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  1. Hey y'all! Been awhile but I had a question I couldn't find an answer to. First off want to update on the Goldies. Ru, Hiro, and ChuChu are doing fabulous! I've recently added a lot more Java fern and even split my anubias into two plants! All is going great! But my question pertains to my new betta tank I set up today (seeded from the goldfish filter media), I found a t-8 fixture for real inexpensive at Walmart and bought it. I got a GE 9265k 15w freshwater/saltwater t-8 bulb and I was wondering if it would grow my low light plants? Or if it's too much? I know t-5 are better from research I've done but I already have this t-8 bulb/ballast. Any suggestions/tips would be awesome! Thanks! (Wasn't sure if I should post here or in betta forum so I came here since it was pertaining to lights). Hope everyone is doing great in the new year! -chris
  2. So I was halfway through my fishless cycle on my new 55 gallon dirted planted tank, when I found snails. So I'm tearing it down and starting all over. I was using organic potting soil, but honestly it's been more trouble than it's worth. So now I'm looking for a good, cheap aquasoil. Does anyone have any suggestions? I intend to cap it with small gravel, sloping up in one corner to make a sort of "hill".
  3. Hey everyone goldfishfanforever here and I thought I would just start a journal of my planted marina 160 tank. The tank dimensions are 100x40x40cm and the tank holds 160 litres of water. The lights that I am using at the minute are 2 T8 30W Aqua Glo and Sun Glo bulbs that I should probably replace soon . I am using Easy-Life products for fertilizer and CO2 and I use 15ml of Profito Fertilizer once a week and 3-6ml of Easycarbo everyday. The substrate is play sand from Argos are a Fluval U2 and a Fluval U3. The heater is a Marina 150W heater. The Flora that I have in this tank are: Echinodorus bleheri 2 types of crypts jungle val anarcharis Another type of plant id pls I believe a Rubin sword java fern and soon to be java moss as well The Fauna in this tank are: 3 angelfish 3 guppies 3 mollies 1 swordtail 3 peppered corydoras 3 bronze corydoras 4 adult bristlenose plecos a bunch of baby bristlenose plecos that I moved in yesterday to grow out 1 pearl gourami 2 black neon tetras 1 neon tetra 3 rummynose tetras And now for the pics Some cool wood and I also have two smaller pieces soaking Pleco cave Random type of plant and a type of crypt Jungle Val Echinodorus bleheri Another type of crypt Anarcharis Full tank shots - 10/04/15
  4. Hello guys I just thought I would start a journal sort of thing for my newly setup Walstad Tank and my low tech journey with it . This tank is a 28 litre/ 7 gallon tank that housed some baby bristlenose plecos and my dwarf puffer for sme time until I moved my bristlenose fry out on the 23rd of July. The tank was practically bare except for a piece of mopani wood with anubias nana on it and a plant pot. I scrubbed the tank out on the 23rd and added Tropica plant substrate, then playsand and in some areas natural gravel. I then planted some anacharis, some jungle val, my anubias log and some water wisteria. I also added a heater and my dwarf puffer later that day. The next day I noticed some cloudiness so I did a 50% water change and added prime and also some microswords that I had bought that day to sand area which I cornered off with some small round pebbles and then planted the microswords in. The day after that which was the 25th I noticed the water was cloudy again so I bought another bunch of anacharis and two other types of plants and planted them after a 70% water change and I also added about 20 Malaysian trumpet snails. Today when I looked at the tank it was clear and some of the plants have noticeably grown since last night so this leads onto picture time I took one picture last night and I will continue to do it every Saturday unless I see something I want to take a photo of as well throughout the week. I also plan on adding some red cherry shrimp but I'm not sure with the dwarf puffer so I would like so opinions on that but without further ado here is the fts pic (yes only one pic )
  5. Hi all! just wanted to share this short clip of my young orandas, Cookie (brown) and Kingyo (Red and white) and my start of a planted tank. I really wanted to do a moss tree but didnt wanna deal with driftwood so on amazon I found this fake tree that is meant to be a moss planter and even came with little fitted nets to keep the moss in place. I just set it up today so not too impressive yet, but we'll see how it goes. Also a bit of anubis nana glued to a rock on the left. Sorry my room lighting sucks! >x( Watch in HD!
