(calming electronic music) – What’s up, fish tank people? Dustin’s Fishtanks bringing
it to you on a Sunday. How’s everybody doing? I hope you’re doing well. I’m here at greenhouse 2.0 trying to make it easy
on myself in the future. There’s a lot of construction
going on, a lot of things, and if I do it right now in the beginning, it won’t be harder for me later on. So, today, I’m gonna bring it to you with one, two, three, four, five tips on making your aquarium easier and making your plants grow faster. And obviously, we’re gonna
be bringing you a lot of content real soon from greenhouse 2.0, so make sure you hit
that notification button and that subscribe button so you can get all the stuff
as it comes out at you. My number five tip for having an easy
planted aquarium is this. The tank size that you
select is super important. Look, I’m doing about a
600-gallon pond right here. Why? Because it’s all about
water volume, water volume, water volume, water
volume, and size of tank. Okay, too many people get out
of the starting blocks wrong. They should not sell
five-gallon aquariums. They should hardly sell
10 gallon-aquariums. You want a 20-gallon aquarium or minimum. The bigger the aquarium is, the more available nutrients you’ll have in the water because
there’s more water volume. The more room you’ll have for fish waste. The more room you’ll have
for beneficial bacteria. And the more room you’ll have to screw up. If a fish dies in a five-gallon tank, you’ve got like five seconds before it fouls the entire water. If a fish dies in a 200-gallon aquarium, you have a little bit more time. There’s more nitrifying bacteria available to make that fish absorbed into the water. I’ve actually almost
taken a dump in my 220 because it has so much plant matter versus the amount of fish load it has. Number five tip, large aquariums
make everything better. My number four tip is a weird one, and it involves my dog and
my daughter, and it’s this. Look at this photo. This is my old dog, Jasmine. This is my daughter, Nola. What does this have to
do with fish and plants? See my dog Jasmine? She was half human. You could tell her anything,
and she basically spoke English and could go and fetch her
own food, drink, water. I could leave her alone. Look at the the daughter next to her. That is my young daughter, Nola. She is helpless at this point in her life. She cannot do anything. She cannot get up. She cannot feed herself. Your plants cannot feed themselves. They’re entirely reliant on you, Mr. or Mrs. Fishtank person, to bring the appropriate nutrients and everything that the
plants need to them. I’ve said it before,
and I’ll say it again, I was told by the guys at
SEACAMP that plants absorb four to 400 times more nutrients
through their roots than through their stems and leaves. You know where this is going. I do recommend that you feed
your plants at their roots. I do recommend that
you dirt your aquarium. After all, what would Mother Nature do? Mother Nature would feed
the plants at their roots. There are exceptions, but plants absorb between four
and 400 times more nutrients through their roots than
through their stems and leaves. And they cannot go
anywhere to get the food, so you might as well bring
them an unlimited buffet of delicious food at their
roots where they eat. Dirt your tanks or figure out how to feed your plants at their roots. And my number three tip for making it easy on yourself in your planted aquarium, use a ridiculous amount of plants but not a ridiculous amount of fish. I recommend for every one inch of fish, and this varies by fish, you
have 12 inches of plants. Why? Because plants can more
readily absorb the waste of the whole nitrogen cycle,
ammonia, nitrite, nitrate. Plants eat nitrates. The more plants you have
and beneficial bacteria, between the poop, the beneficial
bacteria, and the plants, the more fish you can have. The more plants you have, the better. You can get away with a ridiculous amount of plants and a light fish load. You cannot get away with a
ridiculous amount of fish and a light plant load. Plant heavy, stock fish lightly. My number three tip on making it easy in your planted aquarium. And my number two tip for making it easy in your planted aquarium, why am I standing in a greenhouse? Why am I so excited that
the sun rises every day over that hill there yonder if you will? It’s because the sun is
the most important part of our solar system and that all of you all
somehow try to reject it or diminish its importance when it comes to having an awesome planted aquarium. Again, I’m a sun-loving creature. Here is the sun, okay. Plants get their energy from the sun. You have to have a
ridiculously good light source because we’re imitating the sun, okay. If you have good lighting,
you can get away. If you have good nutrients
at your substrate or good nutrients in your tank,
and you have good lighting, you will have a much
easier time growing plants. Heavy plant growth means less algae. Heavy plant growth means more
available nitrogen absorption from the plants, which means you’re able to have more fish more easily. And a well-lit tank, by
the way, looks pretty good and makes it easier for you to grow just about any different variety of species of plant that
you would like to grow. Get good lights, people. Why am I building a greenhouse instead of just renting warehouse space? It’s simple, the lighting is important. The more lights you have,
the better plant growth. You want proof? There it is right there. Get good lights.
(calming music) And my number one tip is simple. Do the work upfront to make
sure it’s easier for you to do the work on your
aquarium in the long run. Look, I’m gonna tie it
from the greenhouse example to your own tanks, look. There’s water there. There’s water there. There’s water over there. There’s water, water everywhere. In fact, the dudes are coming to plumb my in-line water
heater here in about an hour. Yes, I’m putting water, water everywhere so that anyone at anytime
can do a water change on any single one of the
aquariums that we have here. Flip this to you. How easy is it for you to do
the work on your aquarium? Did you set up your aquarium in a spot where it’s not easy for
you to get to water? This is the old in-wall
75 I used to work on. It was great. It had water directly
underneath the aquarium. However, the front of it
was actually walled off in a little picture frame, so it made it harder for me
to actually work on the front. However, the owner of this tank had the water put directly
underneath the tank, making it incredible to do water changes. And in fact, I witnessed the man doing water changes himself. Where is the location of your tank? How far away from the water are you? Water, water, get your water everywhere. How easy is it to work on your tank? Do you have your supplies nearby, or do you have to run and get them? Do you have the ability to
connect a hose to something, or do you have to do bucket runs? Make it easy on yourself to
do the work in your aquarium. Do me a favor, folks. Drop me a comment on what you do in your aquarium to make life easier. Everybody make it an awesome week. Hit the subscribe button and tank on.

