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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-28-2014, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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Low Tech 45g

Hi everyone

I thought I'd share some photos of my low tech planted 45 gallon tank. It's been up for a couple of months. I'm pretty new to plants but I'm learning more and slowly getting my tank looking how I want it.





Flora: Vallisneria, Java Fern, Hygophilia Corymbosa, Hygophilia Polysperma, Crypts (not sure what types) and an Amazon Sword.

Fauna: Neon tetras, harlequin rasboras, bristlenose, a platy and a gourami

Let me know what you think and how I can improve!
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-10-2014, 02:50 PM
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beautiful combination of fish and plants! I'm fairly new to plants as well, so I don't have much advice, but I really like the looks of your tank.
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you have done an excellent job on this for your first tank. if you want honesty, I think you will soon stray from the unnatural looking substrate. That is my only critique. I think it is beautiful. the wallpaper behind the tank looks good too!

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Thank you both!

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you have done an excellent job on this for your first tank. if you want honesty, I think you will soon stray from the unnatural looking substrate. That is my only critique. I think it is beautiful. the wallpaper behind the tank looks good too!
Yeah I am wanting to change the gravel to something more natural but I know it will be a huge job so I'm putting it off :p
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Use your plants to hide equipment and add a black background and grow out!
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He is my tank as of recent. Just over 3 months old.
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Here are some update photos! It's amazing to see how much the hyrgro polysperma has grown. I rearranged the plants and added some ambulia, once that grows it will look better.


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Personally, I think your gravel looks fine. I would add a black background and more water. Maybe down the road a bit add some reddish colored plants.
Overall your tank looks really good. Great start.

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Personally, I think your gravel looks fine. I would add a black background and more water.
Exactly what I was about to say. Off to a great start.
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Looks very good! Besides for a black background a think a Lilly would look very good on the left side in front of the wood.
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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-03-2014, 06:27 PM
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Is there a reason you are keeping the water low?

I added a bubbler and it is throwing water all over the lights and I do not like that. Stopped the bubbler, but don't want to raise the lights, so I think I will pull that out.

I like the val hanging over everything. Yep, need some val.
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It won't actually take that long to change out that gravel and put new stuff in. If you want something natural looking I just got some Cemix builders sand from Mitre 10 mega which was only $7 for a 25kg bag and it doesn't affect your parameters either

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Thanks for the responses everyone I am hoping to change to sand sometime soon, in the next week hopefully. Does anyone have any advice for preventing the filter from sucking up the sand?
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As long as the filter intake isn't sitting on the substrate itself it won't suck it up.

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