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  1. frostmystique

    Should I Be Concerned?

    Hi guys! I’ve recently planted some stems of Ludwigia Glandulosa in my 5 gallon planted tank. At the moment it is planted in some Fluval stratum, and I’ve been dosing it with a bit of thrive every week. It’s been in the tank for about three weeks. I’ve noticed recently what I can only describe...
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    Six Weeks And No Nitrates?

    Hi there! I’ve just been adding some fish food to help it cycle. I’ve also heard though that the snails produce a pretty high bioload, so shouldn’t they theoretically be producing some kind of waste as well? I’m not really keen to play around with the pH but I don’t really mind it being that...
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    Six Weeks And No Nitrates?

    Hey guys I have recently just started my first planted tank, a 5 gallon Fluval Spec. At the moment I am doing a fishless cycle. Everything seems to be doing well - there’s lots of new growth on the plants and there are also about three hitch-hiking snails which help manage the algae, and...
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    Do I Need To Dose This Tank?

    Hey guys I did know about the rhizome thing. However another member on here recommended having it buried in the Fluval stratum for now due to me actually swapping out one of the pieces of driftwood for a proper rock, so I can tie it on there instead. And that way it at least has nutrients in...
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    Never Ending Fin Rot?!

    Wow thank you guys so much! He is pretty handsome isn’t he I can’t exactly say he’s a rare colour or anything, I just saved him from one of the jars at the local pet store! In fact, he looked completely different in the jar and even different again just a day after finally being in clear water...
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    Stocking Suggestions?

    Some great suggestions, thanks! As much as I personally love Bettas, I think she is looking for more of a community tank, and I know having a Betta in there can make that difficult if they have an aggressive personality. Is there any community stocking you would recommend without bettas? Thanks
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    Ph Suspiciously Low?

    hey guys So I recently set up my first five gallon planted tank with some fluval stratum, which is supposed to keep the tank water around 6.6. I believe this is also a pretty good pH for Betta fish which is why I chose it. However I’ve also tested the water today and the pH is about 6...
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    Is This Second Hand Tank Worth It?

    hey guys Just recently been looking into getting a Fluval flex (57L) and I found a second hand one with a bunch of stuff included. I would like to know everyone’s thoughts about buying tanks and equipment second hand like this, as I’ve never done it before. For example, what should I be doing...
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    Stocking Suggestions?

    hey guys, My aunt wants my help to set up her fish tank completely (as in choose her tank, conditioner, fish, substrate, plants, etc....) I’ve got mainly everything figured out except for the tank and stocking. I am thinking of getting the Fluval Vista (8.5 gallons) and was therefore wondering...
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    Do I Need To Dose This Tank?

    Sorry about that! I must of pressed post before they were properly uploaded. I’ve included them now!
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    Never Ending Fin Rot?!

    Thanks for all the help you guys! I thought it would be interesting to compare some pictures I have of my Betta before (when his fins were still large), after I got back from my holiday and discovered the fin rot, and now. I guess the photos from now do show some improvement with his fins...
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    Do I Need To Dose This Tank?

    Thanks for your help! I just wanted to clarify the whole Java Fern thing though. I have attached the photo of the darker spots on the plant so people can take a look. To me it seems like the plant is dying almost, but I’m not sure. I’ve been reducing the lighting significantly over the past...
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    Do I Need To Dose This Tank?

    Hey guys Basically I ordered a bottle of Thrive and due to a couple of delivery issues I am not going to be able to start using it in my tank for at least another month and a half. Currently the plants are planted in fluval stratum and that's about it (with a couple of random snails in there)...
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    What Plants Should I Choose?

    Thank you very much! The actual tank is just a simple Fluval Spec V (so five gallons). However I am working really hard to make it look nice and pretty. This plant talk has actually got me thinking a lot about what fertiliser to use. Basically I ordered a bottle of Thrive and due to a couple of...
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    Never Ending Fin Rot?!

    Thanks guys for this! I guess I will continue doing the daily water changes and see how it goes, and hopefully add some melafix! The aquarium salt I have to dip plants is actually the API one, but I do agree about not isolating him! I think I will leave salt unless I’m desperate! It’s funny...
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    What Plants Should I Choose?

    Great idea! Your advice actually convinced me on getting some Hygrophilia Polysperma (almost one of the only kinds I can get here in Australia!) so thanks so much for your help! With the gluing, do you buy the aquarium glue such as the Seachem glue, or can you use thread? I’ve seen brown...
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    Never Ending Fin Rot?!

    I must say, the thought of that makes me quite nervous! Do you use this with a Betta fish? If so, how well do you find it works? I’ve also just taken a couple of photos of him. Sorry about the blurriness, they’re the best I could do.
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    What Plants Should I Choose?

    That sounds awesome! I’ve actually also been looking into Duckweed, I believe it’s an Australian native plant (I live there) but it’s also a floating plant and seems quite similar. I’m wondering if anyone has heard of it or thinks it’s a good idea? These are all some good ideas. I actually...
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    Using Thrive With Seachem?

    At the moment I only have three different species, Anubias, Java fern and a S. Repens carpet. I’m hoping to add some more though to fill up the tank more such as some floating plants. I have no Co2 at all. The only reason I want to add some kind of fertiliser is because I feel like they are...
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    Never Ending Fin Rot?!

    I’m not sure what exactly you mean by an isolated bath. I have some aquarium salt but I’m just thinking, surely a separate bath with pure salt water is going to do more harm than good...? What kind of doses would you suggest? Thanks I’m willing to try anything. Do you add your melafix to the...




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