64 thoughts on “TOP 5 Ways To Make Your PLANTED AQUARIUM EASIER

  1. Hey Dustin I put my oscar in a rubber bin for now like you said. Im getting my tank resealed in two days!

  2. "I've actually almost taken a dump in my 220 because it has so much plant matter vs the amount of fish load it has" LOL

  3. LOVING videos coming from 2.0!!
    I have a 55, pothos in the HOB( goldfish, two Corys and a few mystery snails) a 65, bolbitus and hornwort attached to the support in the middle and some pothos in the top of the tank ( fancy goldfish) a 165, a koi and small fancy goldfish no plants inside but a large peacel Lilly, some pothos, and a tall, but skinny avocado tree all growing in the HOB.
    A 45 HEAVILY planted community tank with swordtails, Platys , guppies, and a few white clouds and 3 types of snails with a medium sized peace Lilly in the HOB a 35 high, well planted with guppies, Platys, white clouds, rams horn and pond snails with pothos and a bamboo in the HOB
    I have 2 10 gallon hospital tanks. The guppy tank has a ton of small water lettuce on the surface that I took in from my little summer pond last year, it hasn’t grown as large as in the pond, but multiplied . The other hospital tank has a pothos in the HOB and a no longer a ball, Marimo β€œ moss”.
    My last tank is my betta tank. Fairly heavy plant load, a Matten filter with a large peace Lilly and pothos behind it.

    I used to do all these tanks with BUCKETS! They are all close to the kitchen,but I was killing myself.
    A friend bought me a python ( I was hinting heavily! Lol)
    And now water changes are so easy!
    I can even vacuum my apartment while the koi tank either empties or fills!

    My tanks all get great light from my windows but I will be saving up for a few of your lights soon!

    So yes. PLANT load and EASE of water
    Access is GREAT.
    I will be re dirting my 2 community tanks and( shhh don’t tell anyone) adding another 35 high.

    And don’t forget the growth juice!

    Just being able to follow your tips have given me aquariums better than I ever thought possible !

