May 2013 Blog Posts (17)

180 Gallon Planted Tank Lighting and Stocking

Alright so I finally got a 180 gallon tank. It is 6x2x2. My question is what kind of lighting do you guys with bigger tanks (125-220ish) have for plants? Im trying to do this as cheep as I can. Im taking down a 75 and a 55 to make room for the 180, so I have 2, 48inch dual t5s that I can put on there but I doubt that will be enough? Im thinking about running 85watt cfls (about four of them) as well since Ive had good luck with them and with two 48 inch strips the…


Added by alex9j4m on May 31, 2013 at 1:01pm — 7 Comments

new 75 gallon

I got a new 75 gallon tank and I have no idea what to do with it. Can't decide weather to go with a fresh water planted tank or saltwater tank. Or even what to put in it

Added by logan on May 29, 2013 at 11:50pm — 1 Comment

8 recommend beginners plants (by dustin W)

Hi. 6 months into my hobby I am still a beginner. With a naked 29gal tall and In need of knowledge, i turned to YouTube. Taking notes I've been able to successfully grow, propagate and maintain the following. ❤Rotala rotundifolia, giant sagittaria, ludwigia repens, anachris elodea, water wisteria, anubias nana, apongeton crispus, enchinodorus species amazon swords and banana plants. Shout out to species Sunday on fishtankst.v/

Added by Juanarium on May 28, 2013 at 2:17am — 4 Comments

Build Beginnings

This is to be my walstad tank build blog.

My fiancé and I have recently moved and painted and now its time for the aquarium!

I have been doing some digging and have found the "walstad method" which I think has been known in other names for a long time. Anyway, I am intrigued and excited to dirt the tank!

I will be posting pics and perhaps video of the build process, and I have never dirted a tank before so I am open to comments and suggestions. 


I think…


Added by BradnJess on May 26, 2013 at 4:00am — 4 Comments

Water Flow and Current in my 55G

I am having some trouble to get my plants to sway. I have a canister 305 going on full blast and it does about half the tank. I attempted to add a powerhead that does 850GPH..Which is an overkill. I am having trouble getting flow to the other half of my 55.



Have any solutions?


I was possibly thinking about buying a powerhead that is rated for a nono tank maybe 425GPH, or even the Hagen mini filter for flow. If you have any suggestions please…


Added by Anchorboy on May 21, 2013 at 11:29pm — 5 Comments

Water change?

I just had my 120 moved by an aquarium service. I had them add dirt before setting it up. I asked him when I could do a water change. He said in over a month! Mainly because the move included about a 75% water change and he wanted to preserve as much bacteria as possible so I won't have to reestablish the tank. My trouble is the dirt! Will tannins go away without a water change? And will I be over run with algae?

Added by Zack on May 21, 2013 at 6:30am — 8 Comments

Dirted Tank and Goldfish

I have a 30 gallon with dirt substrate and gravel cap. Its not cycled yet but when it is can I add two goldfish to the tank with no plants? I wanted to add plants first but things don't always go as planned. I need to get them out of a 10 gallon as soon as possible. I'm trying to cycle my tank as fast as possible but not seeing any signs it has cycled yet. I have no kit so I'm looking for crap in the filter.

Added by Jessica Embry on May 20, 2013 at 5:11am — 2 Comments

Planted tank help

I just recently added some plants to my fish tank. When I bought them I was told that they were pretty hardy plants and were perfect for the beginner. I just have a normal gravel substrate and I just recently added some flourish tabs for the plants. I was wondering if and what light should I use for the tank? It's a 29 gallon high. Also I'm leaving for the navy again in a month and I was wondering if anyone had any idea if my tank setup would be simple enough to entrust it to my mom while I was… Continue

Added by Alvarez on May 19, 2013 at 10:31pm — 4 Comments

copper in air lines

Can anyone tell me if a copper air line manifold would be safe for an aquarium. ( it nevet touches water)

Added by Steve on May 15, 2013 at 1:48pm — 1 Comment

Help! New Dirted Tank gone Wrong!

So in just planted my old 55 gallon tank, I used the Miracle Grow Organic Choice suggeted by pretty much everyone. I added some crushed coral and fluorite instead of red clay for an Iron additive, I soaked the mix for a day to try and get all the wood chips out, and redried it. In the tank I used an inch of substrate and 1 and 1/2 inch gravel cap. I planted my tank with a various assortment of crypts, some Jungle Val, Anubias Nana, and water wisteria. I ran carbon for 3 days in my Aquaeom 75… Continue

Added by Austin Flindt on May 15, 2013 at 2:24am — 11 Comments

Drawf Sag

I have had a dirt convert tank for going on a month now however the Sag is don't spreading like it should. I'm currently using LED lights. Any insight on this would help.

Added by just_ray on May 12, 2013 at 2:03pm — 3 Comments

Lighting for Medium to low light plants in a 55

I am looking for lighting for my 55 gallon tank. I dose excel and its dirted. I am looking at Aquatic Life duel t5 HO light fixture. I am also maybe thinking about leds? If any one could help me out and give me some advice on what I should look into.

Added by Anchorboy on May 10, 2013 at 8:44pm — 6 Comments

wet dry filter overflowing

does anyone know how to maintain a wet dry filter so that the input and output is the same ? Is their some math formula saying that like EX (1/2 inch pvc makes 300gph ) 

Added by huy nguyen on May 9, 2013 at 11:58pm — 1 Comment

So I caught that sunfish I've been waiting for. But he's got some scale issue

What is the world is happening? 

Added by Michael Golisano on May 8, 2013 at 6:38pm — 2 Comments

gph for a 100 gallon tank an gravel/sand

if i dont put any gravel/sand on my fish tank and leave it bare bottom is that ok ? and if i do leave it bare bottom i have diy filter that i would like to hook up by putting 2 400 gph pumps on both sides of my 100 gallon tank is that safe for fish i plan to keep african ciclids and a arowana 

Added by huy nguyen on May 7, 2013 at 12:56am — 3 Comments

Amazon Tank

I am turning my 55 gallon into an amazon tank with mostly South American cichlids, dwarf and angels. I'm adding a few tetras too, cardinals and neons. Catfish too, Cory cats and a bristle nose pleco.

I was wondering if you guys could pick the fish out for me. I can never make up my mind, LOL.

Added by Zach on May 2, 2013 at 4:33pm — 3 Comments

play sand and other cheap sand

Does anyone know if you can you use play sand in a african ciclid tank ? or even use beach sand ? or the cheapest sand out their please let me know 

Added by huy nguyen on May 1, 2013 at 12:35am — 2 Comments

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