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Yesterday 04:11 PM
mesohorny doesn't seem to compare to most on here, but I figured i'd share my low tech tank.

27g cube, estimated PAR of 30 at the level of the substrate. dose excel flourish daily, Fe and trace after weekly changes of roughly 20%

a young tank, running for 2 months. various Crypts with some Ludwigia stems. still working out the details on livestock; just a few tetras and RCS now, looking to focus on invertebrates, but still learning about what all is compatible. also combating hydra ...
12-07-2014 11:52 AM
Saxtonhill I so enjoy revisiting this thread to see all the creative ideas! Such lovely tanks! And great discussions on what worked and what didn't work.
12-01-2014 05:53 PM
Originally Posted by Twisty View Post
I went extremely low tech with it. The lighting is 1x39w on for five hours a day with no CO2 and ferts once every ten days or so.

Lots of root tabs and tap water top offs once a week with water changes about once every 45-60 days.

I dose Excel once or twice a week and feed the fish about three times a week. I do get a little BBA from time to time but I clip the leaf and go on.

I've thought about breaking this down and starting over again but it's so easy keeping this going. The tank is almost two years old now and I wish I would've put a little more thought into the layout on the front end but this was my first planted tank and it's been a valuable learning tool.

Thanks for looking and thanks for starting a post like this.
I can't believe you have such good growth with that level of lighting and short photo period. That is awesome, congrats. Don't worry too much about the layout... no, it's not some crazy dutch scape but it looks very cool. I've got a 90G with MGOPS and 4 T5HO (I don't run all four all day because I'd have algae issues) that is considerably less lush than this. RE: tank to tank comparison, I think I need new bulbs because I started with stock T5's and also the distance from the surface to the plants is much different than a 40B. But again, this is an awesome tank. I'd put a pair of apistos in there to breed and call it a day
12-01-2014 02:14 AM
BigJay180 180 gallon
Eheim Pro2, Fluval FX6, Hydor inline
Lights are one 48" T8 plant light, and two 36" T5HO fixtures with three bulbs each (two 6500K and one 650nm red)
Fish: Various Rainbows and Harlequin Rasboras.
Ferts: One EI dry fert NPK dose weekly after a 60% water change, micros the day after. Sometimes I'll do a 50% EI NPK dose mid week.
CO2: Excel maintenance dose daily every night.
12-01-2014 02:13 AM
Greggz This is my 120 gallon Rainbow Tank.

I consider it a fish tank with plants, not really a planted tank.

Thinking of going CO2 and going to next step, but my set up is really easy to care for now.
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11-11-2014 06:24 PM
Originally Posted by extrame View Post
here's my low tech tank, hope you guys like it
Lovely. That must be a docile Betta in with the Neon Tetras
11-11-2014 06:12 PM
Originally Posted by extrame View Post
here's my low tech tank, hope you guys like it
That is one lucky betta! I bet he loves his home

Bump: What a joy to look at every page in this thread. There are some awesome scapes on here! Look forward to seeing more
11-11-2014 12:53 AM
knm<>< My 7.5 cube. Just did a rescape today, still not totally happy with it. I have a shortage of hard scape materials small enough for this tank. The NJF needs to grow in from behind the stone on the left. I might even replace it with something else, haven't decided. Those are a few of my corydorus pygmaeus in the front, there are 7 all together.

11-10-2014 11:57 PM
Katey My ten gallon, with celestial pearl danios, chili rasboras, rabbit snails, and shrimp! The seventyfive, with various angels, and tetras! Also some ruby tetras!
11-10-2014 06:48 PM
dgaplin Just planted my tank 3 days ago.

11-08-2014 05:53 PM
90 Gallon 48" x 18" x 24"

This tank has been running for several years and is still going strong. The first year it took a lot of effort on my part to balance it out into a self-sufficient eco-system. It is my favorite tank.
15-25% WC every 3rd week. Add Melafix and Salt at WC. No added ferts or Co2.

