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post #2101 of 2134 (permalink) Old 03-15-2018, 01:51 AM
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Here’s my low tech 90 gallon, a little over 2 months in. I had just trimmed most of the background plants down about 6-8 inches and did a water change before taking the pics.
1st pic with all lights on. 2nd pic with 1/2 the lights on.
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post #2102 of 2134 (permalink) Old 03-15-2018, 09:32 PM
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I am so excited to see all these low tech tanks. just the inspiration I'm looking for.
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post #2103 of 2134 (permalink) Old 07-06-2019, 11:46 AM
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After failure attempt, this time bravely enough to venture once more.
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post #2104 of 2134 (permalink) Old 07-06-2019, 05:45 PM
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50 Gallon Fluval Osaka:

Another 50 gallon Osaka:

125 gallon built in wall low tech:

Another in-wall 125:

Nothing good happens fast in an ecosystem.
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Thanks for sharing these. What kind of sword is that in the 1st 125 tank? Red melon? Osiris?
And are those crypts in front?
And what are the orangish floating plants in the left? Or are those tall stems that reached the top and are floating?

Always looking for colorful plants that will do well in low tech.
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Sword is a red melon. Not quite sure what happened because I didn't place it on the mopani wood, it somehow sent a runner there I believe. Crypts are wendtii green, brown, and bronze in order from left to right. The tall stems are rotala. The right side of the tank is a mess because I was trying to catch a really unusual shrimp out and started moving things. Naturally, I never got him and just messed up the scape.
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post #2107 of 2134 (permalink) Old 07-07-2019, 01:37 AM
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My first (planted) tank- dirted 20 g high - 4 weeks in

20 gallon tall.
Organic potting soil with fluorite "natural" substrate
Started with aqueon quietflow 10 but converting to an Aquaclear 30 with a pre filter and switched to a stack of sponges.
Beamworks DA FSPEC 24" LED array on a timer. Tank is lit for 9 hours with 4 hour midday siesta (8-12, 4-9)
No ferts
Two week dry start, now 4 weeks in.
After an initial burst of diatoms and green algae (filtering stupidly with activated carbon filter, too long lights, no algae eating fauna, and had to leave town for a few days)... after cleanup and fixing obvious issues, I have been daily dosing Flourish Excel.
Flora: - I took the shotgun approach (plant heavily and see what sticks)
Floating: First tried azolla with some duckweed, now replacing with salvinia and red root floaters
Foreground: Eleocharis acicularis, (HC Cuba- I was stubborn and tried to plant and it failed- now mostly removed), crypt wenditii green, hygrophilia tripartia- (planted after the first diatom burst),
Midground: (L) Malaysian driftwood and lava rock with microsorum pteropus (windeluv, trident, regular), java moss, anubias nana petit, different varieties of buchelandra, susswassertang, java moss and (R) sagitarria subulate, crypt wenditii (brown, red, green), crypt undulata
Background: Initially: echinodorus martii, moneywort and rotala rotundifola and myriophillum. Moneywort melted and I chickened out and pulled it out. Added hygrophilia corymbosa siamensis and ludwigia repens, Crypt balansae.


Fauna: 4 oto, 3 nerite snails, 4 amano shrimp, and 9 cpd after
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About 25 gallons (80cm l x 40cm w x 30cm h).



Flora:
Assorted crypts
Vallis
Assorted anubias
Java & bolbitis fern
2x African dwarf lotus
Buce
Frogbit

Fauna:
14x CPDs
7x Endler
1x Badis
3x Otocinclus
Assorted shrimp
3x Nerite snails

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I have a lot of tanks- but particularly my low tech fry tanks need CONSTANT trimming (they are very 'lush'). Extremely low tech- they even have crappy filters (one internal itty bitty one and the other a sponge filter. Here is a photo of the two:
Photo one: HC, dwarf hairgrass, fissiden fontantus, christmas moss, anibia, and some air plants on top of the filter.... yes, this needs trimming! lol. I just always put it off because of the design the mosses push up against the glass. oops.
Photo two: Pogostemon, water sprite, riccia, Clinopodium brownei
Both just keep my fry.... and tons of shrimp that keep breeding.
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Here's my little bowl. It's been running for a few weeks with nothing but a CFL and everything is growing like crazy. I used aquasoil and fertilize NPK, magnesium, and micros, with extra potassium since the broad-leafed plants were showing signs of deficiency. The plants are mostly aggressively invasive weeds and include Camboba, Ludwigia, Eleocharis, Anubias, and Lemna species. This bowl has been easy, cheap, and pretty fun, though in the future I would use a slightly larger container since getting my hands in there to trim is pretty tricky.
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I amazed that the crypts are growing in the sand. How did you accomplish that? Is that pool filter sand?
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I'd call this my no-tech tank. Standard 10 gallon tank and hood from Petco, add Anubias and Java Fern, and give minimum maintenance for six months as it's in my wife's 1st grade classroom. Can't get much easier than that.





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I'd call this my no-tech tank. Standard 10 gallon tank and hood from Petco, add Anubias and Java Fern, and give minimum maintenance for six months as it's in my wife's 1st grade classroom. Can't get much easier than that.



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My name is Luke. I live in South Africa and this is my lowtech planted 4 foot setup.Click image for larger version

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I am running a 20 watt 6500k floodlight and am dosing with Seachem Trace, Nitrogen and Iron supplements.

I have also made my own root tabs using capsules and slow release ferts.
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I amazed that the crypts are growing in the sand. How did you accomplish that? Is that pool filter sand?
I dont have any pics at the moment but im using black diamond blasting sand in my 60G and of all the stem plants ive tried the wenditti red crypt is doing the best withonly root tabs
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