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  1. I know that duckweed is low-maintenance, but I was wondering if and how I should go about doing some water changes on it. I just got a cup of organic duckweed from eBay (seemingly reputable seller), and it's in a shallow 12x18" tub filled with dirty tank water. I plan on keeping it near the window that gets some sunlight in the morning. It seems like it would be difficult to use a siphon in the duckweed tub, but I suppose I could rake the plants to the side with a sieve or something? Or do I just need to add an ammonia source to the extant water without replacing it? Thanks!
  2. Hey guys, I'm in the process of making an overhead sump filter for my 55-gallon aquarium as a supplement to my canister (and because I love a good project). I'm basing it on a video from The King of DIY on YouTube, I'll leave the video below. Basically, it's going to be a 2-foot plastic planter suspended above my aquarium, with water pumped up from the aquarium below coming in one end, flowing through some filter pads, then through lava rock, and then back into the aquarium. I'll probably do a separate post going into more details on the specifics of this build later on. Here is the video: My setup will be slightly different, but the core concept will remain the same. Also, if you've never seen his videos, they are SO worth checking out! ANYWAYS my question is this: What plants would you all recommend I grow in this filter? He suggests pothos, and I was considering lucky bamboo as well. The roots will be submerged in the water and lava rock, but the actual plant will be sitting normally in the air. I'm looking for a simple, hardy, "drop it in and leave it" plant, preferably a cat-friendly one. Pothos is apparently poisonous to kitties, so if I go that route I'll be keeping it well-trimmed. It has to be legal in Virginia, the cheaper the better, and preferably have low light requirements, though I may be able to attach a couple of basic clip lights to the frame I'm making, if absolutely need be. Oh, and it needs to be able to live without high humidity/heat, spray bars, fancy things like that. Again, drop it in and leave it! So! Any suggestions? Any of you have something similar running on your tanks? Let me know!
  3. Hello! I purchased six Pothos plants and dropped the roots into the tank. Some of the leaves hit below the water line. Is there any issue with the fish nibbling on leaves? I read it's not healthy for dogs and cats. Thanks!
  4. So I stole this idea 100% this idea from this thread: http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/124402-brainstorming-anubias-things-opinions-please/?hl=anubias I really like this idea a lot, so I bought 100 euros (110 dollars) worth of Anubias (bateria and nana) and java fern, spend the better part of an evening attaching them to suction cups and a few to rocks. Then came the fun part of adding them to my tank and really designing how my tank should look. I am very pleased with how it came out and very happy to share it with you all - I hope you like it as well Here is the 5 min video I made of the tank from different angles - hit the HD button! It is filmed in 1080i resolution, so it is best viewed in this Maybe I'll add some more plants later, but I'm giving the newly added plants a chance to grow a bit before I do it. I used a few plants for my snail tank, which looks pretty much the same as my goldfish tank (I have a certain style that I like apparently!) which I'll share a video of later, but it is not as cool as this.
  5. So I've ordered some Java Moss & Watersprite from AquariumPlants.com, and I was wondering what's the safest way to do a bleach dip on them? I can't afford to get potassium permanganate, and I already have bleach, so that's what I'm rolling with. I'm assuming a 1 minute dip in 1 part bleach/19 parts water, then straight into 5x Primed water, then rinsing under the tap, and then soaking in 5x Primed water to wait as I go through all the plants and to watch them for any melting. Do you guys feel this is sufficient? Will this kill any snails/parasites without killing the plants?
  6. Cala Lilies

    My mother in law was throwing these away so I opted to home them in my filter media. I'm hoping this is a good thing.
  7. Thinking of planting...

