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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 07-28-2013, 04:56 AM Thread Starter
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Pictures of my ~1.5year old low tech tank

Hello all!

I always like it when people pop in and post pictures of longish term stable running tanks, so I figured I'd share mine with everyone!

This is a 10G tank that is about 1.5 years old. I just changed this over to LED lighting hoping for a little more light, but up until now it has been lit by a 15W T8 and sunlight through the window. I do use ferts at extraordinarily low levels but the tank has never had CO2.

The one secrete of success with this tank is Duckweed. It helps keep nutrients low so I don't have algae problems.

First,.. here is a FTS:

IMG_8168 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

Originally the tank was setup just for these little guys,.. They are breading well in there:

IMG_8263 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr


IMG_8304 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr


IMG_8368 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

But eventually a couple of these found their way in as well:

IMG_8443 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

Along with a few Zebras that were not playing nice with the Discus in my 75.

Hope you like it!
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luv it! Thanks for taking the time to post the pics.

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Beautiful tank!
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Beautifully lush.
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Looks nice, I like it.
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Beautiful tank and great pictures !
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post #8 of 35 (permalink) Old 08-01-2013, 04:59 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone! This has been a really wonderful tank, I hope it does as well with the LED Lights

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Awesome tank

What's your substrate?

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Awesome tank

What's your substrate?
Thank you!

The substrate is Fluval Stratum,.. it is kindof a light substrate, but after the plants get rooted in there, holds them down remarkably well.

I also noticed that it had an effect on KH/GH, in the beginning it dropped them to about 0, and may still be doing that even in the hard CA water.

But! I've been thrilled with it otherwise, I've always used Florite in the past, but my next large tank will use this stuff.

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Pictures of my ~1.5year old low tech tank

Wow! What is the name of that beautiful little black, yellow and blue fish!?

Your tank looks great, by the way! Love the shrimp, too! =]

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Wow! What is the name of that beautiful little black, yellow and blue fish!?

Your tank looks great, by the way! Love the shrimp, too! =]
Thank you!

That is called an Endler - they are kindof like wild guppies. I got a pair of them at a club meeting I went to for a couple bucks and let me tell you - they breed like guppies.

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Beautiful tank. Nice denizens, too! Thanks for sharing.
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Beautiful!

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