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What is wrong?

August 20, 2022 2 min read

Aquarium plants not looking healthy, with many aerial roots and yellowing leaves. What is the problem?
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Can APT Help?

May 06, 2022 3 min read

Superior nutrition can make a world of difference, but not in ways that we might think. Here we cover 3 scenarios where a little prep work is required for APT to do its magic.
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Leaving for a holiday? How to prepare your tank

April 14, 2022 6 min read

Leaving for a holiday? It can be frustrating to return to a 'crashed' tank. We cover the steps we can take to prepare our tanks to run smoothly when we are away.
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Melting & Algae? 3 mistakes in keeping Bucephalandra

March 08, 2022 3 min read

Bucephalandra are growing in popularity. Their varied forms add depth and complexity to aquascapes, and their slow growing nature allows for easier long term maintenance. However many hobbyists struggle with melting and algae infestation. These can easily be avoid if we understand a little more.
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Injecting Enough?

January 23, 2022 3 min read

How do I know if I'm injecting enough CO2? If my drop checker is green or if my bubble count is above 3bps, surely that means I have enough? Maybe not...
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Best Temperature?

January 21, 2022 2 min read

What is an ideal temperature for freshwater planted tanks? Does it really matter if mine is hotter or cooler? Does temperature influence algae? How does temperature affect aquatic plants?
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Messy aerial roots?

October 13, 2021 2 min read

“Aerial roots” refer to roots that often grow out of the internodes of stem plants midway up the stem, above the substrate. Why do these roots appear? Are they cause for concern? What can we do if we find them unsightly?
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Not working?

July 19, 2021 2 min read

How is it that after investing in enhancements, existing leaves do not appear to improve? What is wrong? The answer lies in how how plants respond to changes in the tank environment.
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Why this? Tips on keeping Java Fern and Anubias

June 18, 2021 3 min read

Struggling with Java Fern or Anubias? These hardy plants have certain vulnerabilities. We explore them in this post.
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Dealing with algae in new tanks

May 27, 2021 4 min read

Hair / fuzz / thread algae on plants in a new tank? Avoid the common mistakes in tackling them.
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How to get rid of surface scum

May 21, 2021 2 min read

What is that oily, milky film on my tank surface? Is it bad? What can I do to reduce, avoid and/or remove it? Surface Scum- let's find out more.
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Chlorine a concern?

May 03, 2021 2 min read

Is it really necessary to use a dechlorinator? Is it one of those common but unnecessary additives for a planted aquarium?
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Holes in leaves?

April 21, 2021 2 min read

Holes in leaves are often associated with nutrition deficiency.
And they might be. But a lot of the time, they are simply the victim of hungry fish and shrimp, what we call ‘herbivore damage’.
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3 beginner traps

March 29, 2021 2 min read

If your plants don't seem to be able to survive for long in your aquarium, one reason might be that these are not aquatic plants in the first place. Or rather, these plants need to grow emersed (i.e partially submerged) and cannot survive permanently under water. We cover 3 common plants in this category.
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Soak before use?

March 17, 2021 3 min read

In using wood in an aquarium is it a good idea to soak the wood prior to use? What happens when wood is submerged in water?
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Is it a problem? Deep substrates?

March 04, 2021 3 min read

Is deeper substrate a problem? Why are many hobbyists concerned over deep substrate, and what to look out for.
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Setting up an easy mini low tech planted tank

February 27, 2021 4 min read

A small breakdown of how we set up a planted CRS shrimp tank. Includes plant and equipment choices, and pictures of how the hardscape was constructed.
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Floaters: a dangerous love affair?

February 10, 2021 3 min read

Floating plants such as Salvinia minima / Water Spangles are popular and can be beautiful (and useful) to have in a planted tank. So why do we need to be so careful with them?
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Nutrient uptake through leaves?

February 08, 2021 2 min read

Do plants absorb nutrients from their leaves? How does it matter to planted aquariums?
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Water Change- how much?

January 27, 2021 3 min read

Are water changes really necessary? Does it matter how much water I change and how much is too much?
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Monte Carlo vs HC Cuba: same same?

January 19, 2021 2 min read

HC refers to Hemianthus callitrichoides 'Cuba', sometimes also called dwarf baby tears. MC refers to Micranthemum 'monte carlo’. Both are common and popular. However while they look quite similar, they are actually vastly different.
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