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.
how many tanks to do you all have in total not matter what creature lives in them? (aquatic or partially aquatic)
Trying to prove to my girlfriend that I don’t have a problem for wanting a 4th. Mind you I only have…
We have: 75 gallon planted with angels, orange chelas, harlequin rasboras, cories, apistogramma caucatoides. 10 gallon planted with crystal red shrimp. 10 gallon planted with celestial pearl danios and threadfin rasboras. 5 gallon hex planted with albino show guppies. 2.5 gallon fluval spec 3 with a black orchid crowntail betta and some cherry shrimp.
Just finished a water change and the poor little guy is all stressed out. I’ve never had a betta get as stripe-y as him. I’m guessing it’s just more noticeable because of his color? He’s chilled out now at least. Also he still needs a name…
I wish I could grow aquatic plants… Anyone who has them, what’s your secret? How do you make it work? Maybe they always die on me because I get petco plants…? Idk.
My secrets are basically:
Research the plants to make sure they’ll match with the tank’s light quality, water…
Also high quality lighting is key! I’ve learned to worry more about the kelvin temperature of the lighting rather than wattage. You usually see labels on bulb packages around 6500k, some 10000k, others higher. I try to go for 10000k and up!
I would also suggest going for a T5-HO (high output) fixture as you’ll get some of the best lighting with these fixtures.
I’ve started using DIY CO2 using plastic soda bottles and have seen an increase in growth in all the tanks I’m using it in. Here’s a link showing how to make your own DIY CO2
so, high light+CO2= healthy plants!
If you don’t have a nutrient rich substrate you can supplement nutrients using root tabs and liquid fertilizers. Here’s a thread that explains diy root tabs, they’re MUCH cheaper and work just as well as store-bought root tabs. Here’s a link to liquid fertilizers. I use Flourish and Flourish Iron (really good for red plants!) Flourish excel is also very popular within the aquarist hobby because it’s known to help battle algae issues while also supplying your plants with liquid carbon.
Hope this helps!
You guys are fantastic!! Thank you so much for the help!
You’re welcome! Post updates if you try it. :3
My secret is starting with quality substrate like flourite. Then pick low lighting or high lighting. Get plants and lighting that is appropriate. I prefer led strips because you can control the spectrum and intensity, and it generally costs less to run.
Also plant heavily from day one! Co2 is my next step.