Low tech tank people - need your help with plant selection!
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > General Planted Tank Forums > Low Tech Forum


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-02-2012, 06:54 PM   #1
STS_1OO
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (6/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Posts: 289
Default

Low tech tank people - need your help with plant selection!


Hey guys,

I've got a new Fluval Spec 5 that I was debating pushing to high tech.

After spending some more time in the low tech section, it's clearly the way I want to go.

The dimensions of the tank are 17" x 6" x 10.6" high.

I'd like low maintenance, modest growth plants that require no CO2 or any serious fert regime.

What plants would you suggest in this set up?

Ideally, I'd like plants that stay relatively low to the ground as tall plants in a rectangular tank aren't very pleasing to the eye. I understand this counterintuitive for a low tech tank as the plants naturally grow more vertically to capture the light.

I love crypt parva for this reason and I have some red wendtti but am looking for some variety. Any suggestions?

Last edited by STS_1OO; 12-02-2012 at 07:12 PM.. Reason: updated info
STS_1OO is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 12-03-2012, 03:54 PM   #2
Diana
Planted Tank Guru
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Contra Costa CA
Posts: 7,483
Default

In that small a tank I could suggest things like Dwarf Anubias, Wendelov Java Fern, Mosses (one of the more compact ones, not the stringy Java Moss). Crypts are likely to stay smaller under low light conditions, so if that is the way you are thinking, go for it.

The lowest light ground cover plant is probably dwarf Clover, Marsilea.
Diana is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 04:37 PM   #3
MABJ
Invert Warrior
 
MABJ's Avatar
 
PTrader: (14/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: NY
Posts: 3,883
Default

You will not get a carpet unless you fashion one out of moss, just so you know!

But first and foremost welcome to the forum! I hope you really like it here.

I'm a low tech guy. You can check my tanks in my signature.

I'd go with lower light crypts like parva (I think) you could do java ferns, there are tons of species.

Also consider Anubias Nana Petite, or even Anubias Nana.

Get LOTS of mosses. Get all kinds of mini mosses. I love moss, but it really does look nice.

Most mosses thrive in low livht


MABJ's iDevice used for this message :p
__________________
|Mossy Bonsai|Almost ADA|DBP Loonnng|CRS Spec|
|My Tanks ʌ | Shrimp advice v|
|Essential tools|List of inverts|Sage advice|Truth About Snails|
Mark A Belcher Junior, founder -- DBP Club.
MABJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 05:11 PM   #4
STS_1OO
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (6/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Posts: 289
Default

Thank you for both of your replies and the warm welcome!

I am not aiming for any sort of a carpet - definitely not under the illusion that I can get away with it.

I'd like to fill it with plants that rest just an inch or two above the substrate but don't extend beyond 5" or so. The options you guys put out I think fit very well into that, thank you.

I'll await any more suggestions. Thanks for the input!

Last edited by STS_1OO; 12-03-2012 at 06:43 PM.. Reason: missed some words!
STS_1OO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 06:30 PM   #5
urbguy
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
urbguy's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Posts: 395
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Diana View Post
In that small a tank I could suggest things like Dwarf Anubias, Wendelov Java Fern, Mosses (one of the more compact ones, not the stringy Java Moss). Crypts are likely to stay smaller under low light conditions, so if that is the way you are thinking, go for it.

The lowest light ground cover plant is probably dwarf Clover, Marsilea.
I totally agree that the dwarf clover is definitely a great plant for you. I also think that the Pygmy Chain Sword will definitely be good for you too; however, these kind of bush up rather than make lush carpets...Do check into it, I heard it grows realtively quickly even in conditions without co2 and high light as this plant doesn't like high light anyway.
__________________
urbguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 06:44 PM   #6
STS_1OO
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (6/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Posts: 289
Default

Thanks Urbguy, those are excellent recommendations!

I'm hoping to hit a sweet spot where I can get sustained growth that can be kept in check without CO2 or heavy ferts yet, if I were to ramp up the ferts, I could get some heavier growth.

I'd love to be able to fit some red plants in there (dosing Iron of course) with the Fugeray 16" (~ 30 Par at 12" height).

I think getting those PAR levels right is important and thus, have been mulling between the Fugeray 16" or the Ray II 16" which outputs ~49 PAR at 12" height.
STS_1OO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 07:28 PM   #7
BBradbury
Wannabe Guru
 
BBradbury's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Greeley, CO
Posts: 1,378
Default Low Tech Plants

Quote:
Originally Posted by STS_1OO View Post
Hey guys,

I've got a new Fluval Spec 5 that I was debating pushing to high tech.

After spending some more time in the low tech section, it's clearly the way I want to go.

The dimensions of the tank are 17" x 6" x 10.6" high.

I'd like low maintenance, modest growth plants that require no CO2 or any serious fert regime.

What plants would you suggest in this set up?

Ideally, I'd like plants that stay relatively low to the ground as tall plants in a rectangular tank aren't very pleasing to the eye. I understand this counterintuitive for a low tech tank as the plants naturally grow more vertically to capture the light.

I love crypt parva for this reason and I have some red wendtti but am looking for some variety. Any suggestions?
Hello STS...

I keep Anacharis, Pennywort, Anubias and some of the Amazon swords. I like Singapore moss too. All will grow well in low to moderate light. No added CO2 is needed if you keep to the less light demanding plants.

I just dose a variety of liquids in addition to the ferts the fish provide.

B
__________________
"Fear not my child, just change the tank water."
BBradbury is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 10:58 PM   #8
STS_1OO
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (6/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Posts: 289
Default

Thanks for that information Bbradury. How is your plant growth?
STS_1OO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2012, 12:23 AM   #9
ZLogic
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 408
Default

I keep sagittaria subulata, various crypts, rotalas, java ferns, bacopa carolina, wisteria, water sprite, various swords, anubias and mosses all in under 2wpg with no co2, NPK and trace once a week. All plants grow well, slowly, but they grow. I do a 30-40% water change every other week or so and prune rarely. Might want to look up the walstad method for minimal maintenance.
ZLogic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2012, 12:24 AM   #10
ZLogic
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 408
Default

I forgot to add hydrocotyle leucocephana, hydrocotyle sibthorpiodes, frogbit, jungle val and sagitaria chilensis.
ZLogic is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 12:54 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012