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  1. i saw this in thinfrog's video and i really want to set this up. this is a very dumb question but where can i find something like this with the sticky on the back? i'm planning to put filter media and frogbit as he did in his video, as they'll remove ammonia etc. how much would something like this help my tank? if i'm going to commit and buy it i want to make sure it does a good job. i don't mind it being in my aquarium, i simply want the best for my fish's health. planning to raise ranchu! i have my 90 gallon tank already set up! this may be a very stupid thread but.............
  2. Hey guys, I'm in the process of making an overhead sump filter for my 55-gallon aquarium as a supplement to my canister (and because I love a good project). I'm basing it on a video from The King of DIY on YouTube, I'll leave the video below. Basically, it's going to be a 2-foot plastic planter suspended above my aquarium, with water pumped up from the aquarium below coming in one end, flowing through some filter pads, then through lava rock, and then back into the aquarium. I'll probably do a separate post going into more details on the specifics of this build later on. Here is the video: My setup will be slightly different, but the core concept will remain the same. Also, if you've never seen his videos, they are SO worth checking out! ANYWAYS my question is this: What plants would you all recommend I grow in this filter? He suggests pothos, and I was considering lucky bamboo as well. The roots will be submerged in the water and lava rock, but the actual plant will be sitting normally in the air. I'm looking for a simple, hardy, "drop it in and leave it" plant, preferably a cat-friendly one. Pothos is apparently poisonous to kitties, so if I go that route I'll be keeping it well-trimmed. It has to be legal in Virginia, the cheaper the better, and preferably have low light requirements, though I may be able to attach a couple of basic clip lights to the frame I'm making, if absolutely need be. Oh, and it needs to be able to live without high humidity/heat, spray bars, fancy things like that. Again, drop it in and leave it! So! Any suggestions? Any of you have something similar running on your tanks? Let me know!
  3. Working on my Anubias collection The 55 gallon tank as of August 13th, 2013: Types of Anubias so far: *Anubias barteri var. glabra (aka Anubias lanceolata) *Anubias barteri var. nana *Anubias barteri var. nana 'petite' *Anubias barteri var. nana 'micro' *Anubias barteri var. nana 'golden' *Anubias barteri var. nana 'snow white' *Anubias afzelli Anubias Wishlist: *Anubias barteri *Anubias barteri var. coffeefolia *Anubias hastafolia *Anubias barteri var. nana 'stardust' *Anubias barteri var. nana 'marble'
  4. ashlee18 Sent me some water sprite (thank you so much!), so I thought it would be cool to take a look at the water. This is from the root area.
  5. Hi all. I cleaned out the betta tank today and noticed a bit of growth in the crypt plants that goldfish7 sent me a while ago. Of the 3 plants, one had melted entirely and I threw it away. The other two I left in the tank because I had heard that they often recover from the trauma of melting. So one plant, which had retained one leaf, now has a new leaf coming, and some new roots growing. The second one, which had melted to a nub with a few roots, now has some green appearing on the nub, and more roots! I'm very glad that the plants are recovering. I look forward to them growing out. From the pictures Goldfish7 sent, they are really unusual - kind of bright green with bronze stems and veins. I haven't had much luck with plants in the betta tank, so it's nice to see something happening.
  6. So today I was feeling a bit down and left work early. I think I'm getting a cold or something. Anyway, to make myself feel better, I stopped at the mom and pop lfs on the way home. It's a little storefront in a horrible part of town, jam packed with tanks, fish and plants. They breed guppies and have some kinds I've never seen before, and their planted tanks are so lush and green. I get plant envy every time I go there. Anyway, I looked at all the tanks. They usually have only a few goldfish, but today they had some cute little ranchu!!! Gold, calico and bronze. They also had a tank full of what looked like plakat bettas, but there were lots of them all together in the tank. I forgot to ask what they were. They also had 4 different types of White Cloud Mountain minnows - regular, vietnamese, long tailed and gold. I was there for plants, and picked up 2 more onion plants, 3 jungle vals and a really nice anubia with long leaves that have a kind of silvery sheen to the underside of the leaf. I brought them home, dipped them in bleach solution, and put them in temporary pots in the tanks. I am waiting for my order of eco complete to arrive so I can plant things permanently. Here's the Anubia - see the lighter underside of the leaves? It's very pretty! It's a mature plant with several rhizomes that I can separate into new plants. Here's the jungle vals - there are 3 plants in here. I just put them in one pot temporarily. I like the way they sway in the current, yet the leaves are not as long as the onion plant. I hope Fluffy doesn't eat them! And here's the test results from tonight. Progress is being made!! Ammonia - 1, Nitrites - 20 After all that therapy and planting, I was tired, so I got myself a pint of Ben & Jerrys sorbet and sat for a while watching the tank cycle and the new plants swaying in the current. It was a very successful trip to the mom & pop lfs!!
  7. So tonight I got home from work and started planting. I had pulled some of the swords from the Betta tank this morning, and I pulled the rest of the plants out of the old tank this evening. I have done some reading and looking at pictures of other planted tanks to get some ideas. I had decided that I wanted a couple of islands of plants surrounded by bare space. I had also read about putting the focal point a bit off center in the tank. This is known as the golden ratio. I measured 18.334 inches from each end. The idea is to place the focal point at one of those 2 places in the tank. So that's where I put the plant island as the focal point. I had a bit of gravel left from the betta tank, so I used that in a clay saucer to make my plant island. I planted some swords, the onion plant, and a baby amazon fern in the saucer and placed it at the sweet spot. I arranged a couple of rocks and some other plants around the tank. And here it is: What do you think? Please let me know your comments and suggestions, cuz I sure don't know what I'm doing! I assume that once the plants grow in, it will look more like I envisaged it. I think I will add some more anubias on rocks over by the tunnel. I definitely need to replace the canister filter intake - I need a black one, cuz the clear one sticks out like a sore thumb. The bad news is that I broke the light fixture - it was not actually big enough, but I was going to make do with it. Now I'll have to buy a new light. The ammonia is still at 2.0 this evening. I am going away for the weekend, so I hope the bb's will kick in before Monday when I get back. I'd like to move Fluffy over on Monday and get new fish on Tuesday. Thanks for watching! mj
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