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Low Tech and Low Cost Planted Tank

Low Tech and Low Cost Planted Tanks by Xiaozhuang Wong What makes plants grow well in low techs tanks is the right soil, a shallow tank, and in this case, high level lighting.  Excel wasn’t used in this tank and I sat out the algae.  There was a bit of Black Brush …

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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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A Fishroom Filled With Biotopes

Fishroom Filed With Biotopes

A Fishroom Filled With Biotopes Photos and article by Jeroen Vanhooren I am Jeroen from Belgium. I have been infected with the aquarium-virus since I was an 8-year old kid. After almost 30 years I felt like I was needing a new challenge.  I started to plan my fully automated …

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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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Contribute and Join the Biotope One Team

Volunteer With Biotope One If you have a passion for the hobby and like learning and sharing with some of the best in the hobby consider volunteering to help spread new ideas and established knowledge. We can do this as a group through working together and sharing knowledge and information. …

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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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Rooting Begonias in Water

Here is another useful use of disposable plastics. You can find a cup size to fit most of your needs and use good quality foam sheet.  You do need a drainage hole about 1 cm up the side of the pot to regulate the water level. I grow almost anything …

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Suriname Biotope

A Suriname Biotope Biotope 3: A small blackwater creek near Jodensavanne in Suriname Dimensions: 70*50*35 (l*d*h) Lightning: 1 x Aquatlantis Easy Led 6800 K (28 W) – time controlled. Filter: Internal sump with 2 sizes mechanical filtration media and a biological filtration medium. Peat substrate is added to the filter. Pump …

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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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