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  1. I’ve been doing aquariums for the past four months or so now. I’ve had really satisfying results there, and I also have a product that I am developing for sale & doing DIY workshops. The product is *drums roll* 1-4 gallon jar aquariums. This system here is going to be used for growing plants that I will transplant hydroponically to the jar aquariums. A few questions: Which plants are easiest to control, will transplant happily, and look the nicest? In my main aquarium I hang pothos from the water column. I wish for something like this for starter vines, but with flowers! That would be nice. I’ll provide more details if/as the questions & comments come
  2. I was wondering whats a good 10 gallon light, ive tried nicrew, finnex and aquaneat. I was wondering if there’s any other lights that won’t give any problems with plants or if one of these are the “best”?
  3. hey everybody I've been making posts here & there on the general forum about this new aquarium I've put together. I thought I'd start a thread dedicated to this aquarium and it's progress. I'll be updating photos, keeping journals, among other things here. Here's a breakdown of my setup: -20 gallon plastic planter pot from Home Depot -construction site clear-crush 1/8" gravel (seems to be keeping the water nice & hard) -20 gallon air pump hooked into an upside-down glass beer bottle with 2 small holes at the top filled with filter media & an intake sponge, effectively filtering ammonias, oxygenating the water, and circulating the water -20 gallon submersed water pump mounted on top a small clay ornament, also buried in the gravel (to reduce death by suction); the out-take of this pump travels through a pipe which exits the waters surface and falls back into the aquarium from ~2.5 inches -100W TopFin heater; I also have a 100W EHEIM heater but the TopFin 100w takes up a bit less space / less noticeable -DIY co2 rig using 2 soda bottles, baking soda & citric acid -A 3 piece LED light with 5 different light settings; timers that I've not bothered to mess with yet -A big hunk of driftwood, anubias plants, a couple egeria densa, and a few pieces of floating green cabomba, or maybe hornwort -Plant growth additive, 5-in-1 test strips (pH,KH,GH, NO-2, NO-3), an ammonia test kit, and some de-chlorinator in case I need to quickly balance the aquarium with fresh water due to an ammonia spike or something -3 guppies currently while in cycle; one male and two fry who are yet to be gendered; I'll be adding 2 more males and 5 females, and I'll also add two otocinclus to help clean up I plan on bringin' this baby outside in the springtime to the front veranda or the deck in the backyard; I'll put wire mesh overtop and place a weight on it to keep out the riff-raff at night time
  4. HI All, I am gifting a friend a complete 30 gallon set-up - homebred guppies included! This tank has plants so has never been exposed to salt. I put the guppies I am going to keep in a QT tank with 1 TBSP salt per 4 gallons (needed to treat other fish I'm keeping, so all keepers went into QT). I've noticed that the guppies in the salt are MUCH more active and happy than they were previously - almost immediately. So I'm wondering if a planted tank with cabomba, ludwigia, and pogostemon 'Octopus' could handle a very low dose of salt. Conversely, my friend is a good fishie friend and suggested that she could give them a salt swim occasionally. Just wondering what you all think? Should we salt the tank, or give them occasional spa days in a low salt solution, or should we just leave the salt thing alone?
  5. Hi Everybody! My name is Lisa. I am from Summit County, CO which has mining, skiing and tons of snow. I started my aquarium 2 years ago because I was told, “No more house plants!” by my hubby. So, to expand my plant knowledge, I began studying aquascaping. Thanks to Aquarium Co-Op my underwater garden is thriving. I’m here to learn even more. I started with a 5 gallon and a year of dialing in my well water and tank I ended up dialing in a smoothly running established tank that ran for nine months with out changing. But then disaster struck, when, while getting new carpet, my bed frame fell, bouncing off of me and falling diagonally onto my tank. Long story short I now have upgraded happily to a 10 gal. I do also have a 3 gallon at work, that really only has Java fern overgrowth, drift wood and nerite snails for cleaning. Why only two aquarium? Well remember that sweet loving hubby of mine. We all make compromises, but with that being said I do have a passion for my main tank and am hoping to reestablish that ecosystem I had in this new tank. Current Plants: -Java fern, both windelov and traditional -Java moss, what can I say, it’s quickly becoming a girls best friend. -Anubias nana petite, yea it’s coming along...I think... -Hydrocotyle tripartita ‘Japan’-just got this sucker but it’s perfect! -Radican Marble Queen Sword, growing some new leaves after the stress of the move -Ruffle Sword also got a massive trim and coming back. -Red Dwarf Aquarium Lilly, my absolute favorite! and tons of Marimo moss spread out on my driftwood. I do have a few fish: -mustard gas betta- you saw it coming. His name is O.D.B. He was chosen and named by my man. -a golden mystery snail-the chef Raekwon -a clown pleco- inspect the deck -a nerite snail- method man I do plan on completing my Wutang tank here in the future with the extra room but am waiting for everything to get established before doing that. With all that being said, Thank you all for the knowledge. Now, for the learning cycle to continue.
