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Aquascaping Maintenance Schedule

Maintenance Dan Harris

Planted aquariums can be visually stunning and a great environment for livestock.  However, you must commit to the all important regular maintenance routine that comes with them. Missed water changes or fertilizer doses, clogging of filtration, lack of water changes, CO2 running out, and plants being overshadowed all contribute to plant …

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Why Did My Cryptocoryne Melt?

Why did my cryptocoryne die?

Why Did my Cryptos Melt? A common question I get is from aquarium keepers asking why their cryptocorynes have turned into a goo.  Usually, it involves either newly acquired plants or plants that have been moved around in an established tank.  It is a common occurrence and it isn’t always a …

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A World of Eriocaulon Aquarium Plants

A World of Eriocaulon by Bernd Marks Unfortunately Eriocaulons are still a marginal phenomenon in the hobby, and they really don’t deserve this status.  For almost 2 years I have kept E. shiga, E. sieboldianum, E. polaris,  E. sulawesi sp, and E. goias. In the course of time I have …

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Multiplying Eriocaulon Plants by Division

Dividing Eriocaulon

Dividing Eriocaulon to Produce New Plants by Bernd Marks I have kept a variety of eriocaulon for a couple years.   Erio’s are a marginalized aquarium plant and it should be more popular with hobbyists for many reasons.  First of all, they are easy to keep and secondly they are …

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Koyna and Krishna River Confluence Biotope

Koyna and Krishna River Confluence Biotope Fish

Koyna and Krishna River Confluence Biotope by Jeroen Vanhooren Biotope: Small tributary of the Koyna river near the confluence with Krishna river (India) Dimensions: 70*50*35 (l*d*h) Technical description Lightning: 1 x Aquatlantis Easy Led 6800 K (28 W) – time controlled. Filter: Internal sump with 2 sizes mechanical filtration media and …

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Attaching Plants with a Fly Tying Bobbin

Fly tying bobbin

Pinpoint Your Plant Placement With a Fly Tying Bobbin by James Montgomery There are many ways to attach plants to rocks, driftwood, and other materials.  The advances in cyanoacrylate glues have made fast sticking super strong glues available cheaply.  Rubber bands and wire clips also work well. However there’s one …

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Capable and Versatile Cryptocorynes

Cryptocoryne variety

Cryptocorynes are an interesting group of plants.  They are largely easy to keep and make great low light plants for the planted aquarium.  Naturally they grow along shaded stream banks and shallow water as they are really mostly semi aquatic plants.  There is a wide variety of species available to the …

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Removing Glue From Glass Jars

Removing Glass Label Adhesives I like to use glass jars for my projects for several reasons.  Storing chemicals, keeping mosses or emersed aquatic plants, or making a terrarium.  They are readily available and easy to find.  They have all sorts of lids, shapes, and sizes that come in handy for …

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