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Today 01:31 AM
pauliewoz Ok, I thought I would share my tanks.

This one is my 25 gallon which I tore down about 3 weeks ago.

Regular gravel as substrate, root tabs, excel, NPK macros and Seachem envy for micros. The light was a 2 bulb T5NO home depot strip light.

This picture was taken right before the teardown, I let it grow wild because everything was moving into my new 75 gallon.



And now here is my new 75.

Substrate is safe-t-sorb and caribsea sand. I put tropica root tabs, and still dosing macros and micros along with excel. I charged STS with ferts before sticking it in the aquarium. Lights are 2 ecoxotic e series, dimmed quite a bit.











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Today 01:04 AM
Cassandra Turke Just starting out. My first full planted tank. The plants arrived today in great shape. Now to just watch them grow and add fish once the tank is finishing cycling. Let me know if I need to change my lighting. I have the marineland 11 inch led bar and the stock led lights on now. Stock lights I believe have 18 leds. I am using liquid ferts.
Yesterday 12:54 PM
jacob.morgan78
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Thanks! It is pool filter sand!
Cool. The particle size looked too big to me to be sand but I guess it is after all! The reason I was asking is because I'm thinking of using another substance that I think will work and think it would end up looking like this possibly. I started a link about it but haven't got a response yet... I'll put it below. Thanks!

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/29...te-choice.html
Yesterday 02:47 AM
yrral
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Nice look! What type of substrate is this? Thanks for sharing!
Thanks! It is pool filter sand!
Yesterday 12:33 AM
Particle I'll throw in here.

Thi is my 55 gallon. Almost two years old. Mostly small schooling fish (lemon tetras, harlquin rasboras, black phantom tetras, kuhli loaches, and peppered cories) with a shy Pearl Gourami and a friendly little Bolivian Ram.

No ferts except root tabs. Once in a great while I remember to dose some excel. I do two water changes a week, each around 33%. I'm also growing pothos in shower caddies and I decided to try out a clip on desk lamp. Moderate success so far, but I had to move them around today. I had to take out some of the gravel. They were slowly sinking.

Filters are an Eheim 2075 and an Aquaclear 70. Lighting is a Planted 24/7. I do get some glass algae, and I'm hoping if I actually buckle down on the Excel I could help eliminate that.
05-05-2016 06:41 PM
Tyrone
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My 29gallons when i just started. But shortly after plants got destroyed by the molly. The plants would up roots or missing so i give the molly away lol. Still no luck with the plants just reasonly all of my rainbow fish died. Tank empty and clean out, looking to start another one soon..

Bump: My 29gallons when i just started. But shortly after plants got destroyed by the molly. The plants would up roots or missing so i give the molly away lol. Still no luck with the plants just reasonly all of my rainbow fish died. Tank empty and clean out, looking to start another one soon..


Good start. But the two tall plants in each back corner aren't aquatic, they're more for terrariums or even just a house plant.
05-05-2016 04:59 PM
jacob.morgan78 Nice look! What type of substrate is this? Thanks for sharing!

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This is my 17 Gallon Low Tech. Started really low tech with only Anubias. Felt the fish weren't active or happy with minimal coverage.

Last week, added more hardy plants and what a difference. All fish became more active and colors shining through. Dosing Macro Micro Mix, Flourish, Excel with Osmocote +
05-03-2016 08:17 PM
socool
my 29gl

My 29gallons when i just started. But shortly after plants got destroyed by the molly. The plants would up roots or missing so i give the molly away lol. Still no luck with the plants just reasonly all of my rainbow fish died. Tank empty and clean out, looking to start another one soon..

Bump: My 29gallons when i just started. But shortly after plants got destroyed by the molly. The plants would up roots or missing so i give the molly away lol. Still no luck with the plants just reasonly all of my rainbow fish died. Tank empty and clean out, looking to start another one soon..
05-02-2016 09:11 PM
Dogstar Just starting this 29 gallon. The plants are all pretty new so hopefully they start growing in more soon.
05-01-2016 11:57 PM
Bstuver I am just going to get back into a low tech planted tank, had planted tanks and discus years ago and then went to salt water still have my salt tank but want to start a new low tech planted one. Do you mind telling me what plants you are using it has been so long that I don't remember what does well in low light:/
Love the tank by the way!
05-01-2016 04:44 PM
kendrid
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Thanks, I will get that corrected soon
Nice looking tank by the way. I love the look of the smaller rimless tanks when planted.

A piece of "thick" wood under the tank but on top of that table would work fine. The wood would transfer the forces evenly onto the table.
05-01-2016 03:36 PM
yrral
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The corners of a rimless tank must be on a hard surface. The way you have the tank hanging over the edge you are asking for a disaster.
Thanks, I will get that corrected soon
05-01-2016 02:11 AM
kendrid
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This is my 17 Gallon Low Tech. Started really low tech with only Anubias. Felt the fish weren't active or happy with minimal coverage.

Last week, added more hardy plants and what a difference. All fish became more active and colors shining through. Dosing Macro Micro Mix, Flourish, Excel with Osmocote +
The corners of a rimless tank must be on a hard surface. The way you have the tank hanging over the edge you are asking for a disaster.
05-01-2016 12:16 AM
yrral This is my 17 Gallon Low Tech. Started really low tech with only Anubias. Felt the fish weren't active or happy with minimal coverage.

Last week, added more hardy plants and what a difference. All fish became more active and colors shining through. Dosing Macro Micro Mix, Flourish, Excel with Osmocote +
04-30-2016 07:53 PM
bsk no idea what the par is but im sure its pretty low. I don't use any ferts and I haven't done any water changes in 2 months lol all I do is top it off with ro water. substrate is ada aquasoil Amazonia 2 I think. I did start off immersed but filled the tank when 75% of it was filled in. It was no where as thick and lush as it is now. Its been submerged since January and I've never trimmed or did anything other than clean the glass. So far this has been the lowest maintenance planted tank ive had. High lights/ferts/co2 always cause me algae issues so I decided to give this low tech method a try and its working out great so far. This was my first time using monte carlo and I love it. So easy to grow.
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