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Today 05:23 AM
aquafella Hi, I'm also a newbie in the planted tank industry..I'm currently setting up a low-maintenance planted aquarium and I was just wondering if it is effective to use an airline sponge filter for low-maintenance planted aquarium?
Yesterday 11:08 PM
Jethro702 Figured I would post my low tech tank.

Its a 37gal tank and here it is:


Its been up and running for a little over 2 months

Lighting: AquaticLife Dual T5HO w/ a 6700k and 10000k bulb on for 7 hours a day.
Filter: TopFin HOB 75
Heater: TopFin 300w
Substrate: FloraMax loaded w/ root tabs
I dose KN03, K2S04, KH2P04, and Plantex CSM+B once a week.

Flora: S. Repens, Amazon Sword, Argentine Sword, Hygrophila Angustifolia, Crypt Wendtii, Crypt Balansae, Jungle Vals, Java Fern, Bacopa Monnieri, Java Moss, Ludwigia Repens, Rotala Nanjenshan (I Think lol)

Fauna:
3 Dwarf Neon Rainbows
2 Celebes Rainbows
2 Madagascar Rainbows
2 Dwarf Gouramis
3 German Blue Rams (Long Finned)
1 Electric Blue Ram
5 Cherry Barbs
4 Otos
15ish Ghost shrimp and tons of pond snails...

Hope y'all like it :P
Yesterday 10:06 PM
Hilde
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Originally Posted by xenxes View Post
Just compost + light. I started dosing 1/5 Excel to fight back some of the staghorn and lowered the light to 8 hrs.
I have found having a 3hrs siesta light period helps keep algae under control.
Yesterday 06:44 AM
xenxes
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Originally Posted by Hilde View Post
Looks like a tank that has Co2 injected. All tanks have algae especially in the beginning.
Just compost + light. I started dosing 1/5 Excel to fight back some of the staghorn and lowered the light to 8 hrs.
Yesterday 03:00 AM
Hilde
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Originally Posted by xenxes View Post
Here's my latest low-tech (compost, clay, peat substrate, no water changes, no dosing), 90g. Up and running about 3 1/2 weeks, growing in steadily but fighting off some early-tank algae (with floaters and tannins). I'm so tempted to turn to the dark side and go CO2.
Looks like a tank that has Co2 injected. All tanks have algae especially in the beginning.
03-04-2015 03:19 AM
jlfkona Attachment 440313

5 gallon low-tech tank set-up about 2 month ago. Home to a Dumbo Betta, a couple shrimp and some ramshorn snails. I really like how it is filling in.


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03-03-2015 11:56 PM
BigMO My low tech 10g:

Its been set up for a bit over 9 weeks. Controsoil, Sat+, Excel and root tabs. Filter maintenance every two weeks and a 50% change weekly. Otocinclus, Nerites and a healthy RCS colony. Too easy!!
02-19-2015 07:34 AM
xenxes Here's my latest low-tech (compost, clay, peat substrate, no water changes, no dosing), 90g, so I finally moved up from nanos:




Up and running about 3 1/2 weeks, growing in steadily but fighting off some early-tank algae (with floaters and tannins). I'm so tempted to turn to the dark side and go CO2.
02-09-2015 04:13 PM
anfield The tank is a 40 gallon breeder. Since it is deeper than your average tank (18 inch) I have one satellite plus strip that spans the entire length (3 ft) and a shorter 2 ft strip for the front. I do have a cover on the tank. I also have trouble growing ground cover of any kind. But other wise plants growing really well. Some algae but the clean up crew takes care of it. I hardly ever even have to clean the glass. Definitely low maintenance. I actually add a couple of ml of excel daily not 0.5 ml. Occasional certs too because my nitrate is low sometimes. More light would probably help with the lawn but then I'm pretty sure I would have more algae issues
02-09-2015 06:58 AM
Bradleyv1714
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Originally Posted by anfield View Post
Here is an update on mine. A year old now, Eco complete substrate with root tabs. No CO2. Daily 0.5ml of excel and once weekly API leaf zone. The ludwigia has decent orangish coloration. But no good reds.

