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  1. Substrate
    I am extremely new to Aquascaping and just doing my homework research, I am unable to solve a dilemma: I heard about DIY Top Soil that could be used as a substrate in a planted aquarium, and it is dirt cheap and also doesn't degrade or breakdown in a long time but I got to know there are some...
  2. Substrate
    Hi all, Im going to try a dirt tank for a new project. I have some organic topsoil on the way. I have Tetra ActiveSubstrate (a clay) and play sand. Should i mix some of this clay and sand into the top soil (if its quite dence - wont know until i get it) or just put the dirt down, then the...
  3. Substrate
    what is your favorite natural looking substrate?
  4. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I know enough not to chase pH but I have a few concerns with my water parameters. I have a new moderately planted high light tank with co2 injection, first time with co2, and I'm using ada aquasoil ver2 for the first time. The aquasoil is buffering my pH down to about 5.5. I've been trying to...
  5. Tank Journals
    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...
  6. Substrate
    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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. Substrate
    The Father Fish Method, 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 years, also agrees with...
  20. 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...
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