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    10 gallon planted tank

    Hi everyone! Still struggling to muster interest in my tanks...I did a 4 gallon WC today and buffed the light bulb on the right side of the tank slightly (to 455 lumens) to see if that improves color on the swordplant and the tiger lotuses.
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    20 gallon high blackwater setup starring Betta dimidiata

    Hi everyone! Still struggling to muster interest in my tanks, so I can't report much new with this tank. Just did a 4 gallon water change today.
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    29 Gallon Tank “Pet” fish for 29 gallon

    Would a 5-6 inch fish really be comfortable in a tank this size long term, though?
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    Yeast reactor water changes?

    I thought the limiting factor was the amount of ethanol that accumulates in the bottle?
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    Yeast reactor water changes?

    Hi everyone! I had an interesting idea recently...I have dabbled with yeast reactors in the past, and generally I changed the whole reactor every two weeks. It occurred to me, however, that the yeast seems to all hang out in the bottom of the bottle rather than in the water column...thus, would...
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    20 gallon high blackwater setup starring Betta dimidiata

    Hi everyone! It has been more than a month since I posted about the blackwater tank. To summarize...the males did not hold to term, everyone is eating again, I heavily trimmed the pothos, and I lost some interest in both of my tanks because I wasn't feeling very good. I just did the water change...
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    10 gallon planted tank

    Hi everyone! I've not been feeling great the past few weeks, so while I have kept up with caring for my tanks I have not managed to post about them for a while. Here is an overdue picture of my planted tank; Today I moved the water lilies to the back right of the tank to give them more light...
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    Next steps for my planted tank...(calling you planted tank gurus!)

    I have been dosing excel for the entire time the tank has been planted...they have never shown ill effects from it (if anything I feel like the plants in general began growing faster when I went from a half dose that I started with to the full dose, but as this is not a controlled experiment I...
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    Next steps for my planted tank...(calling you planted tank gurus!)

    Hi everyone! My 10 gallon low tech planted tank - stocked with contortion vals, tiger lotus, echinodorus 'miracle', dwarf sagittaria, and ludwigia 'rubin' - appears to be doing quite well, with everything growing and no signs of algae anywhere. Here is the tank for reference; I have some...
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    10 gallon planted tank

    Hi everyone! I meant to post a picture update yesterday...better late than never, I guess!If this looks off, it is because my enter key is not working on fishlore (and ONLY not working on fishlore! o_O It's working fine everywhere else). The vals are growing rapidly and show no signs of melting...
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    10 gallon planted tank

    Hi everyone! Time for a photo update; The vals and most of the other plants are still doing great, but I think I have lost about half of the Ludwigia 'rubin' stems I started with to melting. I placed a PVC elbow over one of the water lily stems to hold it in place, but the crown is floating...
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    The great flourish excel experiment!

    True...I was only going to use Thrive C once a week after the water change, but if that would be often enough to mess up the experiment I can use another comprehensive fertilizer. Have any suggestions? Perhaps Thrive S?
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    The great flourish excel experiment!

    Fortunately I have an RODI unit :) that can easily be achieved... I was going to use Thrive C in both tanks for nutrients (without which the plants would fail with or without excel). Thrive C is a comprehensive fertilizer and Flourish excel is a carbon supplement, so using Thrive C in both...
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    The great flourish excel experiment!

    I have not had your luck with planted tanks, my friend :( attempting to do the same on my end inevitably results in a lot of algae, including on the plants (implying that the plants are not healthy enough to keep algae off of them). As for the algaecide bit...Seachem strongly discourages using...
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    The great flourish excel experiment!

    Having the lights on before the tank is thoroughly cycled is a good way to get an algae farm...algae THRIVE on ammonia. The long cycling period (first empty, then with snails) will ensure that the plants have the best chance of growing, as that will allow not only the growth of the nitrifying...
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