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post #16 of 36 (permalink) Old 09-16-2012, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Updated shot, colours went a bit weird and super saturated but still wanted to post the photo.

This has been such a low maintenance tank so far. No Co2 and barely fertilised once a week (just a few drops of trace). 40% waterchange weekly but the tank is so small that that's less than a full bucket.

My Tank - Low tech just under 50g
Fauna: penguin tetras, angelfish, german blue rams, otos etc.
Flora: Vallisneria, crypts, java fern and anubias nana
My 4g planted nano
Fauna: 3 amano shrimp
Flora: hairgrass, pgostemon helferi, staurogyne repens
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post #18 of 36 (permalink) Old 09-16-2012, 06:55 PM
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Looking great! Is that your hairgrass in the back?
Wow it's long, give it a good timing to promote horizontal growth.
I'm diggin' your layout a lot.


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It's hairgrass in the back, I'm using it for a background plant since the tank is so small. It only has a small area to grow into at the back of the tank, some of it is cut but I left some of it long so that it'll give that vallisneria curtain at the back look.

Thanks for the tip though

My Tank - Low tech just under 50g
Fauna: penguin tetras, angelfish, german blue rams, otos etc.
Flora: Vallisneria, crypts, java fern and anubias nana
My 4g planted nano
Fauna: 3 amano shrimp
Flora: hairgrass, pgostemon helferi, staurogyne repens
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post #20 of 36 (permalink) Old 10-31-2012, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
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Current state of the tank (not the best photo and I do need to clean the glass)



I cannot stress how low maintenance this tank is. Waterchange once a week and that's it. No fertilising beyond a few drops of trace during waterchange and no Co2, haven't even trimmed any plants yet although Im starting to have to think about that.

Everything's growing really slowly but the plants are healthy and the shrimp are fine

My Tank - Low tech just under 50g
Fauna: penguin tetras, angelfish, german blue rams, otos etc.
Flora: Vallisneria, crypts, java fern and anubias nana
My 4g planted nano
Fauna: 3 amano shrimp
Flora: hairgrass, pgostemon helferi, staurogyne repens
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post #21 of 36 (permalink) Old 10-31-2012, 12:43 PM
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sweet nano. is that seiryu stone? go star repens go!


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post #22 of 36 (permalink) Old 10-31-2012, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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It was sold as "Mini Landscape Rock" basically unbranded Seiryu Stone and cheaper but just as good £2.5 per kg instead of close to £7 per kg over here.

I'm really happy with it

My Tank - Low tech just under 50g
Fauna: penguin tetras, angelfish, german blue rams, otos etc.
Flora: Vallisneria, crypts, java fern and anubias nana
My 4g planted nano
Fauna: 3 amano shrimp
Flora: hairgrass, pgostemon helferi, staurogyne repens
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Love this lil' fella!!!!
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post #24 of 36 (permalink) Old 12-06-2012, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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Update, everything is ticking along nicely still:







Bit tempted to add more livestock, I've only got the 3 amano shrimp in there and they're quite often just hidden away in the thicket of plants so I don't see them. At the same time though the tank is really low maintenance and easy to keep and seems to be in a good balance so I should probably just go with the if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

My Tank - Low tech just under 50g
Fauna: penguin tetras, angelfish, german blue rams, otos etc.
Flora: Vallisneria, crypts, java fern and anubias nana
My 4g planted nano
Fauna: 3 amano shrimp
Flora: hairgrass, pgostemon helferi, staurogyne repens
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Great tank! I like the feeling of both balance and solidity from the rocks. Are you using any kind of carbon supplement at all (i.e. excel?)

...It's about time to trim the downoi though, maybe the staurogyne, too.
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...actually, looking at it again, the hairgrass mimicking the shape of the rocks in that latest fts is kind of really cool...
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Wow, awesome little tank. Scape/plant choice is very nice. I really am interested in one of these tanks. That sucks it can't go on a timer. I really like what you did here.
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Thank you!

..and yes it's about time to trim the plants more, I've trimmed a bit of the downoi already but I need to be more aggressive.

I'm not supplementing carbon at all, no excel or Co2 and I'm barely fertilizing either, just a few drops every week with the water change and I don't remember to turn the light on every day either. The tank is next to a window and gets some natural light but that window is sort of in the shade of a wall so doesn't get super sunlight through it or anything.

The plants are growing very slowly but they seem healthy enough and Im not having huge algae problems or anything so I'm quite happy with the tank ticking over super low tech. It's the easiest tank to care for that Ive had so far and I'm really happy with how it looks.

My Tank - Low tech just under 50g
Fauna: penguin tetras, angelfish, german blue rams, otos etc.
Flora: Vallisneria, crypts, java fern and anubias nana
My 4g planted nano
Fauna: 3 amano shrimp
Flora: hairgrass, pgostemon helferi, staurogyne repens
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I think a nice school of Boraras fish would look stunning in this tank. They're small so you could easily have 6 of them in this tank.
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The plants are growing very slowly but they seem healthy enough and Im not having huge algae problems or anything so I'm quite happy with the tank ticking over super low tech. It's the easiest tank to care for that Ive had so far and I'm really happy with how it looks.
Then it seems like you've hit the "sweet spot" that many aquarists dream of. Congratulations!
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