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Substrate for Discus Tanks?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peter Mar 6, 2014. 3 Replies

I'm setting up my discus tank soon and wanted to know what you guys are doing for your substrate. I use dirt in all my tanks, but I was thinking it might not be ideal considering the discus's…Continue

Tags: complete, eco, dirt, substrate, discus

Mold In My Dirt?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Adam Carbary Oct 2, 2013. 2 Replies


Tags: help, weird, mold, white, dirt

Everything's Dying!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Zachary P Sep 13, 2013. 9 Replies

Last week I bought two new fish. With in the first two days they died. Now everything in my tank is dying and I dont know how to stop it. I did a 75% water change. They have no visible signs of…Continue

Tags: new, help, breathing, dying, fish

What species of Cory Cat is this?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kami Jan 28, 2014. 5 Replies

So I was buying some tetras and the guy at the store accidently got one of these guys in the bag. I was planning on eventually getting some but now that i have this free one I will just get more of…Continue

Tags: what, kind, species, catfish, cat


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180 Gallon Planted Tank

Posted on November 10, 2013 at 11:55pm 8 Comments

      Im starting this blog for my 180 gallon planted tank to not only have a record of the evolution of the tank but for others as well. When I was first starting my tank there was not really any information from people with bigger tanks, especially on this site so hopefully this will help some of you out and feel free to ask questions. I plan on updating with a picture once a month. 




Posted on August 12, 2013 at 4:10pm 4 Comments

       So over the years I've learned how to keep fish, then how to grow plants, and all the tips and tricks and D.I.Y. methods that come with these things, but one thing that I think goes overlooked on this site is aquascaping.

Its such a vast topic, I know, but the thing about it is that for the most part, it can not simply be researched. I know you can find things like "Don't center your focal point", and "tall plants in…


180 Gallon Planted Tank Lighting and Stocking

Posted on May 31, 2013 at 1:01pm 7 Comments

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…



Posted on April 28, 2013 at 7:37pm 3 Comments

Hey guys, so I was gone all weekend and I returned to my rainbows looking like this. One of them is very bad and 3 others have developed darker scales and they seem to get dark blue, then gray, then white. Its not spots tho it seems more like the scales changing color and falling off or something, also they have the classic white poop. I had just done a dirt convert a few weeks back but I did a water change before leaving. There was a freshly dead tetra in the tank although he has been the…


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