1. H

    Is my siphon too big??

    Look, I have a pretty simple siphon, one that online said it was good for 10 gallon tanks. That might have been at the edge of the range it covered, but it was still in there. I have a 10 gal tank with sand substrate that I need to clean, but the damn thing won't work. I've seen all those...
  2. N

    How do you clean play sand??

    After about 2 hours of struggling, I’m about to give up. I put it in without cleaning because I’m a beginner, now I’ve emptied EVERYTHING. How do I clean play sand so it doesn’t cloud up so bad? Thanks
  3. N

    Substrate Help

    Hi! This is my 10 gallon killifish and corycat tank. Everyone is doing well, but I'm having trouble with my plants! I thought I'd really like fluval stratum but I don't... the plants won't stay put. Even in my other tank with 3+ inches of substrate, I'm constantly having to replant. Is there a...
  4. Goldfishgirl35

    Snail Substrate

    Do Mystery and Ramshorn Snails do well with sand as a substrate? Also, what is the best way to wash sand so that it doesn’t cloud the tank?
  5. Quin

    Substrate planning time

    So now that I've figured out my plant situation for my tank renovation I need to find substrate suitable for them. Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe of my choices (anubias, sword, java fern and moss) only the sword is a heavy root feeder so I'm planning an inert substrate for the budget with...
  6. Eclectichobbyist207

    Substrate Change

    I'm looking to change substrate in my 55 gallon tank. I'm currently planning on doing it in sections (quarters or thirds) with a divider, waiting a week or two between to allow the new substrate to build up some bacteria before removing more of the old. Would this be an effective, unnecessary or...
  7. T

    Lots of Aquatic Plant Questions

    Hi, I'm planning to start my first planted aquarium but I have alot of questions even after doing a week of research. I wanna make sure to do this right, so if anyone could answer some of these questions that would be great! 1. What hardy beginner plants can I tie on wood and rocks? Is there...
  8. T

    Can I just plop live plants into my gravel aquarium?

    Hi, I am re-doing my 55 gallon freshwater tank. I want to make it more "river looking" and more realistic this time. I have a gravel substrate and was thinking about adding some live plants. Can I just add them in? Are there only specific types I can add? Or do I need a different...
  9. brokenoob!

    Rosy Cloud Rocks...Thoughts?

    Hey all! I'm setting up a 10g nano tank right now and found these beauuuutiful looking rocks called "Rosy Cloud Rocks" from Petco, brought them home, rinsed them well in hot water and just plopped them in my tank. I'm really new to this hobby so I didn't even know that rocks can change pH and...
  10. Meg0000


    Hi, I have some questions on substrate: 1.Is it worth it to pay for expensive substrate? complete or aquasoil? 3. pool filter sand or sand from pet store?
  11. preserveomelette

    Proper way to change substrate in an established tank?

    Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum. I'm still relatively new to the hobby; I've had a 10 gallon tank for a betta for almost a year now. I believe I have a good understanding what it means to take adequate care for him, and he is still doing well. The tank is established and the water parameters...
  12. Barry Tetra

    Weird behavior

    I have 5 tanks all of them have gravel substrate, i have a problem with one of the tank it is the pleco blackghost knife fish chinese algae eater and loaches tank they get along really well never get aggressive,every night when the light go off all of them digging the gravel and put them to the...
  13. Meg0000

    Corydoras substrate?

    Hi, I was wondering if corydoras or loaches could live on clay gravel (the flourite one) or it would hurt their *barbles*(not sure of that word since I speak french lol)
  14. G

    Substrate Problem, Fish in bags

    So I have recently started setting up my new 35G tank. The filter and cartridge are used, bacteria is still there. I bought a few fish, too. They are now in the bags they came with. I had forgotten to wash the substrate which was Flourite Dark Porous Clay and put it in the tank anyways. I have...
  15. Aynia

    Planted Tank Advice?

    So as we're dealing with our 38gal, we're looking to get a second tank, possibly 65gal. We're kind of tired of gravel and want to switch to a planted tank with a sandy bottom. Right now the only plants we have in the 38gal gravel tank is two anubias plants and some moss balls. Other than that we...
  16. GobyMaster11276

    Sand as a substrate

    Hi all, I’m planning a new setup at the moment and want to use sand as the substrate. For anyone who has used it: how do you keep it clean (especially in planted areas)? Where did you get it from (I’ve been recommended play and pool filter sand)? And how did you go about cleaning it before use...
  17. S

    Gravel substrate? Required and if so how much?

    Hi all, Although I've been keeping tropical fish for a number of years (with varying degrees of success!), I have a question that I've never asked for help with and I realise that I don't really understand this topic so would appreciate any advice, answers, opinions and such. I have a 45l tank...
  18. R

    Sand in Freshwater Aquariums??

    Hey! So I’m in the process of setting up my first tropical tank in probably 5 years and want sand as my substrate. I can only find two types of sand in my area: aragonite and builders sand. I’ve heard that aragonite sand causes the pH and calcium levels to go a bit nuts and that builders...
  19. L

    Is this plant substrate legit?

    Found this nutrient soil at a really cheap prize but can't find any info on it online. Anyone knows if this is legit? I don't expect it to be as good as the more expensive brands, but if it's better than nothing.. I'm planning on placing it beneath the sand. This is what it says in the...
  20. A

    How to clean substrate in planted aquariums?

    Hi, I've recently brought a 40 litre, already planted fish tank off gumtree (Australian buy and sell website, kinda like eBay only more local). It is a very heavily planted fish tank, that has 5 guppies (all male) and 1 fry (also a guppy) and is also infested with tiny snails (yikes I know, but...