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  1. Im so confused! The tank details: I just set up this 55 gallon. It has a fluval fx4 with a heater, bubbler, prefilter, and spray bar. I added the monte carlo about 3 weeks ago and the other plants about 3 days ago. The monte carlo was a tissue culture, so all the terrestrial leaves are melting and new ones are growing in, as well a new roots. Ive added easy green and easy carbon around every other day for the last week and a half. I also added cycled media from my old tanks and beneficial bacteria starter liquid. Now for the problem: I just checked my nitrates and the its sitting really high, around 40-80ppm (i cant really tell which color it is based on the chart). The ammonia is at 0ppm and the ph is around 7. I think it maybe all the melting from the monte carlo causing a spike in ammonia->nitrates. Ive never had this happen during a tank start up. Also, should I do a large water change. I have ludwigia in the tank and have read they dont like dramatic changes in water parameters. If I should, what percentage do you recommend? Update: I just moved into this new apartment thats a few blocks away. I assumed the water was the same. However, this is the reading of the faucet water with dechlorinater in it. Nitrates: 20ppm, ph is at 8.2., ammonia is at 0~0m25ppm. Is this normal? Also, after a 50% water change my waters sitting at about 40ppms still and ph is now 7.8. Should i do another 50% water change?
  2. I have a rather large piece of Seriyu rock I'm about to smash down and work in, still gonna shape the substrate a bit more. Not the greatest by far, this is my second attempt to a planted tank. 55 gal standard. Plants, lots of plants, any thoughts where to place what and what to use? I have a fluval 407 that will be filtering this. I'm looking at co2 options. And heater options. Not entirely sure what fish to put in it yet. Just kinda winging it. Substrate is a layer of (inert to build the hill first with rocks, followed by Fluval Stratum, mixed with Ada Amazonia, topped with eco complete 🤔 🤷 11/3 Update So I got my Seriyu rock broke down, even added a little bit of rose quartz. I made a diy spray bar for my fluval 407. My question is is this enough flow/surface agitation? Any suggestions, also any suggestions on co2, and heating. And I'm looking at some Java ferns, with anubias nana petites, my light seems pretty bright (maybe too bright) and I want to glue/tie moss not sure which one yet, Any thoughts? Uploaded videos of water flow.
  3. I have a 20gal high tank that I am wanting to turn into a planted shrimp tank. Is CO2 essential in a planted tank?
  4. Hello! I'm a long-time Co-Op fan, and was super excited when I got the notification on YouTube about this forum. I've always loved forums and sharing my tank, but tend to get tired of the (sometimes) less-than-friendly environment, even when it's entirely well-intentioned. I know that the Co-Op will make this a pleasant place to be, and I can't wait! I'm from Central Kentucky, and actually work at a Petsmart. I spend my days selling fish, reptiles, amphibians, small mammals, and birds - I enjoy all of it, but the highlight is definitely fish. I'd like to eventually move to a local store, but it's slim pickings around here. I may eventually try to open my own store, but I'm just starting out, so we'll see where I end up. I keep mostly saltwater fish, with a few freshwater tanks sprinkled in (mainly for the plants, lol). I used to have a total of 11 tanks, but I moved and did myself a favor and broke everything down to 5 - 2 freshwater and 3 marine - for my own sanity, as retail is absolutely insane right now. I don't feel that all of my tanks are in a sharable state at the moment, as some are just substrate with some media in them, but here are the three I feel are in good shape today: Here's my largest tank, my 55 gallon FOWLR (fish-only with live rock) tank. It's home to a pair of Clarkii Clownfish, a juvenile Yellow Tang, a young Yellowtail Damsel, and a half-grown Green-Spotted Puffer. This is my more aggressive tank - everything in here has the potential to be pretty nasty, but also, pretty beautiful. The puffer is the star of the show, of course, but the clownfish offer a lot of personality as well. The tang is visible from across the room, even as a juvenile. The damsel is just fun to watch dart through the rocks. I will be adding more to this tank, but I haven't decided exactly what to add - as is, I think it's a fun tank! FTS: Clarkii Clownfish: Extremely upset Green-Spotted Puffer (he doesn't like the camera!): He's giving me the look 🙄 Here's my second largest (and my newest) tank, my 40 breeder FOWLR tank. It's got a pair of Wyoming White Ocellaris Clownfish, a Dalmation Molly, and a pair of Blue-Striped Pipefish. This is most definitely the peaceful community tank, and I hope for a lot of variety in here. The two clowns in here are