    So I'm thinking of doing something simple at first, I would love any suggestions/improvements/comments/ideas about this! I have a Fluval Roma 200, I really want to go for a planted look but as it's bare bottom I wanted to go for a more modern/minimalistic style. A rectangular vase that's made from glass, like below. http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00F51JEBU/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=329FKDBZNYZN3&coliid=IQ117WUCUOE3C Plants- I was thinking Anubias Barteri, Vallisneria Torta, Amazon Sword, as I think these are okay options for goldfish? Maybe something tall for along the back..Not entirely sure. Substrate- I don't know whether I'll get away with having black glass pebbles in there to tie some plants too so they can grow roots down through the gaps, or would it be better to have layer of peat/something at the bottom? But then I don't know if it would be better to just use fewer but slightly bigger rocks (I have the white ivory fluval pebbles)... I honestly don't know much about how that side of things work so input would be appreciated!!
  8. So I have owned goldfish for over a year now and wanted to upgrade tanks. I got a much larger one, 60 gallons, and want to go to a lowish tech planted tank. I just had a few questions. One is when I cycle, do I do it with plants in or do the plants go in afterwards. Also, will plants do ok on fluorescent bulbs? I was hoping to use the ones that came with the tank. Lastly, does liquid CO2 work ok? At the moment I don't want to invest in a system and the plants I am looking at are not very high maintenance.
  9. I am still learning a lot, but I got a sword, crypt parva, and a few crypt retrospiralis to fill out the background yesterday, and I think I am finally happy with how all of this looks! I have been excited all day so I thought I would post a picture. Duchess and Vickie like it, too! I've been pruning the hygrophila corymbosa in front to make it bushier, which I think it starting to work, and my dwarf lilies are finally starting to grow. It's all in the early stages but everything has been (mostly) been living to good effect for a couple of months now. Thanks, plant subforum, for tolerating all of my questions so far! I have moderate lighting (two lamp AquaticLife T5-HO), dose premixed macros and micros 1-2x per week depending on parameters, gH booster with water changes, and liquid CO2. I also use root tabs for root feeders since I have a sand substrate. Happy happy! :)
  10. Quick question. I've been using fishing line to tie down my anubias plants to wood or rocks for the most part. However, the wood and plants I recently purchased have not been as easy to do this with. Do you guys use any sort of glue or adhesive that is safe for being in the water with the fish? If so, recommendations?
  11. I seem to recall someone here had done this. Can't find the post though. I have few questions; 1) Is this acceptable substrate for goldfish tank? 2) If I use this, do I need to cover it with sand? (the manufacturer seems to recommend it, but I worry if it becomes too deep layer with sand and creates nasties in the tank). This is example of the substrate. If it helps, the tank I'll have will have base measurements of 140cm (long) and 50cm (wide). The most "demanding" plant I'm planning to try in there are dwarf lilies (tiger and thai). Aside of that I am thinking vallisneria, types of anubias and maybe some type of crypts or swords, and just pray that when I'll finally get fish the plants will be established enough and the fish small enough to not turn into expensive salad. I'd be grateful for any and all opinions and help, as usual
  12. Hello everyone, Just got my plants today. Decided on some Jungle Val, Anubius round leaf, and some crypt wendtii. The val have weights on them put the roots are very short. I'm having trouble keeping them in the sand and I haven't even turned on the pump yet Do you think it's OK to put the roots under the sand and then a small stone on top to keep them anchored? Kat
  13. Hi all, I realize that this depends on parameters, lighting, and other environmental circumstances, but I was wondering if anyone would care to share their experience with so-called "fast-growing" plants like creeping Charlie, pennywort (if this is in fact fast growing...), and even thinks like wisteria, which my fish have always destroyed/dug up before it had a chance. For my own part, I'm curious about how quickly stemmed plants will establish roots, although I would be interested in any thoughts on carpeting plants... though these are the plants that my fish seem to enjoy destroying the most. I have a T5-HO light (7,000 K) with a supplemental Finnex LED. I use root tabs and water column fertilizers (Flourish comp and Excel... though I am chaste with the Excel dosing). I also use a neutral sand substrate (Estes "Stoney River" that is both marine and freshwater safe). I'm fishless cycling right now, so the ammonia is around 3-4 ppm and the heat at 82 F, and I am hoping that the plants will have a chance to steel themselves from the fishy onslaught that is coming in a couple of weeks. Thoughts? I am a plant beginner.
  14. river tank plants

    As some of you know I am setting up a river tank and I am just wondering what aquatic and terrestrial plants I can use for this tank thanks
  15. Hi all, I was wondering if some of you might share where you have bought your lovely plants. My current plants have come from either PetCo or DFS's LiveAquaria division, and I've had good experiences with the latter's delivery/packaging. However, they don't seem to have much of a selection compared to the kinds of plants I've seen here (like vals, which I think are super pretty, money wort, or Creeping Charlie, etc). I don't have a car so the PetCo thing is generally out, and there is even less of a selection (and the quality is VERY hit or miss). I have not been able to find plants like duckweed anywhere, and am skeptical of eBay/Amazon sellers without vetting. I haven't really kept elodea/anarachis with a lot of success--not sure what I was doing wrong there, but I did used to kill a ton of plants in the past with my terrible gravel substrate and lack of proper lighting/fertilizers. So.... I guess that's an option? I don't like how it loses a lot of leaves. I currently have low to medium lighting (T5-HO 24" lamp that is I think at 7,000K and a supplemental Finnex LED that I use mostly to see my fish better... I know that a 10,000K lamp would light them up better but I want the plants to be healthy, etc; the tank has about a 16-18" water depth). I also use Flourish Comprehensive and Excel. The tank has a sand substrate in which I plant Seachem root tabs. I am afraid of things like compressed CO2 and my tank is only 29 gallons, so if I were to go there I'd want to wait until I can afford a big tank. My current plants have been doing much better, accordingly, other than my wisteria (the fish like to kill it) and dwarf sagittaria, which just looks mowed down and sad. Anubias, java fern, and some kind of broad-leaf sword are all doing OK. So anyway, TL;DR: where do you buy your plants? I don't have a lot of money, so bang-for-buck would be preferable.
  16. Cheap plants UK?

