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Yesterday 04:46 AM
Originally Posted by Neatfish View Post
Looks like a gator.
Yesterday 02:54 AM
Originally Posted by Shcrimp View Post
Story of my life
Found the cord to the light now watch the plants not grow.

Added some driftwood from my other tank and more plants

Yesterday 02:18 AM
Originally Posted by Neatfish View Post
I'm not even sure how these plants are even growing.
Story of my life
02-09-2016 04:16 PM
02-07-2016 07:59 PM

Here is my 55 gallon low tech aquarium. I found out the hard way that "doing less is more". I have no algae now and have backed off and let nature take its coarse (after years of trial and error). My lighting is a Finnex planted plus 48 inch -suspended 6 inches above the water and the lighting peroid is split( AM/PM 8-9 hours/day total. I do a 25 % water change every 3- 4 weeks and top off with RO as needed. I use root tabs every 2-3 months and 1/2 the recommended dose of flourish comprehensive and KNO3 with water changes every 3 weeks. I feed fish 2x/day. I use iron supplement that I inject in the eco-complete substrate once a month. I change my Fluval cannister filter media ( 304) every 3- 4 months. My plants consist of : Rubin sword, java ferns, Dwarf water lily, Madagascar lace, Creeping Jenny, Crypt Wendtii, narrow leaf chain swords, melon swords, corkscrew vals,Aponofeton crispus,Anubias nana, and ambulia. Fish : glow fish , bristlenose, Oto cats,SAE. Amano shrimp, Nerites and Malaysian drift wood. I do not even need to clean the glass anymore. What joy this hobby has become. Plants make the difference!
02-07-2016 02:48 AM
Originally Posted by underwater_dream View Post

Can someone please tell me why my pictures are uploaded as 180 degree rotated?

Here you go.

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02-07-2016 02:33 AM
Fornstar Here's mine. Going through some changes right now. I pulled some Ludgwidia (sp) from the back center and replaced it with something I had in a vase. It grows quick and just got a trim and replant.

Fluval Flora 7.9 gallon
Dual 13watt CFL
DIY Osmocote Plus root tabs

I was dosing excel but stopped for a while to see how it goes. Everything is fine, I may start back.


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02-07-2016 12:57 AM
My first 20G long

Can someone please tell me why my pictures are uploaded as 180 degree rotated?
02-04-2016 07:00 PM

Well here is my tank
The tank is running for 10 month but the plants are there for a month to 2 weeks
All seem to develop nice and slow.
30 liter tank(6~ gallon)
Low tech with 8 watt of goq led(google if you want to, i really recommend them)
2 white and two yellowish(roughly 6500K. Average.) no co2 no ferts, just light and love[emoji1]
Currently the betta 3 ottos and shrimp. Plan to keep that way as im kinda moving out except weekend so no one is gonna maintenance the aquarium. Waiting for the carpet to grow and spread wich is currently about one new stem(is that the word?) every 5-7 days

If anyone have an ideas to makt that aquarium prettier or more 'natural' im open for hearing

Excuse my bad English and spelling mistakes as I am from a foreign country
02-04-2016 04:49 PM
Wilderman204 55 gallon
48" Finnex 24/7
Mineralized topsoil, my take on the Aaron Barr method. Capped with flourite black sand.
Hamburg Mat Filter planted with moss, anubias, and ferns
Mixed crypts
Dwarf sag
Giant hair grass
Nymphaea rubra
Brazilian pennywort
Hydrophilia augustifolia
Red Rubin sword
Mixed bucephalandra
Cardinal plant
Trying some bacopa
Large colony of Flag Killifish(Jordanella Floridae)
4 Thiara Cancellata( hairy trumpet snail)
Lots of pond and ramshorn snails
02-03-2016 10:16 PM
Originally Posted by lake985 View Post
Kylesaltandpepper--what did you do to combat the bga?
I first removed as much algae as I could manually then added chemiclean and continued the treatment for about a week.
02-03-2016 05:50 AM
Originally Posted by crusht View Post
This regular 10g tank will be hitting the 3 month mark in a few days. Very happy with it. Two 6500K 8-10 watt led bulbs on there. Plants as far as I know are Bacopa, crypts, rotala indica, rotala wallichii, Hygrophila, Alternanthera Reineckii and some Marsilea sp. Had some green spot algae on plants that went away after I changed to these bulbs and this fuzzy algae that was allover the rotala wallichii went away overnight and I dont know why... Still get some algae on the glass but not so much any more.

I was dosing Excel daily and Flourish+Iron once a week but I have cut down on those in the last 2 weeks and it seems to work even better. Eco complete substrate and cheap internal filter.
The reds look fantastic and without CO2, yah? How are the rotala wallichii doing, are they staying pink? I am considering adding wallichii, but it is always billed as a moderate/high light and CO2 plant. I would love to be able to grow it with excel and iron ferts.
02-03-2016 05:41 AM
Neatfish My spec II, Don't have a filter or heater only light is from a lamp at night. I'm not even sure how these plants are even growing.
02-03-2016 03:49 AM
lake985 Kylesaltandpepper--what did you do to combat the bga?
02-03-2016 03:06 AM
Kylesaltandpepper This is my 55g 48 by 12 by 18 low tech aquarium. I've had it for two years, but went through a bga battle for about a year when transitioning it to a planted tank. This tank recovered from bga about a month ago, so it's kind of "new". My plants mostly died from before, but now the ones which survived are doing better. I don't have many fish since they either died or got sold away.

Tons of java fern
Sagittaria subulata
cryptocoryne willisii
some type of amazon sword
rotala rotundifolia
ludwigia repens
anubias barteri
More to come

Black skirt tetra
school of rummynose

48 inch Beamswork 3300 raised 4 inches from surface
no CO2
aquaclear 70
some top fin or tetra heater
plain gravel
malaysian driftwood from another country

oscomote plus tabs
fish food and poop

Ei dosing:
I'm still figuring out the best amounts but for now,
1/32 tsp potassium phosphate
1/32 tsp plantex csm+b
1/8 tsp potassium nitrate
40% water change every week

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I'm thinking about adding DIY co2 for a few months to get the rotala and ludwigia lush faster. I'm just worried about ph swings and getting it to be off at night.
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