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  1. Hi all, I currently own a fairly small 30 litre tank, but in the near future I would like to upgrade to a 4ft tank. When I do that, I will most likely use the smaller tank for a quarantine/breeding/secondary tank. I have a full setup for the smaller tank at the moment, but when I get the larger tank I want to put the smaller one on a desk or table. I don't want the smaller tank to be covered in wires and what not (I want it to look somewhat clean and low-tech), so instead of using a T8 fluorescent tube over the smaller tank, I would like to use something more subtle such as a reading lamp. However, I've been looking online and can't find any globes that grow plants which would fit in a lamp. I was wondering if anyone knew of any screw-in light globes which can fit in a lamp and can be used to grow plants and/or is aquarium specific? Thanks!
  2. As the title suggests, are types of LED lights for aquariums suitable for maintaining/growing low light aquarium plants? If so what are the things to look for ie spectrum, LED colour, output etc Pics and first hand knowledge would be greatly appreciated. I am looking to light up a 2ft
  3. ..After seeing these at the Pet Expo we wanted to extend our range of plants to go and received in our stock on Friday and have just entered them into the web. They come in a black mesh pot and have a good established root system. Here is a link to them. Live Plants - Baby Tears Hygrophilia Corymbosa Green Pennywort Lobelia Cardinalis Scarlet Ludwigia Lilaeopsis Hairgrass Assorted Crypts - all sold Assorted Swords Cuba HC Glossostigma Micranthemum Assorted Anubias Microsorium
  4. Hey guys, just set up my tank again for the first time in a while and I got a couple of oscars in there at the moment, and I decided the tank needs a bit of greenery in it. Just wondering what's a good hardy plant that doesn't need much attention, and also do I need a special light and chemicals for every type of plant ? cheers.
  5. I'm going to buy a bag of compost tomorrow to use as a substrate in a DSM tank and was wondering if I could use it in the ponds, was thinking in the pots and planters to lay down a couple layers of newspaper on the bottom, then compost, put the plants in, then a good layer of aquarium gravel to stop the compost leaking out, thoughts? I have AquaGreen Dino Dung, should I insert that in also? Thanks.
  6. Just looking into MAYBE doing something with the small 20l tank I have sitting around and was thinking about MAYBE doing a DSM (Dry Start Method) with the following plants, anyone on here done a DSM with these before, if so, success? Lilaeopsis novaezelandiae Micranthemum sp. Monte Carlo Hydrocotyle tripartita 'Japan' Eleocharis Acicularis The tank is an Aquatopia Aura 20l, light is a 9w, will this be strong enough for growth? Substrate will either be gravel with Dino Dung underneath or a plant substrate. Am looking to do a carpet with the Ht 'Japan' and Lilaeopsis n, maybe M sp. Monte Carlo. Any thoughts, suggestions, directions? Cheers.
  7. Hi all, I am redesigning my 4ft tank (moving on from tropicals) and depending on substrate I will be either moving back to fancy goldies or trying something new with an axolotl. I have already bought two bags of Fluval Plant and Shrimp Stratum Substrate 8kg (so 16kg in total and it has already arrived) as the plan is to have a large gold vine driftwood centerpiece and live plants and mosses etc on and around it and get the plants established before restocking the tank. My question is, is the Fluval soil safe and ideal for axolotls considering they're in contact with it constantly? Or should I cap the substrate with something else like a sand? If I need to cap it, what would be best? Last time I had a live planted tank I just had plain play sand (I was a newbie lol!) which was not a good idea for the plants I had so I wanna try and do it right this time. Thanks in advance to everyone who replies.
  8. Hi all, just sussing out some different plants that I might or might not throw into some bathtubs I plan on setting up with some hardy natives in them. Could people give me some feedback on the following and if they are suitable for an outdoors bathtub pond please? Cheers. Marsilea Mutica (this is Nardoo isn't it?) Nymphoides Spinulosperma (Water Fringe?) Marsilea drummondii (again this is Nardoo isn't it?) Was looking at getting some Native Vallisneria, Ambulia as well, also have a Water Lilie (not sure what type) to put in as well. Tub is cast iron, open area of the tub is 1570mm long, 470mm wide, 550mm deep. Tub will be positioned in an area where it get's about 3 hours part sun in the morning and the rest of the day will be under shade. Have ordered a cheap solar powered aerator as well, running two air stones from it. Was thinking of something that would stick out of the tub but think I'll just stick with a clean bare top though, nothing sticking out, nothing like Elephant Ears and a like. I can get a hold of some Desert Rainbows, so depending on price I might grab 5 or 10 for this larger tub, I have 3 Desert Gobies which I might put in the other tub on their own or with something small.
  9. Hi, i am setting up a 300 liter freshwater aquarium and am looking into peacock Cichlids. Has anyone had success in keeping them with live plants? I have a co2 system setup and really want to have a planted tank.
  10. Does anyone have any good ideas for anchoring plants in a tank with a gold spot pleco?
  11. So a couple of years back I was big into Dwarf Cichlids and planted tanks, and I'm thinking of getting into it again; I always used to go to Fishchick Aquatics in Annerley, since it was a great little place for that kind of stuff, but looking around there these days its very sparse in the dwarf department, plant selection is pretty thin too compared to what I remember. Is there anywhere worth going to these days specifically for these sorts of things?
