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Today 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.
Yesterday 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.
Yesterday 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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Originally Posted by yrral View Post
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.
04-29-2016 10:39 PM
jcmv4792
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Here's my low tech Iwagumi shrimp tank. zero co2 and a weak marine land low wattage led light. I've heard many people say this light is not strong enough to grow any plants.....they were wrong. Foreground plant is monte carlo
That is insane. How do you get such a dense monte carlo carpet in low tech? Do you know what PAR is hitting the carpet?

Do you dose ferts? What substrate?
04-24-2016 08:26 PM
Tessa I redecorated my 8 gallon betta cube just two days ago, so it's a little bare right now, but hopefully the plants will flourish again.

edit: weekly 50% water changes, no CO2 or Excel, sometimes I add a few drops of potassium and once in a blue moon a root tab.

04-22-2016 11:58 PM
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Here is a picture of my 55 gallon. Just added the jungle vals in the back, baby tears in the front, and Christmas moss to the wood yesterday.

filter: Eheim Canister
lighting: Finnex planted 24/7 LED
substrate: mix of eco-complete, flourite, and white sandbox sand
ferts: about once a week I dose flourish, root tabs under rooted plants, flourish iron every other month, and flourish excel when I remember (which is about every other day)

plants:
assorted swords
assorted crypts
java fern
water sprite
jungle val (new)
dwarf hairgrass
baby tears (new)
red tiger lotus
anubias "nana petite"
Christmas moss (new)
moneywort

fish:
cory cats
oto cats
one cardinal and one neon tetra (Have been trying to get a school of cardinals but have had little luck. I can't seem to keep them alive.)
malaysian trumpet snails and a few pond snails
04-22-2016 07:28 PM
aquafella
Low Tech Competition Tank

This is my entry tank in the competition her in the PH.

Bump: This is my entry tank in the competition her in the PH.

Bump: This is my entry tank in the competition her in the PH.

Bump: This is my entry tank in the competition her in the PH.
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