January 2014 Blog Posts (21)

Dirted 40gal breeder

So after lots of research and review, I dirted my first tank about 5 days ago. I used the much recommended Miracle grow organic soil, and about half and inch to an inch of pea gravel to top it. I added fish about 12 hours after planting, and now five days after planting have new growth, and no fish deaths. I will say that soaking the soil for a week+ helped wonders. Currently I am doing daily ~25% water changes just in case of ammonia spikes. Current levels are PH 7.6, ammonia ~.25ppm, nitrites… Continue

Added by Josh Meyer on January 29, 2014 at 6:14pm — 2 Comments

Dirted Tank without a rock cap

so I was wondering if anyone has tried a dirt tank with no cap. if so let me know how it works for you.

Added by michael graham on January 28, 2014 at 7:35pm — 1 Comment

Emersed Anubias - Second Update

So all didn't go as planned...far from it. The leaves of the plant wilted after a week and two of the plants died. I managed to salvage one and hacked all the leaves off the rhizome to restart the growth. I figure the wilting occurred because the plants I bought were kept submerged so the leaves couldn't adapt to the changes. Anyway, now the 'bald' rhizome is submerged in water so that the new leaves that grow from it will be able to survive emersed. The wilting might be due to the humidity…


Added by Elliott Ong on January 26, 2014 at 10:22am — 2 Comments

Dirting and tannins

When dirting a tank does anyone ever boil the dirt to get the tannins out of the dirt so you don't have the problem of tannins in your aquarium? Let me know your opinion!

Added by Tyler De Young on January 25, 2014 at 11:54pm — 4 Comments

55 gal under filtered

I want to lower maintenance and I am not happy with my current filter can any one recommend a powerful hang-on that would that would be better than the "stock" filter I have. Please post link. NEEDS TO BE QUITE!!

Added by Kevin Flynn on January 24, 2014 at 12:09pm — 6 Comments

75 Gallon High Tech Tank..Needing some advice and thoughs?

I plan on using 4 t5 54W bulbs with two of them on 8 hours a day then all 4 for 6 hours combined. I will have pressurized co2 for the tank that will kick on 30 min before the lights and 30 min before the lights turn off. I currently have 5 discus about 3.5 inches in size but sadly I may get rid of them due to the demand they have currently. I am going to use eco complete for the substrate mixed with 5mm gravel to allow the plants to have a hold. I will use root tabs every 3 months to help…


Added by Nathan on January 22, 2014 at 2:55pm — 2 Comments

Mainly going to have all rainbows other than some bottom feeders and a couple angels

Mainly going to have all rainbows other than some bottom feeders and a couple angels


Added by scott bednowicz on January 22, 2014 at 1:45am — No Comments

Newly planted 125 gal with flourite substrate capped with medium nature pea gravel

Does anyone have any suggestions to help maintain healthy plants. I dont really wanna get into co2 but maybe somewhere down the line. what are best plants for this setup. 125 gal tank, cascade 1500 and an old saltwater sump for 90 gal salt tank, lighting is 2 fluval aquatic and plant 36-46" high light with full spctrum. So much info out there makes my head spin. Please help.


Added by scott bednowicz on January 22, 2014 at 1:42am — No Comments

Emersed Anubias - First Update

Bought the anubias. Put them in containers with roots submerged in water with a tad of ferts. I am quite happy with this particular plant that I picked up as its ready to flower soon. I split the rhizome into three and tied them to two different blocks of wood and put the containers in a shaded area. They were grown submerged so I might experience some dead leaves but all should go well. 

Lets see how this goes ;).

Here are some photos:…


Added by Elliott Ong on January 19, 2014 at 6:25am — 1 Comment

First Dirted Tank - 120L Amazon Biotope

My first dirted tank has been up and running since a couple of days before Christmas. Looking great at the moment. Still need to get the second tank sorted so I can get the platies moved. A few days ago I noticed I have more babies so may be a little while.

Currently planted with anacaris (until I can find some cabomba here in the UK), amazon…


Added by Kenneth Philabaum on January 18, 2014 at 12:26pm — 4 Comments

Emersed Anubias

Well I love rearing fish in aquariums but I also love growing plants. I don't mean just aquatic plants, I like growing terrestrial ones too. I have admittedly had more success with land plants because it is easier to control the conditions and change the conditions to suit optimum plant growth on land than in a relatively small 50 gallon aquarium. 

Recently, I read that anubias grows much faster out of water with only its rhizome submerged than it does fully submerged. I would really…


Added by Elliott Ong on January 17, 2014 at 12:19pm — 8 Comments

Star polyps won't open please help

I got them 3 days ago they opened once and haven't opened since but at the store they were opened really well and doing awesome I have good lights on a 12 g nano cube and have never had any problems growing them before

Added by Kody on January 16, 2014 at 2:43pm — 1 Comment

what plants should i get

i have a 20 gallon tank and dont know what to get ????

Added by Luke Kennedy on January 13, 2014 at 9:53pm — 4 Comments

T5 lights on planted tank?

I run a 2 bulb t5 light on my 55 planted tank. Is that good enough lighting ? Should I switch the blue bulb out for a red or pink bulb or another white? Please any and all opinions are welcome thanks !

Added by Kody on January 11, 2014 at 3:59am — 3 Comments

Dwarf baby tears (hc) tips?

I run 2 bulb t5 high outputs with dirt substraight and a diy c02 system, any tips to help carpet/grow successfully??

Added by Kody on January 11, 2014 at 3:49am — 5 Comments

Lessons Learned

I finally downloaded all of the pictures on my phone to my computer so now I will actually post them to my page. Big updates to talk about are going to focus on my planted tanks first and finish off with my saltwater experience.

10 gallon planted is overloaded with pond snails so I am working on getting rid of them with lettuce in a bottle I'll let you know how well that works out. My crystal red shrimps that I ordered at my LFS finally came in 4 months later so I threw them into the…


Added by DR Wilson on January 11, 2014 at 3:32am — 4 Comments


How would you guys treat ich? I think I might have it in one tank but not completely sure.

Added by Jake Daniels on January 8, 2014 at 10:09am — 5 Comments

The Importance of Plants in your Aquarium

Hey Everyone,

Just thought I'd share another one of my observations in the relatively brief time that I have been in this hobby, a mere 2 years. The fact that I have been able to observe this and appreciate the difference that plants make in an aquarium is evidence enough of how important they are.

I have a 50 gallon South American aquarium with a variety of tetras, catfish and 2 angelfish. In the time that I have had this tank, I have kept fish in it with plants and without…


Added by Elliott Ong on January 8, 2014 at 10:05am — 8 Comments

new plants

amazon compactica, water wisteria, tropica fern and apongeton any advice

Added by Luke Kennedy on January 7, 2014 at 8:12pm — No Comments

Feeling Salty

So I am very late on this blog post, but I have a bunch of updates!!! First off I am selling back my Cory's because they are just not the right fish for a planted tank no matter how hard I try! Second off I have been toying with the idea of discus, but I think I will wait for my plants to grow in a lot more! Speaking of planted tanks my 10g definitely has pond snails so I need to fix that and quick! I bought plastic to make my own personal tops to my aquariums to try to reduce evaporation…


Added by DR Wilson on January 5, 2014 at 4:43am — 3 Comments

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