This is my 60g low tech Marineland community tank.
(See pictorial in Tank Journals)
-> 48" Finnex LED Planted+ 24/7 running in 24/7 mode, but on a timer - on @6am, off @Midnight
-> 2x Aquaclear 70 HOB filters w/AC50 impellers for reduced flow. Filters are sponge, bio-sponge and polyester fiber for polish. I'm also using Fluval pre-filter sponges to keep fry from being pulled in.
-> 2x Aqueon 200w heaters.
Silica (pool filter) sand.
2 rocks from my creek.
1 plastic hollow log (couldn't get rid of the log-it looks real and the fish love it.)
Jungle Val, Wisteria, Java Fern, Java Moss, Dwarf Sag, Rotala, Green Crypt Wendtii, Amazon Swords.
Angels, Swordtails, Blue Dwarf Gouramis, Platies, Baloon Mollies
Malaysian Trumpet Snails.
Other snails from plants.
I'm using Seachem Flourish Root Tabs for rooted plants.
With the weekly 10-15g water change, I add 2-3 capfuls of Flourish Trace and 1/2 tsp. of Seachem Equilibrium. Every other week, a day or two after the water change, I add 1 capful of Flourish Comprehensive.
I hope to leverage organics and minimize the use of chemical ferts.
: As for me, I've been in and out of the hobby (mostly in) for 50 years. My first tank was a 3g all glass when I was 12. In my teens and 20's I had 8 tanks (6-10g, 1-20g, 1-29H). I've had the 60g for about 10 years.
I have high nitrates (40-80) in my well water so I pre-filter my water to remove nitrates for weekly partial water changes. I use an API Tap Water filter filled with API Nitra-Zorb. I get about 200g before I need to recharge with salt water.
The tank had been setup for years with plastic decor before getting the Finnex light and planting. This photo is current as of this writing at about 3 months after planting.