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Old 03-23-2014, 04:30 PM   #1276
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I went extremely low tech with it. The lighting is 1x39w on for five hours a day with no CO2 and ferts once every ten days or so.
What type of light though, T8 or T5?
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Old 03-23-2014, 05:38 PM   #1277
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It's one 39 watt T5HO on for five hours a day. Does that make it unsuitable for this thread?
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Old 03-23-2014, 05:45 PM   #1278
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It's one 39 watt T5HO on for five hours a day. Does that make it unsuitable for this thread?
Thanks! No! Lo Tech refers to mostly non presureized Co2 in this thread.
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Old 03-23-2014, 05:48 PM   #1279
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I only do excel because even though there's no co2 I have some tufts of Bba. Not sure how I got it n that tank only but the excel seems to keep it manageable
I have it naturally in my tanks too. Excel is the only thing that keeps it under control. I think it is lousy city water plus minerals from old house pipes that cause it. Next getting some Goodeid fish, for read that they eat BBA.
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Old 03-25-2014, 01:00 AM   #1280
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Update on my 90g just went to dirt with black diamond blasting sand.
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Old 03-25-2014, 06:31 AM   #1281
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Here's my 75 gal, first attempt at a planted tank. Converted it from a cichlid tank a couple of months ago. (Thanks in large part to this forum!) Ive been playing around with the hardscape and changing up the plant arrangement pretty much the whole time lol. Think Ive about got it Ok for now, gonna let it fill in some and take it from there.




* Photo noob here. Gonna make a proper journal soon as I get these camera settings figured out more. It looks much better in person


Tank: 48 x 21 x 18 inches, 75 gal, partial glass tops
Substrate: 125 lbs Black Diamond blasting sand
Lights: Two 48" T5HO (1 Coralife 10K, 1 Truelumen Flora). Two little Marineland LEDs at the very back (ones that come in a 24" hood).
Filtration: Two HOB I already had, a Penguin 350 and a Whisper 40.
Ferts: Osmocote root tabs, a bit of Flourish comp, daily Excel - all subject to change.



Most of the foreground plants were planted within the last few days, along with the small wysteria and a sword you can barely see in the right rear corner. Also some Bacopa behind the rocks, so the background should even out pretty soon hopefully. Curious to see how the middle sword grows out. Got it from petco supposedly an Argentine. That's one of it's babies off a runner at seven o'clock.



You can see remnants of BBA still on the rocks, that's really the only place now. Had a bit more show up on some leaves early on. Spot treated the worst of it with H2O2. It seems to be going away for the most part.


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Old 03-25-2014, 06:46 AM   #1282
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Here's my 75 gal, first attempt at a planted tank. Converted it from a cichlid tank a couple of months ago. (Thanks in large part to this forum!) Ive been playing around with the hardscape and changing up the plant arrangement pretty much the whole time lol. Think Ive about got it Ok for now, gonna let it fill in some and take it from there.
very nice.
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Old 03-26-2014, 02:33 AM   #1283
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My 10 gallon ~ 5 months old



All the info on the tank is here: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=589337
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Old 03-30-2014, 11:00 PM   #1284
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Nice to see this thread still bumping along, and there are some awesome new tanks in here!
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Old 03-30-2014, 11:42 PM   #1285
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1.5 week outdoor tank. No-tech (except for the powerhead). Light is provided by the sun. Let's see how this tank progresses.
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Old 04-13-2014, 03:22 AM   #1286
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I'd love to see some updates on some of theses tanks!

Plus any new ones!
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Old 04-13-2014, 12:57 PM   #1287
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Old 04-13-2014, 02:11 PM   #1288
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I'll start.

This is my 90gal. I've had the tank set up for about 2 years now.





Setup:
filters- Rena XP3, Rena XP4
light- Catalina 4x54 T5HO (only run 2 bulbs for 6 hrs/day)
substrate- mix of Flourite black, Flourite black sand, black T grade Colorquartz, peat
heater- inline Hydor ETH 300 watt

Plants:
tons of chain swords; all 4 varieties of Echinodorus tenellus, E. angustifolius, E. angustifolius 'vesuvius,' E. quadricostatus
Vallisneria spiralis
Bacopa caroliniana
Lobelia cardinalis
Marselia minuta
Echinodorus 'kleiner bar'
E. 'Indian red'
E. africanus

Livestock:
17x Pristella tetras
15x P. weitzmani (Black Morpho Tetras)
6x assorted BN plecos (albino LF and Calico)
1x Clown pleco
5x Corydoras schwartzi
24x Amano shrimp
1x German Blue Ram
2x Cardinal tetras (soon to be 50x)
5x(??) Otocinclus viattus

NOTES- I am right on the edge of too much light. This tank did much better when I had floating plants for light control. I let those get out of control and block too much light last year and removed them all... ever since then I've been having to fight algae so I need to add some again.

The BN plecos are also eating my Vals... not sure what I'm going to do about that just yet.

Is the first pic with all 4 bulbs on an the second pic jus 2 bulbs?
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Old 04-13-2014, 02:50 PM   #1289
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Here's my 75 gal, first attempt at a planted tank. Converted it from a cichlid tank a couple of months ago. (Thanks in large part to this forum!) Ive been playing around with the hardscape and changing up the plant arrangement pretty much the whole time lol. Think Ive about got it Ok for now, gonna let it fill in some and take it from there.




* Photo noob here. Gonna make a proper journal soon as I get these camera settings figured out more. It looks much better in person


Tank: 48 x 21 x 18 inches, 75 gal, partial glass tops
Substrate: 125 lbs Black Diamond blasting sand
Lights: Two 48" T5HO (1 Coralife 10K, 1 Truelumen Flora). Two little Marineland LEDs at the very back (ones that come in a 24" hood).
Filtration: Two HOB I already had, a Penguin 350 and a Whisper 40.
Ferts: Osmocote root tabs, a bit of Flourish comp, daily Excel - all subject to change.



Most of the foreground plants were planted within the last few days, along with the small wysteria and a sword you can barely see in the right rear corner. Also some Bacopa behind the rocks, so the background should even out pretty soon hopefully. Curious to see how the middle sword grows out. Got it from petco supposedly an Argentine. That's one of it's babies off a runner at seven o'clock.



You can see remnants of BBA still on the rocks, that's really the only place now. Had a bit more show up on some leaves early on. Spot treated the worst of it with H2O2. It seems to be going away for the most part.

What type of anubis is that on the left? In front of the DW
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Old 04-13-2014, 04:05 PM   #1290
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Is the first pic with all 4 bulbs on an the second pic jus 2 bulbs?
Hm. 4 years ago, so I don't remember. I suspect it was just my cheap PAS camera catching the lighting from different angles, though.
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