  6. I have a 20g long with one male betta, one albino BN, and two mystery snails. I was hoping for some suggestions of active little fish I would be able to add in? Thanks!
  7. I got a new light and glass canopy . I have 3 new plants but they are being sterilized atm so they aren't in the tank in this video.
  8. Hello again! i need better lighting for my aquarium and I don't have lots of money to spare. However, my current tank came with a coralife light for the 29g that can hold two bulbs. I was wondering if the 2x coralife colormax bulbs would be strong enough to give me enough light to sustain good plant life and growth? If not, what are some other bulb suggestions? I also have a standard 29g light that I can get better bulbs for, and if necessary, I can probably have both lights on the tank at the same time. Basically I'm asking about the power of colormax. Any experience? With these lights, about what level of aquarium plant could I have? Thanks!
  9. Hello KoKos! I absolutely LOVE the look of driftwood! I am trying to fill out my aquascaping, currently have one piece and would like more. I was wondering if anyone knew any links with a large list of appropriate driftwoods, and what to stay away from. Or a site with tips and tricks for driftwood care/use/selection. Things I know; Goldfish shouldn't have pokey driftwood or driftwood with holes for stagant water, air or goldies getting trapped in. Graceful animals to look at but not always in practice. Driftwoods, depending on type and piece can take 2 weeks, 2 months, 1 year or will never soak enough to submerge Each piece should be boiled to remove bacteria, help submerge faster, and remove tannins (tannis? the dye stuff) Some woods like bogwoods are denser than water and sink without all the huffing puffing and extra work (and for goldfish i've seen these preferred, Lis had some beautiful pieces she posted to instagram that made me google it lol). My questions are; Some woods like Mopan i've been told turn your water red no matter how much work you do to remove the tannins, are used for tropical fish like rams, and alter your water parameters. What other woods are similar and should be avoided? What are their effects? Are some woods better for growing mosses on, like christmas, java, willow etc? What are some driftwood dangers to watch for besides what i've mentioned? I do keep Ranchu exclusively and don't have worries about large celestial eyes etc. What are some woods known to sink faster/submerge quickly? Whatever I have now took 2 weeks (plus the square slate screwed to the bottom that it came with) in order to be waterlogged enough to be held down by sand. I liked that timeframe but was looking for a wood darker than that with more character. What natural woods are okay to salvage? I live in eastern Ontario, Canada and have a MASSIVE river by me with large smooth stones, beaches, mosses and DRIFTWOOD! Rocks I have taken, boiled and bleach dipped some rocks but haven't been brave enough for driftwood since I know so little. What are some good driftwood sterilization procedures? Ive used boiling, but not a bleach dip since the wood was so porous I worried i'd have to submerge it in pure prime to remove the bleach, if even possible. Vinegar maybe? Here is my driftwood: Sorry I was being longwinded, thank you for looking. Excited to learn! -Amy
  10. Hey guys! I was just taking pics of my ten gal and I thought I'd share The plant growth is coming along nicely. The tank houses my flagfish and dwarf frogs, and they love it in there! All of the inhabitants are all getting fat off of algae. I have two 12 year old amazon swords (They were part of my very first tank ^^), duckweed, and various other green things.
