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Today 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.
Yesterday 03:49 PM
Karackle
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Originally Posted by doylecolmdoyle View Post
Just planted this 30cm Cube, this is my first real low tech tank, I have two high tech tanks, will be interesting to see how this grows!

Tank looks great! But I have to warn you, if you are used to high tech (super fast growth) it is probably going to seem like this tank is not growing at all to you. You must have patience. In 6 months take a picture and compare it to this one and you will see just how much your tank has grown. Low tech takes patience because the plants grow much slower. I am only giving you this warning because I have seen people used to high tech get frustrated and give up on their low tech tanks in a matter of weeks because of the slow growth. I say just enjoy the relatively much lower maintenance and let the tank alone
09-16-2016 01:09 PM
straha20 This is my 20L low light, low tech tank finally and fully planted. The red tiger lotus has been in there for six days now, and aside from a slight melting on the larger leaves, it has already produced two new leaves, with another popping up.

Light is a finnex stingray with ADA aquasoil substrate

09-15-2016 08:14 PM
HaeSuse
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Originally Posted by AquaHobbyist View Post
(Can't identify the two tall plants behind the wood and to the right side of the tank. Easy, fast growing plant - if anyone can ID that would be great!)
Rotala of some sort or another.
09-15-2016 03:47 PM
Aparker2005 I think I've asked in here before, but is anyone in here running a finnex 24/7 on the 24/7 cycle with good results?

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09-15-2016 01:31 AM
firegreencurry
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Wow!! What have you been dosing to get that plant red? Any Co2 additive?
Great question!!! I have been curious about this myself. As I learned more about the planted tank world, I realized red plants generally don't do well in low tech tanks. I learned this firsthand when I bought some red ludwigia from my LFS. The guy told me he didn't think they'd do well without CO2 and he was right. They died a few weeks later. I did use some CO2 supplementation (off brand excel) early on, but I haven't been able to afford any of that for months and these plants still do very well. I only recently started fertilizing because of obvious deficiencies in my plants (yellowing and holes). The only thing I've been somewhat consistent about is Flourish trace. However, I've given these plants to two friends with low tech tanks and they didn't have any success whatsoever.

So to answer your question, these plants have been staying bright red with very minimal nutrients. Since I only recently started supplementing, my nitrates are barely registering when I do water tests. As you can tell, my Finnex is fairly bright for a low tank at this depth (initially caused me a lot of algea problems). But I really have no idea. Could it be something to do with the light?

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09-15-2016 01:12 AM
Hilde
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My low tech 40 gallon breeder. Still needs a lot of work. I just got some ferts in the mail. Running a Finnex planted plus and E-Heim 2213.

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Wow!! What have you been dosing to get that plant red? Any Co2 additive?
09-15-2016 01:11 AM
doylecolmdoyle Just planted this 30cm Cube, this is my first real low tech tank, I have two high tech tanks, will be interesting to see how this grows!

09-15-2016 12:38 AM
Redneck tenner
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Originally Posted by firegreencurry View Post
I looked up cardamine and another plant that came up was Brazilian pennywort. Mine kind of looks like this. http://bobstropicalplants.com/galler.../Pennywort.JPG

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Ill hit you up for some cuttings lol

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09-14-2016 08:33 PM
firegreencurry
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The first one may be cardmine. Google it and see

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I looked up cardamine and another plant that came up was Brazilian pennywort. Mine kind of looks like this. http://bobstropicalplants.com/galler.../Pennywort.JPG

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09-14-2016 06:59 PM
Redneck tenner
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I believe it is some type of pennywort. It grows kind of like a vine with lilly pads which reach the surface

Also, I have another intereating plant floating on the surface. I am not 100% sure about it, but I think it's an invasive marsh species called alligator weed. About a year ago I went exploring for aquatic plants at a nature preserve near where I live in Louisiana and it was particularly abundant. It doesn't grow anything like it did in the wild and seems to have adapted to my tank. I just float it on top and after many months it has started growing some small leaves from the top and in the middle of the vine.



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The first one may be cardmine. Google it and see

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09-14-2016 06:42 PM
firegreencurry
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Originally Posted by Redneck tenner View Post
Whats the plant on left side running horizontal from left to right in water column

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I believe it is some type of pennywort. It grows kind of like a vine with lilly pads which reach the surface

Also, I have another intereating plant floating on the surface. I am not 100% sure about it, but I think it's an invasive marsh species called alligator weed. About a year ago I went exploring for aquatic plants at a nature preserve near where I live in Louisiana and it was particularly abundant. It doesn't grow anything like it did in the wild and seems to have adapted to my tank. I just float it on top and after many months it has started growing some small leaves from the top and in the middle of the vine.



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09-14-2016 06:28 PM
Redneck tenner Whats the plant on left side running horizontal from left to right in water column

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09-14-2016 06:22 PM
firegreencurry
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Very nice tank. You should be proud

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Thanks!

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09-14-2016 06:14 PM
Redneck tenner
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I just measured. It's about 17 inches. But I keep my water at about 15-15.5 inches usually. And the light sits at about 18 inches up from the bottom.

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Very nice tank. You should be proud

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