awesome - they're the only designer clowns I've ever had - so I consider them to be my favorites in here. The molly is one of the fry I bred in saltwater myself. I used to have a saltwater planted tank with a bunch of mollies and guppies, and I kept a few fry of each as they bred. This is the only guy I have left though - he's getting old! The pipefish are new to me. The store owner says he thinks that they're captive-bred, and they seem to be well-adapted to aquarium life, especially when compared to other seahorses and pipefish I've kept. They're cool, but kinda hard to find - more of a unique oddball and conversation starter, but awesome, nonetheless. FTS: Wyoming White Ocellaris Clownfish: Blue-Striped Pipefish: Here's the third tank I'll share - my 5.5 gallon betta tank. I've had this halfmoon female for about a year and a half. I had her in a 37 gallon community tank with some long-finned serpae tetras, some platies, some otos, and a few cories. Everyone got along - until I had a tank bust. I had to move my school of 15 giant danios into the tank for a few days, and they ended up picking on this betta quite a bit. She got pop-eye - I treated her with some erythromycin, and she's done fine, but she lost the eye. So, I keep her in this tank by herself, and kinda just let nature do it's thing. It's filtered and heated, but there's enough plant mass in here that I doubt I'd have issues with ammonia. There's some Pogostemons Stellatus Octopus, a Sword, some Japonica Plant, and several different Anubias and ferns, all from the Co-Op. There's also a small colony of cherry shrimp in here that seem to escape the betta. A simple tank, for sure, but one that I enjoy. FTS: Betta: Cherry Shrimp: Thanks for reading!
  5. Hello everyone, I have a 10g planted / shrimp tank that I started about 4 months back. At that time I was under the impression that I could feed them micro pallets, that I feed my tetras in the bigger tank. Turns out I grew a bunch of hair algae, snails, hydra, and this worm I can't figure out. I have taken care of the hair algae by water changes, and changing the food to dedicated shrimp food. Took care of Hydra by using a Azoo Hydra/snail treatment. This worm is a mystery to me, as I can't figure out how to get rid of it. I started taking them out using a tissue paper first, but then I would not see them in the day, now they mostly come out at night. The reason I want them gone is that I think they are eating shrimplets, as I haven't seen any, though there have been a few shrimps with eggs. When they move they move by elongating their body, sticking, and then pulling the body back. They have a hard skin when I have touched them. I am not sure how to attach a small clip, as the forum would not allow me. Thanks a bunch, love from Lahore, Pakistan.
  6. Serious question - to any/all with planted tanks........ It's starting to really bug me....... Gravel vac'ing!? I can see poo in more than one spot and it's driving me MAD! And OF COURSE, those particular spots, and SUUUUPER super close to some of my biggest plants root systems...I have absolutely sucked up more than one amazon sword in the last few months.. I try and do a "surface vac", and I have a pair of tongs I use to like, swish the water around a bit && bring some of the nasty up to surface.. But Now I'm also getting really bad with this --- but listen --- I have a 60 gallon tank, #1. Anyhow. I have this filter, right..it's a Danner 55 E-Z Clean, HoB filter (NO it is absolutely NOT my only source of filtration, but, stay with me here!) So, this filter, came with an attachment piece, that goes into an opening in the filter housing, and uses the filters 'motor' to siphon out the water (instead of it going out thru the outflow, it comes out thru the tubing like it would during a normal gravel vac/water change) Soooooo I have totally, sorta kinda just been using THAT to do my W.C.'s lately (I take out 25% of the tank water in less than 15 minutes most times!), but this has been my "water changing way", since after basically murdering the biggest of my swords and uprooting half my dwarf hair grass. SOLUTION(S)!? And thanks in advance!!! 😊😊😊
  7. So I’ve got my Easy Green, Easy Iron, and East Carbon. I’ve used others....still have some. I’m curious if anyone has tested the number. So I test my Nitrates especially as my plants are growing....and my algae currently. I have not started before and after tests because I feel there are too many variables in a tank but.... A dose/squirt of easy green would be how much nitrate in ppm in the suggested 10 gallons of water? I may test before and after. I’m one of those folks that fiddles too much. Thank heaven I have my kid’s tank to keep me from inadvertently killing mine.
  8. I am looking for a centerpiece fish for a 29 gallon guppy tank that will keep population somewhat under control. 8.0ph any ideas?
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