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08-07-2016 05:06 PM
fracturedapple I'm fairly new to this forum thing and I'm enjoying it so far.

Here is my 150 gallon low tech tank

Anubius coffeefolia
Anubius hastifolia
Anubius baterii
Cryptocoryne wendetti red
bucephalandra (black angel)
aponogeton crispus
Green tiger lotus
Four leaf clover ( just put it in a couple days ago )
Ludwigia Cuba
Dwarf water lettuce

10 pork chop rasboras
4 Apistogramma cacatuoides
Too many rams horn snails to count

This tank is only 5 months old so I'm not done with the livestock, when this was in the planning stages I was thinking low tech planted discus tank but haven't bought them yet. No ferts just fish food and waste for the plants. Water changes are every 2 weeks till the soil stops leaching tannins into the water then change every 3 months or so.


Fluval u3 ( just for water movement really )
Two 100 watt ehiem jager
4 kessil a160we

Substrate is 1 inch organic garden soil capped with 1 inch aqua soil that green leaf aquariums use to sell.

Note: the cobomba has melted due to the floating plants blocking the light and left just the stems, everything was still green so Im controlling the floating plants more and they are making a come back.
08-06-2016 12:10 PM
My new tank setup

I thought I'd add my tank to this thread too

I have a ~160L tank with a 100L refugium running for 3 weeks after it had cycled.

Substrate: Root tabs, soil bottom, then a plant nutrient substrate then fine black substrate on top.
Lighting: Aqua One PlantGlo 90cm LED
Dosing: 5ml TNC Carbon Daily
Fish: 11 rummynose tetra, 6 peppered cory, 5 apistogramma cacatuoides

Carpet Plants: Dwarf Hairgrass, Hemianthus Callitrichoides (not sure if this will grow under my LED!)
Foreground: Cryptocoryne affinis, Anubias nana,
Mid Plants: Amazon Swords, Staurogyne Repens
Background: Ceratopteris siliquosa, Limnophila heterophylla
Misc Plants: Java Moss (currently growing into a 'Bonsai' tree), also going to add to the rocks to completely cover them.

Regugium: Java Moss, Marimo Moss Balls, Christmas Moss // Ceramic Media, Lava Rock, Sponge, Peat, Bio Balls and Filter Wool

08-01-2016 09:42 AM
Originally Posted by jcmv4792 View Post
Wow love this tank. Is the needle leaf java fern at the top right floating? What are the yellow schooling fish?
Yes needle leaf Java fern and lemon tetras.


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08-01-2016 08:11 AM
Originally Posted by jcmv4792 View Post
Wow love this tank. Is the needle leaf java fern at the top right floating? What are the yellow schooling fish?
Not sure about how the fern is attached, but the fish are lemon tetras.
08-01-2016 04:49 AM
Originally Posted by philipraposo1982 View Post

75g geophagus tapajos tank. 5 months old.

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Wow love this tank. Is the needle leaf java fern at the top right floating? What are the yellow schooling fish?
07-25-2016 01:15 PM

75g geophagus tapajos tank. 5 months old.

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07-18-2016 05:04 PM
Karackle Been a while since I posted my tanks in this thread, so here's how my tanks are looking these days:




All tanks are low tech, low light, almost no maintenance. I rely on root tabs and critter waste to fertilize my plants.
07-14-2016 04:30 PM
AquaAurora 40g water sprite goldfish tank with aquaponics on diy in-tank sump.
07-14-2016 03:59 PM
Empress Akitla Thought I'd drop by with an update! I have torn down my 20 gallon (yes, it was 20 gallons, not 29, I'd been lied to) and upgraded to a 55 gallon. Yay!

T5 bulb on 4hr, off 6hr, on 2hr, off 12hr
Eheim 2217 canister filter
Marina heater

Ammonia - 0
Nitrites - 0
Nitrates - <10
pH - 7.2
Hardness - 150
Alkalinity - 120
Temperature - 79F

Anubias nana, anubias petite, anubias congensis
Green gecko crypts
Asian fern
Amazon sword
Jungle val (it's still a baby)
Some giant duckweed I'm trying to get to grow
Substrate is about one third medium grade gravel and the rest is pool filter sand

11 adult fancy guppies
1 Candy cane platy

In QT (waiting to put them in display tank):
2 Candy cane platys
8 Red phantom tetras

I would like to add a shoal of cories as well, probably peppered. Would they be okay in here? That's one reason I wanted to include sand in this setup.
07-08-2016 05:38 PM
Originally Posted by Kdog View Post
Wow, no ferts?! This looks awesome.

Any other secrets?
No secrets. I had root tabs in there but they were depleted a long time ago.
07-08-2016 04:50 PM
Kdog Wow, no ferts?! This looks awesome.

Any other secrets?
07-08-2016 03:52 PM
AquaHobbyist Great tank, @Nlewis! It looks lovely.
07-08-2016 03:04 AM
Nlewis My low tech 20G. It gets nothing but a water change every Sunday.
07-08-2016 02:16 AM
My 20g Low Tech Tank!

Have been very inspired by all the beautiful tanks posted on this forum, and wanted to post my first serious 20 gallon tall tank:

Tank:20 gallon tall
Light: Coralife T5 Dual Light (two 6700K bulbs)
Substrate: Mixture of sand and small pebbles

Water sprite
Banana plant
Melon Sword
(Can't identify the two tall plants behind the wood and to the right side of the tank. Easy, fast growing plant - if anyone can ID that would be great!)

5 zebra danios
1 albino bristlenose pleco
1 rainbow shark
2 albino cory cats
1 julii cory cat

Flourish Excel every day
Iron and Flourish Comprehensive every other day
Nitrogen and potassium every other day
Flourish root tabs

So far, it seems like everything is going well. I had an issue with hair algae, but cutting back on the lighting have helped a lot. Plan on getting more anubias soon to fill the left corner and maybe another tall plant for the back.
07-01-2016 04:54 AM
Originally Posted by TaylorTurner View Post
I really like what you have going on there, @jcmv4792.
Thanks Taylor
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