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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-06-2012, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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your nicest low tech low light nano setups?

Need aquascaping live stock ideas. TY.
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-07-2012, 02:37 AM
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Hygrophila corymbosa
Anubias nana
Echinodorus amazonicus
Anubias barteri
Cryptocory​ne wendtii tropica
Banana Lily
Micro-Sword Grass
Rotala Macrandra (red)

But the red plants need bright|intense light. My tank is in a room with bright ambient sunlight. And I dose Flourish Carbon religiously.
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Hygrophila corymbosa
Anubias nana
Echinodorus amazonicus
Anubias barteri
Cryptocory​ne wendtii tropica
Banana Lily
Micro-Sword Grass
Rotala Macrandra (red)

But the red plants need bright|intense light. My tank is in a room with bright ambient sunlight. And I dose Flourish Carbon religiously.
Gorgeous! Good work! Wish I could do something like this but do not have access to ambient sunlit room.

TY for sharing!
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When you say lowlight do you mean no light? Does your room have a window?
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post #5 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-07-2012, 05:15 PM
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Gorgeous! Good work! Wish I could do something like this but do not have access to ambient sunlit room.

TY for sharing!
you should be able to do it still. ive grown macrandra in low light before, it just doesnt get quite as red, more of a reddish brown on the tips, and the rest is greener.

here is mine..going for a minimalistic look here

flora: Anubias barteri 'Micro' (leaves the size of pencil erasers) and Eleocharis 'Belem'
fauna: Black orchid crowntail betta

I havent gotten a high quality photo of the tank since i added the Hairgrass, sorry. took these with my phone (still fighting a little diatoms at the time of the pic)


mms_picture.jpg 2 by orchidman10, on Flickr


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here is the betta


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and a high quality pic before the haigrass
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Hygrophila corymbosa
Anubias nana
Echinodorus amazonicus
Anubias barteri
Cryptocory​ne wendtii tropica
Banana Lily
Micro-Sword Grass
Rotala Macrandra (red)

But the red plants need bright|intense light. My tank is in a room with bright ambient sunlight. And I dose Flourish Carbon religiously.
i love your Edge! its awesome! its seems nice and bright, open and clean, but also dense and healthy! it looks great!!

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Nice setups!
thanks!
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you should be able to do it still. ive grown macrandra in low light before, it just doesnt get quite as red, more of a reddish brown on the tips, and the rest is greener.

here is mine..going for a minimalistic look here

flora: Anubias barteri 'Micro' (leaves the size of pencil erasers) and Eleocharis 'Belem'
fauna: Black orchid crowntail betta

I havent gotten a high quality photo of the tank since i added the Hairgrass, sorry. took these with my phone (still fighting a little diatoms at the time of the pic)


mms_picture.jpg 2 by orchidman10, on Flickr


mms_picture.jpg by orchidman10, on Flickr

here is the betta


avatar by orchidman10, on Flickr

and a high quality pic before the haigrass
DSC_0009.jpg by orchidman10, on Flickr
Correct. You can still grow macranda in low light... Or stock lights. There are so many great low light plants.. Ask a few q's at the LFS but research their answers... My trick is if the plants look lush and healthy at the LFS then ill give it a go...
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sometimes the Lfs near here will unknowingly sell plants that are not aquatic, such as mondo grass. its no the fault of the emplyee, they dont know the difference, but the store for not educating them. so be careful about stuff like that.
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awesome black orchid (and tank)
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Matt1977: What substrate are you using?
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post #12 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-07-2012, 11:52 PM
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Low-light, no ferts. Excel dosed during transition from dry-start to flooded, but have since ceased dosing.
Planted with crpyts and anubias.
Dirt substrated capped with blasting sand.
I don't think it gets much more low-tech than this:

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Low-light, no ferts. Excel dosed during transition from dry-start to flooded, but have since ceased dosing.
Planted with crpyts and anubias.
Dirt substrated capped with blasting sand.
I don't think it gets much more low-tech than this:

Kudos! Very nice tank! Question is the lighting stock? No Co2? This is something like what I would like to achieve!
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My 2 5g killi tanks. Zero dosing and just 12w of LED above the two.



Not the best picture with the tannins in the water but hope it helps.
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The lighting is not the stock halogens, but edges come with LED's stock now I believe. I am using 2x LED units that plug right into the existing fixture. Got them for about $6 each on amazon.

Zero c02 injection.
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