  11. Hi everyone, Gonna make a quick post to show you my new live plants, not sure if this is the right section for it but I'd love for any/all advice... Finally found a LFS in my area that carries live FRESHWATER plants...seems to be a rarity where I live. Hmp. But found one and got a couple thin leaf java ferns (I believe thats what they were called...could be mistaken). To start off my first live planted tank! Seemed fitting to go to the fish store today considering the roads are basically ponds now...3''+ of rain these past two days. But anyway, here is my current set up, 50G corner pent tank, the ferns I attached to the driftwood with fishing line. Fish guy gave me some organic carbon to use...pour in a capful once a week. Probably going to move my air stone to the back later on or put my bubble wall back in maybe, but right now my cat needs some attention so I have to take a break. Excuse the swimming pigs in the photos They've left the plants alone so far, crossing my fingers! Sooooooooo what do you think?? http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r723/sesaber2/planted4_zpsec0660a1.jpg http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r723/sesaber2/PLANTED1_zpse568309c.jpg http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r723/sesaber2/planted2_zps5f11e98c.jpg http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r723/sesaber2/planted3_zps31a8fbbe.jpg
  12. Just spent half the day doing a large water change and lugging the 40 gallon outside to spray paint. Feeling so accomplished (background used to be black)
  13. Alright. I FINALLY got around taking a halfway decent photo of the community tank and also got an 8 minute long video of me messing around with the tank and the betta girls messing with me The cabomba shrunk a lot because I failed to realize just how much light the floating plants (duckweed, water lettuce, frogbit, riccia natans, hornwort) were blocking out. Initially I thought the shop light was a piece of poopoo and going dim, but then I saw what was really going on. I skimmed off 80% of the small floating plants and fed it to the goldis, moved some of the hornwort out to them as well, and now the tank is nice and bright again. I still got quite a few stems of cabomba so I am certain it will recover if I keep the water surface clear enough Anyway, here's a few pics and a rather long video of the betta girls. Don't even bother turning up the volume - unless you want to listen to the audio of Vanilla Sky "Full tank shot". As always, crappily photoshopped together Some closeups of plants. I had two anubias flower (see top left corner in the first following photo) and the vals are growing wonderfully. A bit too much algae on the anubias but that might be due to the fact that I got the lights on about 15 hours a day. No joke. This here is interesting. It is cabomba, topped with java ferns, topped with hornwort, topped with various floating plants. It's like a bizarre sculpture And, last but by no means least:
  14. I found these really fantastic videos of nano shrimp setups on youtube. They are so beautiful and I really want to do something similar. I'm hoping to achieve like 25% of the awesomeness of their setups. I'm still trying to figure out this whole cycling business, its apparently much harder in smaller tanks. Check them out if your interested! (my favourite *_*)
  15. So finally I am going to be able to start my aquascaping! I have a ton of plants that need to be planted. Here is what I am working with: 24+ Stems of Cardamine Lyrata 4 Stems of Crypt. Spiralis (some are melting) 4-5 Java Fern Windelov 1 marimo moss ball 1 tori gate decoration 1 smaller piece of driftwood Sand My question is, i have a bucket of old sand from my 20 gallon I had previously, can I use this in my aquascape? After being rinsed of course. I prefer the white sand with my oak trim anyways, and Eco-Complete only comes in black \: I will also be documenting the progress with my tank here, through pictures... etc.... Wish me luck!
  16. have got my new 55 gal up & running & the little ones are loving it! have got java ferns, anubias & java moss, hopefully all the hard to kill plants so they have a chance to get started. new lighting to come, maybe some different air stones. tried a flexible bubble wall but found it frustrating. air line in general is very annoying!
  17. It isn't the prettiest thing and I am rethinking the substrate but I quite love my little Java fern on the left and the lucky bamboo (which next month will hang out in the filter (; ) And I finally got around to pruning all of the ferns! QUESTION: If i find tidbits of microsword floating at the top that are still 'rooted' can I replant them? My feeerrrnnnnn<3 Also I am never ever going to do water changes with my fish in the water ever ever again. Okay.
  18. Hi All, This is my present set up which is of 8 moths old.. Tank size is 36x18x18 inches, 45w x 2 High out put CFL's, lower layer of garden soil and top layer river sand, External cannister filter - Jebao - 503, 15w, 750lts/hr.. here are the photos of my planted tank and the inhabitants.. ok.. people, what do think..
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