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  1. For large plants fishing line works well and isn't very visible. For small plants i use superglue which works very well Bucephalandra are another epiphyte with many varieties, hygrophila pinnatifida is another Many people are also unaware that many/all stem plants can be attached to wood/rock. They won't attach to it with roots like epiphytes but will happily grow like that if secured properly provided there are sufficient nutrients in the water.
  2. There seems to be a lot of bickering and drama in the australian fish community, mostly around breeding which may attract a certain subset of people The aquatic plant forums i frequent both australian and foreign have a better vibe
  3. You're upset because the buyer requests photos? It's a perfectly reasonable request, you'd think the seller would want to advertise his offerings with photo representation... In fact i've noticed a trend in this hobby with many for sale ads... no photos supplied, some state to text for photos... do yourself and others a favor and post photos so you can move your wares quickly and efficiently
  4. There are two widely used DIY reactor designs, the rex grigg and the cerges reactor They'll both run around $50 to build, its generally accepted that the rex grigg design is better for maintaining flow while the cerges is easier to assemble
  5. The hobby has many facets, planted tanks and aquascaping are growing in popularity and the abundance of plants, hardware and techniques are increasing with time
  6. There seems to be little difference between the default and IPS default, but both use a very bright colour scheme
  7. Why has the theme changed to being so bright? the darker theme looked very good and wasn't as harsh on the eyes No dark theme available for selection in the menu
  8. Anyone experimented with this or other blasting media as a substrate in a tank? The color and particle shape seems to be decent, it's inert and if bought in bulk would be around $20 per 25kg which would make it middle of the road in affordability, certainly cheaper than commercial aquarium options for dark sand Maybe some users here work in the industry and can test it out
  9. I have the same type of fuzz in a shrimp tank, though it only grows 1-2mm long at most Really happy that it started growing, great for the little shrimps to graze on and looks very natural
  10. The way you have your rocks spaced out looks unnatural Google image iwagumi, look at how closely rocks are spaced apart, usually they're touching or very close You also want to tilt your tall long rocks at least a bit, having multiple rocks placed vertically isn't great for the visual effect Practice on arranging a clump first, don't worry about trying to fill out the rest of the tank. Get a nice clump formation and work from there
  11. Aquarium hardware depreciates quite a bit as i'm sure you're aware If you've got expensive (and sought after) hardware then it might be worth asking someone in the know so you don't lose out on too much If your items are small miscellaneous things like heaters, internal filters, regular canister filters, older light fixtures etc then don't expect much As a hobbyist ask yourself what you'd be willing to pay and would consider good value on an item, go from there Focus on clearing it out and putting your energy towards more important matters All the best
  12. So you want to combine T5 with led, are you going for a high light setup? do you plan on using co2? Which plants in particular are you wanting to grow? you need to tailor your lighting setup to the plants you want to keep (or the other way around)
  13. Sounds like you have everything you need Those plants are all good for a shrimp tank, small leaves are good for the babies to sit on and hide in Moss only can be fine but i personally think some variation is better than none, so having a few plant species just makes for a more interesting tank I recently started a 20 liter cherry shrimp tank with aquasoil and a 12w CFL, internal filter HG, s.repens, MC, h.tripartita mini, hairgrass, needle leaf java fern, crypt wendtii, little bit of java moss i superglued to a rock. Going to wait and see what works nicely and what doesn't but so far it seems to be chugging along with no issues
  14. I'm not too worried about the nutrient contents since that can be added via ferts Moreso just looking for a suitable growing medium that will be easier to work with for emmersed growing ... Come to think of it, i'm going to try the old coffee grinder with some of this cheap potting mix and see how it goes
  15. Hey guys Can anyone recommend a potting soil that is free of those bits of wood chips and bark you normally see I'm looking for a soil that can be easily washed off delicate roots without bits and pieces sticking to them Cheers
  16. What kind of plants or light requirements are you going for? 30 inch deep is quite a challenge for achieving good light at the substrate level. Carpeting plants? getting good Co2 levels in such a tank would be hard if you want to do a high tech. Me personally, if i needed to light up such a monster tank i'd go with COB screw in bulbs with tight lenses Make a DIY canopy or some type of frame to hold all the bulb bases/fixtures in place. Could light it up pretty good for not much money
  17. Checkout this thread http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/33-plants/1109498-ebay-hc-seeds-real.html they post some pictures of its larger form which looks similar to yours
  18. Can anyone who's been to one of these fill me in on these events Is it strictly an auction? are there any stalls? a basic rundown of the event would be great, cheers
  19. Got some golden rosy barbs recently and they're very active fish, they hunt my bladder snails bless their soul. Once one of them nabs a snail the chase begins
  20. Whats the lumens output of these units? Any chance of you stocking some of those beamsworks 3w diodes 6500k planted variety?
  21. you guys may want to check this out, he mentions that the mini fluidized bed is not actually efficient start around 7:30 in
  22. Most of those i've grown emersed, the hardest part is the transition from submersed to emersed. You could do it gradually by planting them in a container and having the water level slightly above them, either they'll grow out of the water or it'll evaporate over time and transition them that way Personally i just planted them straight into containers with moist dirt, put a lid on and sprayed them with water every so often to keep humidity high. Over time they'll transition and you could remove the lid and reduce humidity
  23. I think alot of people get caught up in the trap of over filtration Is there a specific reason for adding another filter? flow/redundancy/extra bio filtration? Does the value of the livestock justify the redundancy in the unlikely event of an accident? If lack of flow is a concern there is a much cheaper alternative like a wavemaker which is dirt cheap to buy and run Keep in mind a 20 watt filter consumes 175kw of electricity a year, something to factor in Adding equipment to an existing tank that has no issues is a waste of money simply put
  24. Any plans on getting the green element evo freshwater 6500k variety in stock at some point?
  25. Standard Aquarium Dimensions Chart and Dimensions to Gallons Calculator
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