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  1. dirty_bishop

    55 Gallon Dirt Substrate Community Tank

    Just wanted to share a few pics of my first aquarium.. 3 ft tank 9 Harlequins 8 Corys 4 Bristlenose 15 Neons 3 Dwarf Gouramis 3 guppies (newest addition, why not).. and about 6 or so plant species.. What do we think ? :) I'm super happy for my first tank. It's about 8 months old now.
  2. H

    Questions About Planted Tank

    I know I posted about my stocking questions just a few topics down but I also have questions on planted aquariums. So, when I decided I wanted fish I did a ton of research on the fish and not much on the plants.. I recieved a tank with all the old gravel substrate and thought the plants would do...
  3. G

    29 Gallon Stocking Advice

    Hello all! While I'm not *exactly* new to the hobby, after doing a lot of reading I've discovered that I'm new to keeping fish correctly (as in, all those years I was keeping fish as a child, I was basically running to the pet store, thinking 'this is pretty,' and getting extremely lucky that...
  4. M

    Can someone please sex this dwarf Gourami for me?

    Hello Everyone, This is my fist post. I'm been in and out of fish/aquatic hobby for a long time and recently got back in and so far have built 3 Walstad style tanks. I have a 55 gallon, 20 gallon & 5 gallon all Walstad style planted tanks. My 55 gallon is my oldest at 6 months now and I can...
  5. Tyler_Fishman

    Planted paradise?

    if you've ever been to a pond in the north you might not think to put anything in your aquarium, obviously as Cold water species do not thrive in warm water, but as summer is just around the corner you can find a myriad of species for aquarium use, Lakes shores are often covered in Ludwigia...
  6. G

    Led Lights/Dwarf baby tears

    I am very interested in adding dwarf baby tears in my standard 5 gallon aquarium. I currently have the cheap LED light that came with kit and am looking to upgrade. I saw this light on Amazon and wanted to know if you think it would work for growing dwarf baby tears. I would also like to know if...
  7. Tyler_Fishman

    New Betta

    got this new Betta at Petco, nothing really stands out much about her expect how her tail has threads like a crown tail on it, they are very small however. She is quite a young fish about 4 or 5 months old so it is to be detrimend on if she is a true veil tail, which I think she is. Haven't...
  8. Tyler_Fishman

    Importance of LED's

    About a week ago I went to Home Depot to Pick up a few things, I had no luck growing my plants to their full potential, and creating a nice soothing white light that that is visually appealing in the day time. At home depot I picked up a Philodendron plant to go into my HOB filter and a set of...
  9. Tyler_Fishman

    Hardest to keep

    what is the hardest fish to keep in your experience? From my understanding the hardest SW fish to keep are Moorish Idols and Copper band butterflies and of freshwater the hardest fish to keep is the discus. And the hardest freshwater plant to keep is probably HC baby tears
  10. Tyler_Fishman

    Petco opinions

    I went to my local petco and was nearly blown away. They're fish were in almost perfect condition, the only thing I noticed were an anorexic foxface and a few sick orbic cardinals, the rest of the fish were in perfect condition, not only that but they little stands that sold macro alages and...
  11. Tyler_Fishman

    aquarium smell

    I uncovered my tank today and noticed an earthy dirty smell, which I've heard is very good, appearently it means a colony of bacteria that break down waste has been established in my tank :D, what do your tanks smell like?
  12. Tyler_Fishman


    I plan on switching my substrate from sand to dirted, due to the fact I am not seeing any really good growth in my plants even though I use osmocote ferts. I'm going to use soil from the forest in my backyard (which is chemical free) I'm pretty sure the soil will be adaquete for plant growth...
  13. Ellphea

    Carpet Plant Help

    I purchased some dwarf baby tears for my tank as a carpeting plant, but it has now taken over the top of my tank. It is all floating and I can't get it to stay in the substrate. It is clogging the filter and it is in an active tank so I can't drain it and plant it that way. It is in a 55 gallon...
  14. RCA

    Never Give Up Hope - Super Red Bn Missing

    As many will know I recently had to shut down my beloved planted aquarium due to a pending move ~ > Goodbye Juwel Vision, Planted Aquarium Breakdown The fish were moved to a young foster family. My male BN was in the cave with some developing fry so I left him in the original aquarium until...
  15. Demeter32

    Planted Betta Sorority (Pic Heavy)

    JUST SO YOU KNOW, this is going to be really long.    I've been wanting to get me a nice planted tank going for my single royal blue female betta. After doing a bit of research I decided to make a planted sorority tank and get a more females. After talking to a friend who lives on the other side...
  16. S

    Circulation And Diatoms

    I recently started a 20 gal long planted aquarium. I have had many aquariums but this is the first one I have had fully stocked with live plants, so I am new to the planted tank world. It has been up and running (and cycled) for about 8 weeks and no plants seem to be flourishing.  I have a T5...
  17. markanthany

    Detritus Worms? & Dead Shrimp

      Hey everyone, So I noticed today that I have what I think are some detritus worms.  Edit: and I believe copepods now (insanely tiny white dots that scoot around).  Although what I've read online about them says they're harmless, I've had two shrimp mysteriously die during the past three days...
  18. jmeeter

    Are My Plants Pearling?

    Last Saturday (so three days ago) I made a DIY CO2 kit for my aquarium and let it go to work. I've got a steady stream of bubbles coming out now (although it seems a bit slow) and now today I've noticed that a bunch of my plants have bubbles all over them and some plants are releasing a steady...
  19. LordOfTheFish

    Green Water In Planted Tank

    Hi! So, I've recently been having a problem in my tank with very murky green water. I had it a couple months ago, but it eventually miraculously went away, then now it's slowly come back. As you can see in the picture below, my water is seriously murky, and my tank looks pretty bad. So, I...
  20. R

    Video My First Planted Tank

      This is my first Planted set up. Before this I was strictly into cichlids and monster fishes. Just loving this new dimension. It is peaceful beyond words. I have tried to capture a piece of that serenity in my video posted above. Do tell me if you like my set up. Thank you guys.