  12. I'm venturing into plants but am slightly confused. I've heard about Co2 injections and stuff but am unsure what they are and if they are vital. I have a 6ft with Baby tears and Green rush in it. They are going good as for now, I have a Fluro light. I know they need nutrition but am unsure of how to give out and how frequently. I know this all sounds stupid but you have to start somewhere. Cheers, TheAquaHolic001
  13. Went for an adventure out to Buccan to purchase some water plants from Gumtree. Great plants, some natives available as well. $5 a pot. Too good not to share! If anyone is interested check out Gumtree.
  14. You saw the title Fish: Coal Grunter Barramundi Tandanus Crimson Tipped Gudgeon AKA Butis Butis Rendahl's Catfish Plants: Hydrilla and Vallisneria Hansen's Nardoo and a little Bacopa Monnieri Bit of Hygrophila Salicifolia and tons of Vallisneria Finally, the tank before a recent rescape that is regrowing Would love to see some others native displays, put some pics up of it and what the inhabitants are.
  15. Hi everyone. In the last few days we have been noticing small black spots on leaves of our aquarium plants. They are on the wisteria, pennywort and the java fern. The tank is a 40G with a dirt substrate (1 inch) capped with pea grevel (1 inch) and a small section of sand for the corydoras to enjoy. The tank was left to cycle naturally. When the reading was 0 ammonia the fish were added... gradually over a period of several weeks. The inhabitants are 5 corydoras, 1 female betta, 2 small angelfish, a mix of tetras and some guppies...I have had some female pregnant guppies dying lately as well with no apparent injuries (related?)...the tank is filtered by a hamburg matten filter. The light source is pretty ghetto, being a desk lamp with a 6500k 40watt led light. The light is on 10 hours per day. I have not experienced any algae problems but am wondering if this is algae?....There is also a covering of duckweed at the surface. Plants have been growing slowly but okay for a while but are now looking as though something has changed and they appear to be struggling. The pennywort has bottom leaves dying. The only plant that seems comfortable is the elodea (but that could probably grow anywhere..even on the moon if it had to)... I do 30% water change each week and have been using prime as water conditioner. the water temp is 26c Ammonia 0 Nitrites 0 Nitrates 5-10 (after water change today) pH is 6.8 ...out of my tap it is 7.6 but I have IAL behind the filter and driftwood. I have not used any fertilizers or co2. I am not using any aeration apart from the agitation that the HMF output pipes provide at the surface.
  16. So as I'm only on day two of tank cycle this may not be that important at the moment BUT 😜 .. The tank I'm setting up had two programable led lights .. 5 set climates ( ie summer , winter ect ) and a custom available , all working on white percentages and blue percentages going a full day cycle. Can someone help me on which program is best suited for a future plant tank thanks 😁
  17. As I know nothing about plants I think the title suits I've recently set up a 50cm cube I'm looking at adding some plants to my piece of wood so it looks like a bit of a tree and and maybe a few shrubs on the ground or maybe some moss I'm not planning on using CO2 so what plants if any would be suitable can it be achieved with ferts of some description the light I'm using is a 40cm 10000k beamswork thanks.
  18. Can anyone recommend some low light floating plants for my indoor pond? It gets sunlight for around 2-3 hours a day and ambient light all day. I'm not using any aquarium lights and I don't plan on using any in the future. Cheers!
  19. Hello! My name is Krista Located in South Brisbane and I have recently bought a fish tank... ahha. I like looking at photo's, so I will put as many in this post as I can! My partner and I decided that our 6ft tank would be freshwater. We picked it up second hand with some good quality gear included which was great! (tank before we bought it) About 4 weeks ago a bunch of mates help us pick it up and put it in our house. We filled it up a bit! and I put some of the things that came with the tank in there to fill space as it cycled for a bout 2 weeks. The Kitties have a great view ! After we completely filled the tank up and the cycle was complete we added the new additions to the tank! Some Serpae Tetra's. We later on then added more plants and more fish! Lemon Tetra's and Glass Catfish! Also I haven't seen anyone sell Glass catfish on here, are they not likely to breed in captivity? All these photo's were taken on my phone. Sorry about some of the quality. Atm we have 2x 2217 Eheim filters with 2 medium sponge filters running as well!. We also bought a Titan 600w Heater, to replace the ones that came with the tank as they were quite old, and Fluval aqualife and plant LED light to run in conjunction with the standard light. This is our first tank and we are still learning lots of useful information as we go. Otherwise the fish seem happy which is what matters most! We hope to add more fish and plants in the near future Thank you for taking the time to read !
  20. The IBC is for breeding freshwater shrimp. It will have a hatch for access but will be closed all the time. the tank is outside but does not get any direct sunlight on it. Which type of plants if any would grow in these conditions? Doesn't need to be anything fancy, even just some elodea if it would survive as I can source that in massive quantities. Cant be free floating due to overflow pipe mosquito screen would get blocked. something I could put in pots would be good....
  21. As above, has anyone used the beams work led lights for plants, are they any good?
  22. I would have said "No" but after the cichlid conference decided to try some Vallis in the display. Anyone else tried this?
  23. Free or if your generous i won't turn down bristle nose or a big hollow log for my tank or a few bucks im easy . Just pulled them out of my pond want gone asap. Bonsai pots with thick valsineria beds pot not included unless you want to buy it. Tall ones i forgotthe name. 0422 410 978 can mms pics
  24. Hey guys, anyone got a link to somewhere online or know of where to buy nice artificial aquarium plants? PM me if its not a sponsor to keep the mods happy ta
  25. I'm looking for plants to populate my native 3' tank. It currently has rainbows, empire gudgeons and shrimp. The only plant in there is val. Anyone able to suggest other nice plants native to SEQ, with links to photos and suppliers?
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