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Should I bother cycling a planted tank before planting?

Should I bother cycling a planted tank before planting?

September 15, 2020 5 min read

Detailed steps to cycle your tank. I cover the 'old' method and today's fishless cycling with plants.
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Activated Carbon, purigen, are these useful for planted tanks?

Activated Carbon, purigen, are these useful for planted tanks?

July 15, 2020 2 min read

What do water polishers do? Do they inadvertently remove beneficial nutrients?
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6 features of an ideal planted tank filter

6 features of an ideal planted tank filter

May 06, 2020 4 min read

This is what I consider the current best filter for planted tanks.
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Filter media layout and sequence for planted tank

Filter media layout and sequence for planted tank

July 16, 2019 3 min read

Sponges or ceramic media - which one comes first? This article explores layering principles for filter media.
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The definitive guide to filter media in planted tank

The definitive guide to filter media in planted tank

July 16, 2019 3 min read

This page explores the main differences between ceramic media and sponge filter media, and pros and cons of each.
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Do aquarium bacteria starter in a bottle work?

Do aquarium bacteria starter in a bottle work?

July 16, 2019 1 min read

Do starter bacteria culture actually work?
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Planted tank with no filter ?

Planted tank with no filter ?

July 16, 2019 2 min read

It is possible to run a planted tank without a filter. However lets look at why using a filter is generally still recommended in a fully functional planted tank.
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Filter designs to avoid

Filter designs to avoid

July 16, 2019 1 min read

Many filters look great on the outside, and look really cool. But poor flow/out contributes to algae issues in a tank, and I would avoid these 2 types...
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Oase Biomaster 300 Dissection

Oase Biomaster 300 Dissection

July 16, 2019 2 min read

The german brand Oase makes solid filters. I love their Biomaster series (BioMaster Thermo 250/300/600) and here I dissect the Biomaster 300.
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Is a larger plant tank always better because it is more stable?

Is a larger plant tank always better because it is more stable?

July 15, 2019 4 min read

Choosing a tank for your initial planted aquarium setup is like picking a computer motherboard. It is a key "fixed parameter" that is generally difficult to change later. While folks often advocate that larger tanks are more stable - I hold a different opinion that focused effort in a smaller tank almost always creates better aquascapes.
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Best tank dimensions for Aquascaping?

Best tank dimensions for Aquascaping?

July 15, 2019 2 min read

What are the best tank dimensions for aquascaping, and taking into consideration ease of handling and current trends?
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Small tanks can be impactful too

Small tanks can be impactful too

July 13, 2019 1 min read

How big a tank should I go for? If this is your first tank, smaller is not necessarily limiting. Here are some examples of great 'small' or nano planted tanks ranging from 7 gallons to 10 gallons.
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