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02-07-2016 07:59 PM
jemanser [IMG][/IMG]

Here is my 55 gallon low tech aquarium. I found out the hard way that "doing less is more". I have no algae now and have backed off and let nature take its coarse (after years of trial and error). My lighting is a Finnex planted plus 48 inch -suspended 6 inches above the water and the lighting peroid is split( AM/PM 8-9 hours/day total. I do a 25 % water change every 3- 4 weeks and top off with RO as needed. I use root tabs every 2-3 months and 1/2 the recommended dose of flourish comprehensive and KNO3 with water changes every 3 weeks. I feed fish 2x/day. I use iron supplement that I inject in the eco-complete substrate once a month. I change my Fluval cannister filter media ( 304) every 3- 4 months. My plants consist of : Rubin sword, java ferns, Dwarf water lily, Madagascar lace, Creeping Jenny, Crypt Wendtii, narrow leaf chain swords, melon swords, corkscrew vals,Aponofeton crispus,Anubias nana, and ambulia. Fish : glow fish , bristlenose, Oto cats,SAE. Amano shrimp, Nerites and Malaysian drift wood. I do not even need to clean the glass anymore. What joy this hobby has become. Plants make the difference!
02-07-2016 02:48 AM
Tyrone
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Can someone please tell me why my pictures are uploaded as 180 degree rotated?



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02-07-2016 02:33 AM
Fornstar Here's mine. Going through some changes right now. I pulled some Ludgwidia (sp) from the back center and replaced it with something I had in a vase. It grows quick and just got a trim and replant.

Fluval Flora 7.9 gallon
Dual 13watt CFL
Eco-Complete
DIY Osmocote Plus root tabs

I was dosing excel but stopped for a while to see how it goes. Everything is fine, I may start back.



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02-07-2016 12:57 AM
underwater_dream
My first 20G long



Can someone please tell me why my pictures are uploaded as 180 degree rotated?
02-04-2016 07:00 PM
danarl

Well here is my tank
The tank is running for 10 month but the plants are there for a month to 2 weeks
All seem to develop nice and slow.
30 liter tank(6~ gallon)
Low tech with 8 watt of goq led(google if you want to, i really recommend them)
2 white and two yellowish(roughly 6500K. Average.) no co2 no ferts, just light and love[emoji1]
Currently the betta 3 ottos and shrimp. Plan to keep that way as im kinda moving out except weekend so no one is gonna maintenance the aquarium. Waiting for the carpet to grow and spread wich is currently about one new stem(is that the word?) every 5-7 days

If anyone have an ideas to makt that aquarium prettier or more 'natural' im open for hearing

Excuse my bad English and spelling mistakes as I am from a foreign country
02-04-2016 04:49 PM
Wilderman204 55 gallon
48" Finnex 24/7
Mineralized topsoil, my take on the Aaron Barr method. Capped with flourite black sand.
Hamburg Mat Filter planted with moss, anubias, and ferns
Mixed crypts
Dwarf sag
Giant hair grass
Nymphaea rubra
Brazilian pennywort
Hydrophilia augustifolia
Red Rubin sword
Mixed bucephalandra
Cardinal plant
Trying some bacopa
Large colony of Flag Killifish(Jordanella Floridae)
4 Thiara Cancellata( hairy trumpet snail)
Lots of pond and ramshorn snails
02-03-2016 10:16 PM
Kylesaltandpepper
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Kylesaltandpepper--what did you do to combat the bga?
I first removed as much algae as I could manually then added chemiclean and continued the treatment for about a week.
02-03-2016 05:50 AM
ibebian
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Originally Posted by crusht View Post
This regular 10g tank will be hitting the 3 month mark in a few days. Very happy with it. Two 6500K 8-10 watt led bulbs on there. Plants as far as I know are Bacopa, crypts, rotala indica, rotala wallichii, Hygrophila, Alternanthera Reineckii and some Marsilea sp. Had some green spot algae on plants that went away after I changed to these bulbs and this fuzzy algae that was allover the rotala wallichii went away overnight and I dont know why... Still get some algae on the glass but not so much any more.

