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  1. El Natural
    Howdy! I'm brand new to this forum and the Walstad scene. PetCo had their $1/gallon aquarium sale the other day and I couldn't resist picking up a 20 long as I've wanted to do a Walstad forever now. I'm in the planning phase still and I'm trying to understand how to balance the light needs of...
  2. El Natural
    I started to see white calcium (? it seems so) film on my waterweeds. I've read that it might lead to dangerous PH swings between day and night so it worries me. I removed a couple of the most grown out plants that have the white stuff well visible on them and I reduced my photoperiod slightly...
  3. Paludariums
    Hello! I'm having a few problems deciding on some things for the paludarium that I'll be starting eventually. I'm in the planning stages now, so anything could change. Some background: I have had a planted aquarium for over a year now, and it has gotten somewhat difficult to manage due to the...
  4. Plant Physiology & Emersed Culture
    So I decided to do a how-to on Emersed Culture(s) for newbies to the whole "Emersed World!" of aquatic plants. I will upload pictures another time. Background: I have been planting and "Harvesting" Emersed aquarium (or aquatic) plants, for around 2 years now. In that time I have learned a lot...
  5. General Aquarium Plants Discussions
    I have recently begun the processing of upgrading my small 10 gallon tank to a 20 gallon tall tank. I decided I wanted to try out a planted tank with the new setup. I am a beginner so I am still figuring some things out. My 10 gallon tank only had low light plants such as anubias and marimo moss...
  6. Buce Plant
    Hi all, We just got done with some PAR meter testing on the tanks we have with bucephalandra. The findings were very surprising tbh. We didn't know just how little light some of our buce was getting! Thats good news for the low-tech people though. Bucephalandra thrive in almost any lighting...
  7. Algae
    Hey Peeps, Just checking in to see if anyone can lead me in the right direction. Have always had problems with algae of all sorts. Today is BBA. I'm wondering do I have enough light? or too much? Should I reduce the time I leave the lights on? Should I be using ferts? What are your...
  8. New to Planted Aquariums
    Hi. I am setting up a 2.6 gallon aquarium for a better. It will be filtered by a not too powerful, but sufficient filter thats intake is from the top. I have a low tech 150 gallon planted tank that is doing well, and I plan on using eco-complete black CaribSea substrate in the 2.6 gallon. I want...
  9. Lighting
    I am running a 150 gallon, 48" long planted tank, and I was wondering if anyone could give me their suggestions for a good lighting setup. In the tank I have mostly plants that do well in any light, but I want to get some more plants that require good lighting. I also don't want to spend too...
  10. Lighting
    I planted my aquarium Monday and noticed some of my monteyworts leaves dissolving and drooping. What would cause this? I have 3 Moneyworts, 1 Amazon Sword, a petite anubia, and fire moss....for lighting I have 1 18" Power Glo bulb and 1 18" Aqua Glo bulb and 15 LEDs pointed more at my...
  11. Lighting
    1: KELVIN RATING (such as 10,000K daylight bulb): What is meant by Kelvin Temperature of Lights is not the classic interpretation of what Kelvin is, however I think is should be considered before I move on to our lighting definition of "Kelvin Temperature". Here is a brief description of...
  12. Lighting
    Just picked up an ADA 17 gallon cube. Thinking of going with LED's and don't have much experience with them. Looking for suggestions. Also, I was just in Aqua Forest Aquarium in SF and they had some fancy new light that wasn't ADA or Archea, the two brands they carry, does anyone know what brand...
  13. Lighting
    I would like to upgrade the lighting on my planted nano aquarium (Aqueon Evolve 8 ) but am really confused by all the options. First of all I need to keep it under $100. I'd like to grow plants like riccia, micro sword, etc. so I probably need medium to high lighting. I inject with pressurized...
  14. Substrates
    Hi there, I'm new to this forum and to aquariums in general. I read Walstad's book and am about to attempt her method with a 30 gallon tank. I was wondering if you guys could help me out with a few things. I bought a 20 W 5200°K fluorescent bulb (long). Will that be enough? The tank will be...
  15. Lighting
    1st, If your looking for lighting, check out Build My LED For anyone looking to get a lighting system: Check out Build My LED These people know what there talking about. I spent some time on the the phone about my planted tank and what I was looking for. Cara knew exactly the plants I talked...
  16. Algae
    I also seem to have algae problems, it will come , I'll get rid of it, then it comes back. This last time I though I have been pretty good about trying to keep on top of it. I figure I must be doing something wrong for the last couple years so perhaps you can point it out. 55 gallon tank...
  17. New to Planted Aquariums
    OK, I'm a newbie to this hobby, and also on a very tight budget. I've read reams of threads here and elsewhere about how to calculate lighting requirements for a planted tank. I've concluded that I'm just too stupid or lazy to do this on my own. Here's the bottom line: With the money I have...
  18. General Aquarium Plants Discussions
    My tank has 250 litres with internal 30lit filter, but when all hard scapes and filter are subtracted it's effectively an 200-210 liter tank. I have a T5 lighting of 117 watts. I'm at the point of whether I want to go pressurized Co2 or not. I'm currently doing very well with just a regular fish...
  19. DIY Aquarium Projects
    I picked up a 55 gallon cube yesterday and built a stand for it. I ordered some LED lighting for the tank from rapid led. I got 14 cool white and 6 royal blue solderless LED's, 2 dimmable drivers, two controls, 1 for each color to control the intensity of the light, and a 6x20 heat sink. I am...
  20. Lighting
    Hi all! I just got a used old Oceanic brand 90g 48x15x30" tall. I was wondering if this fixture would put me in the low/med lighting range http://www.fishneedit.com/t5ho-4ft--2lamp-aquarium-light.html? I'm trying to stay away from co2 but with the depth of this aquarium I'm not totally sure if...
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