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|10-25-2016 11:55 PM|
Originally Posted by IntotheWRX View Post
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|10-22-2016 06:37 PM|
I actually just joined this forum today, but I have been lurking for months since I started my first tank. I think I read almost this entire thread getting great ideas of what can be done with a low tech set up, and I wanted to share what my tank started out as, and what it looks like today. My family had fish tanks growing up, but until this year I hadn't even thought about keeping a fish tank for probably a decade. Heres the first tank I can call my own.
20 gallon high
The only filter is an HOB Aquaclear 50, just sponge and filter media.
I do weekly to biweekly water changes (20-33%), but I mostly stopped measuring anything quite a while ago, and I wonder if I can drop this down to just once every other week or less.
Very sporadic trace fertilizer (maybe once every other week or once a month flourish trace) but no other fertilizers, no CO2, etc.
The light is a finnex stingray I believe.
I have one sunset gourami (I think is the name of it), 6 neon tetras, 5 panda cories, 3 otos, and 7 red cherry shrimp. The ottos and red cherry shrimp are new additions this week, as I was hoping they would help out with the algae a little bit.
This is the tank a few weeks after I started it
Here it is today
It has been a mixed bag sometimes; I struggled with algae quite a bit at the beginning, and still have some I have to deal with. I also lost two banana plants and I'm still not sure why. I was hoping they would take up some of the vertical space of the aquarium when they grew, but instead they just fizzled out. The smaller crypto wendetti (sp?) also used to be much larger, died back, and now seems to be recovering again. I also was hoping the anubia on the right would drop up the log, but instead is just growing straight out into the tank. Think I could remove it from the driftwood and rotate it 180 so it would grow up instead of out?
Thanks for looking or any comments/suggestions!
|10-19-2016 08:52 PM|
|10-19-2016 07:05 PM|
|10-05-2016 12:52 PM|
|Coops||My tank : )|
|10-03-2016 01:07 PM|
Low tech and low cost
Plant: Cryptocoryne lucens and wendtii, Round Pellia, Bacopa Caroliniana, Microsorum Windelov, Riccia fluitans, Cladophora, Helantium bolivianum, christmas moss, Anubias
Fish: 7 rasbore, 10 Amandae, 3 barbus tetrazone, corydoras and red cherry.
Tank PetCompany at the supermarket: (there was both the inner filter with the pump, the heater, the lid with the light, but I changed all)
volcanic lapilli: readily available in garden centers, it serves little, so it will be useful for many other productions
river sand (bag 25 kg I think)
Little Pump: 300l/h 2 watt
Sponge: a little
2T5 ceiling lamp 24w
Fertilizing with PMDD
Aquarium energy cost to month: about 4.20 $
PS: excuse my bad English, are Italian
|10-01-2016 07:34 PM|
Originally Posted by Tessa View Post
|10-01-2016 07:15 PM|
Originally Posted by number1sixerfan View Post
Lil late on the answer, but yes that is Giant hairgrass. Eleocharis montevidensis
|09-30-2016 04:34 PM|
|09-30-2016 04:27 PM|
|chale||Here's my 75 gallon corner overflow after planting. Running 4 bulb Odyssea T5 lighting, only using 3 bulbs though. Dosing is per Tom Barr's guidelines for low tech tanks and no water changes.|
|09-28-2016 03:23 AM|
Originally Posted by Aparker2005 View Post
|09-28-2016 03:11 AM|
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|09-28-2016 03:09 AM|
This is my 75 gallon low tech soil tank.
I'm running four T8's (two 6500k two 2700k) for two 4 hour periods.
Substrate: un-mineralized top soil w/ Sp. peat moss, yard dirt, cat litter soaked in garden lime and red pottery clay capped with black beauty blast sand.
Filter: Eheim knock-off Canister filter with the usual media and Purigen.
You can't really see it but I have a Mopani wood hardscape. The unexpected growth quickly consumed the wood but it has provided a planting medium for Java Fern and has created subtle accents and caves for the shrimp and ropefish.
Right now I have some Angel fish quickly outgrowing the tank, a ropefish, wild caught grass shrimp, various tetras and guppies from other tanks. I plan to relocate some fish and get it down to a couple angels and the rope fish, neons and shrimp, now that the tank has grown out.
Flora: Argentine Sword, L. Repens, Alternanthera reineckii 'lilacina', Ludwigia repens x L. arcuata, Sagittaria, Temple plant, Crypt Parva, Wentii Bronze and green, Bacopa, Rotala -?, Wisteria, Java Fern, Java Moss, S. Repens, Amazon Sword, Vesuvius Sword, and another plant that I still have to identify.
I use Excel and Osmocote + diy root tabs.
This tank was alot of fun and I learned a lot from the experience. This is my first real planted tank and I started it in the beginning of the summer. The first attempt didn't go well and I tore it down and tried a better DIY soil the second time around. Thanks for looking
|09-26-2016 08:40 AM|
Originally Posted by Karackle View Post
|09-25-2016 08:38 AM|
|SeeF1L||Hello, I must say that this is an impressive, awesome, and inspiring thread. The creativity and differences have opened my mind. I knew I wanted to do a planted tank, but these ideas blew mine "out of the water". Literally, I love the plants and aquascape coming out of the water. I will be doing a 60g soon and I will post pictures (Here is the thread). Great job for all that posted!! I'll keep you all posted.|
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