Audrey and I have been avid fans of freshwater aquaria for some time. Follow along as we blog about our tanks, including our large 75 gallon planted tank! Feel free to copy pictures I take here, please credit me in any use outside Tumblr.

 

Current view from my bed. Cap’n Jack is our oldest current aquatic resident. We have had him for a year and a half, so I am guessing 2 years old now. He got me back into fish.

Current view from my bed. Cap’n Jack is our oldest current aquatic resident. We have had him for a year and a half, so I am guessing 2 years old now. He got me back into fish.

WhattheFishAugust: Day 7 - Substrate you want to use/dream substrate? (can be unrealistic)

theblondeaquarist:

stanjam:

theblondeaquarist:

smaugthebetta:

theblondeaquarist:

smaugthebetta:

theblondeaquarist:

smaugthebetta:

theblondeaquarist:

low-techtank:

My favorite substrates are Caribsea Eco-Complete and Seachem Flourite, except Flourite is so fucking dirty and a hassle to rinse, so much so that I will probably continue to use Eco-Complete primarily.

My favorite sand is Caribsea Super Naturals. It’s easy to siphon debris off…

Agreed. I love flourite sand because it isn’t a pure black sand like Carib sea and appears more natural to me, but damn it is messy. Just bought two bags and it took about 30-45 minutes to clean both with the power hose.

Hey! Could you post a picture of the fluorite black sand by chance? I’m thinking about getting it for the 10gal I’m setting up and I’d like to see what it looks like before I do. Also would 1 bag be enough for a 10 gallon? I haven’t been able find it in a store so I’m ordering it online and have no idea how big a bag is

I’ll post pictures tomorrow. :) If you look through my pictures of “canvasthebetta” tag you can see what it looks like.

One bag is enough for a 20 L! So one for a 10 G will be more than enough. :)

Alright thanks! I wasn’t sure cause on amazon some people were saying two for a 10 gallon

Jesus, they must have been using a lot of sand then. That or they bought smaller bags. I usually buy the 15 ibs pound bags. You might be able to buy smaller bags for a 10 G.

I was looking at the 15lb one though, so when I saw a few people say they’d use two I got really confused. Sounded like a little much lol!

Yeah, some people are using like 4 inches of substrate, which I don’t exactly understand since 15.7 pounds produces like an inch of substrate across a 20 L.

I use unrinsed flourite, generally capped. Rinsing removes a number of good minerals from the Flourite, so i instead I cap it with another soil, or I just leave it. Have to fill carefully, and sometimes it takes a couple days after filling to clear, but the stuff is so good with plants, and my invertebrates shells are very healthy with this stuff!

I never thought about capping it before. I know rinsing does remove a lot of the good minerals, but I feel okay about it since I add in root tabs for my rooted plants.

What do you cap your flourite sand with?

In my 75 it is capped with aquarium pea gravel. I also have it in my new Taiwan Bee shrimp shrimp tank, and there I capped it with U. P. Aquasoil shrimp sand. That tank was crystal clear from day one, even after planting in 6” of water then filled. Need to find a similar non active (and cheaper) substitute.

Latest view of the 75 gallon tank. Looks like the nualgi and me picking through the algae really helped.

WhattheFishAugust: Day 7 - Substrate you want to use/dream substrate? (can be unrealistic)

theblondeaquarist:

smaugthebetta:

theblondeaquarist:

smaugthebetta:

theblondeaquarist:

smaugthebetta:

theblondeaquarist:

low-techtank:

My favorite substrates are Caribsea Eco-Complete and Seachem Flourite, except Flourite is so fucking dirty and a hassle to rinse, so much so that I will probably continue to use Eco-Complete primarily.

My favorite sand is Caribsea Super Naturals. It’s easy to siphon debris off…

Agreed. I love flourite sand because it isn’t a pure black sand like Carib sea and appears more natural to me, but damn it is messy. Just bought two bags and it took about 30-45 minutes to clean both with the power hose.

Hey! Could you post a picture of the fluorite black sand by chance? I’m thinking about getting it for the 10gal I’m setting up and I’d like to see what it looks like before I do. Also would 1 bag be enough for a 10 gallon? I haven’t been able find it in a store so I’m ordering it online and have no idea how big a bag is

I’ll post pictures tomorrow. :) If you look through my pictures of “canvasthebetta” tag you can see what it looks like.

One bag is enough for a 20 L! So one for a 10 G will be more than enough. :)

Alright thanks! I wasn’t sure cause on amazon some people were saying two for a 10 gallon

Jesus, they must have been using a lot of sand then. That or they bought smaller bags. I usually buy the 15 ibs pound bags. You might be able to buy smaller bags for a 10 G.

I was looking at the 15lb one though, so when I saw a few people say they’d use two I got really confused. Sounded like a little much lol!

Yeah, some people are using like 4 inches of substrate, which I don’t exactly understand since 15.7 pounds produces like an inch of substrate across a 20 L.

I use unrinsed flourite, generally capped. Rinsing removes a number of good minerals from the Flourite, so i instead I cap it with another soil, or I just leave it. Have to fill carefully, and sometimes it takes a couple days after filling to clear, but the stuff is so good with plants, and my invertebrates shells are very healthy with this stuff!

nanocubism:

Snacking on dead fish. Sometimes they don’t make the transit home.

Is very good for them. I know a breeder that makes sure the occasional dead fish is on the menu for her shrimp

nanocubism:

Snacking on dead fish. Sometimes they don’t make the transit home.

Is very good for them. I know a breeder that makes sure the occasional dead fish is on the menu for her shrimp

northernparadox asked
Have you ever used a marineland c series canister filter? I'm looking for first hand accounts of how good thay are.

housebatbetta:

I haven’t! I haven’t tried any canisters (yet).

Anyone else, fishblr?

I have a 360 on my 75 gallon angel community. Occasionally when doing changes she gets air tapped and is annoying. However it filets the water extremely well and had huge media baskets. I like it.

Wish it came with a spraybar tho

The shrimp now populating the Taiwan bee tank. Under the red light I use the blues do nit show up well on the shadow pandas, but looks like we have one male and one female. Add to that we placed a new mother crystal red shrimp to be the mother of our first f1 mischlings! Lets hope we have berried shrimp before too long (fingers crossed). The three are spending a lit of time together!

Angelfish second spawn attempt. Eggs have eye spots, should hatch soon. Mind you this is a 75 gallon community, but we are hopeful a few make it!

Angelfish second spawn attempt. Eggs have eye spots, should hatch soon. Mind you this is a 75 gallon community, but we are hopeful a few make it!

Haven’t shown you captain Jack’s tank in a while. This is his Spec III. Cap’n Jack is hiding.

Haven’t shown you captain Jack’s tank in a while. This is his Spec III. Cap’n Jack is hiding.

Nualgi update. I forget which week were are on, but the tank is almost free of that nasty algae. Granted I have been working on removing it by hand a lot.

The Nualgi seems to slow plant growth, but growth gets compact and healthy.

Nualgi update. I forget which week were are on, but the tank is almost free of that nasty algae. Granted I have been working on removing it by hand a lot.

The Nualgi seems to slow plant growth, but growth gets compact and healthy.