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Old 08-07-2012, 07:52 AM   #736
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Beautiful Tanks and Soft Scapes!!! I really enjoyed looking at all of them!!!
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:49 PM   #737
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Just a pile of plants - besides wood work, no real scape yet
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:43 PM   #738
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My 75 gallon. Been set up for about a year now. I didn't like all the trimming of vines, especially since I built my stand way tall. I need a step ladder to do most tank work. Now, because I leave the lights on so my angels don't eat the other angels eggs, and have no vines, I'm getting some serious algae growth.

Lighting is "waterproof" (not very) led flood lights ordered from china 80 watts total, but I have them set up on three light switches. Two ten watts, two tem watts, and two twenty watt floods. I usually have 40 watts on during the day, and ten at night. Keep in mind that due to the fact that these are LEDs the "wpg" suggestions mean absolutely nothing. These have been a lot of trial and error. If all lights were on, I would NEED more ferts, plenty of vines, and co2

Substrate is... A bit weird. I mineralized some topsoil through the baking method, some through boiling. Some of it didn't get to proper temps for mineralization, so some of it is just regular topsoil. It's capped with play sand. I also couldn't get proper clay, dolomite, or muriate of potash without ordering WAY too much online. I used steel wool for the iron. I used tums capsules for the calcium, and nosalt as well as banana peels for potassium. Keep in mind the organic matter is still decomposing (banana peels) and I should have removed the protective coating of the steel wool by soaking in vinegar over night. It was with the help of plantbrain, and my wife the biochemist who helped me find a way to make mineralized topsoil in a day, rather than over the period of weeks. It also made the oven, and rest of the house smell like swamp for about 12 - 24 hours.

Filter is a magnaflow canister filter. I had some problems with algae for a little while, so I increased the flow with a power head. The top of the water got a bit scummy, so I also added a bubbler tube next to the magnaflow intake to improve surface agitation. Because of the LEDs it also made the tank shimmer. Which is awesome!

Plants... Some crypt parva which has gotten far bigger than I've ever seen parva, so I think it was mis-labeled. Two types of grass, one of which gets as tall as the tank, some of which stays at about 4 inches. A red tiger lotus which has split into 5 different plants, some jungle Val, some anubias petite, some java fern, and some crypt wendtii.

Fauna, 3 angels who won't stop breeding, three bushy nose plecos, but I hardly ever see the males, 20 Kuhli loaches, 3 clown loaches, 10 bloodfin tetras, and an unknown number of ghost shrimp.

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Old 09-01-2012, 05:44 PM   #739
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My first thought is that the stand is awesome. Are you a woodworker by trade? I really like the style of it.

2nd thought: do you keep the jungle val trimmed really low or something? My jungle val always gets very tall, I don't see anything that tall in your tank.

Looks very cool.
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:00 PM   #740
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Before:


After: two month later.


Tank size: 5.5 gallon
Lighting: This tank is sitting on my window shelf to get 100% natural direct sunlight w/ 9w CPF 10-11 hrs a day
Substrate: 2 inch kitty litter and 0.5 inch aquasoil
Fertilizer: only Excel about 0.8ml twice a week
livestock: 9 Chilli Rasboras and over 40 PFR adults and ton of baby everywhere.
I feed the fish very heavy 2-3x a day of decapsulated bbs and grindal worm.
Water change: umm from 20%-50% of RO/DI water that get remineralize w/ Calcium sulfate and magnesium sulfate w/ alittle seachem equlibrium.
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:12 PM   #741
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Here is my most recent Low tech tank!


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Old 09-03-2012, 11:34 AM   #742
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Not sure if I see a very long rhizome or it's because it's 4:30 in the morning. Either way, beautiful tank.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:13 PM   #743
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Thanks. I did recently break it into two pieces. It is about 18 inches.

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Old 09-03-2012, 12:33 PM   #744
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Here goes. Don't believe you can have a lower tech, lower maintenance tank and if you can, then good for you. This is a 45 G tall, using land plants to keep the tank water clean. Just emerse the plant rootball in the tank water and aerate the roots. The roots take in all forms of nitrogen from the fish waste and keep the water pure. Plants need only ambient light about 12 hours per day and a little water added to the tank a couple of times per week.

Water changes are small, about 3 to 4 gallons per week, so you can service the HOB filtration.

The fish maintain a steady flow of nutrients to the plants and the plants return pure water to the fish.

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Old 09-03-2012, 02:49 PM   #745
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Cobfreak, the jungle Val goes to the top of the tank, but it's somewhat sparse, and in the rear. I do wood working as a hobby. The stand is certainly my best project so far. You can see the build thread in my signature. I'm pretty proud of it. The whole planted tank experience is pretty awesome. I never would have gotten into it if I hadn't found this forum.
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:16 PM   #746
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Heres my fifty five gallon planted goldfish tank..
Substrate is miracle grow organic potting soil capped with lots of pool filter sand.

Lighting is a deep blue 48in NO fixture with two 10000k bulbs (one just died and replaced with a 6700k bulb)

Filtration is an aquatop cf-500uv, along with a tetra whisper ex 70 being used as an aquaponics type station.

Plants from left to right...jungle vals in the back, crypt balansae in the front, anubias attached to the drift wood, hornwort, many kinda of crypts and then there are amazon swords in the back right surrounded by the crypts.

Fauna in here are two large fancy goldfish, two albino cories and about three nerite snails, a huge ramshorn and lots of mts.



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Old 09-04-2012, 04:33 PM   #747
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Forgot to mention , i try to do water changed every week, and i add ferts when i do a water change.... =]
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:37 PM   #748
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OK...

Here goes. Don't believe you can have a lower tech, lower maintenance tank and if you can, then good for you. This is a 45 G tall, using land plants to keep the tank water clean. Just emerse the plant rootball in the tank water and aerate the roots. The roots take in all forms of nitrogen from the fish waste and keep the water pure. Plants need only ambient light about 12 hours per day and a little water added to the tank a couple of times per week.

Water changes are small, about 3 to 4 gallons per week, so you can service the HOB filtration.

The fish maintain a steady flow of nutrients to the plants and the plants return pure water to the fish.

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Awesome. Now that's a REAL low tech!
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:54 PM   #749
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Thanks. I did recently break it into two pieces. It is about 18 inches.
[img]biggest anubias i've ever seen [/img]
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Just wondering, how old is that plant?

It makes me wonder if anubias can live forever. Yes, the old growth will eventually die, but the new growth of the same plant lives on.
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:57 PM   #750
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My 72 gallon paludarium:

Initial set up:


The water section, 7 years later:


The land area 7 years later:


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This is pretty cool!!!!
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