    Where can you buy cheap plants in the UK?? Because a bunch costs about £2 and potted plants can range from £3-4 and I really need a planted tank so I can move my ever growing pleco fry population into the tank without the angelfish noticing. thanks
  17. Moving Rooted Plants?

    So my 29g planted tank has absolutely no aquascaping or planning. Basically, I threw in lots of plants and waited to see which ones would stick. And that was fine, at the time. . . But now I want a tank with structure, grace, and lilys that aren't in the foreground. So how does one safely remove deeply rooted plants without harming them? Thanks guys! E
  18. What different plants can grow without substrate? I know java fern, anubias, and any flooting plants, but are there other rhizome(sp?) based plants, or simply other plants, that can grow without substrate, glued to a rock? I want to add some variety to my tank, but I don't know what plants are suitable to add. Any help is appreciated!
  19. Hi guys. I've got this grand idea to start an aquascape in my 40gal for 2 bubble eyes. Somehow it's got into my head that because bubble eyes are a bit handicapped, they're not going to be as destructive as an oranda or ryu. If someone could let me know if that is the case or not, I would be most grateful. Obviously I'm going to be limited with the hard materials I can use, but was thinking something like this where everything has plants for padding. ;D
  20. yes, long boring Aussie speaking video deal with it.. but if you want algae free plants.. i guess you're gonna watch................ so.... welcome!
  21. I have just had a disaster 'sterilising' my new plants with potassium permanganate. I bought £35 worth of various vallis, crypts, and elodea. As I've had some bad experiences in the past with pest snails, I read the 'Plants for Goldfish' page and found Koko's advice on using potassium permanganate to rid plants of unwanted pests. I followed the instructions correctly - I measured the water out exactly, I weighed the pp out using electronic scales, I even left the plants soaking for less time than recommended. However when I got them out of the bucket nearly all of my plants were black and dying. The only few plants I could salvage from the catastrophe were a few crypts. I'm absolutely gutted Please don't anyone use this method if you don't want to be as disappointed as I am, and £30 worse off. Koko maybe it would be a good idea to put a warning on the 'Plants for Goldfish' page about this method? I'm sorry that my first post is so negative, I just don't want anyone else to kill all of their plants before they even get them in their tank! Kate
  22. This tank is going to be on my desk. So that means I well be sitting up the web cam on it once done. Royal (my betta) and my three ADF's well be housed in this tank. I am taking plants from the goldfish tank and the 10 gallon tank to set this up. I also have some floating plants on order that well go in the 10 and this tank. This is what I have right now. There well be a house plant on the left to block/filter the sun. The filter floss on the back is to keep the frogs from jumping into the back of the tank. I well have a heater, bubble stone in the back also. The lighting is a 15 watt light. Tad to much but I have used it in the past with no problems. I'll post a link to the light and tank further down in my journal. The dirt is Organic, the gravel is fluorite Seagram. It is smaller then other stuff I can find around here and what I have on hand. Ill be updating this again soon going to go pick out some plants now.
  23. Hey all So recently, I've been toying around with the idea of a planted tank... Mind you, I've never kept any aquatic plants before- so the entire concept is a bit new to me I was thinking of starting with some lucky bamboo in my filter box? And then eventually some anubias or moss balls ! But my question is, where do you guys get your plants? I always see tons at my lfs, petco, and petsmart.... However, the ones at petsmart always seem inundated with snails What are your top picks for plant vendors? Thanks !
  24. I'm getting two goldfish very soon. They'll be in a 10gal for a while to let them grow up and when they get a bit too big we'll upgrade them, to what size is unknown know. I'm planning on using the CaribSea Instant Aquarium gravel in Crystal River which is supposed to help cycle a tank and be good for planted tanks but is it really okay or do I need something else or should I just not have a planted tank? What plants to I need and what fertilizers?
  25. Hello all, I have been reading through lighting post, research articles, and information on the internet and I am pretty confused about lighting. Well... I have a fairly good idea of the general terms, requirements, etc. but I am unclear as to how I can achieve my goals. I am planning a planted goldfish tank. Plants will require low/moderate lighting. The tank is a 40 gal breeder 17 inches deep. I want to keep my cost in the mid-range area of no more than $150. I am open to T8, T5, and LED lighting. According to my research, I need somewhere around 2.5-3 watts per gallon BUT I've seen folks on this site suggest that the depth of the tank is also an important consideration in lighting. If I don't need to spend extra money on higher wattage lights then I am all for it. I'm guessing I should be less concerned with actinic lights? Seems like these are for coral in need of blue light and less of a concern for freshwater setups? There are a bunch of light choices on ebay, if anyone here has a recommendation I would greatly appreciate it. If you think I should shell out more money for those Marineland lights, make a case and I might take the dive lol. Thanks y'all
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