I was dosing Excel daily and Flourish+Iron once a week but I have cut down on those in the last 2 weeks and it seems to work even better. Eco complete substrate and cheap internal filter.
The reds look fantastic and without CO2, yah? How are the rotala wallichii doing, are they staying pink? I am considering adding wallichii, but it is always billed as a moderate/high light and CO2 plant. I would love to be able to grow it with excel and iron ferts.
02-03-2016 05:41 AM
Neatfish My spec II, Don't have a filter or heater only light is from a lamp at night. I'm not even sure how these plants are even growing.
02-03-2016 03:49 AM
lake985 Kylesaltandpepper--what did you do to combat the bga?
02-03-2016 03:06 AM
Kylesaltandpepper This is my 55g 48 by 12 by 18 low tech aquarium. I've had it for two years, but went through a bga battle for about a year when transitioning it to a planted tank. This tank recovered from bga about a month ago, so it's kind of "new". My plants mostly died from before, but now the ones which survived are doing better. I don't have many fish since they either died or got sold away.


Flora:
Tons of java fern
Sagittaria subulata
cryptocoryne willisii
some type of amazon sword
rotala rotundifolia
ludwigia repens
anubias barteri
More to come

Fauna:
Black skirt tetra
kribensis
soon:
GBR
angelfish
school of rummynose

Stuff:
48 inch Beamswork 3300 raised 4 inches from surface
no CO2
aquaclear 70
some top fin or tetra heater
plain gravel
malaysian driftwood from another country

ferts:
oscomote plus tabs
fish food and poop

Ei dosing:
I'm still figuring out the best amounts but for now,
1/32 tsp potassium phosphate
1/32 tsp plantex csm+b
1/8 tsp potassium nitrate
40% water change every week

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I'm thinking about adding DIY co2 for a few months to get the rotala and ludwigia lush faster. I'm just worried about ph swings and getting it to be off at night.
02-02-2016 08:16 PM
Oracus Tank noob with 2 month old planted 10g
Excel and Flourish
DIY LED hood
No co2 yet
02-02-2016 04:57 PM
rushb17 My two month old first planted tank ever also new to the hobby
55 gal.
Lighting just a shop light with P/A he bulbs two 48" odno
Plants water lily
Apostrgomen I think is the name.
Lame excuse for dwarf hair grass
Several others that I forgot the names of lol
Fish
2 bala shark
1 red tail shark
14 mail standard guppies.
6 turquoise rainbows
2 platies
2 Mollys
1pleco
Several leopard danios
Two gliw danios
02-02-2016 01:33 AM
paradunga
Low Tech Tank Show-and-Tell (low tech can be lush, too! =)

My low tech non co2 / excel:

90gal
Light: 3 x 18w tubular led lamps ( 1 6500k and 2 4000k)
Filters: Jebo 839 canister an AC 50.
Inert substrate
Fertilization: Flourish 5 ml 1 x week
WC: 1 x week 10%
Ph: 6,6
Temp: 27
Kh and gh : very soft water

Plants:
Higrophila corymbosa
Higrophila rio
Anubias nana
Java fern
New added Java moss
Cripto wendti
Bacopa
Alternanthera

Fauna:
14 rodostomus
16 neon cardinal
5 corydoras sp
4 corydoras schwartzi
1 corydora sterbai ( 8 years old)
1 apistograma cacatuoides
2 dwarf rainbow fish
1 red tailed shark
6 otocinclus

Best!







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02-01-2016 06:13 PM
Tessa
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Nice tank, Tessa!
Thank you! For some reason I have never been able to grow any stem plants (even the supposedly easiest ones), that's why I mostly stick with ferns and crypts.
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