  6. I have a group of 4 Corydora Aneus and 3 Balloon Mollys along with a group of 7 Molly fry in a breeder box in a 29 gallon planted tank. One of my Balloon Mollys keeps getting infections. At first I thought it was Ich and treated for that twice with Ich-X. Then treated for Columnaris once with Marycin. This was all in the 29 gallon. When the Columnaris came back again it also came with a swim bladder issue and thats when I finally got a 10 gallon hospital tank. I moved her and the other female to that tank and did a back to back treatment of Marycin while fasting. Thought she was good and then a few days back in the display tank a new infection popes up, this time its fin rot and something that looks like columnaris by her eye. She is now back in the hospital tank with a 2 tbsp per gallon does if salt. My question is would it be helpful to add salt to the display tank? Could she be getting sick again and again from the tank or is more likely she is stressed in that tank? If it IS a good idea to salt treat the planted display tank what doesage should i do not to kill the plants? The plants I have are Java Fern, Anubias Nana Petit, Dwarf Aquarium lily, Tiger lotus bulb, Moneywort, Bucephelandra, and some Red Root Floaters. Im just really trying to get this girl healthy. Thanks!
  7. I’m curious if there is a plant we could grow with leaves out of the water, or semi immersed that people have noticed is aromatic? I listened to an L.R. Bretz live stream recently where he mentioned Brazilian Pennywart(?) as being aromatic, maybe. 🙂
  8. Take params: Temp: 79 degrees Fahrenheit Ammonia: 0 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 60-80 A few of the rummynose tetras have recently(not sure when exactly just noticed it today) started showing what looks like a white upper lip. Everyone looks healthy and eats like pigs. Still got red noses. I know nitrates are a little high but water change day is I'm the morning. These fish just got added to the main tank after a 3+ month quarantine/grow-out. Honestly not even sure if they are the new additions or the original school who had been there for a year ish. Could they be rubbing their nose raw on the front glass from their patrolling? If so how do you get them to stop? They are in a 29g school of 25 with an angel, an to, and a male apisto who just chills in his cave all day. Much thanks! Link to gallery: Https://imgur.com/gallery/SjT1Kjv
  9. Hey , so for my bday coming up on Friday I have been given 2 40 gallon breeder tanks and I thought it is about time that I do a planted tank setup because I have had tanks my whole life ranging from a 150 to a 20 gallon and none have had plants so I have watched soo many different videos and tutorials on the best lights and plants and I stumbled upon you’re channel. I went to you’re store and I am actually going to order a few different plants. They are ammannia gracilis, bacopa Carolinia, stellatus octopus, micro sword, Anubis barteri, Amazon sword, and baby tears. So I looked into all those plants and saw how awesome they all looked but ultimately I am wondering what would y’all recommend for a light and also what would be the beginning steps for setting up the tank and also what type of substrate best would fit those plants. Basically like when I put the plant substrate in what next and what helpful fertilizers and root tabs I might need .
  10. Been fish keeping a long time, almost exclusively salt. Recently inherited a 35Gal Hex with glow fish, angels, and Julii cats. Was looking to add some live plants, and have recently purchased a Nicrew Classic LED G2 and Nicrew Classic LED Planted Plus lighting system, don't know which one i'll keep. My question is with standard pea sized stone already in the tank, didn't want to switch out substrates, would I simply use the easy green and the easy root tabs? Also, I typically do weekly 10% water changes and have been vacuuming half the gravel bed. I'm assuming with the root tabs and live plants that means no more to the gravel vacuuming? Thanks
  11. After over an hour of arts and crafts, I am covered in glue but I now have alllll the plants I want for the tank. I have a few different kinds of crypts, anubias nana petite, swords in the back, dwarf sag in the middle that I think I will totally need to keep trimming and a Java fern on the left that I had no clue would come that big. I really have no clue in general, but I'm proud of myself and think it looks pretty. Anything I should be concerned about? The tank lighting is just what came with the Tetra kit I got.
