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Today 12:16 AM
yrral This is my 17 Gallon Low Tech. Started really low tech with only Anubias. Felt the fish weren't active or happy with minimal coverage.

Last week, added more hardy plants and what a difference. All fish became more active and colors shining through. Dosing Macro Micro Mix, Flourish, Excel with Osmocote +
Yesterday 07:53 PM
bsk no idea what the par is but im sure its pretty low. I don't use any ferts and I haven't done any water changes in 2 months lol all I do is top it off with ro water. substrate is ada aquasoil Amazonia 2 I think. I did start off immersed but filled the tank when 75% of it was filled in. It was no where as thick and lush as it is now. Its been submerged since January and I've never trimmed or did anything other than clean the glass. So far this has been the lowest maintenance planted tank ive had. High lights/ferts/co2 always cause me algae issues so I decided to give this low tech method a try and its working out great so far. This was my first time using monte carlo and I love it. So easy to grow.
04-29-2016 10:39 PM
jcmv4792
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Originally Posted by bsk View Post


Here's my low tech Iwagumi shrimp tank. zero co2 and a weak marine land low wattage led light. I've heard many people say this light is not strong enough to grow any plants.....they were wrong. Foreground plant is monte carlo
That is insane. How do you get such a dense monte carlo carpet in low tech? Do you know what PAR is hitting the carpet?

Do you dose ferts? What substrate?
04-24-2016 08:26 PM
Tessa I redecorated my 8 gallon betta cube just two days ago, so it's a little bare right now, but hopefully the plants will flourish again.

edit: weekly 50% water changes, no CO2 or Excel, sometimes I add a few drops of potassium and once in a blue moon a root tab.

04-22-2016 11:58 PM
b.grueneich Attachment 623217

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Here is a picture of my 55 gallon. Just added the jungle vals in the back, baby tears in the front, and Christmas moss to the wood yesterday.

filter: Eheim Canister
lighting: Finnex planted 24/7 LED
substrate: mix of eco-complete, flourite, and white sandbox sand
ferts: about once a week I dose flourish, root tabs under rooted plants, flourish iron every other month, and flourish excel when I remember (which is about every other day)

plants:
assorted swords
assorted crypts
java fern
water sprite
jungle val (new)
dwarf hairgrass
baby tears (new)
red tiger lotus
anubias "nana petite"
Christmas moss (new)
moneywort

fish:
cory cats
oto cats
one cardinal and one neon tetra (Have been trying to get a school of cardinals but have had little luck. I can't seem to keep them alive.)
malaysian trumpet snails and a few pond snails
04-22-2016 07:28 PM
aquafella
Low Tech Competition Tank

This is my entry tank in the competition her in the PH.

Bump: This is my entry tank in the competition her in the PH.

Bump: This is my entry tank in the competition her in the PH.

Bump: This is my entry tank in the competition her in the PH.
04-22-2016 01:02 AM
aquafella dwarf sag

Bump: My tank from the contest here in the PH..
04-21-2016 10:19 PM
number1sixerfan
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Originally Posted by EVANATOOR77 View Post
Probably water onion or maybe even giant hairgrass.
Thanks! Looks like giant hairgrass it is.
04-21-2016 04:18 PM
EVANATOOR77 Probably water onion or maybe even giant hairgrass.
04-21-2016 03:35 PM
number1sixerfan
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Originally Posted by Wilderman204 View Post
Update on my 55g. Different times of the day with my Finnex 24/7

Around 3pm(peak intensity)

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Amazing looking tank, what are the tall, stem like plants in the back left part of the tank?
04-14-2016 01:25 AM
bsk

Here's my low tech Iwagumi shrimp tank. zero co2 and a weak marine land low wattage led light. I've heard many people say this light is not strong enough to grow any plants.....they were wrong. Foreground plant is monte carlo
04-14-2016 01:13 AM
Moosemoose What a thread!!! I've been reading it for the past week, tons of helpful info and absolutely beautiful tanks. I'll be posting my tank once it gets grown in but just wanted to say wow! at this thread. Just a reminder though, some have stopped posting all the specs and dosing and routines and lights and everything about their tank, that's what really helps the newbies so please continue posting all the info.
04-13-2016 11:23 AM
tapwater A work in progress. Unsure if I qualify. I add liquid CO2 and ferts every morning. Tank about 4-5 months old. Fortunately no issues as yet (touch wood) Busy fiddling in the background. Was told to cover rear of tank with java moss. Got small HG growing the front recently planted

Bump: kinda blurred LOL
04-13-2016 10:43 AM
Aparker2005 Do you guys not run pressurized c02? I'd love for my 125 to look like some of these but I'm only getting brown leaves and melting plants. My 55 was a jungle
04-12-2016 05:04 AM
Mattcosner10 Just rescaped
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