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Yesterday 08:50 PM
osmel1992
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Originally Posted by davemonkey View Post
Here's a pic of my brothers old Walstad-style 125 gallon tank (Soil substrate capped with gravel, lots of different plants, moderate light and modest filtration, heavy stocking/feeding).



And here's a picotope at my office, Walstad-style, filterless, low-light when I'm not there, moderate light when I'm there. Shrimp only. Dwarf Hairgrass, Lilaeopsis, Lindernia grandiflora, Nessaea triflora, Fissidens fontanus, and one of the Marsilea spp.

Hey I have a 125 setup walstad style and planted it good with plants.they did good for about 3 month than most of them died off. Had 4 t8 bulbs at the time didn't dose anything and no water changes. What did your brother do to get his tank looking so good have since changed to 4 23 wat cfl bulbs and am getting back some growth

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Yesterday 04:39 PM
gregorylampron
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Originally Posted by Aparker2005 View Post
Do any of you not do anything to your tanks except for water changes?

I was dosing metricide daily but have since stopped everything. No clue how you people's tanks look so good. One day!
Generally no co2 injection, and sometimes no ferts or even no draw filtration, just a sponge.

Please keep hands off glass.
Yesterday 11:35 AM
Aparker2005 Do any of you not do anything to your tanks except for water changes?

I was dosing metricide daily but have since stopped everything. No clue how you people's tanks look so good. One day!
Yesterday 09:06 AM
gregorylampron I notice alot of the tanks posted on here aren't actually lotech. They look great, though.

Please keep hands off glass.
05-22-2016 11:33 AM
kanishkster Here is my 4 months old 10 gallon low tech tank.

Flora
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Anubias
Alternanthera Reineckii Mini
Alternanthera Reineckii
Echinodorus Tenellus
Red Cabomba (Cabomba furcata)
Rotala Rotundifolia Indica
Rotala Rotundifolia 'HRA'
Cryptocoryne Wendtii
Limnophila Aquatica

Fauna
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Otocinclus X 2
Rummynose 'Tetra' X 4
Red Cherry Shrimps (No count, they keep reproducing)
Some Snail (not sure where it came from)

Equipment
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Sunsun HOB Filter
Sobo Power Head
Nutrafin CO2 Kit
Boyu 36W (6400k) Light

Dosing
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Seachem Flourish Excel (Daily)
Seachem Flourish (Twice a week)
ADA Brighty K (Alternate Days)
Nitrosomonos & Nitrobacter (Occasionally)

Misc
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Weekly 30% (RO Water)
Photo-Period - 7 hours (9AM to 1PM & 4PM to 7PM)
05-21-2016 03:19 AM
LeyWanderer My old 15gal column which I have since dismantled. Looked really lush here for a bit.
05-20-2016 11:46 PM
Hilde
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Originally Posted by misslizd13 View Post
i am new to planted tanks and i havent gotten very far.. what kind of substrate did you use? what is Onyx Sand mixed with a little black T grade Colorquartz. is there a specific reason you chose these?
This is show and tell about low tech thread. To get answers to your questions you need to post a thread in substrate.
05-20-2016 10:56 PM
misslizd13 lauraleellbp,

i am new to planted tanks and i havent gotten very far.. what kind of substrate did you use? what is Onyx Sand mixed with a little black T grade Colorquartz. is there a specific reason you chose these?
i have two 10 gallon tanks and i only have regular aquarium rocks in my tanks.. i have some plants in both some bacopa and another plant that didnt have a label when i bouth it but i separated the new plant and placed each root system in the substrate. i have low light i believe.. just some small led lights. i am not sure about the specifics on the lighting. my bacopa plant is still in the pot carrier i got it in and it seems to be doing fine. i was told i could use leaf zone plant food to keep my plants healthy and growing.. do i need something else to add with it? do i need a specific substrate to get my plants to stay healthy... also i would like to get some carpet plants that will spread out over time across the bottom but i am confused by how id clean the food and waste from substrate. in one tank i have guppies, a cory, and some ghost shrimp to help with cleaning up the leftover food and algea. in my other tank i have 2 tiger barbs, 2 sword tail platty, 2 slender lined algea eaters and a pleco i cant remember the name off but it kind of reminds me of a stingray. it has spots. i would appreciate any and all advice i can get... thank you for your time and anyone else' time who may have things to throw my way.
05-14-2016 09:04 PM
ct60g Thanks! Love your tank too, makes me think of the shallows of a lake or stream somewhere. Super cool!
05-14-2016 02:57 PM
TaylorTurner Here's a few more pictures of my 12 gallon long.