  12. Hi friends! I am suuuuper new to the hobby! I blame my high school students for my interest...they randomly bought me a betta fish about two years ago. Unfortunately, he became ill and died about a month ago...and I miss him and the joy he brought to the classroom. I'm trying to start and maintain a planted tank to create a better environment for a future classroom fish...maybe I can get our next betta to live for five years instead of just two! I planted a tank yesterday with some plants I bought at the Co-Op! You'll have to let me know how I did...the pile of rocks is on the driftwood because I couldn't get it to sink. I'm sure I'll be searching the forum for tips...hopefully, I can keep the plants looking this great! Any advice is very welcomed! I have no idea what I'm doing, and I'm fighting the urge to try too hard! It's a 5 gallon Marina tank (one of those kit things with the Slim 10 filter), Fluval Stratum, some driftwood, quartz river rocks, and a smattering of plants (Windelov Java Fern, Golden Anubias, Nana Petite Anubias, Coffeefolia Anubias, and Red Melon Sword).
  13. Hello! I just wanted to share the couple of tanks I'm working on for my home office. The first is a 30gal planted tank, the second is a 5gal desk tank that I plan on planting as well. Both are in their cycle phase, and I need to scape the 5gal still. Neither look how I want them to just yet, but I'm really excited to get them stocked and get the plants fully grown. My fiance, @Nick L, and I want to turn this into a tank room slowly. We have a lot of empty tanks just waiting to have our ideas put to them. Can't wait to share as we make progress on everything 😊
  14. Greetings My first planted tank. Some of the plants were added today, so a lot of growing left to do. Comments and suggestions welcomes! My main concern - is there enough ground space for my 8 false julii coridoras to rummage around? I sometimes think they are bored - they spend most of their time glass surfing. Temps - 76 Ph - 7.4 0/0/20 Gh - 8 Kh - 4 I added the cories 3 weeks ago. Started co2 two weeks ago.
  15. (It's me. I'm baby.) Getting back into the hobby after a yearlong break. Tank & filtration: 36g bowfront The back is painted with black acrylic Aquaclear 50 HOB (+ aquarium co-op coarse sponge, purigen, minus the top because it rattles a little and that annoys me) Marineland Penguin Filter (+ aforementioned coarse sponge, matrix, spider plant, and rosemary) Lettuce. Not sure if I should count this as part of filtration or part of the plants, but oh well. If it grows, I'm not sure I'll be brave enough to eat it, so it'll probably go to the fist :`D The prefilter sponges I had on hand were way too fine, so I cut into the coarse sponge to create a makeshift prefilter for both HOBs I don't currently have a light big enough for the tank, but that's not a big priority at the moment, just because it is so hot. But next payday I'll probably grab a Nicrew. At the moment, I'm using a little Nicrew meant for a smaller tank (it was bought for my betta, who's sadly passed on.) In the next post I'll add in info about the plants and fish!
