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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-01-2016, 02:24 AM Thread Starter
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48 Gallon Low-tech

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Started up a new low-tech tank about 1.5 months ago. This time I wanted to try one with a low growing carpet so I chose a few types to see which ones would work.

- ADA 90p(48 gallons)
- Mixed aquasoil(Up aqua sand, brightwell aquatics florinvolcanit)
- Eheim 2217
- nano koralia 240
- current satellite+ pro


Flora
- Hemianthus glomeratus
- Rotala rotundifolia
- Ludwigia repens x arcuata
- Alternanthera Reineckii mini
- Cryptocoryne becketti "petchii"
- Hydrocotyle tripartita Japan
- Staurogyne repens
- Micranthemum 'monte carlo'
- Anubias nana petite
- Anubias pangolino
- bucephalandra varieties
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Wave moss loxogramme Sp.
- Ranunculus inundatus
- Windelov java fern

Fauna
- Amano shrimp
- red cherry shrimp
- neon tetra
- harlequin rasbora
- espei rasbora
- nerite snail
- pest snails(ramshorn, pond)

Bump: First day(and several days after)







Bump: Around this time I decided to take out the glossostigma since it wasn't spreading for me and instead growing vertically so I moved all the stauro to one side and decided to fill the space behind the monte carlo with more ranunculus.

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Awesome tank, really admirable! You seem to have a mix of harlequin and espei rasbora, similar but not the same.
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And around two weeks before I took out the stem plants in the back and cut them in half. The old growth wasn't looking very nice. Need to grow it out again



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Awesome tank, really admirable! You seem to have a mix of harlequin and espei rasbora, similar but not the same.
You are correct, I forgot to add them. Thanks for the reminder.
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I love your tank and jealous over your driftwood. You gave me an inspiration to set up mine ☺
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I love your tank and jealous over your driftwood. You gave me an inspiration to set up mine ☺
Thanks OVT. It's manzanita
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This is a beautiful tank.

What (if anything) is your dosing?
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This is a beautiful tank.

What (if anything) is your dosing?
Thanks. I am dosing thrive from nilocg. It's a liquid pump bottle based on the EI method. I dose about 1/3 of that and do weekly 50% water changes... but from now on I will be slowly cutting back on the ferts until I see deficiencies.
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Wow...beautiful!
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About two months in the monte carlo is filling in steadily.

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Gorgeous!

Bump: Also, what kind of buces are those? I'm sorry if you've already posted the answer...I'm at work and don't have time to fully read everything...lol

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Gorgeous!

Bump: Also, what kind of buces are those? I'm sorry if you've already posted the answer...I'm at work and don't have time to fully read everything...lol

Bump: Also, what kind of buces are those? I'm sorry if you've already posted the answer...I'm at work and don't have time to fully read everything...lol
Sorry Steve, I'm not sure. I got them in a random buce package.

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Bump: Also, what kind of buces are those? I'm sorry if you've already posted the answer...I'm at work and don't have time to fully read everything...lol

Bump: Also, what kind of buces are those? I'm sorry if you've already posted the answer...I'm at work and don't have time to fully read everything...lol
Sorry Steve, I'm not sure. I got them in a random buce package.
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Stem plants finally grew back after the replanting. Also reduced stocking level by half(gave some neon tetras to my cousin)...thinking of adding some otos in here.







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Now the stems need a trim! Then they should branch out and get more bushy. Crazy how this tank is low-tech.


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Now the stems need a trim! Then they should branch out and get more bushy. Crazy how this tank is low-tech.


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I've never done a "real" trimming before. Should I shape the stems like mounds or a slope or just cut it straight across?
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I've never done a "real" trimming before. Should I shape the stems like mounds or a slope or just cut it straight across?


A straight trimming should be fine, unless you want a particular shape from the bush.


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