    As always, THANK YOU! and keep up the great work !

  4. Good information Dustin. When I set up my 112 gallon I used sand on one side flowing into pea gravel on the other, I do have plants growing in the sand. In the future I would like to break it down and start over with some good plant soil.

  5. Make it as easy as possible but don't forget maintenance is Fun/Relaxing/Clearing your head and most of all rewarding, a little falling over siphon hoses and some spilling on your white rud keeps it exciting as well! Us Siphonniers love to do it with buckets , a hose to a drain can also make it boring. Make your plants and fish happy to be around you, Siphon On .

  6. Great advice!!!! I have 7 tanks currently, used eco complete in all of them. Theyve been up n running almost a yr and no matter the size im having to trim n give plant clippings away n take em back to my local lfs for credit on a bi weekly basis. No CO2 either…. Gotta be doin something rite!!!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ love u Dustin. Your an inspiration. Ive used ur advice alot….πŸ’‹

  7. Hi J.
    What do you think of the (Ocean Free Hydra Filters) in relation to nitrogen cycles, including nitrates and phosphates????

  8. i changed my faucet in my bathroom to a faucet i could screw my water house on and that made everything way easier im changing 11 tanks bro and btw you are freaking funny tip #1 or is it #2… loving it keep up the good work you inspire me

  9. Brilliant video, as someone who isnt too new to the hobby, this is pretty straight forward, however it doesnt take away from the fact that this highlights exactly what people need to know about planted tanks, spot on bro

  10. I have 4 pythons, 2 25 foot, a 50 foot & 100 foot. One of these pythons (water charge system) is 25 yrs old. No buckets here baby!! Lol… well yes I actually have several 5 gallon buckets around that I use to clean sponge filters and when I'm doing water changes and collect the garbage out of the tank like dead leaves and stuff. That's how I'm able to maintain 13 tanks with relative ease. Keep up the good work Dustin! I'm going to make a field trip up to see your green house when you get it done. 😊

  11. I have a 55 gallon and the only way to do water changes is via bucket. I have set up my tank so that all I do is add about 2 gallons a week for evaporation. I do a 10% water change once every 3 months. Plants and fish are super happy πŸ˜€

  12. What do I do you ask…? Well Mr. D, I dirt ALL of my tanks. I add a ridiculous amount of plants to my tanks, regardless of the scape. I use double, sometimes quadruple the amount of filtration required for a tank and inhabits. AND I do water changes religiously, every Sunday (with a 150 foot python πŸ˜‚). Regardless if its "needed".
    That my friend, is how I maintain my WATER, so it can maintain my healthy fish! πŸ˜πŸ˜‰

  13. Would adding worm castings into the dirt substrate introduce far too much nitrogen into the aquarium? It's my main…well…the only fertilizer I use in dirt plants and have not been courageous enough to do a dirted aquarium yet although it all makes SO much more sense considering what I know about gardening in the earth. I will. I definitely will do a dirted tank, but I don't want to risk my little buddies for the sake of experimentation. Thanks for any and all replies!!

  14. Justin, real plants are beautiful no question. But with all due respect, just for sheer practicality alone, I now do Azoo silk plants and safe Rock. I do weekly waters changes, bi-monthly glass cleaning. Fish are thriving. Just saying it works for me. You sometimes need to factor in one's lifestyle. The real things can sometimes make the hobby a lot harder.

  15. β€œI’ve actually almost taken a dump in my 220…β€πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£ you’re awesome @dustinsfishtanks!!

  16. I use a python with the hook to make my life easy and I psiphon out any unwanted stuff and a pump I have 4 running tanks in my house and all near a window and dump it all back to mother Earth and I have a very nice thick grass patches of where the water gets dumbed out to. I have 11 empty tanks to work on my fish room that's almost done being built. It has a sink and drainage pipe to dump the water out into my back yard for my plants. So that how I plan to keeping it easy until I have enough money to do an automated water changing system.