Pre-trim:



Post-trim:



Right side:



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Originally Posted by ct60g View Post
My tank has finally grown up! Its a 60g tank with pool filter sand substrate and two T8 Life-Glo bulbs. I dose Excel daily, and have Osmocote root tabs in the substrate.

All in all I have 13 plant species (L. repens, L. brevips, L. red, S. repens, jungle val, corkscrew val, water wisteria, moss balls, java fern, anubias mini, rotala bonsai, hygro and amazon sword. My favorites are my S. repens carpet and my L. repens stems, which need a trim.

Here are some photos:
Wow, what a great set up! Your S. repens carpet looks really nice and healthy (as does the rest).
05-13-2016 04:57 PM
ct60g My tank has finally grown up! Its a 60g tank with pool filter sand substrate and two T8 Life-Glo bulbs. I dose Excel daily, and have Osmocote root tabs in the substrate.

All in all I have 13 plant species (L. repens, L. brevips, L. red, S. repens, jungle val, corkscrew val, water wisteria, moss balls, java fern, anubias mini, rotala bonsai, hygro and amazon sword. My favorites are my S. repens carpet and my L. repens stems, which need a trim.

Here are some photos:
05-12-2016 01:28 PM
pauliewoz
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Originally Posted by wantsome View Post
Nice tanks I never thought I'd like blue gravel. On your 25 gallon your dosing macro's and micros are you dosing using recommended EI levels of ferts for that size tank? or are you using a modified version of EI?

I'm just trying to get more of an understanding for ferts in a low tech set up. What is your dosing and water change regimen if you don't mind?
Thanks,

I use the premixed dry EI ferts from the user Nilocg. So I don't know what the exact proportions are of each fert. But here is a link for it which has all the info you need. http://nilocg.com/diy-ei-liquid-fertilizer/

He says that for low tech your supposed to dose 5ml per 20 gallons once a week. But I ended up dosing about 3.5ml because my nitrates were going up too much. And instead of doing it once a week, I split it up into three days. For Micros I ended up using Seachem envy at the recommended dosage and I add it three times a week as well. So I alternate the macros and micros.

I didn't end up using the csm+b that came with the dry fert package because some of my fish had clamped fins and weren't as active while using it. I'll probably try again at a lower dose maybe.

I also add excel at almost double the dose.

The plants are doing a lot better in the new aquarium, especially the red ones. I guess it's thanks to the combination of the better substrate and light.

I'm still waiting for some algae to show up, but so far so good.



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05-12-2016 12:20 PM
jacob.morgan78
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Originally Posted by gregorylampron View Post
Please keep hands off glass
That's funny! :-)
05-12-2016 08:44 AM
gregorylampron This is just flourite, root tabs, and hard water! Cheap beamswork planted+ light seems to be doing ok. Have a canister running only ceramic and floss. No ferts. Planted ~2 mos ago. Picture from 2 weeks ago right before I stocked.

Please keep hands off glass.
05-12-2016 07:15 AM
wantsome Nice tanks I never thought I'd like blue gravel. On your 25 gallon your dosing macro's and micros are you dosing using recommended EI levels of ferts for that size tank? or are you using a modified version of EI?

I'm just trying to get more of an understanding for ferts in a low tech set up. What is your dosing and water change regimen if you don't mind?
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