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Old 10-28-2014, 06:39 PM   #1
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My low-tech 29 gallon tank plan - will this work?


I am setting up my 29 gallon tank again and I want to go low tech for ease of maintenance. The tank is going to have all Asian fish and plants. I want to know if my plan will work because I haven't setup a tank that has been this low tech before. I had this tank setup as a dirt tank for the last year but I tore it down a few months ago when I thought I would be moving for a new job (I quit). As a dirt tank, it was successful for several months then started a long period of decline and the tank got overrun by algae, diatoms, and the plants died.

Substrate - 2" of black aquarium sand with root tabs
Fertilizers - Flourish Excel and fish waste
Lighting - Zoomed 2-bulb T5HO with 1 6,500k bulb and 1 10,000k bulb.
Hardscape - driftwood and rocks
Plants - All Asian plants - Java fern, crypts, Wisteria, Hygrophila, Water Sprite, Rotala, Java moss
Fish - All Asian fish such as Tiger Barbs, SAE, Rasboras
Invertebrates - A few different types of snails

Can a tank like this be successful and have decent plant growth? Any tips are appreciated.
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Old 10-29-2014, 12:41 AM   #2
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It sounds like a wonderful tank plan so far, and it would be fairly easy to maintain. I'm running a similar, albeit smaller set-up, and the crypts love having the root tabs. My biggest concern would be that the tiger barbs might go after the other tankmates. There's a whole range of other barbs (Rosy, cherry, gold, odessa, etc) that are just as lively but not as aggressive.
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first off, sae's will need a bigger tank. they like a small school 6 or so and grow to be 4-5 inches. they need room to swim as they are super active.

your plants are alright. but you need to down more than just excel. you have alot of fast growing stems this will deplete your nutrients in the water very fast.

you will need to dose npk and micros or you will be over run with algae in no time.

oh and way too much light
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you will need to dose npk and micros or you will be over run with algae in no time.
Thanks. Can you give me some info on dosing fertilizer? I haven't done it before and don't know anything about it. What are some good places to buy the fertilizer?
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Thanks. Can you give me some info on dosing fertilizer? I haven't done it before and don't know anything about it. What are some good places to buy the fertilizer?
I also don't know anything about ferts, but there is a member on here who sells ferts. I am planning to buy a custom mix from him for my medium light low tech tank.
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Old 10-29-2014, 08:00 PM   #6
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Buy them online. Type " yet another nutrients calculator". This great to help with dosing amounts.

Start with aiming for these numbers.

Nitrates 10-20ppm
Iron 1ppm
Potassium 20-30
Phosphates 1-3ppm
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