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07-28-2013 09:15 PM
PaulG Not sure if there's enough swimming space and my water is rock hard!

Still haven't added livestock I may add some shiners if I can find them in the UK....
07-28-2013 05:31 PM
Eglinlotus get some siamese algae eaters I got 4 of them when I had an algae problem in my 55 and boy did those little guys clean up every last plant.....so did the 10 oto cats that I bought too. Looks good man I like the drift wood you got in there. It would look good covered in moss.
07-28-2013 03:00 PM
PaulG It's just too bright where it is atm. Constant algae. Also, all the emersed plants lean towards the window so I have to keep spinning them round.

Considering moving it under lights. Shame
05-31-2013 07:37 PM
PaulG I stopped working on this tank as I was due to move house and well, now I have!

So here's where I'm at:

Still more planting needed both in and out of water. It's also a little dark as it's 8pm here.


01-21-2013 04:25 PM
drewsuf82
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Your thread inspired me to do my own low tech 10g. I have longfin white clouds in there with some cherry shrimp. I put some stiff wire mesh on top and cut out holes to insert my houseplants I got on sale. I use a simple sponge filter.

Things are growing well in the light it gets from a north facing window and the light from my desk lamp.

I used pothos, begonia, anthurium (see the flower?), dumb cane (beware of the sap, my skin reacted badly to it), two Dracenas, purple waffle plant that lost its purpleness, and pilea.
Wow there's water underneath all that right?
01-18-2013 05:57 PM
PaulG Now thinking of taking my planted HOB from the cube and sticking it on this tank along with all the plants. I really hate that tank and fancy turning it into a carnivorous plant/orchid terrarium
01-10-2013 03:38 PM
Seedreemer Wow! You say there's a tank and some fish under all that plant life, huh?? Awesome.





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Originally Posted by gabysapha View Post


Your thread inspired me to do my own low tech 10g. I have longfin white clouds in there with some cherry shrimp. I put some stiff wire mesh on top and cut out holes to insert my houseplants I got on sale. I use a simple sponge filter.

Things are growing well in the light it gets from a north facing window and the light from my desk lamp.

I used pothos, begonia, anthurium (see the flower?), dumb cane (beware of the sap, my skin reacted badly to it), two Dracenas, purple waffle plant that lost its purpleness, and pilea.
01-08-2013 04:19 PM
GMYukonon24s Any updated pics of the tank?
01-06-2013 04:50 AM
gabysapha

Your thread inspired me to do my own low tech 10g. I have longfin white clouds in there with some cherry shrimp. I put some stiff wire mesh on top and cut out holes to insert my houseplants I got on sale. I use a simple sponge filter.

Things are growing well in the light it gets from a north facing window and the light from my desk lamp.

I used pothos, begonia, anthurium (see the flower?), dumb cane (beware of the sap, my skin reacted badly to it), two Dracenas, purple waffle plant that lost its purpleness, and pilea.
01-05-2013 03:11 PM
PaulG Got a surprise, a friend has given me a piece of driftwood with a fairly substantial Anubias barteri attached. Also, 2 Amano shrimp which have gone in the 12inch cube
12-25-2012 07:25 PM
driftwoodhunter lol - the one that tried to eat the cactus was found as a 4 week old kitten thrown into a big dumpster. I got her when she was 7 weeks but she was very feral for awhile. Now I think she's a food hoarder because of it, and she tries to eat everything - haha

This thread is giving me great ideas, though

Here is a link I found for common houseplants - now I'll shut up about pet toxicity! http://www.cat-world.com.au/plants-a...hemicals-toxic
12-25-2012 07:20 PM
bbroush Don't worry, if I had cats I probably wouldn't risk it either, I have creeping fig in and above my tank, and also pothos, and they seem to do well. (Not sure on toxicity though) but those are very adventurous cats!
12-25-2012 07:09 PM
driftwoodhunter Unfortunately, my two cats get into everything. I have all my plants up very, very high lol. Not so pretty. My most adventurous cat tried to eat a cactus as well - spines & all. I've been thinking about simply using crypts, swords, etc both in and above the tank - but I can't find toxicity reports for animals on crypts. I was thinking about trailing pennywort up extended driftwood too since I use it as a floater in my tanks.

Here is more detailed info on oxalates, you can understand why I don't want to take a chance. If age means anything, my cats are 13 and might not handle things as well as they did when young;
To get a bit technical, these plants contain cells known as idioblasts. Idioblasts contain raphides, which are slender, spearlike parts of calcium oxalate crystals. Raphides are sharp and needle-shaped, and are packed in a gelatinous substance. When the tip of the idioblast is broken, sap from the plant—or saliva from an animal—enters the cell, causing the gelatin to swell. The swelling action forces the raphides to shoot from the cell, kind of like a gun discharging a bullet. The calcium oxalate crystals penetrate an animal’s oral mucosa, tongue, and throat, causing damage. The cells may continue to expel crystals for a significant amount of time, even after a piece of plant material is swallowed. As this is happening, proteolytic enzymes stimulate the release of kinins and histamines by the body. The rapid inflammatory response from the release of these substances aggravates the damage caused by the crystals. Chewing, bruising, tearing, or otherwise damaging the plant is necessary to produce these effects.
12-25-2012 07:09 PM
aokashi I've done a low tech 1 gallon before and stocked about 7 fish in there with no casualties. There was barely any substrate either. it was however, stuffed full of lowlight plants.
12-25-2012 07:02 PM
bbroush Someone on TPT has a no tech tank like this filled with Chinese evergreen and in his thread he said his cats don't mess with it.... I'll have to look for his thread.
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