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Today 05:25 AM
redavalanche Started with 1 plant. Never intended to be planted. Now almost a year later and I got this mess.
Light is a Stingray, too little for a 37G. Been doing Flourish Comprehensive 2x week.
Now started some Macros and a little Excel. This tank grows brown algae like crazy. This is the clean version pic.
You can see holes in leaves, ripped looking leaves, yellow skeleton leaves, BGA remnant leaves, everything you never wanted.
Yesterday 08:50 PM
solchitlins I had a 120g., it broke, downsized to two 40 gal breeder tanks.
I'm currently shopping for another large tank so I can combine these back together again :-)

top 2 pics are from same tank, 40 breeder, sand over dirt, cheap t5 lighting, no ferts or chemicals. Low maintenance. Stock= 6 rosy barbs and 6 Odessa barbs
Bottom tank is mostly plants tied to wood, t8 lights no chemicals or ferts, stock=8 congo tetras
Yesterday 08:50 PM
HDBenson @Tihsho.. bc I can. But seriously, just as one of those experiments to see what happens, etc. Plus, why do emersed when you can do submerged and cut out the drastic transition? It also makes a convenient laboratory for trying out new stuff before going into a display. And, I only have one display right now so, I need something to play with... boys and toys ya know?
Yesterday 08:05 PM
Tihsho @aquafella when I saw that blue trim on your tank it took me back to when I was a kid living overseas in Manila for a couple years, then I saw your location! Is the blue trim company specific over there? I use to have the tank here in the US then one day the bottom pane gaveway during a scape change.
@HDBenson, why have a 10 gallon submersed farm? Why not go emersed?
Yesterday 07:48 PM
HDBenson @aquafella:

I've recently downsized to this display and a 10g farm tank:

Yesterday 06:03 PM
Hey HDBenson

Originally Posted by HDBenson View Post
Good job @auquafella! Looks like you finally got everything reigned in! Beautiful tank!
It's been's your tank doing? I have another tank that is so challenging. I'm aiming for iwagumi set up with HC as carpet plant. I'm currently doing a drystart method then will flood it after a month or two, this hobby is so addicting. I have lowtech and hightech tanks now..
10-08-2015 07:24 PM
HDBenson Good job @auquafella! Looks like you finally got everything reigned in! Beautiful tank!
10-08-2015 02:15 PM
Update: 10 months and counting

Started excell for a month then let nature take its course, now its unstoppable..
10-08-2015 04:09 AM
doylecolmdoyle Here is my first ever fish tank pretty sure its 10g (900mm long 230mm wide x 250mm tall, These photos are from when i first filled it, I need to get some better photos of the plants I have since added, I have put in some hair grass and Glosso (I think I didnt pay to much attention to what I was buying) Also I dont know how much light my tank is getting, perhaps too much as I am starting to get some hair algae and the plants are growing fairly fast. I am thinking of getting a mini Co2 setup to try get some good ground coverage.

Added some Rummy nose Tetras and a bronze catfish, need to get a few more catfish to keep this one company.

I have not tested the water yet or added any additives, going to test tonight and hopefully get everything i need to keep the water under control on the weekend (along with more fish!)
09-30-2015 12:30 AM
Originally Posted by wootlaws View Post
20G long shrimp tank
wow thats some thick moss!
09-29-2015 11:24 PM
wootlaws 20G long shrimp tank
09-11-2015 05:48 PM
Vic4UF Early stages.
09-11-2015 04:45 AM
Originally Posted by FishEnthusiast98 View Post
Your tank is inspirational to me. I love the looks of those crypts! What crypts do you have in there? Wendtii?
Thanks. I think they are Wendtii. They are commonly available in LFS in Australia as "assorted crypts" in terracotta pots.

Originally Posted by jcmv4792 View Post
Love how this looks.. It's like one of those ADA scapes.

What exactly is the substrate and type of plants?
Thanks also. Substrate is sand with root tabs and osmocote. Full tank thread is here. The majority of the plants are crypts, the clover looking one is hydrocotyle.
09-10-2015 09:18 AM
Originally Posted by drink View Post
This thread inspired me to go low tech.

Root tabs and osmocte in substrate. Dose weekly with K, P and glut. Low light, 5 hours a day. Growth is slow but I wanted that.

Love how this looks.. It's like one of those ADA scapes.

What exactly is the substrate and type of plants?
09-10-2015 01:18 AM
Originally Posted by tanganyikatapwaterman View Post
Its 5ft 105gal real water 85gal tank.

A question is how often must make wch in first 4-6weeks ?
It really depends on your fish load. With the El-Natural method some only do water changes yearly. Diana Walstad, whom started El Natural, uses UV Sterilizer.

Amazed at you work at planting. Might be easier with tweezers in the future.
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