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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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Planted Aquarium Substrates

  Planted Aquarium Hardscape by Trent Lloyd The first step in any planted aquarium or aquascape is the substrate, but this introduction also extends to rocks and driftwood. In a tank that features any combination of those three is called a “hard scape” and is an art form in its own …

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Rio Orinoco Colombian Biotope

Rio Orinoco Columbian Amazon

Rio Orinoco Colombian Biotope by Jeroen Vanhooren Biotope: Near the edges of a small Blackwater tributary of Rio Orinoco in Colombia 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 a …

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Freshwater Deep Sand Bed Method for Reducing Nitrates

Article and photos by Nate Schmuecker Freshwater Deep Sand Bed Filtration Many hobbyists claim that there is no way Deep Sand Beds work for reducing nitrates in fresh water. This Aulonocara Stuartgranti Blue Neon males’ tank is 17 weeks without a water change. I’m now going into my 3rd spawn cycle. …

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Aroid Houseplants Buce and Aridarum?

Today I received some of my supplies to get back into potting and propagating plants.  I bought a few carnivorous plants from fellow hobbyist and needed to pot them up.  Sarracenia flava varieties, a drosera, and a Venus fly trap got unwrapped and potted up for the balcony. The wife …

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Printed Hamburg Matten Filters

Printed Reefing Solutions has developed a printed Hamburg Matten Filter for your aquarium.  These are corner filters and they work well for shrimp and fish alike.  Many hobbyists like to use HMF’s for fry tanks.  They make great filters and now they are available pre-made and also custom to suit …

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Making Your Own Custom Potting Soil

potting soil media

Potting soil is really just a soilless plant medium.   You can make your own potting soil if you have a little time and a little knowledge about what is required for a potting medium.  Some plants require differing soil contents, drainage, and texture.  The only other necessity is the ingredients …

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DIY Clay Root Tab Fertilizer

DIY Clay Root Tabs

DIY root tabs made with dry fertilizers are an excellent way to nourish your aquarium economically and get great results.  Lots of people use dry fertilizers to dose dry, or they mix them with water to make a solution and dose that way.  There is also a way to make root …

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LED Aquarium Lighting DIY

Featured Image LED DIY Aquarium

My journey into LED aquarium lighting started about two years ago when i decided to get a small tank for my desk.  I got a small 5 gallon tank for the desk to look at instead of a screen all day to break the monotony. It had a cheap, and …

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