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All the items mentioned in this video are linked to below. Before that though let me say a huge thank you to the following YouTube content producers for teaching us all so much about this hobby.
Aquarium Coop - My overall Favorite - https://www.youtube.com/user/AquariumCoop
King of DIY - https://www.youtube.com/user/uarujoey
Flip Aquatics - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwqXcfzaWIkNPtvlYuLb1Dg
Serpa Design - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGzXtNdhjPxvCNWFme1bG0g
Foo the Flowerhorn - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3Kk8tvhHkWMMfKBb0q0X9g
Dustin’s Fish Tanks - https://www.youtube.com/user/Dustinsfishtanks
Marks Shrimp Tanks - https://www.youtube.com/user/Markpeggie1
Rachel O’leary - https://www.youtube.com/user/msjinkzd
Items Mentioned in the Video if I missed any let me know in the comments.
Aquarium Intake Sponges from Aquarium Co-Op - http://bit.ly/2SXArQB
Easy Green Fertilizer - http://bit.ly/2RUVfuw
EtekCity Laser Thermometer - http://bit.ly/2DfbXgh
Python Vacuum - http://bit.ly/2TT0WGY
Dr. Earth Premium Gold Fertilizer - http://bit.ly/2Fwh6my
Aquascaping tools I use - https://amzn.to/2FAoSei
Carib Sea Eco Complete - https://amzn.to/2M8KtLP
NICREW BrightLED Aquarium Light, High Illumination 20 Inch Light - Great for 10 gallon tanks and cheap and works - https://amzn.to/2VNqfvS
Finnex Stingray Lights - Currently My Go To Value Light - They look great, grow plants well and are reasonably priced. - https://amzn.to/2FDvRmH
Current USA Satellite Freshwater LED Plus Light - Lots of bells and whistles, make your tanks look awesome with tons of customization. That said I think the Finnex does better for the money. - https://amzn.to/2VXGK8z
Razor Scraping Tools Cheap, Multipurpose, Effective DO NOT USE ON ACRYLIC - https://amzn.to/2McRyeA
Superglue Gel - So much cheaper on amazon then in stores, 12 pack is only about 7 bucks. - https://amzn.to/2Mc3dKs
If I missed something or you want a recommendation for something just ask.
All my notes from this video
1. You should likely start with a cheap 10 gallon tank, perhaps a 20 long. Use it to cut future expenses.
2. I love tanks that are 100% natural but in the beginnign hot rod your filter and get the carbon
out of it. Use a spounge filter and a OTB or similar filter.
3. Use either a dirt and capped substrait or a prepared substrate like Carib Sea
4. Fertilizer is your friend, I love Easy Green, Dr. Earth has worked fine in my substrate so far.
5. Get a decent set of planting/scaping tools
6. In general avoid forums, listen to experts Corey, Joey, Marks Tanks, etc.
7. Take pictures over time, you don't really notice the change when it is gradual.
8. Start with Low tech tanks, no co2, decent lights
9. Try to find plants if you can that are grown submerged, without co2 is a bonus
10. If you are doing any hard scaping set it up before you plant and remember the rule of thirds.
Also make sure you don't over hard scape if you want lots of plants.
11. Start with nano fish and include shrimp
12. Don't worry about snails, they are great and simple to control
13. Yes algae does show up even in well ballanced tanks, it simply doesn't get out of hand in them.
14. Select "easy plants" try one of each of many, run with the ones that do well for you. My favorites are Vallisneria Dwarf Sag, Wisteria, Water Sprite, Anubias, Rotalla, Java Moss, Amazon
Sword, Ambulia, Pearl Weed
15. Consider floating plants like duck weed, water lettuce, salvinia. Also can float wisteria,
pearl weed, sprite.
16. Don't get married to a tank, don't see it as a permant thing, you are going to change it up at some point.
17. Get a laser temp gun, yes they work well. It is just as easy and fast as an in tank thermometer.
18. Initially water changes make sense weekly, but over time too much water changing can
destabilize natural CO2. Make algae worse, etc. If you tank is stable just top it off.
19. Clean your glass before you notice algae on it.
20. Unless you can automate water changes get a python.
21. Treat new plants for algae. You can use bleach but I prefer Peroxide.
22. Don't judge your tanks based on the "perfect tanks" you see online.
23. In larger tanks standard plecos along with black, rainbow, red tail sharks do a great job of
24. Schedule a day for maintenance once a week and treat it like a job but don't let it become one.
25. Enjoy the worlds you create for what they are.