Here are my two low tech tanks. Basic filtering and 1 of 2 tanks has a heater, both are lit by a 10 watt fluorescent light.. . The above tank has 1 Betta, 1 albino Cory and about 7 grass shrimp. Just added lighting and a 7.5 watt heater. Plants are water wisteria, dwarf hair grass, and some random spiked plant in front of the geode. Has been without proper light and heat until today. Dosing with liquid co2, flourish liquid frets, root tabs, and flora max substrate tank has lived for about 6 months with one complete water change and 2 partials. Recently replanted with flora max 2 days ago
Here is the second tank. Same frets and liquid
Carbon as the first tank, about 8-9 ghost shrimp, Anubis, java fern, cryptocern, anarcharin or whatever they are called floating. Crypts are experiencing melt due to recent replanting . Also there are 3 white cloud minnows.
On the heater directions it says not to keep near AC, heat, or light sources. But if most aquariums have lights, how do you not have a light on the tank that has the heater? Here is the light and heater I have . That is my bowl where i throw spare plants and whatnot. And this is my finances tank, I set it up, and every fish we've had (2 so far) died. It was cleaned before both fish, uses the same water as my other tanks, and water parameters are fine. Going to tear it down and make another planted tank. I guess fish don't like plastic plants... and my cat, cuddling with his little panda