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How do I find Inert Rocks!

Hey, the last 2 rocks I tried in my tank, raised the PH even though they weren't supposed to, supposedly!!  I like to keep my tanks at 6.8 or so… 

I'm in Northern California near San Francisco, live in Marin County. Anyone know of any rocks that won't raise the PH in my tank that I can buy locally at a rock place or even find? There's an ADA Store in San Francisco but those rocks are freaking Expensive Big time.,.. I'd love to be able to go to the local rock place that sells…


Added by Michael Kollin on September 14, 2014 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

Need help

My fish have white stingy stuff on them and one of my fish has fin rot I think

Added by Cody Maricle on September 9, 2014 at 9:59pm — 3 Comments

20 gallon project ideas? suggestions?

So Im doing a dirted/substrate tank for my 20 gallon 

Im planning on using 1.5-2 inch dirt. Then cap it with flourite substrate. Then maybe another cap of pool filter sand for baby tears or small rooted plants.( or did you think it will spread on the flourite>?) 

Then im going to build a DIY co2 system 

It will be run a 40 watt at least 5000k light 

All I have right now is the tank and fixture of the light.

The plants I wanted are dwarf sag, jungle val,…


Added by huy nguyen on September 1, 2014 at 1:04am — 2 Comments

Help needed lowering Ph

Dear All,

My first post on so please be patient with me :)

My setup :

65 Gallon Fluval Vicenza Freshwater…


Added by nmacog on August 23, 2014 at 7:40am — 6 Comments

Aquarium light and light loss and different cheap ways to light your tank ( LED/FLORESCENT!!!!!!!

For Most aquariums :  Maximizing the amount of light plants recieve has a beificial effect, but the are many ways in which light get lost in the aquarium as well.…


Added by theeAQUATICattic on August 21, 2014 at 11:10pm — No Comments

How to grow aquatic plants emersed?

How do u make aquatic plants that are growing underwater, to grow emersed? 

Added by Johanan Micaiah on August 14, 2014 at 2:21am — 5 Comments

ideas for stocking a ten gallon

what are some cool fish that can go in my ten gallon i like cherry barbs and sparkling gouramis thanks

Added by Luke Kennedy on July 31, 2014 at 12:03pm — 1 Comment

light planted tank

now that i got my tank planted with a few of the plants i want . which include  bleheri, water primrose,  dracaena, spathiphyllum, ophiopogon, trihomanes,syngonium, and some cardinal plant that im trying to get to carpet which is starting to carpet really really fast under extremely low light . the swords are starting to melt a bit thinking about dosing some flourish excel to help out the co2 part of it and some root tabs also  something to help leaf regrowth and i know my lighting is really…


Added by john walden on July 22, 2014 at 6:49pm — 4 Comments

clay help

What kind of red clay for a dirted tank use I use I already bought one amaco Mexican self hardin clay is that a good one to sure help

Added by Michael on July 21, 2014 at 10:53pm — 4 Comments

Purple Algae

This guy has an awesome little aquarium.  I can't believe it's only 10 gallons.  I don't know very much about saltwater aquariums, but I was wondering how do you get purple algae? Is it the lighting?  Do you have to buy live rock that already has it on it? I'm wondering... if you do have to buy it special, if you…


Added by Katie Gander on July 13, 2014 at 9:40pm — No Comments

Dirt tank update.

5 weeks into the new dirt tank and I couldn't be happier. I Have a 30g with only substrate and now a 30 tall with dirt. The dirt is allowing faster growth and bright colors. I like a low tech low maintenance tank, so with the dirt giving of the proper nutrients for a few months, it helps.

Added by Juanarium on July 10, 2014 at 5:05pm — No Comments

Best algae eater?

We all buy algae eater? But we all fail to see the best in most fishes. I spend so much money trying to fine the best algae eater and today I would like to tell you all about it. I got two white mollies in a 55 gal with brown algae, green algae, and black beard algae. Two weeks after I got the mollies all the algae on one half of the tank is all gone. From the plants and from the ground. I have to give it to the mollies for algae eating hands down.

Added by Jerry on July 9, 2014 at 2:39pm — 2 Comments

Newley 55 Gal Dirt Convert

So two weeks ago I dirted my 75 gallon. Did the whole drain and fill 6 times, followed by two extra 50 percent water changes. Into week two I still get ice tea water two or three days after a water change. Any idea how long this last? I have drift wood almost a year old now and planted on. How long does new growth start showing significantly? My water wisteria complety rotted black, wtf? Ummm my crypts doing amazing,…


Added by Edward White on July 9, 2014 at 1:54pm — 2 Comments

10 gallon stocking

I have a 10 gallon tank with 2 aqueon 10 filters going and I have a honey gourami,male platy, and a male guppy I was thinking about about putting more livebearers in there but I need some stocking suggestions and no females I don't want babies!!!

Added by Jhonsel on July 4, 2014 at 5:27pm — 6 Comments

20 high build

Alright the next project that I'm in progress with now is a 20 high. So far I'm planing on a pool filter sand substrate with driftwood and schooling fish just because I like the schools better than single fish.

The questions I have for everyone is what type of plants?? And fish would look good in this tank??

Also what type of ferts, food, fish, plants, etc. would you recommend for any of my tanks?? (13 high, 20 high)

Added by Malek Bolin on July 2, 2014 at 3:52pm — 2 Comments


Hi my names Malek I'm from Texas. Umm currently I have 3 tanks soon to be a 4th. I have a thirteen high. With Java moss, java fern, Anubius nana, water wisteria, dwarf baby tears, 5 harlequin rasboras, 2 rummy nose tetras, and an Otocinclus. I also have a 5.5 gallon Betta tank with a male betta. The bigger tank I have is a 36 gallon turtle tank.

Added by Malek Bolin on July 2, 2014 at 3:48pm — 1 Comment

Why do saltwater tanks need RO water, and why freshwtaer tanks don't

Why is it that freshwater aquariums are perfectly fine without using RO water, and by using tap water, but saltwater aquarists say you MUST use RO water for marine tanks? (assuming there are no corals). Pls reply, i have never been able to get a straight answer....

Added by Johanan Micaiah on June 27, 2014 at 12:04pm — 1 Comment

New LED fixture

I'm wondering what I should include in my video which will feature the new LED fixture I bought on 6-24-2014.  If you have any ideas that you'd like me to consider, let me know below.

heres the fixture I bought

this fixture with…


Added by LED on June 25, 2014 at 4:30pm — 12 Comments

Going dirt!!! Starting with a 30tall.

Hello family! Just made my 1yr anniversary with German ram cichlids, 2gen of southern platty and the same plants. Am ready For DIRT.

Added by Juanarium on June 21, 2014 at 2:50pm — 4 Comments

unknown plant

need help with unknown plant... see if anyone know what it is? got it from the LFS as hygrophila corymbosa.. thanks for the help.

Added by Jerry on June 12, 2014 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

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