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  1. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    So, my tank has been up and running almost a week and generally things are going well (ammonia is at 1.5ppm having peaked at 2.0ppm, most likely due to the Aqua Soil Amazonia), nitrites stable at 2.0ppm, nitrates increasing (currently at 7.5ppm). All of that is pretty good and suggests that the...
  2. Plants
    I've raised fish before (a school of zebra danios in a 10-gallon tank), but never with live plants. I'm planning to repopulate the tank with danios, guppies, gouramis, or some other small, peaceful, schooling fish. Am looking for freshwater plants that are 1) low-maintenance for a beginner, and...
  3. Equipment
    Hey guys, quick question. Today I purchased a canister filter and lily pipes for my 7 gal nano cube. I set it up and have it running simultaneously with my established Penguin filter. How long do I need to continue running my Penguin filter for before I have enough of the good bacteria in...
  4. Plants
    I just set up a 5 gallon densely planted tank a week ago. i sprinkled in some fish flakes the first day i set it up, and now am reading that there is between 2.0-4.0 ppm of ammonia. How long do I need to wait before my plants absorb the bad water chemistry? (I do not have any fish in the tank...
  5. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I've been thinking about making a low tech planted shrimp tank with the main purpose being breeding. I would like to start the tank with RO water and then add in nutrients that the shrimps and plants need. The thing is that I don't have an RO water filtration system because strict landlord. I...
  6. Fish
    I am planning on keeping discus in my 100 gallon planted community. after getting rid of some tinfoil barbs the plants are back in the tank and I want to keep discus in there place. The tank is lightly planted and stocked with 6 roseline barbs, 6 lemon tretras, maybe 12 sepre tretras, 2 sucker...
  7. Fish
    I recently came home to find that all my neon tetras have died. One was listless and swimming upside down and erratically. I have: 10 gallon heavily planted aquarium ( 5 years old) 3 dead neons 2 cory cats ( they're fine) 2 oto cats ( also fine) 1 danio ( i wish this guy died instead)...
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