Lighting is two satellite plus strips (one smaller one). Monthly water changes only. Have a clean up crew of 15 nerites, 5 amanos and 5 otos that keeps the algae at bay. Photoperiod is 8 hours.
That tank looks awesome! I like the idea of having a smaller sized light! what size is that tank and light?

Bradley
02-09-2015 12:54 AM
anfield Here is an update on mine. A year old now, Eco complete substrate with root tabs. No CO2. Daily 0.5ml of excel and once weekly API leaf zone. The ludwigia has decent orangish coloration. But no good reds.

Lighting is two satellite plus strips (one smaller one). Monthly water changes only. Have a clean up crew of 15 nerites, 5 amanos and 5 otos that keeps the algae at bay. Photoperiod is 8 hours.
02-08-2015 04:26 AM
HSA1255
This is my 20g high that has turned into a jungle. I am almost embarrassed it is so overgrown... but I also kind of like the craziness of it. I did recently trim some plants and gave a bunch away. I think I'm about 1/2 - 2 years in on this tank. Can not remember the substrate I used, capped with black gravel... wish I would have done black sand. No ferts, no heat, no light even (used a light from another tank to take this picture). It sits near a window and receives some direct and indirect sunlight throughout the day though. 20-25% weekly, sometimes bi-weekly, water changes keep things running smoothly. I use distilled that I remineralize. Blue dreams, Super tigers, MTS and Nerites are all doing well in here. The jelly like plant, I believe it is pellia, is out of control in this tank and is also doing well and spreading in my brackish opae ula tank. I know I'm due for a change of plants and scape soon... but this 20 is so low maintenance and the plants and shrimp seem to be doing well so I just keep leaving it alone and maintain regular water changes. Very, very low tech. Oh, it is filtered by an eheim 2215, spray bar with several extra holes drilled in make the current soft, not crazy. I replace the batting (cheap quilt batting) in the filter once every 3 or 4 months... I do not touch the media beyond that. I water all the house plants and some of my outside potted plants with the water I remove from this tank for cleanings... amazing plant food!
02-08-2015 03:57 AM
Dan110024
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Originally Posted by demart View Post
This is my first ever fish tank. Decided to go planted.
36g Bowfront
Aqueon 55/75 HOB filter
Hagen glow 24" single t5ho
Eco complete capped with gravel
Amazon swords, java moss, java fern, jungle val, dwarf sag, and a few assorted crypts.
7 neons
6 rummy nose
5 bleeding heart tetras
6 panda cory
4 oto cats

Tank has been running for 2 months. Any suggestions always welcome. Still learning.
You should get some root tabs under the substrate. Your plants will benefit from it. Looks good, though! I'm interested to see what it'll look like once everything grows in.
02-04-2015 11:26 PM
demart This is my first ever fish tank. Decided to go planted.
36g Bowfront
Aqueon 55/75 HOB filter
Hagen glow 24" single t5ho
Eco complete capped with gravel
Amazon swords, java moss, java fern, jungle val, dwarf sag, and a few assorted crypts.
7 neons
6 rummy nose
5 bleeding heart tetras
6 panda cory
4 oto cats

Tank has been running for 2 months. Any suggestions always welcome. Still learning.
02-04-2015 03:14 PM
boredincubicle Here is my low tech 30. I have 2 t5 fixtures up top, root tabs throughout and usually dose Flourish once a week or so, but have been cutting back after a recent BBA outbreak that came on when I replaced my bulbs. Used to dose Excel, but my vals have never appreciated it and I've had a hard time deciding if it's worth letting some of them melt and die off to get them used to daily doses.

Decided to give a molly a shot as a BBA cleanup crew and he has done wonders, so now I'm not sure what I'll do.






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