* two XP 3 Canister Filters
* one 660 Peguin Powerhead run only at night
* one small airstone run during the day for fish enjoyment They play in it.
* 5 strip LED lights; run 11 hrs total. 2 strips run am & pm; 5 strips run mid-day

* Eco Complete Substrate
* Amazon Swords
* Crypt Species
* Anubias Species
* Hygrophila Species
* Ludwigia
* Vallisneria Species
* Limnophila
* Java Fern
* Random Floating Species
* Brush Algae purposely grown for Siamese Algae Eater
* Other Algae purposely grown for Twig Catfish

* Bogwood used for beauty and to keep pH low and release tannins (was strickly an Angelfish and Diamond Tetra tank until very recently)


* 3 nickle sized juvenile Angelfish (growing out before moved to a different tank with other Angels)
* several 3 week old baby Diamond Tetras (born in this tank; parents have been moved)
* 3 teeny baby Yoyo Loaches
* 1 juvenile Twig Catfish
* 14 Cardinal Tetras
* 2 Kuhli Loaches that I can't catch! Removed the other 8 a few weeks ago.
* Too many Malaysian Trumpet Snails
* Some Ramshorn Snails

~new additions that will not remain in this tank~came from a friend that didn't want them anymore
* 9 adult Neon Dwarf Rainbowfish
* 2 teeny baby Neon Dwarf Rainbowfish
* 1 adult Siamese Algae Eater (poor thing needs friends )
* 2 Glass Catfish (was a single Glass Catfish, but it was so sad, so I got a buddy for him. If I decide to keep them I will get 8 more)
* 1 Juvenile Angelfish (double the size of the three little ones)

Last reading performed 11/6/2014
~ 6.0 pH
~ 7 parts Salinity
~ 0 Amonia
~ 0 Nitrates
~ 0 Nitrites
11-08-2014 01:38 PM
slowfoot My 20 gallon algae farm

Plants: various crypts and anubias

Fauna: 7 neon tetras, 6 long-finned danios, 5 cherry shrimp, and one grumpy betta
Attachment 388818

My pictures suck and it really looks better in person.
11-08-2014 01:11 AM
Originally Posted by ShireMan View Post
Size - 75 Litres (24 x 14 x 14)

Plants -
2 x Amazon Swords + couple of offshoots still gowing
1 x Alternanthera reinecki (I think!)
3 x annubias, 3 x Java ferns
Chain swords
Java Moss
Dwarf Hair Grass

Just thought you should know that the roots of an Amazon Swords can take over a 29g tank.
11-07-2014 09:38 AM
ShireMan First time posting in this thread - I'm just about happy enough to show it off to this particular forum!

Size - 75 Litres (24 x 14 x 14)
Lights - 2 T5 24w, suspended on a DIY rig approx 15 inches above the surface. Due to be lowered by around 4 inches.
Dose 50% EI (just put this up to 75% though) and Fluorish excel, both daily.
50% water change weekly
9 hour photo period
Filtered with Jebao 503 (great filter for the money)

Plants -
2 x Amazon Swords + couple of offshoots still gowing
1 x Alternanthera reinecki (I think!)
3 x annubias, 3 x Java ferns
Chain swords, crypts kinda doing what they want
Java Moss
Dwarf Hair Grass (though this might not be dwarf.. time will tell!)

Fish -
8 Neon, 10 Green neon Tetra
4 Ottos
2 Cherry Shrimp
1 adult, 9 juvenile and 3 fry Balloon Mollies (yup - breeding like er.. mollies)

Sorry for the picture - Still learning how to get the best shots.

10-29-2014 12:23 AM
Originally Posted by robinss View Post
i have very hard water. Will no water changes with top offs only make my water even harder with the evaporation of water/
Yes, unless you have something absorbing calcium and magnesium at the same rate that you are adding it by topping off. One way to do that would be have a ton of plants. Another way would be to have a ton of snails, but then you still have a lot of magnesium in your water.
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