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01-21-2014 10:40 AM
NateBW Update.

06-23-2013 10:06 PM
Kids made a new background for the tank

03-24-2013 01:05 AM
NateBW I'm not really sure where I am going with the aquascaping. I'm mostly trying to figure out what will survive in my low-tech tank right now.....

I'm open to suggestions.

Most recent photo:

Plants: Left to right
Crinum thaianum (water onion)
Vallisneria americana (Jungle Val)
Ceratophyllum submersum (Hornworn)
Hygrophila difformis (Wisteria)

Cryptocoryne wendtii ‘green’,
Microsorium pteropus, (java Fern)
spathiphyllum wallisii (Peace lily)
Anubias nana


~10 Yellow Lyretail mollies
1 black molly
5 neon tetra
6 Endler
4 otocinclus
~8 ghost shrimp

8 random decorations.
03-10-2013 05:43 PM
Rbp917 My kids loved the bubble toys, I was horrified at first, but eventually joined in, they have outgrown it now, but it was fun while it lasted.
03-10-2013 04:25 PM

How many ghost shrimp can you find in this picture?
02-16-2013 11:15 PM
NateBW Short closeup Video:
01-07-2013 09:28 PM
NateBW Well, thanks. I'm trying to build up the left side to match.
01-06-2013 06:52 PM
Bserve That's some nice wisteria!
01-06-2013 06:50 PM
NateBW I rearranged some plants. I need to trim the wisteria again.

12-28-2012 01:52 AM
NateBW Thanks! I didn't even realize the extent of the growth until I went back and looked at the early pictures. Your tanks are fantastic, Ruchit.
12-28-2012 01:38 AM
Ruchit Beautiful tank.. Lush growth of plants in a months time.
12-28-2012 01:28 AM

Same plants.

Livestock -

3 Dwarf gourami
13 neon tetra
3? ghost shrimp

Pruning the Wisteria tonight. Thinking about getting some more Crinum and maybe some Platys..... Not sure.
11-27-2012 03:30 PM
NateBW Thanks. I'm having fun. I''ll look into those.....
11-25-2012 01:30 AM
GMYukonon24s Nice startup! You have some nice plants in there. There are a lot of mosses that are good easy plants. Some of the Rotalas are easy too.
11-25-2012 12:31 AM
My 37 Gallon Low Tech Adventure

Well, I had a 20 gallon tank about 10 years ago. We had Endler's Livebearers, Clown Loaches, and other small fish. Over time I added a few live plants - Java ferns and anacharis, mostly. Then we moved down to Florida from Chicago and gave the tank away. In the meantime, we've had a betta, but that only lasted about 2 years.

Now that my kids are big enough (3 and 5), I've been itching for a bigger a new tank. So here it is, 4 days into a fishless cycle:

(The kids did the background.)

Lighting - 18W X 2 T5HO

2-3 inches of Gravel w/ 25 %fluorite

The plants, so are are the easiest most basic I could find:
  • java Fern - Microsorium pteropus, a couple of different kinds, I think.
  • Cryptocoryne wendtii ‘green’, tiny, on the left
  • Anubias nana, 3 on the right
  • Water Onion - Crinum thaianum, just 1 as an experiment.
  • Water Wisteria - Hygrophila difformis, 4 in the back
I want to get some floating plants too, since it is a tall tank, and some java moss. Not sure after that.

I don't want to do CO2, but may wind up using Flourish Excel. I specifically avoided vals and anacharis, just in case (I'm hoping someone can advise about the Water Onion and sensitivity to Excel).

So that's it. I'll probably post another pic after we get some fish.

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