forever or what...but...I'm wondering what I should use instead. Here's my situation: I'm currently running an Eheim 2217 filter on my 17-gallon...
  2. Substrate
    I have some left over 100% organic peat moss and am about to over haul my 20 gallon planted will this work it has no additives. I am open to using a gravel cap I am planning on getting a bottom matting plant. I have seen vaugue answers saying to soak it for 3 days to remove color. Thanks for...
  3. Low Tech Forum
    I'm going to be setting up a new 75G show tank for my living room area in my new house. I've been kicking the idea around of what substrate to use, going back and forth between attempting a dirted tank again (epic failure) or going with a plant substrate. I currently have 4 tanks running with...
  4. Substrate
    I'm going to be setting up a new 75G show tank for my living room area in my new house. I've been kicking the idea around of what substrate to use, going back and forth between attempting a dirted tank again (epic failure) or going with a plant substrate. I currently have 4 tanks running with...
  5. Substrate
    Has anyone worked with Peat Moss? I'm trying to make a planted tank on a budget. I have some peat moss without fertilizers and was considering trying to use it as a substrate. Any thoughts or advice?
  6. The Lounge & Introductions
    My name is Chris and I'm from Long Island, NY. It's crazy how engrossed I can become when looking up aquarium inspiration online. This is my first step into the community from an online perspective and my first attempt at a planted tank. I've had aquariums all my life but failed to ever really...
  7. General Planted Tank Discussion
    First off I want to say hello to everyone, I am new here. I've been using this forum as research for my new 29 Gallon planted tank project. So let me tell you what I have done. 1. I gathered sand, pea gravel with crushed coral in it, organic potting soil and sphagnum peat moss. I was going for...
  8. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello, everyone. I’m making an attempt to convert a 45gal tank to a planted tank. The dimensions are 36 X 13 X 24. I’ve had stock in it for going on nine months now, and there’s a good bit of mulm built up in the substrate. I’m stocked with 2 Rainbowfish, 3 Corys, a CAE, Rainbow Shark, 2...
  9. Substrate
    what are the pros and cons of sand compared to substrate?
  10. Substrate
    I want to redo my planted tank with a different substrate other then eco-complete since it has a bunch of large pieces and I want to try a different color substrate as well but I can't decide on what to get. I was thinking of the substrate from AquariumPlants.com since from the photos the...
  11. Substrate
    I was wondering if it is worth it to change my substrate cause I have the silly blue and black aquarium Walmart gravel that I bought when I thought the tank was gonna be fake plants. Well now I want live plants in there. Of course... lol..... I know with most of the plants that I will be using...
  12. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello All, I just got a great deal on a 150gal Marineland deep dimension tank 36"x36" and looking forward to setting up as a planted tank. I'm a newbie :icon_roll when it comes to planted tanks but do have experience with freshwater aquariums. What are some recommendations from your experience ...
  13. Substrate
    Has anyone considered a light weight aggregate for a substrate. There are three that come to mind. Gravelite Liv-liite Haydite These are all kilned at high temps and a naturally mined product at the start. This is just a question of curiosity. I do have these planned for use in my...
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