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  1. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hello, I'm new to planted tanks and is just starting my first one! The thing I'm having the hardest time figuring out is the water parameters. I planned to use home tap water and the PH seems to be around 8. I also intend to later introduce betta fish to the tank, this is the main reason I...
  2. General Planted Tank Discussion
    My aquarium used to be near a tap but is no longer so it makes water changes a PITA. I have to use a bucket. I've been considering getting a PVC tube of about 25ft which should go directly from my tap to the aquarium. I can add de-chlorinator at the same time. I would then just need to get a...
  3. Riparium/Terrarium/Vivarium
    So i have a tank is 2ft long x 1ft wife x 6" high, same tank in the picture. my issue is im not sure how to build my land and water parts. Where the water hits will be low like this as well so if i do need a base of some kind whether it be gravel or some other it needs to be low. This tank will...
  4. Algae
    Hi, recently my 20G long tank started getting some hair algae on some of the Monte Carlo. It is a new tank so I was thinking, "This is ok, maybe turn the light down a bit as I had it running for 12 hours a day". About a week later, the tank started turning a light green color. I went to my...
  5. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I am posting on behalf of my friend who just started his first planted tank 4 months ago approximately. I have had an amazing time in this hobby and wanted my friends to get into it as well, however, my friend has had a hellish time getting his tank up-and-running and does not know what to do...
  6. Algae
    Admittedly, I haven't seen this atrocity in person yet, as my tank is being "taken care of" by my brother and the tank is located an hour away from where I live at his house. Just today I get a text that reads: "The tank is green". :crying: I recently had to move it from upstairs to downstairs...
  7. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi All, I know dosing bicarb and alum is standard practice in salt tanks to maintain pH levels, and I know the formula for bicarb is (tank gallons)x(0.15)x(number of 0.10's intended pH raise). For instance raising a 5000g tank by 0.10 units would be 5000x0.15x1=750g bicarb. And half amount for...
  8. The Lounge & Introductions
    when i put 3 gallons of new water into my small community 15g tank, many particles arise among the water. they sink/disappear quite quickly, although the fact it occurs worries me. am i putting the water into the tank too harshly? is my filter not performing adequately? thanks!
  9. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I feel like I'm going to catch a lot of flack for this question but... Are frequent to water changes REALLY necessary in a heavily planted tank??? Everyone talks about how they do weekly or even semi weekly water changes, but is it necessary? If Ammonia and Nitrite stay at zero, and Nitrates...
  10. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    So a friend gave me FOR FREE a Fluval Edge 6g tank kit... Including everything I need to start my own tank! Score! (He complained it was too "dirty", 15 minutes of scrubbing later I got it to look brand new :) ) I haven't done a planted tank in a couple of years, and I figure it's time to get...
  11. Algae
    Hey guys, Just today I noticed some strange particles floating in my water. It looks as if someone with really fine, blonde hair has shaved into my tank. I've never seen this before and couldn't find anything online so here I am! In addition to whatever it is in my water column, I've recently...
  12. Planted Nano Tanks
    I have a 7.5 gal planted nano, it's just 2 weeks old. It's my first planted tank. I have used the walstad method to set it up (potting soil + sand as substrate and i have a lot of plants in it). Water Stats: PH 7.2 GH 7 KH 20 !!!! NO2 0.5 NO3 25 My tap water stats are: GH 7deg KH 6deg PH 7.6...
  13. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    It's summer, and it's getting hotter. This is the first year I've had a shrimp tank, so I'm not sure how my shrimp will fare in this heat. The tank goes upwards of 86 degrees F during the hottest part of the day. I've taken to putting a fan beside it (I used a footstool to position the fan so...
  14. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I cleaned, sifted and rinsed 50 lbs of Black Diamond Blasting Media yesterday and it is currently stored in a 5 gallon Petco bucket with a lid. As I cleaned it I could not remove all the water, so of course there is some in the bucket with it. I plan to setup my ten gallon and hopefully flood...
  15. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    So, sadly, I noticed a dead shrimp today. My water parameters are fine. I think the most likely cause of death is shock from a partial water change. Which makes me think I need to add the water slower. Does anyone have a technique for adding water slowly? Perhaps some sort of DIY device? Or...
  16. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Is there such a thing as shrimp food (or perhaps a vegetable?) that doesn't affect water parameters? Whenever I feed my shrimp, I notice a spike in pH. I was hoping to find something that the shrimp would like, but wouldn't affect the water negatively. Thanks peoples!
  17. General Planted Tank Discussion
    So a couple weeks ago, I ended up scrapping my entire 10 gal because of a reoccurring issue with the water. When I first planted it, all of the plants in there were doing really well and just taking off. I was lighting using one 6500K CFL bulb in a clamp light. However, suddenly, all of my...
  18. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi Everyone! I have the nagging suspicion that one of my water parameters are off. I have a master test kit (pH, ammonia, nitrate, nitrite) but I've heard people discussing other variables that I'm not familiar with. Can someone point me in the right direction in what to buy and what to test...
  19. Fish
    15 gallon aquarium pH: 8.1 kH : 8 degrees heavily planted good filtration My harlequin rasboras, which people claim need acidic water are doing fantastic in my other aquariums. But i wasn't too sure how neon tetras would handle my water as they are not as hardy as harlequin rasboras. What do...
  20. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Why would driftwood I've had in my previous tank for a year lower the ph in my newest tank after i put it in there? Tap water ph 8, gh 180ish and kh 180ish. Planted tank with co2 but not really using any co2 at all and always running air stone. Normally it's at 7.2 it's been crashing to 6 or...
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