  17. quick question, I'm not really new to the hobby, ( I have multiple tanks, and a walstad and am getting my bearings) but I am experimenting with a five gallon cube. do you think I could get away with having a LITTLE bit of dirt in the tank with like an inch or so of sand on top? (i won't add livestock or anything for a long time, if at all.) or would it work to just have like an inch or more of sand and have it planted? what do you think? I may later use it for shrimp or live food breeding purposes.

  18. Can anyone help me with my tiger lotus problem? It won't sprout. I receaved it in the mail as a two parter. The bulb and a tiger lotus plant with roots, no bulb. That plant is doing great, but the bulb is doing nothing. And since this is my first aquarium lotus I have no idea what to do.

  19. I have a 10g on my kitchen counter. Have it heavily stocked with plants, and 6 glow danios. I have 1 Siamese Algae eater, and 3-4 Otto cats. It is sparkling clean. Easy to do a 10% weekly water change on a Kitchen Aquarium, although smaller than what you recommend. Monthly filter change. Plant food with weekly maintainance. Controlled food and lighting. It works beautifully, and very easy for me!

  20. Good Video πŸ‘ I do a have a dozen 3-9 gallon tanks with no filter, no co2 and rare water changes that thrive – BUT that is a delicate balance : )

  21. i have a brand new 80 gallon currently cycling for a week now and pretty soon i'll heavily stock the F*ck out of it with plants. the thing is, i'm cheap on lights.. i dont want to go spending 300$ on fluval 48" lights, i'd rather spend 100$ on beamswork's that i've seen reviews and its pretty good for what plants i want. Anyway, CO2! it's not cheap, especially those big 1/2L kits.. could i use those 88g fluval kits for 50$? I would mind buying like 2 or 3 if that would be the amount i need.. it's just that i dont understand how much i'd need. And of course, i would turn off the valves at night time right?

  22. Preach, I abide by all of these, awesome tips man. Can't wait to see the green house finished, it's coming along nicely.

  23. I only do dirted tanks. But I LOVE nano tanks and nano fish. The same concept works for those tanks too, dirt and tons of plants and a few nano fish and cherry shrimp and you can have a stunning low maintenance nano tank. Things that make it easier – research before setup, add plant nutrients to the dirt during setup, avoid any dirt that contains perlite (sigh), don't gravel vac dirted planted tanks, longer tanks with more surface area are better than tall narrow tanks, lighting doesn't have to be aquarium specific IE some work lamps and led bulbs with a high kelvin rating and an equivalent wattage will work, and timers timers timers. House plants love used tank water from water changes…

  24. Brilliant video, Mate.

    I tend to place my plants in pots, I can't imagine the horrors of trying to do a weekly gravel vac with an inch of soil under it, shivers down the spine at the thought of the mess it would create, hehe.

    The greenhouse is looking A1 Mate, nice one.

    Greenhouse point 0, and the Greenhouse point 0 witch are now nothing more than a distant memory, that you can now look back at and laugh.

    Bullet dodged…….Aaaaaaand, relax!

  25. Just wanted to say I really appreciate all your videos, and watched them for about a year before I finally set up a planted aquarium. You definitely made it so much easier than trying to experiment and guess myself with what works and what doesn't and my plants are flourishing! Keep it up Dustin and thanks for all the guidance!

  26. I had an Aussie Shep. Like a son!..He could climb a ladder,watched my feet when I drove and braced himself when I braked..just all kinds of genius dog things. Gentle as can be. Never ever put his paws on old people or toddlers..just young adult humans. Just an amazing dog/child for 14 years.

  27. Great videos new sub here im finally just getting into the hobby your channel was one of the reason i took the interest…

  28. I have a fifty foot drinking water safe hose and a hose adapter for my bathroom sink, water either gets drained to the tub in the winter, to the dogwood in the front yard in the spring and summer. All of my lights are on timers, all of the stands are set up with two power strips, primary power for lights, filters, and anything else you leave on while doing maintenance secondary power for items you want to shut down during water changes, heaters circulation pumps, maybe back filters. All of my tanks sit on cabinet stands so all the day to day needs are easy to acess.

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