  16. So starting like 5 months ago I had a medium plant load in the aquarium using an old florescent tank light and the marineland advanced LED light on my 40 breeder, and both were on a timer. I was dosing 4 pumps as directed of easy green a week and weekly water changes. I started noticing black spots on the hardscape and didn't think much of it. fast forwarding 4 months BBA and BGA have now infested my tank and my tank is also heavily planted. Now after christmas this year I got a fluval 3.0 and set it to the day cycle as provided by Bently Pascoe, and my marine land goes on for 4 hours when the fluval is at it's peak of strongest light for my Montecarlo and pearlweed. I know that with the consistent dosing and lighting there really is one variable which is the plant growth itself, causing deficiency on nutrients in the water column. I've been trying to bomb the tank with nutrients the last two days with 10 pumps of easy green. I still can't even get to 5ppm of N. I don't know what to do and I am getting tired of fighting algae Plants: Monte Carlo, over a dozen crypts, Red pearl Amazon sword, mult. stems of pearlweed, Italian and leopard Val, Bolbitis, 4 bunches of Anubias nana petite, 2 Normal anubias nana, 2 fist fulls of Golden Loydellia, Dwarf Sag. and finally one smaller clump of Java Fern. Fish: 7 inch Poly teug. (will be moving to 210 once the tank is set up) 4 inch Poly Ornate (will be moving to 210 once the tank is set up) 2x 3 Inch Angels (breeding pair) 1 SAE and a mating pair of Kribensis
  17. Hello Everyone, We had fresh/saltwater aquariums for a great many years, but none in the last 7 yrs. We've started a freshwater tank. Regarding plant cycling a new tank, I see photos of super heavily planted aquariums. For cycling purposes what constitutes a planted tank? A certain number of plants per a certain number of water gallons? The reason for the questions is that we don’t want to carpet our tank and we don’t want it so heavily planted that we can’t see the hardscaping or fish, thus I wonder if the tank will plant cycle. It’s a 6-foot, 135-gal.
  18. Hello everyone! I am experienced in keeping aquariums, but new to live aquatic plants. I have some recently ordered new Windelov ferns and water sprite. As I was cleaning them and pruning dead spots, I wondered what size rhizome can survive? If it is bright green, has roots, but no leaves, how small is too small to try to save? Any input would be greatly appreciated as I am eager to learn more.
  19. Hi, I am from Ontario, Canada. I have had some version of a community tank for almost 30 years. Started with Molly's in grade 6. Currently I have a 30g long. I would love bigger but house size makes that difficult. I also want to make sure I know what I am doing before I get bigger. Tank has seen lots of changes in the last six months. I have had to do some fish rehab after a couple Sword Tails decided to go on an attack bender out of nowhere. I have had them before with no issues. I have changed out my blue rocks for natural river rock and Seachem. I started with plants in a 5g that I adopted from a friend last year. I worked on that for about 4 months and just before Christmas transplanted plants and fish to 30g and added more plants. Tank has also been moved to a location where I can actually sit and watch it now. I have learned so much in the last year since finding Aquarium Coop on YouTube. Cory you made it so much easier and less intimidating to start live plants. Fish in the tank currently: Neon Tetras, Zebra Danios, Black Skirt Tetra, Ember Tetra, Rasbora Scissortails, Rainbows, and 2 Bristlenose plecos added yesterday. Plants: Amazon Sword (just had first propagation), Cryptocorne, Java Fern, Vallisneria, and 2 plants I am not sure about, possibly Moneywort and Copper Leaf Ammania. Owner was not at the store the day I picked them up and he is the plant guy. Love our little store!!! They have helped me more than once and for free when they should or could have charged me. P.S. The last 2 days have been intresting so my picture is not the best. Did you know that before you panic and run to the store to get a new heater, you should make sure yours is plugged in. Also do not let 7yrs old move cat tower near fish tank. You will get yelled at from the basement that a cat is in the tank. Yep, that was my morning!!! 🤪
  20. I just converted my 60 gallon aquarium over from fake plants to live plants of the plants start to melt back will it cause a ammonia spike my other tanks I started them off with plants before adding fish I am just a little worried
  21. I started my 55 gallon tank at the beginning of September 2020, for two months I added only plants, let the algae grow bonkers then added inverts for two months and finally added fish within the past month. The Octopus plant was shredded when i planted it and EVERY SINGLE ONE of the pieces took off. I'm dosing two pumps easy green and 12 hrs of light with a 4hr mid-day siesta. I bought all kinds of plants to make sure I had something take off...they all did. Somewhere between 5 and 10 Amano Shrimp 10 adult RCS and an unreasonable amount of shrimplets that popped up about two weeks ago 30 Olive Nerite Snails 6 Otos 5 Corys
