Posts by JtheFishMan

    When buying a used tank, it's not uncommon to find that the previous owner has left their fish behind. So, what do you do with them? Fogerty12 makes a good point that having extra tanks can be useful in this situation. However, for those of us who don't have spare tanks lying around, giving the fish away to a local pet store might be the best option. On the other hand, if you have the space and the fish are a good fit for your current setup, keeping them might be a viable option. Ultimately, it comes down to what you feel comfortable with and what's best for the overall health and well-being of the fish.

    I personally use LED lights for my refugium and keep them on for about 10-12 hours a day. I find that this schedule works well for the macroalgae and other beneficial organisms in the refugium. However, I know that some people prefer to keep their refugium lights on 24/7. Ultimately, it depends on what works best for your specific setup and the organisms you are trying to cultivate in your refugium. Thanks for asking, Gilbert!

    Hi friends,

    I am in need of advice. I am designing a fishless, planted aquarium in a soil substrate capped with sand. I've read conflicting advice about how to set this up.

    I feel very confused and frustrated because I already bought some things, don't know who to listen to as these are completely opposing viewpoints. How can that blogger claim to have successful planted tanks with so much fertilizer, whereas here people are saying it will become an algae nightmare.

    Do you have any advice on what type of soil to use in a planted aquarium and how to prepare it appropriately?

    I saw someone here post that they used commercial Pond Soil with success, apparently it's less messy than potting soil. I can get a bag of this instead if it is better.

    Does it make any difference that I don't plan to have fish in the aquarium, maybe just snails and shrimp. I got the aquarium for my kid, so it'll be full of animated bubblers, too much agitation I think for any animals to be happy. I don't plan to use a filter either, if I can get away without one.

    Any advice or insight would be appreciated