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Old 06-24-2014, 01:21 AM   #1
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Manzanita 29g Low Light


I wanted to try a really low maintenance tank, so here it goes...

I have a Zoomed 2 x T5 light hanging 28 inches from the substrate. According to some things I've read on the Internets this should give me around 25-30 PAR at the substrate. I bought 2 bags of ADA Aquasoil Amazonia and hopefully with that potent stuff I'll only have to dose ferts once every 2 weeks and top off the tank every so often. I'll use the dry start method then dose Excel for a month or two and slowly wean off that until it's completely self sustaining. That's the goal at least.

I'll be putting a pair of Apistogramma cacatuoides and some other schooling fish. Open to opinions, although I'm leaning towards emperor tetra's. I don't want any rasboras, cardinals, or rummynose tetra's. They're great but I already had those and I'm looking for something new.

Here's the hardscape, drilled and screwed 3 Manzanita branches together.






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Old 06-24-2014, 01:25 AM   #2
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Good start
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Old 06-24-2014, 02:23 AM   #3
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What plants are you planning? you mention dry start method but not what will be getting dry started.
Btw love the driftwood!
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Old 06-24-2014, 03:22 AM   #4
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What plants are you planning? you mention dry start method but not what will be getting dry started.
Btw love the driftwood!
I want to get a nice carpet going, Dwarf Hairgrass is #1 on my list. I've had it grow in another low light tank but it just never spread out, so that's why I think the dry start would be great. It'll cover the majority of the tank. I love brown crypt wendtii so that'll be in there too. Any other suggestions? I have a bunch of anubias nana that will go on the Manzanita when filled. I also like how rotala indica looks in tall tanks like this one. Love to hear some ideas though...
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Good start
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I like your driftwood. It looks like a bird in your tank
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I like your driftwood. It looks like a bird in your tank
That made me laugh!
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Added some rocks today!



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That wood is SWEET. I like the rocks too, they are a nice addition.
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