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The APC Library containing articles on planted aquarium topics, aquascapes, and people.
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Discuss aquascaping designs and techniques as well as get critiques on your aquascaping pictures. Find out how to use aquatic plants, reefs, and wood to design a planted aquarium.
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Discuss aquarium plants, aquatic environments, aquarium lighting, aquarium filters, aquarium backgrounds, and other aquarium topics.
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Don't know what plant you have? Ask the experts here.
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El Natural

Diana Walstad's low-maintenance, soil-based 'El Natural' method for keeping plants and fish.
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Aquarium Equipment - Discuss equipment to help setup your planted aquarium.
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Algae Control - Get some advice for your algae problems. Control algae in your aquarium with the solutions given here.
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Fish for the Planted Aquarium

Planted Aquarium Fish - Discuss which type of aquarium fish are best suited for the aquatic plant environment you have created. Create a natural home for aquarium fish using aquatic plants.
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Aquarium Invertebrates - Discuss the varieties of freshwater shrimp, crayfish, and other invertebrates that will enhance your planted aquarium.
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Fertilizing

Science of Aquatic Fertilizing - Discuss fertilizing techniques and proper aquatic plant nutrition here.
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Lighting

Science of Aquatic Lighting - Aquarium lighting is essential for healthy aquatic plants. Discuss proper aquatic lighting for your plants and fish here.
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Science of Aquatic Substrates - Substrate specific questions pertaining to your aquatic tank setup.
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Plant Physiology & Emersed Culture

The science of maintaining aquarium plants and emersed culture
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Cryptocorynes

Cryptocoryne plant species consists of 50+ plant species, and make a unique addition to a planted tank.
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Local Biotopes - A forum for hobbyists that are interested in and collect aquarium plants locally. Compare plant pictures, discuss collecting and plant growing techniques.
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Plants

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Forum for the non-commercial sale/trade of aquarium plants related goods.
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Aqua Forest Aquarium

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The Aquatic Plant Society (TAPS)

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Southern California Aquatic Plant Enthusiasts
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Greater Washington Aquatic Plant Association GWAPA

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A forum for the South Western Ohio Aquatic Plant Enthusiasts club.
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Nature Aquarium Club of Utah - NACU

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  1. Hi everyone, decided to keep a sort of online journal here, if that's ok! Wanted to share how it's been going, now that it's been...oh dear, a few months now? With my El Natural set up. How it started: I quickly realize there wasn't nearly enough plants, I had to resort to putting in carbon...
  2. I collected this plant from about 4-6 inches of water at the edge an airboat launch on the upper St. John's River basin 5 days ago, planted it in my 40B Walstad biotope tank (unfiltered/no CO2), and it's grown about 6 inches since. I not only don't know what it is, but... now that it's reached...
  3. An APC member TammyWhyNot wrote this in another thread and I didn't want to see it buried before a little "airing out." It's a very unusual approach to rejuvenating old substrates. She suggested adding an inch layer of sand to stimulate stalled plant growth in old tanks with decreasing plant...
  4. Hello group! Long time no posts, lol I have the following available: 5-7 or 8 or so crypt Affinis Metalic Red, super easy and spreads quickly, $10 Cryptocoryne Crispatula Var Balansae "Red", nice tall crypt. A bit less common nowadays, $15 ea, at about 12-15 inches tall Bolbitis Heudelotti, the...
  5. Introductions and Greets
    Hello I’m an absolute newbie who has been watching YouTube videos of Walstad style tanks for a long long time. Finally I took the plunge yesterday and started my tank. It’s a 45x27x30cm tank, with mineralised dirt substrate and a coarse sand cap. I think I added too much sand and too little...
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