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    Note: I have not posted the progress of the tank on this forum, this is just a story about what will happen when you cheap out on the wrong things. I walked into my fish room, I do a survey on all the tanks, Check Check Check Disaster, my 40 gal revamp for some old South American community...
  2. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I have been looking into budget substrate options as I cannot really bring myself to spend £30.00 on substrate. I know that play sand is a safe option, however, i have seen "grano dust" available on the website of a local supply store ('Massams Supplies Ltd' if you wanted to take a look) but I...
  3. Substrate
    Hi all Hear me out before you judge.... I have an idea when it comes to replacing substrate. Looking to hear your thoughts on if it is a good idea. Im thinking of removing most of the current substrate, and placing it in a pair of tights(UK) i think you call them pantyhose in the USA, tying...
  4. Substrate
    Hello all, I am new here, but I have been lurking this forum since I began the idea of starting my first tank which I decided would be a Walstad tank. I'll start off with the specs of the tank, and then I'll get to my complaints, questions, and finally the drastic measures I am on the verge of...
  5. Substrate
    Hi All, New here and relatively early in my aquarium journey. I have a couple of small planted tanks but have just got a 35L tank that I'm hoping to create a tropical planted tank. I'm wanting to have a few bottom dwellers in there - quite like the Kuhli loaches etc. I'm wanting to section off...
  6. Aquascaping
    I've had an aquarium for several years, but I'm just now wanting to start a planted tank. I want to make sure I'm using the best combination of substrates and have been watching youtube video after youtube video to see what is most prevalent, but it seems every video I watch there is a...
  7. Substrate
    Hi everyone, I am back in the hobby and setting up my second tank. After experiencing some issues with a gravel, sand and soil combination, I have decided to go the Fluval Stratum direction. However, I wanted this tank to have a whitish/tan color. Can it be successfully be capped with a pH...
  8. Substrate
    So I currently have 3 tanks. My soon to be ex main 37 gallon cumminty tank which houses a 3 platies, 2 mollies, 5 danios, and a Rainbow Shark. It has fake plants and regular gravel that you would get from like a local fish store. I have a small ten gallon which is housing about 23 baby molly...
  9. Substrate
    Hi all, I searched on the forums but couldn't find an answer for my situation (may have not looked up the right keywords it's probably on here somewhere...), so here goes: I have 2 small tanks (sub 5 gallons) that I use RO water on and remineralise with salty shrimp GH+. I had a rough patch and...
  10. Substrate
    Hello, I am new at this hobby and wanna have my first planted aquarium, my tank is 40 L (10 gallons) which I will keep a betta in it, it is lowtech, and I will have the following plants in that tank: crypt wendtii brown, anubias nana, anubias nana petite, rotala sp. green, bacopa caroliniana...
  11. Substrate
    So I have a 40 gallon planted tank that is very low maintenance and low up-keep, which works really well for my really hectic work schedule. It's been up and running with flourite substrate for about 5 years now. I have a big love for corydoras and although the few I have seem fine, I'd love to...
  12. Equipment
    hey guys, I'm wondering what filter would match well with the CaribSea eco- complete substrate. I've got a lot of duckweed in my tank, and I don't want it to get displaced by one of those over- the- top joints. I also plan on breeding some Endler's livebearers in the tank once I get this sorted...
  13. Substrate
    OK, this may be a silly question, but here goes: my Ecocomplete substrate is about 5-6 years old. Plants are happy, but apart from root tabs, it is probably little more than gravel at this point. I am dreading the process of replacement. Has anyone ever replaced the substrate "in situ" without...
  14. Substrate
    Looking to get some feedback on a planned rescape of my 25 gallon tank. I'm looking for a good alternative to Tropica Aquasoil. It would be my go to substrate, save for the fact I'd need so much of it and it goes for almost $60 / bag at the local store (Western Canada). As such, I'm looking for...
  15. Substrate
    The Father Fish Method (https://bit.ly/37rO43V), a variation of the Walstad Method, is claimed to create permanently nutritious substrate while the Walstad Method only lasts a few years and requires root tabs thereafter to maintain. A guy I met at my LFS, who has been doing Walstad for over 30...
  16. Substrate
    I've had planted tanks for about 20 years now with some successes and some failures. I've always used either Flourite or sand. I would use root tabs when I remembered but mostly relied on fish poo and Malaysian Trumpet snails to get that poo underground where the roots can get it. I've only used...
  17. Substrate
    Ok so small dilemma, I have a large tank 7ft long x 2ft deep x 2.1ft tall was previously a marine tank. I want to go for a planted tank with C02, I will have high lighting as im reusing 2x Eco-tech XR30's with diffusers so high lighting. the plants I would like to keep are: Javamoss,dwarf...
  18. Substrate
    Back in 2011, DogFish set up a tank with dog poop in the substrate. Then in 2014 he deleted everything he wrote in the whole thread. Does anyone remember details from that tank? Was the poop fresh or composted? How did it go? What problems did he have? Was there a break-in period or an algae...
  19. Substrate
    I had gotten the Aqueon Shrimp 7.5 gallon tank kit and it came with the Aqueon Plant & Shrimp Aquarium Substrate. So far I like it, but I was wondering what everyone's opinion on it is. Is it actually good for plants? is it good for all types of freshwater shrimp? is it safe for Corydoras since...
  20. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I am setting up my first tank and swiping my credit cards just so that I am able to build a nice aquascape. Currently I have some driftwood, additive (Super 4), substrate (ADA Power Sand and Amazon Light), filter and rocks. I am planning to go slow on the setup and add plants after 2 weeks. The...
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