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post #1951 of 1986 (permalink) Old 08-01-2016, 08:11 AM
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Wow love this tank. Is the needle leaf java fern at the top right floating? What are the yellow schooling fish?
Not sure about how the fern is attached, but the fish are lemon tetras.
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Wow love this tank. Is the needle leaf java fern at the top right floating? What are the yellow schooling fish?
Yes needle leaf Java fern and lemon tetras.

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post #1953 of 1986 (permalink) Old 08-06-2016, 12:10 PM
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Thumbs up My new tank setup

I thought I'd add my tank to this thread too


I have a ~160L tank with a 100L refugium running for 3 weeks after it had cycled.

Substrate: Root tabs, soil bottom, then a plant nutrient substrate then fine black substrate on top.
Lighting: Aqua One PlantGlo 90cm LED
Dosing: 5ml TNC Carbon Daily
Fish: 11 rummynose tetra, 6 peppered cory, 5 apistogramma cacatuoides

Carpet Plants: Dwarf Hairgrass, Hemianthus Callitrichoides (not sure if this will grow under my LED!)
Foreground: Cryptocoryne affinis, Anubias nana,
Mid Plants: Amazon Swords, Staurogyne Repens
Background: Ceratopteris siliquosa, Limnophila heterophylla
Misc Plants: Java Moss (currently growing into a 'Bonsai' tree), also going to add to the rocks to completely cover them.

Regugium: Java Moss, Marimo Moss Balls, Christmas Moss // Ceramic Media, Lava Rock, Sponge, Peat, Bio Balls and Filter Wool

















164L (43USG) Tank
100L (26USG) Refugium/Sump

11 x Rummynose Tetra...6 x Peppered Cory...5 Apistogramma Cacatuoides (1m4f)
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post #1954 of 1986 (permalink) Old 08-07-2016, 05:06 PM
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I'm fairly new to this forum thing and I'm enjoying it so far.

Here is my 150 gallon low tech tank

Plants:
Anubius coffeefolia
Anubius hastifolia
Anubius baterii
Cryptocoryne wendetti red
bucephalandra (black angel)
aponogeton crispus
Green tiger lotus
cobomba
Four leaf clover ( just put it in a couple days ago )
Ludwigia Cuba
PROSERPINACA PALUSTRIS
Dwarf water lettuce


Livestock:
10 pork chop rasboras
4 Apistogramma cacatuoides
Too many rams horn snails to count


This tank is only 5 months old so I'm not done with the livestock, when this was in the planning stages I was thinking low tech planted discus tank but haven't bought them yet. No ferts just fish food and waste for the plants. Water changes are every 2 weeks till the soil stops leaching tannins into the water then change every 3 months or so.

Equipment:

Fluval u3 ( just for water movement really )
Two 100 watt ehiem jager
4 kessil a160we

Substrate is 1 inch organic garden soil capped with 1 inch aqua soil that green leaf aquariums use to sell.

Note: the cobomba has melted due to the floating plants blocking the light and left just the stems, everything was still green so Im controlling the floating plants more and they are making a come back.
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post #1955 of 1986 (permalink) Old 09-01-2016, 03:27 AM
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My low tech 20G. It gets nothing but a water change every Sunday.
wow, beautiful...plant list please. Also, what substrate is that and how old is the tank in that picture?

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post #1956 of 1986 (permalink) Old 09-01-2016, 11:04 PM
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My little low-tech tank:


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post #1957 of 1986 (permalink) Old 09-02-2016, 12:15 AM
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My low tech tank...no fertilizers. LED hood light only. Only change water. Old plastic plants floating so it's not so bright in there. Looking for some jungle Val to add height.
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post #1958 of 1986 (permalink) Old 09-02-2016, 12:33 PM
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This is my 60g low tech Marineland community tank.
(See pictorial in Tank Journals)

Equipment:
-> 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.

Substrate:
Silica (pool filter) sand.

Decor:
2 rocks from my creek.
1 plastic hollow log (couldn't get rid of the log-it looks real and the fish love it.)

Plants:
Jungle Val, Wisteria, Java Fern, Java Moss, Dwarf Sag, Rotala, Green Crypt Wendtii, Amazon Swords.

Livestock:
Angels, Swordtails, Blue Dwarf Gouramis, Platies, Baloon Mollies
Malaysian Trumpet Snails.
Other snails from plants.

Ferts:
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.

Background: 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.
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post #1959 of 1986 (permalink) Old 09-14-2016, 03:40 AM
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My low tech 40 gallon breeder. Still needs a lot of work. I just got some ferts in the mail. Running a Finnex planted plus and E-Heim 2213.

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My low tech 40 gallon breeder. Still needs a lot of work. I just got some ferts in the mail. Running a Finnex planted plus and E-Heim 2213.

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Very impressive. Red plants look great. What are they

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Very impressive. Red plants look great. What are they

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It's sometimes called https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternanthera_reineckii and/or telanthera cardinalis, although I've see both of those names used for a few different plants in the same family. They sell a bunch of seedlings at Petsmarts in my area and they looked nasty at first, but grew well over a few months. I trim the tops every once in awhile and replant and they've been looking great recently...I'll post an update of the red plants when I turn my lights on this afternoon (I don't use any co2 and only recently started fertilizing because my green plants are yellowing.)

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It's sometimes called https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternanthera_reineckii and/or telanthera cardinalis, although I've see both of those names used for a few different plants in the same family. They sell a bunch of seedlings at Petsmarts in my area and they looked nasty at first, but grew well over a few months. I trim the tops every once in awhile and replant and they've been looking great recently. (I don't use any co2 and only recently started fertilizing because my green plants are yellowing.)

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I thought so didnt know got that tall. What light do you have

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I thought so didnt know got that tall. What light do you have

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Finnex funeray planted plus. That's one of the setups with just a switch. No fancy time controls or anything.

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Finnex funeray planted plus. That's one of the setups with just a switch. No fancy time controls or anything.

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Your getting good par whats depth on 40b. 18in?

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Your getting good par whats depth on 40b. 18in?

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I just measured. It's about 17 inches. But I keep my water at about 15-15.5 inches usually. And the light sits at about 18 inches up from the bottom.

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