  22. Hello and good day! I thought I could start this thread to document my journey into fish keeping. I figure that it is also a great way to get help when problems arise and/or to get people to bounce ideas off. 😁 I mentionned in an intro post that this is my second attempt at fish keeping. My previous setup was about two years ago on this same aquarium. I must unfortunately say that it did not end well. I had a betta who got sick and I did not notice fast enough. So here I am now, starting again. My current tank is a 20 gal.US high that has been planted and in water since October 9th. I had started scaping it a few days before. I have an Aquaclear 30 HoB, an airstone with USB air pump, a Fluval heater (not submersible) and a basic T8 fluorescent light. The substrate is some planted tank I bought in a small aquascaping shop. It just says ''Aquarium Soil, Black Brown Soil'' (that I can read I should add). My tap water is around: - pH 7.8 - 8.0 - GH 120 mg/L (ppm) (+/- 6.7 dGH) - KH 70-80 mg/L (ppm) (+/-4.4 dKH) Few days after filling it with water (Oct. 13th): - pH 7.8 - GH 60 mg/L (ppm) - KH 70 mg/L (ppm) - Ammonia 0.50 - 1.00 ppm - Nitrites 0.0 ppm - Nitrates 0.0 ppm And my aquarium parameters are currently (dated Oct. 26th): - pH 7.4 - GH 40 ppm (+/- 2.25 dGH) - KH 50 ppm (+/- 2.80 dKH) - Ammonia 0.25 ppm - Nitrites 0.0 ppm - Nitrates 5.0 ppm My plan is to get the most Neon Tetras I can for my tank without having to do massive and/or frequent water changes. I am thinking anywhere from 12 to 20. After that I might get some Otocinclus, around six to eight. But first, I want to get two or three Nerite snails as I have a lot of decaying plant matter (I do not know if my Vallisneria will pull through 😕). Seeing as I am dosing Seachem Stability to help establish bacteria, I am wondering if I can add the Nerites this weekend? Also, I might have to add that I have dosed one pump of Easy-Green twice now (Oct. 21st & 25th) and I did not see a spike in ammonia, nitrites or nitrates. As I am writing this, I realise that although my tap water is somewhat hard, I should probably add something like a Wondershell or crushed coral to help increase my GH & KH since it went down so much. 🤔
  23. Hi all! I've had Valisnaria for over 6 months now and it initially threw off some runners and grew quite quickly. However, about 2 months later, it paused it's growth and it's leaves started looking pretty tattered. It's mantained this look since then, throwing out a runner here and there while also a few of them dying back. Since planting it, I've kept it fed with API root tabs and I give it about 10 hours of light a day. It is in a pool filter sand substrate The reason for this post, I want a gorgeous Valisnaria forest going on but I'm obviously not doing it right. Parameter's and other information pH - 8.2 Ammonia - 0 Nitrite - 0 Nitrate - 20 ppm Substrate - Pool Filter Sand Light - Finnex Stingray Tank - 55g Light Duration - 10 hours Nutrients introduced via API Root Tabs It's sitting on a hill of sand about 11inches from the light 1 large "mother" plant and 7 runners If you have a solution, advice or questions, please share!
  24. In the UK, we’ve recently entered into our second lockdown, so what better thing to do to past the time than to start a new planted tank. This is a 30 litre/7.9 gallons heated tank, with double sponge filter. I like the double sponges as I can swap out a sponge from an existing tank for near instant cycling, without impacting the existing tank too much. Plants used are: Lilaeopsis brasiliensis Lobelia cardinalis Anubis nana bonzai Sagittaria subulata Limnophilia sessiliflora Cryptocoryne beckettii Bacopa caroliniana Java fern
  25. Got the initial surge of plants I wanted, a few as pots and tissue culture so wanted to ask some advice of you better then me. Still waiting on a few select plants and weeping moss to finish but here it goes. Cyptocoryne Retrospiralis, out of all 21 plants these ones seemed worse for wear. They (all plants) have only been in their new home for about 36 hours. They have a bit more green now instead of brown and sadness. But my question is what's best way to perk this guy back up ? Monte Carlo, I've read a lot on this plant cause I absolute love the way it looks. But my question is, will it work? Right now they aren't really pushed into the substrate, just resting on top with a rock, bit of glue here and there. Should I try thinning and pushing further in? Or let it do its thing? And pray it takes hold? Alternanthera Reineckii Mini, tissue culture. Everything I've read is hit or miss of them acclimating to the environment, this one I really wanted. So an insight? One is kinda losing some red and turn green a bit so idk if that's a melting trait or what. Haven't added the Java moss, or weeping moss (waiting) might add some more anubias petites. But that's what I'm working with so far.
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