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  1. El Natural
    Hello everyone I have an 18 Gal. Aquarium, set up 2 months ago. With a substrate mix of peat, humus, coconut shells and perlite, about 1” thick, and a top layer of small volcanic gravel, about 1/2” thick. I have some plants, which are doing mostly fine and about 15 small fish, some shrimp and...
  2. El Natural
    Greetings! I am attempting to set up my first tank, and am particularly interested in the Walstad method. I have read the book and understand a solid 55% of it. I am eager to set up my tank, but I have a few questions about parts I don't understand, and conflicting information I have read. I...
  3. El Natural
    Hello fellow humans, newbie here, these past months I've been researching the Walstad method but I don't seem to find an answer to my question... Is it possible to keep a really deep substrate in a Diana Walstad method tank? The reason to this question is because a few days ago I stumbled...
  4. Dallas Ft Worth Aquatic Plant Club
    I have a problem!!! My established canister filter seems to have crashed and the ammonia levels from the tap water are stressing my fish out pretty badly. I was wondering if anyone in the South Arlington area (or anywhere within 45 minutes really) has some established media or substrate I could...
  5. 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...
  6. Cryptocorynes
    Hi APC folks, I am a newb to this forum and really appreciate all the amazing knowledge that is shared through this community. I have been playing with plants (both aquatic and terrestrial) for at least a decade now but have only been in the hobby for a couple of years. Anyways, I love the...
  7. Large Aquariums and Ponds
    I am setting up a 55g "Native". I am interpreting native as whatever is available from the local ponds, lakes, streams and rivers. As I hate failing i fugured i would try to start out with the best (open to arguement). I lined the bottom with ADA aquasoil and substrate adders. With doing a...
  8. Substrates
    Right now I'm using Fluorite as my substrate in my 5gal Betta tank, but I feel like it's too coarse, big and sharp for my MM to carpet very well. Do you think I should cap my Fluorite with something more fine? What do you think would be best? I was thinking a small, 3L bag of Aquasoil, but I...
  9. Substrates
    Anyone tried using laterite as substrate before? How is the outcome? Does the water turn cloudy? Do you need to cover the top with another substrate or sand? How well does the plants grow?Do let me know as I'm considering this cheaper alternative.
  10. 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...
  11. Substrates
    I have been spending a lot of time researching substrates and needless to say i've got questions. First a little info: I will be changing over my 55g to a 75g (48"x 18" footprint). The tank now contains hundreds of cherry shrimp, 7 Amano shrimp, 7 pygmy corys, 1 oto, 1 galaxy rasbora, 1...
  12. Substrates
    Ok, I have an established 40 gallon aquarium and I'm thinking about getting some aquasoil for it, but I have two problems. 1. I have fish and shrimp in the tank, and I have read that aquasoil leeks ammonia into the water. So I need to find a way to not have an ammonia spike. 2. I have also...
  13. Substrates
    Eco-complete or Fluorite Hey, I am going to be getting into the art of aquascaping soon and im trying to decided between the two. So I am wanting to know how everybodys experience with these products was?
  14. Substrates
    Hi everyone! I just joined here-i actually have a main account on AquariumAdvice but im asking this on as many planted tank forums i can. I have a planted 60g angelfish tank that has been planted and running smoothly since the first of December and its doing great. I really wanted to make an HC...
  15. Substrates
    SUBSTRATES FOR THE PLANTED AQUARIUM by Jamie S. Johnson Last Modified: 05/03/2006 22:14:36 * There are a wide varity of substrates for use in today's planted aquarium. Due to the growth and popularity of aquatic plants, new products are being introduced all the time. This is good for us...
  16. Shrimp & other Invertebrates
    I recently did a redo on my 55G aquarium changing it to a soil substrate, I cleaned out the sand from the tank and stored it in some containers and was going to dump it later. Well, today I was getting ready to dump the sand when I noticed a shell that didn't look like any snails I have, so I...
  17. For Sale or Trade
    FS: AC 50, 30 & Jebo Filters, Fertilizers, Ballasts, Light Bulbs, Decors & more ... Hey folks, Cleaning out to make space for a new setup coming soon. All the listed prices are open to reasonable offers if you would like to purchase more than 1 item, but PLEASE only make offer via private...
  18. General Aquarium Plants Discussions
    I was wondering if any of the plant gurus could shed any light on my rooting problems. I have a 46 gal lighting 1 x 96 watt 6700k and one 96 w combo 6700/10000k lamps 10 hours / day , flourite/pea gravel/first layer laterite substrate, pressurized CO2 - 2 bubbles/sec 'EI' fertilization...
  19. Substrates
    Has anyone tried using Expanded-clay aggregate as a substrate? I was thinking it would supply lots of bio filter, and could be used with under-gravel or sponge filters in shrimp tanks. I just wonder if it will sink or float. And if it is same for fish? The product can be found on amazon...
  20. New to Planted Aquariums
    i'm setting up a dry start method 5-gallon with baby tears and some small crypts (parva). i'd like to use sand on top of the potting mix, but don't know how deep a layer to put in. i'm worried about suffocating the potting mix. anybody have any ideas? i'm new to all this, and would appreciate...
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