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Today 05:12 PM
abhinaba Awesome!!
Do you have a journal or someting with the details of this tank?

Originally Posted by Alastair-T View Post
Attachment 54017

This is my very low tech almost zero maintenance set up.
260 litres
No water changes just top ups every other day
Fluval 306 on half flow
Occasional bit of ferts if ever see deficiencies in the rip plants.
Dirt substrate with some Ada Amazonia and columbo florabase as a cap

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Today 04:05 PM
Originally Posted by DavidZ View Post
Looks like some people do not dose anything, with low water changes, and also a high load.
Can anyone go trough this process?
Hi, I'm working on setting up my first tank and going low tech, very low maintenance and these articles were a big help to understand how a fish tank works and understand low tech, low maintenance approach. The idea is a balanced system where the plants take care of the fish and fish/food take care of the plants with the correct amount of low lighting and photoperiod. No to little water changes, just top of the water as needed and little dosing of trace elements. Getting the balance right between plants and fish seems to be the tricky part.

I'm still trying to figure out what are ferts versus trace elements. Some of these articles mention dosing but one say ferts, another say trace elements for fish and they seem the same to me. Lot of conflicting information.
Yesterday 09:21 PM
DavidZ Looks like some people do not dose anything, with low water changes, and also a high load.
Can anyone go trough this process?
Yesterday 06:54 PM
shloken38'll be fine dosing the 1mL. You would want to be careful with Excel if you had inverts in there. Comprehensive is ok.
Yesterday 01:16 PM
DavidZ Amazing setups !!!!
Yesterday 03:45 AM
aquafella Thanks for answering my questions guys..i really appreciate tank is a 9.4 gallon tank to be exact and I bought a 3ml syringe and it has measurements from I'll probably dose my plants 1ml or it ok if I overdose Flourish Comp a little? Example for a 10 gallon tank the dosage is 1ml can I do that even if i only have a 9.4 gallon tank? Or do I have to dose .9ml for my 9.4 gallon tank?
Yesterday 12:45 AM
pink4miss low tech
04-16-2015 06:21 PM
Originally Posted by mattjm20 View Post
I have no idea how anybody achieves this without the use of CO2. I cannot get stem plants to grow in my low tech like this for the life of me...
Low tech tanks are funky Matt. All of my tanks are low tech. While they are all growing plants, some will grow certain types of plants but not others, and another tank will grow the opposite. But I have noticed that low tech tanks get to a point where they are nicely established, and they will grow what they will grow. You just have to figure out what that particular tank "likes" (haha). I have a tank that will grow "moderate" level plants, but kills off easy plants like hornwort. Go figure.....
04-16-2015 06:06 PM
Originally Posted by aquafella View Post
I have another quick question?? In the bottle of Flourish Comp it says that dosing is 5ml for every 60 galloons..I have a 5 gallon tank, how much should I dose then?
About 1/2 ml (.41666666 to be exact). 1/2 ml should be fine though.
04-16-2015 10:11 AM
Raymond S. aquafella

That is only Micro ferts.
But e-bay sells plastic Pipettes for cheap. I found the 1 ml kind but they are not there sometimes. I use 1 ml for my 10g tank. Mostly just once right after the water change each week. But with lots of plants two would be better a few days apart.
04-16-2015 03:09 AM
aquafella I have another quick question?? In the bottle of Flourish Comp it says that dosing is 5ml for every 60 galloons..I have a 5 gallon tank, how much should I dose then?
04-16-2015 02:54 AM
More New Plants

I have added some new plants in my low tech tank..
Plants: Java Fern, Java Moss, Hairgrass, Pygmy Chain, Dwarf Sag, Amazon Sword, Anacharis, Rotala Something, Hygro Something, Sword Plant..
New Plants: Hydrocotyle Tripartita, Dwarf Sunset Hygro, Ludwigia repens, more Hairgrass and more Dwarf Sag..
Pets: 20 Adult Red Cherries 20+ Red Cherry Shrimplets and more to come, 1 Male Platinum Guppy, Snails, Leeches..(will be adding 5 Neon Tetras later)
Substrate: Gravel topped with Ista Soil
Filtration: Venusaqua Slim HOB 380L/H
Ferts: Flourish Excel 2.5ml every other day (will be dosing Flourish Comp once a week)
Light: Window sunlight and a red and white led strip light 8 hrs a day..
04-14-2015 02:45 AM
philipraposo1982 If you refer to this video of my tank from a couple of months ago I have a list posted in the description. There are some changes that was made since then, they are:

Hygro compact
Hygro pinnitifida
Val nana tiger
All floating plants

Crypt aponogetifolia morco
Crypt cordata var garbowski
aponogeton boivinianus
Madagascar lace
The real amazon swords (about 10 baby plants)

Proper identification:
Thought to be amazon sword is actually
echinodorus uruguayensis, its the plant under the driftwood on the right side. Thin leaves.
04-14-2015 02:34 AM
chris.rivera3 what's your plant list in this tank?

Originally Posted by philipraposo1982 View Post
Just over a year old. If you guys want any info just ask

04-14-2015 02:28 AM
Originally Posted by Mr.Table View Post
The watt per gallon rule apply for Compact fluorescent, it doesn't apply to LED. However if it a low output LED then it should be fine for low light plants like Java fern or Anubias.
Thanks for the I know that the 1 watt per gallon rule only applies to compact flourescent..thanks for enlightening what should be the rule for led bulbs then??
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