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Today 10:56 AM
7.5 gallon start up

At week #3. Just a basic set up with no heater,HOB filter, one LED strip and some beginner plants (Elodea,java fern, Sagitarria,hornwort). Hoping to add a few shrimp soon. Thanks for having a look!

Yesterday 02:39 PM
Originally Posted by shloken38 View Post'll be fine dosing the 1mL. You would want to be careful with Excel if you had inverts in there. Comprehensive is ok.
My inverts are fine what does excel do to them? dosing excel and comp..excel every other day and comp once a the way, aside from bloodworms and mosquitto larvae, what can i feed my neons? Is there a specific flakes for them that they would love?
04-19-2015 01:56 PM
Originally Posted by anfield View Post
Low tech nano and 40 gallon

nice tanks, your plants look nice and healthy, and thank you, yes my tanks are ada aquasoil. oh the plant in the front is Hemianthus micranthemoides as a ground cover. it grows super fast, which is great with a high bio load tank. (28 fish in 17 gallon) it also grows well in shaded areas, its not a picky plant at all. if you use it and want to keep it low, expect to trim it every 2 weeks or so. i just did a huge trim on it. and had just trimmed it 2 weeks ago.
04-19-2015 04:32 AM
anfield Low tech nano and 40 gallon
04-19-2015 04:22 AM
Originally Posted by pink4miss View Post
low tech
Nice. Is this a dirted tank? Is that staurogyne as the carpet?
04-18-2015 11:39 PM
DavidZ Looks like these methods work DHElder
04-18-2015 05:12 PM
abhinaba Awesome!!
Do you have a journal or someting with the details of this tank?

Originally Posted by Alastair-T View Post
Attachment 54017

This is my very low tech almost zero maintenance set up.
260 litres
No water changes just top ups every other day
Fluval 306 on half flow
Occasional bit of ferts if ever see deficiencies in the rip plants.
Dirt substrate with some Ada Amazonia and columbo florabase as a cap

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04-18-2015 04:05 PM
Originally Posted by DavidZ View Post
Looks like some people do not dose anything, with low water changes, and also a high load.
Can anyone go trough this process?
Hi, I'm working on setting up my first tank and going low tech, very low maintenance and these articles were a big help to understand how a fish tank works and understand low tech, low maintenance approach. The idea is a balanced system where the plants take care of the fish and fish/food take care of the plants with the correct amount of low lighting and photoperiod. No to little water changes, just top of the water as needed and little dosing of trace elements. Getting the balance right between plants and fish seems to be the tricky part.

I'm still trying to figure out what are ferts versus trace elements. Some of these articles mention dosing but one say ferts, another say trace elements for fish and they seem the same to me. Lot of conflicting information.
04-17-2015 09:21 PM
DavidZ Looks like some people do not dose anything, with low water changes, and also a high load.
Can anyone go trough this process?
04-17-2015 06:54 PM
shloken38'll be fine dosing the 1mL. You would want to be careful with Excel if you had inverts in there. Comprehensive is ok.
04-17-2015 01:16 PM
DavidZ Amazing setups !!!!
04-17-2015 03:45 AM
aquafella Thanks for answering my questions guys..i really appreciate tank is a 9.4 gallon tank to be exact and I bought a 3ml syringe and it has measurements from I'll probably dose my plants 1ml or it ok if I overdose Flourish Comp a little? Example for a 10 gallon tank the dosage is 1ml can I do that even if i only have a 9.4 gallon tank? Or do I have to dose .9ml for my 9.4 gallon tank?
04-17-2015 12:45 AM
pink4miss low tech
04-16-2015 06:21 PM
Originally Posted by mattjm20 View Post
I have no idea how anybody achieves this without the use of CO2. I cannot get stem plants to grow in my low tech like this for the life of me...
Low tech tanks are funky Matt. All of my tanks are low tech. While they are all growing plants, some will grow certain types of plants but not others, and another tank will grow the opposite. But I have noticed that low tech tanks get to a point where they are nicely established, and they will grow what they will grow. You just have to figure out what that particular tank "likes" (haha). I have a tank that will grow "moderate" level plants, but kills off easy plants like hornwort. Go figure.....
04-16-2015 06:06 PM
Originally Posted by aquafella View Post
I have another quick question?? In the bottle of Flourish Comp it says that dosing is 5ml for every 60 galloons..I have a 5 gallon tank, how much should I dose then?
About 1/2 ml (.41666666 to be exact). 1/2 ml should be fine though.
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