The Planted Tank Forum - Reply to Topic
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > General Planted Tank Forums > Low Tech Forum > Steps

Thread: Steps Reply to Thread
Title:
  
Message:
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Topic Review (Newest First)
01-09-2013 04:53 AM
Django A YouTube video about Walstad's method.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...57316858,d.cWE
01-09-2013 04:36 AM
Colorblizzle Maybe. Ill keep looking on occasion tho. I do want that book
01-09-2013 04:34 AM
Django Yep, you're right. I don't know how that happened. It's a good coffee table book so maybe it's the season.
01-09-2013 04:07 AM
Colorblizzle Cheapest I saw it on amazon was $65
01-09-2013 04:01 AM
Django
Quote:
Originally Posted by amberoze View Post
Look for a book called ecology of the planted aquarium by Diana walstad. Tells you everything. But basically, if you plant heavily enough with fast growing plants from the start, you can add fish within minutes. And it's completely safe.

Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
Try at Amazon - that's where I bought mine. I planted my 10 gallon heavily with fast-growing plants relying on stem plants and bought seven Pristella Tetras. I think you have found a good place for answers here.
01-07-2013 04:58 PM
Colorblizzle Ok thanks. I want slow steady growth and I will be fertilizing so hopefully all goes well
01-07-2013 04:56 PM
Airstreamin From my understanding, your most common low-tech plants would be Java ferns / moss and Anubias varieties, Cryptocoryne, green temple, Sagittaria, Vallisneria, etc.

A lot of the sword variety plants generally require more to the medium spectrum of lighting.

Now keep in mind, this doesn't mean you "can't" grow them successfully in a low-light / low-tech setup, it just generally means you will get a slower growth rate and will have to ensure proper nutrients, water quality, etc.
01-07-2013 03:15 PM
Colorblizzle I have looked for that book and have read a lot of articles about her method and it seems for the most part that's what I'm aiming at but that book is $60 at the cheapest I've found and none of my library's carry it. And that's how I plan to stock I just hope my lighting will be adequate because like I said a few posts up options are limited
01-07-2013 03:13 PM
amberoze Look for a book called ecology of the planted aquarium by Diana walstad. Tells you everything. But basically, if you plant heavily enough with fast growing plants from the start, you can add fish within minutes. And it's completely safe.

Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
01-07-2013 03:01 PM
Colorblizzle Lol are those plants I named low light?
01-07-2013 03:00 PM
Airstreamin See, you got this, what you need us for?
01-07-2013 02:58 PM
Colorblizzle I'd have to stand on the dresser to pee in the tank so ill just skip that step but yeah I know wattage is important. I decided on this fixture after running all my options and coming up with nothing practical. T8 best I could do was 15w and couldn't find PAR ratings. T5 couldn't find a single tube fixture and don't wanna do a dual because with that much light I will NEED CO2 and I don't want to use it. Only other option was CFL and I don't want to use screw in bulbs. From what I hear that's what most people do in these smaller tanks but I can't bring myself to using them. Seems TOO low-tech lol. But idk which plants I'm using yet. Royals, ludwigia chain sword are my only definite choices
01-07-2013 02:52 PM
Airstreamin
Quote:
Originally Posted by Colorblizzle View Post
And djAngo keep the tips coming. Everyone else too this is my first planted so my ears are WIDE OPEN
Make sure there's water in the tank before adding fish! lol j/k

Seriously though, if you're afraid (or gf in this case) of ammonia in the house, just pee in your tank. Yes I'm being serious, how you think most of us aquaponics / veg gardeners get our compost cycles started?

Regardless, as long as you take it slow and ease into the cycle you can go either route. Personally I prefer the fishless cycle as there's no point in a needless death, but on the other hand, get yourself a hardy fish or 2, let them cycle the tank and then sell them back to the LFS and get what you really want. That's what I did with my last tank, worked great.

Also, you stated you're running LEDs, and while PAR rating is important, so is wattage, with that low of a wattage you'll want to make sure you're not using plants that are heavy light usage plants as they won't thrive very well.
01-07-2013 02:12 AM
Colorblizzle And djAngo keep the tips coming. Everyone else too this is my first planted so my ears are WIDE OPEN
01-07-2013 02:11 AM
Colorblizzle I'm using black flourite sand. And for lights it's only 10w but I'm using the finnex fugeray LED light fixture. Should give me 30-40 PAR. I will stick fish lightly at first. And once I have a jungle and I see that the nitrates are building ill stop adding fish. I keep changing my mind on what I want tho first I wanted celestial pearl danios, then I wanted neon tetras, then I wanted cardinal tetras, then tequila sunrise guppies Nd now I'm thinking glo-fish. Opinions? I will for sure have an otocinclus in there tho regardless.
This thread has more than 15 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT. The time now is 06:20 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012