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post #16 of 1954 (permalink) Old 01-17-2010, 09:35 PM
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great low techs everyone!

here's mine.

my 50g


just gravel and mts. i add nitrogen and phosphorous once a week along with some flourish now and then. haven't been changing the water at all lately. lighting is 2x21w t5no for 8hrs.

the 29g


i might get flamed for adding this photo here, but up until one week ago this tank was non-co2/non-excel. lighting is 2x24w t5ho suspended way up above the tank. substrate is play sand and mts. i was dosing fallowing the tom barr non-co2 method. nothing has changed in the tank yet except the bubbles.)

all i did to take myself out of the low tech category was add co2, more ferts, and lower my lighting a little.

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post #17 of 1954 (permalink) Old 01-17-2010, 11:12 PM
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29 gals, set up for 7 years now. Had various changes over time, this is it's current setup:

One single 25 watt light,

Cheap basic pond soil capped with 2 inches of plain aquarium sand,

Planted with various Echinodorus, Aponogentons, some small crypts, and a few stem plants like Cabomba and Elodia, plus a massive moss ball.

Mixed community of a few odds and ends my horrible brother didn't want in his tank anymore and was going to flush down the toilet!!! , so I had them where they can live out their lives. Gold barbs, a gourami, couple of loaches and a few shrimp.


50 % water changes once a week every week.








12 gals

One single 15 watt light

Gravel and sand mix from the old tank plus mulm that was in there, topped with black gravel.

Planted with some small swords, a few baby echinodorus from the plants in the main tank, some Riccia ,moss balls cabomba, hairgrass, crypts and a big pile of java moss on bogwood that I grew in the main tank before moving to this one.

Inhabitant is a single male Plakat betta.

50% water changes once a week every week.


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post #18 of 1954 (permalink) Old 01-18-2010, 01:46 AM
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Wow, awesome low light / low tech setups everyone! They look so great!!

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post #19 of 1954 (permalink) Old 01-18-2010, 03:28 AM
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My 120 thats been running about 7-8 weeks.
4 T-5 HO's 2 for 9 hrs and all 4 for 5 hrs about 8-9 inches above the water
Filtration is 1 Fluval 304 and 1 SunSun 302
2 PH's at 170 GPH each
Substrate is a mix of Eco, Flourite and Oil Dry
Dosing Flourish once a week

Plants
Amazon Sword
Dwarf Sags
Jungle Val
Hornwort
Pennywort
Java Moss
Anacharis
Micro sword as I bought it as (L. brasilensis)
and some Duck Weed floating around in there

Fish, I will be thinning them out
8 Julii Cories
8 Otos
8 LF Albino Bristlenose Plecos
Mated Pair Double Red Apistos
24 Cardinals
19 Pearl Scale Blue Platinum Angels











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post #20 of 1954 (permalink) Old 01-18-2010, 03:33 AM
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my 80 gallon

my 80, more or likely going to move the plants in to the 15 gallon cube.

Thanks, Joey. tanks-CUBE of different sizes.

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post #21 of 1954 (permalink) Old 01-18-2010, 04:50 AM
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It's a 2 week old 10 gallon tank with 2 13 watt CFLs, dosed with flourish 1x a week. Soon to have DIY CO2

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post #22 of 1954 (permalink) Old 01-18-2010, 05:21 AM
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10 gallon:
Two spiral CFL bulbs (one 15w one 20w); AC20 filter; RCS, Nerite, Red Ramshorns, four Sterbai


New scape:


Mini M:
18w CFL; Zoomed 501 filter; RCS, Nerite, Red Ramshorns


Grown in:


2.5 gallon:
13w spiral CFL; Red Sea Nano filter; Betta, Nerite, Red Ramshorns


More grown in:


Dose Excel and EI
Water change once a week
Eco-Complete except the Mini M which has Aquasoil

I've tried to do without water changes in my 10 gallon in its early stages, but just didn't work out for some reason.

Very nice looking tanks, everyone.

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post #23 of 1954 (permalink) Old 01-18-2010, 12:32 PM
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Very nice aquariums you all have some great aquascaping skills.

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My DIY PVC CO2 Reactor
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post #24 of 1954 (permalink) Old 01-18-2010, 05:26 PM
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White cloud minnows should do good. They are minnows, but colorful and they do well in unheated tanks
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post #25 of 1954 (permalink) Old 01-19-2010, 03:19 PM
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50watt heater, Satellite 20" 40 Watt CF, DIY CO2, ADA soil, and a few drops of Flourish a week. Ottos, cherries, and 3 Pseudomugil furcatus
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Looking awesome guys, keep em coming!!

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post #27 of 1954 (permalink) Old 01-21-2010, 01:45 AM
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My 55 low tech

55 gal with a 10gal sump, home made stand, fluorite substrate.I've had it running for a few years now. Pretty much low maintenance, water changes around once a month, i dose one or two cap fulls of flourish a week. Plants: java fern and anubas, i just tossed a huge clump of java moss.Occupants are 8 bronze corys a huge clown angel, and 2 red marble plecs.
how bout that $ 5.00 clump of java moss i just picked up from the lfs. it didn't have a price on it so i asked the girl "how much for that"? she says i dunno lemme check she come back and says $5.00 i said OK hehehehhe ! SCORE ! now what do you think i should do with it ?

thanks for looking. Real nice tanks everyone !

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post #28 of 1954 (permalink) Old 01-22-2010, 09:40 PM
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This is my 200 Gal outdoor low tech tank:

- 1 WPG + Sunlight
- Excell only (no co2)
- Simple gravel substrate
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post #29 of 1954 (permalink) Old 01-22-2010, 10:31 PM
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Wow, some really amazing tanks here everyone!!!

Keep them coming!!!

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post #30 of 1954 (permalink) Old 01-23-2010, 01:37 AM
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My 72 gallon paludarium:

Initial set up:


The water section, 7 years later:


The land area 7 years later:


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