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  1. Planting in gravel

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hi all, I am pretty much a newbie at this. I have a gravel substrate and want to start planting. I was thinking about adding a finer substrate to the gravel to "tighten" it up. I have Tetras, Danios, Gouramis, Killfish, Crayfish, Plecos, & Cats. I would love to hear the opinions of people...
  2. First Planted Tank Setup

    Beginner Planted Aquarium
    Hey everyone, I'm planning on converting my freshwater gravel tank with fake plants to a true planted tank. I have a few questions before I make the switch. The tank is 15 gallons and has 2 dwarf gouramis. 1. What type of substrate would work best for a planted tank? Ideally, I'd prefer a sand...
  3. Seaweed like plant took over D:

    Beginner Planted Aquarium
    So this plant. I got from Petco. It was like a seaweed plant. But those little leaf things on it have spread all over the glass wall of my smaller tank (15 gallon). I scrubbed it off...some of it came off. Not all of it will come off. Help? I took the entire plant out, including roots. I also...
  4. What type/species of growth is this?

    Advanced Freshwater Discussion
    Since maybe a month or so after adding fish to my 55G and 10G tanks, I noticed some sort of "fuzzy growths" on some of the silk plants. To recap: my 10G is a healthy tank with 8 danios and 1 male betta; there was a slow die off over the course of several months in my 55G (see post in the FW...
  5. Floating Plant Question

    Beginner Planted Aquarium
    Last month I put in some new plants into my 20g tank, a hornwort, a water sprite and a few Wisteria, and right now one of them looks like it's about to collapse. Don't ask me to name it because to me, a plant looks like another, but I think it might be either the hornwort or water sprite, but I...
  6. To pot or not?

    Beginner Planted Aquarium
    Hi all. I have purchased plants in the past, but never one in a pot. I now have a red flame sword that I would like to put into an aquarium, and I was hoping to be able to keep it in the pot so that I can move it later if necessary. Is this realistic? Or does it really need to be removed from...
  7. Are these lights any use for Freshwater Tropical plants? (Coral LED Light).

    Freshwater and Tropical Fish
    Description of Lights: "Incorporates a high PAR Aquaray MiniLED 500HD light system with 4 x lensed 10,000K white Cree XP-E PowerLEDs and 1 x un-Lensed blue Cree XP-E PowerLED. The white LEDs can be switched off to give a blue 'moonlight' mode." The tank is only a small 30L Nano Aquarium (I...
  8. Tank Extinction and Current "Disease"

    About 2 years ago, the tank I have labled as saltwater was freshwater and had started with barbs. The barbs weren't working for us, so we waited a little longer and then bought 3 mollies, 1 male (seemingly a cremecicle lyretail, according to petsmart), and 2 females (a black one and a sliver and...
  9. Algae growing on plant leaves only?

    Beginner Planted Aquarium
    Hey! I have a pretty well planted 10g aquarium. It has lucky bamboo, two big crypts, Anubias nana, some sprigs of hair grass and tons of Marimo, but I'm having a problem with algae that only exists on the leaves of my anacharis plants.:( I have no algae of any sort growing elsewhere in my tank...
  10. Vegetables from the Grocery Store

    Beginner Planted Aquarium
    Hi, So, I know very little about planted tanks. The most I've done successfully is toss in a few aponogetton and lily bulbs that eventually grew. What I wanted to ask today is I'm wondering if there is some kind of vegetable I can get at a grocery store that can be used to lower nitrates and...
  11. Putting Together a Planted Aquarium

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I've only recently joined this site and this is my first post, so I suppose a hello to all of you is in order. Hello! Now, I have a 30 gallon tank and I'd like to plant it, heavily. I hope to remove the external filter I have running now and possibly replace it with some form of sponge filter...
  12. Need help with setting up a planted Aquarium (Long read).

    Beginner Planted Aquarium
    I've tried to grow plants before, but never had much success in doing so. Towards the end of the month I was hoping to get the necessary equipment in order to successfully grow plants. Here is what I will be getting: (If anyone can recommend me something better than what I have stated, then...
  13. Plants and New Angels in a tank

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I've been keeping fish for 2 years now and 3 months ago i decided to do a big change and give away all my aggressive cichlids that I probably should have gotten rid of a a long time ago. I currently have 2 Scalare Angelfish (honestly the greatest fish I've ever had) and 1 Discus (sadly this guy...
  14. Is this tank full (plant wise)

    Beginner Planted Aquarium
    3 Gallon Tank Planted, 1 Male Betta, Contains Lugwigia and Micro Sword Substrate is Fine Gravel Java moss will be added to the driftwood My question is when the plants grow out will there still be room for more plants? Or do you think that will be enough plants. I will be attempting to add Red...
  15. Pond Plant Identification

    Beginner Planted Aquarium
    I found these 2 different plants growing in my pond, can anyone identify these and tell me if they are aquatic plants?
  16. Identification of unknown plant

    Beginner Planted Aquarium
    Can anyone give any guess to what this might be, sorry for the terrible quality but thats the only thing ive got right now.. i got these about 2 weeks ago they are staying green but not seeing any growth. I just started using ferts so that might help with the growth soon
  17. Water Plants With Longest and Most Roots?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Can anyone recommend to me some names of water plants with the most and the longest roots? I want to oxygenate the sand in my "swamp" tank, and I dont want hydrogen sulfide bubbles forming (it seems that the hydrogen sulfide is cut down drastically if the air pump is on (and the milky white...
  18. Plant ID - San Francisco Airport Display Tank

    Beginner Planted Aquarium
    Of course the first thing that caught my eye when I arrived at the San Francisco airport was this beautiful amazonian biotope tank in one of the waiting areas. The fish in there were pretty boring, couple congo tetras, a few pleco, no corys to be spotted :( This crazy chaining floating plant...
  19. Who can help me choose the right plant for this scape?

    Beginner Planted Aquarium
    I can't figure out what to use for tree leaves in my forest scape. Moss, floating, or driftwood attached? Which moss has the largest leaf area? Does anyone know if anubias would do well close to the light source, like at the top of a "tree"? I had even used hornwort floating at the top...
  20. What plants should I get?

    Beginner Planted Aquarium
    I have a 10 gallon tank filled with a school of neon tetra, peppered cories and a honey gourami. I would like to add a little plant life to my tank but I am not sure what kind would be appropriate. I have two 15 watt light bulbs and an aqua-tech 5-15 power filter and a fairly large sized...