November 2012 Blog Posts (38)

Keeping Plants in Brackish Water. A Summary of a 2009 Experiment.

This is a quick summary of an experiment I did in 2009. I find that most plants will survive in salt. You'll likely be surprised at how many common aquarium plants are, to some degree brackish. Most all do tolerate salts to some extent. All those that I listed can do well at the lower end of brackish range... near densities of 1.008-.010 The list below are the ones I have kept (and still keep) in such circumstances: (BW)

Anacharis, Anubias, Bacopa, Cabomba, Hornwort, Water Sprite,…


Added by ŦůRbö ۰ Ҏяѻ ۰ on November 30, 2012 at 5:05pm — 2 Comments

Hhhhhhmmmmmmm what to get?

k so i want some new plants im keeping my water wisteria because its gonig like crazy and is starting to mutate its really cool but i want to get rid of the sword and get either some green green cabomba? valls ? hornwart? idk i just want some epic plant that will grow like fing crazy that my otos will clean and is leafy 

1 oto died recently ( no clue why) so im going to get 4 more so i will have 7 oto cats and ya so what are some cool plants and tell me where to get em.…


Added by Austin Graystone on November 28, 2012 at 11:32pm — 1 Comment

Lighting question

Hey all. Planning my first dirted tank. Loving all the good info on this site. I have a question about lighting. I am planning to buy a 72 gallon aquarium that measures 39w x 25h. It comes with 4 T5ho lights in the hood, and I was wondering if that is too much light. I was planning to do a shorter amount of time for the lights to be on, say 6 hours, but I'm just not sure. I don't want to do CO2.
Any information is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Added by Scott on November 26, 2012 at 10:24am — 5 Comments

What to Feed Gourami Fry?

My Gourami male has started a bubble nest which is now a good size. There is a female in the tank, and if they breed I want to be ready for fry. I've heard that gourami fry are extremely small ad can't eat flake food, so I was wondering what to feed the fry when they do hatch. For my guppies, platys, ad mollies I currently feed their babies Hikari First Bites, the powdered flake food, but I've never had gourami fry before.

Would live baby brine shrimp work?

Added by Ceci L on November 25, 2012 at 3:17pm — 4 Comments

A fat Oto is a happy Oto :)

so my otto cats are all fat from cleaning my tank but yet there is still algae i was wondering can you have more than 4? and my pleco is scared of them lol he is huge but the otos sit on top of him and he flips out and runs away.... i thought plecos where suppose to be fearless 

Added by Austin Graystone on November 22, 2012 at 12:04am — 4 Comments

Going to re-dirt my tank... Need some opinions.

Hey Fishtank TV peeps.

I am thinking about reaquascape my 75 gallon aquarium, and i will be using dirt. I have watched lots of Dustin's and other peoples channels about dirt and have read different forums about it. I found a (what sounds like a good article) from Jordan Matherly on here under forum dirt conversion section. He uses the follow for his dirt mix:…


Added by Jake on November 19, 2012 at 2:40pm — 9 Comments

Rainbow's in my 45 ????

Hello ......  I have a 45gal aquarium that I'm going to drain , add substrate and Aquascape. In this tank I want to put   6 - 10  "Goyder River Rainbowfish"  ONLY  .  The tank is 45gal  (36" X 18" X 12)  >>> Is it big enough for up to 10  Rainbows and maybe a few cory catfish ?????   If you can help - Please reply ,  thanks !!!…


Added by thefisherman15 on November 19, 2012 at 6:00am — 3 Comments


So I love having plecos in the tank even though i almost have no algae. Every time i go to my lfs, i end up coming back with a NEW pleco, because the last one died, and so the one before. So yesterday i went to my lfs and got a pleco. this morning, he's lying on his back. Dead. I really need help because i dont know what I'm doing wrong. I try feeding him like sinking pellets but he had no interest so I asssumed the fish store had fed him.

My Tank:

6 neon…


Added by Betta on November 18, 2012 at 6:55am — 11 Comments

So i work for fish and plants aha

Since im always at my fav lfs on my days off ima start helping the out with catching fish for customers and helping when orders come in to get all the fishies aclamated. Monday gonna help reseal a big tank. they needed some help since to of there people moved its a small private owned fs and im helping out to get better prices on fish and plants .... and i get to learn about salt water since right know i only keep fresh planted tanks, wasnt really planned i droped by yesterday upon request a…


Added by Raymond Boulanger on November 17, 2012 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

plant growth problem

I have had my tank for a while now at least a month and i noticed that my amazon swords were growing like crazy and now theyy have taken over the background of my tank . The problem is i am noticing that there color is fading and also there leaves look like they are being eaten, is there a possibility that my fishare eating the leaves or the snails in my tank. i have two haraquin rasboras' 5 male guppies, tree females ans over 16 babbie guppies, also the snails are ram horn snails. Another…


Added by Andrew Koehler on November 17, 2012 at 3:36am — 2 Comments

snails friend or foe????

I just threw in a pond snail in my 55g planted does any body have experience with them. From what i read i think its a good addition.

Added by Derick cotten on November 16, 2012 at 5:18am — 6 Comments

Plant ends getting brown

What causes the tips of my plants to turn brown?  Nearly all of them have the very tips  turning brown for about a quarter of an inch.  Any suggestions?

Added by DePreston on November 14, 2012 at 7:20pm — 4 Comments


I'm in the need of a large piece of driftwood for my 75 gallon.  Can anyone help me find a piece on the internet?  I've been looking for days now, and there is no driftwood where I live.

Added by Peter Bakovic (Aquariums4life) on November 13, 2012 at 10:52pm — 3 Comments

My live plants are losing leaves ????

Hello  ........  three days ago I put 16 lbs of "Fluval Stratum" substrate in my 65gal aquarium and added quite a few live plants ( see photo ). I have noticed each day there are a few leaves falling off & floating in the tank ????  Don't think it is the fish that are doing it ???  Just wondered if this is normal for a few leaves to fall off after a fresh planting  ????  I am running dual T5's  and a DIY CO2  in this tank ........ Please reply if you can help  .  Thanks…


Added by thefisherman15 on November 13, 2012 at 7:18pm — 4 Comments

australian rainbow fish

My Australian rainbow fish seen to be aggressive with all my fish and they have a black stripe down the center. Is this normal ?

Added by Connor Swann on November 12, 2012 at 11:14pm — 1 Comment

Realy High PH

I decided I wanted some South American Blue Ram Cichlids on Friday so I went to my local LFS. After talking with the lady at my local LFS I decided I should test my PH and KH first. I woke this morning and tested my PH only to discover it at around 8.4. Aghast, I re-checked and re-checked and still 8.4. Still unable to believe what I was seeing I gathered up a bottle of the aquarium water and headed down to my…


Added by Pat McCormick on November 12, 2012 at 3:53pm — 23 Comments

LED's or Florecents

Just wondering what would be better for a 125 planted tank?

Added by Nathan Bryant on November 12, 2012 at 2:53am — 6 Comments

Co2 diffusers and diy co2

Anyone know how to make a good one for cheap. Whats a long lasting recipe? And how long doez it take to see the effects on my plants?

Added by Mr awesome on November 12, 2012 at 12:11am — 2 Comments

Could these plants grow without dirt?

Java fern
Jungle Val
Can you guys give me some other beginner plants that would look good with these plants?

Added by Kevin on November 11, 2012 at 8:23pm — 3 Comments

There should be a app for this.

I hope there will be a app

Added by Kevin on November 11, 2012 at 5:32pm — 1 Comment

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