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Yesterday 06:04 PM
Originally Posted by jcmv4792 View Post
New 55 gallon scape not yet completed(some crypts and bolbitis to add)

- Various java fern types
- Various bucephalandra types
- Various anubias types
- Mini x-mas moss

Lava rock hardscape, ADA colorado sand

Hands down, best 55 gallon scape I've seen.

Bump: Cool, I like the island. You could really set it off with some anubias nana attached to rocks around the perimeter of the island, tucked up close to the wood.

Originally Posted by Timmy!! View Post

This is my 40b, super low tech. Hasn't seen real ferts in over a year, every couple months I dose micros. Water changes happen every 3 or 4 months. I don't have anything to trim and has a fairly low fish load. That being said this is probably my favorite tank I've ever had.

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02-11-2016 07:19 PM
Originally Posted by ibebian View Post
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.
The wallichii are doing good, and yes no CO2 except for a little excel. I cut some of the wallichii from the left and planted some on the right. I trimmed the broad leafed red plant and planted them behind the rock. I have since bought a green rotala (didn't want any more red) and this thin leaved hydro. Tank is out of control now and have to get rid of some of the plants.

I have failed miserably with plants in the past and I think the only reason I have a little bit of success this time is because the area I live in has soft acid water. My tank pH is at 6.00, thats what the pet store told me at least. I cut the excell down to once a week too. This is turning into a very low maintenance tank. I've been changing water every 2 weeks now.

Oh something weird started to happen. This short rotala I planted in the front started "crawling" and shooting out roots as it did. Can I turn this into a carpet plant if I trim it?
02-10-2016 04:46 AM
Originally Posted by Neatfish View Post
Looks like a gator.
02-10-2016 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

02-10-2016 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.
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