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NateBW 11-25-2012 01:31 AM

My 37 Gallon Low Tech Adventure
Well, I had a 20 gallon tank about 10 years ago. We had Endler's Livebearers, Clown Loaches, and other small fish. Over time I added a few live plants - Java ferns and anacharis, mostly. Then we moved down to Florida from Chicago and gave the tank away. In the meantime, we've had a betta, but that only lasted about 2 years.

Now that my kids are big enough (3 and 5), I've been itching for a bigger a new tank. So here it is, 4 days into a fishless cycle:

(The kids did the background.)

Lighting - 18W X 2 T5HO

2-3 inches of Gravel w/ 25 %fluorite

The plants, so are are the easiest most basic I could find:
  • java Fern - Microsorium pteropus, a couple of different kinds, I think.
  • Cryptocoryne wendtii ‘green’, tiny, on the left
  • Anubias nana, 3 on the right
  • Water Onion - Crinum thaianum, just 1 as an experiment.
  • Water Wisteria - Hygrophila difformis, 4 in the back
I want to get some floating plants too, since it is a tall tank, and some java moss. Not sure after that.

I don't want to do CO2, but may wind up using Flourish Excel. I specifically avoided vals and anacharis, just in case (I'm hoping someone can advise about the Water Onion and sensitivity to Excel).

So that's it. I'll probably post another pic after we get some fish. :fish:

GMYukonon24s 11-25-2012 02:30 AM

Nice startup! You have some nice plants in there. There are a lot of mosses that are good easy plants. Some of the Rotalas are easy too.

NateBW 11-27-2012 04:30 PM

Thanks. I'm having fun. I''ll look into those.....

NateBW 12-28-2012 02:28 AM

Same plants.

Livestock -

3 Dwarf gourami
13 neon tetra
3? ghost shrimp

Pruning the Wisteria tonight. Thinking about getting some more Crinum and maybe some Platys..... Not sure.

Ruchit 12-28-2012 02:38 AM

Beautiful tank.. Lush growth of plants in a months time.

NateBW 12-28-2012 02:52 AM

Thanks! I didn't even realize the extent of the growth until I went back and looked at the early pictures. Your tanks are fantastic, Ruchit.

NateBW 01-06-2013 07:50 PM

I rearranged some plants. I need to trim the wisteria again.

Bserve 01-06-2013 07:52 PM

That's some nice wisteria!

NateBW 01-07-2013 10:28 PM

Well, thanks. I'm trying to build up the left side to match. :)

NateBW 02-17-2013 12:15 AM

Short closeup Video:

NateBW 03-10-2013 05:25 PM

How many ghost shrimp can you find in this picture?

Rbp917 03-10-2013 06:43 PM

My kids loved the bubble toys, I was horrified at first, but eventually joined in, they have outgrown it now, but it was fun while it lasted.

NateBW 03-24-2013 02:05 AM

I'm not really sure where I am going with the aquascaping. I'm mostly trying to figure out what will survive in my low-tech tank right now.....

I'm open to suggestions.

Most recent photo:

Plants: Left to right
Crinum thaianum (water onion)
Vallisneria americana (Jungle Val)
Ceratophyllum submersum (Hornworn)
Hygrophila difformis (Wisteria)

Cryptocoryne wendtii ‘green’,
Microsorium pteropus, (java Fern)
spathiphyllum wallisii (Peace lily)
Anubias nana


~10 Yellow Lyretail mollies
1 black molly
5 neon tetra
6 Endler
4 otocinclus
~8 ghost shrimp

8 random decorations.

NateBW 06-23-2013 11:06 PM

Kids made a new background for the tank

NateBW 01-21-2014 11:40 AM


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