Been wanting to start a journal for my 3 low tech tanks to collectively put the information in one place for myself to be able to come back to. so here we go first off some tank pictures as things stand today.
These are all Low tech tanks
with an aim for just over 20 par based on online calculations. lights on all three tanks are brooder lights hung with Great value brand daylight LED's from walmart. I've likes this approach so i can hang a shelf right above the tank and then hang the lights from that. Simple and adjustable, and i can switch out bulbs to increase or decrease light levels.
: dry dosing to tom barrs outline for low tech tanks linked here: https://barrreport.com/threads/non-co2-methods.2792/
i skip a dose about every month so far and that has worked thus far.
in the tanks is black diamond blasting sand, i really like it, i have cories in all three tanks and have no problems, and i really like being able to move plants when i want basically because i am still setting this up the way i want, slowly going to be adding driftwood to the tanks sometimes soon as soon as they sink, have a couple small pieces in the 55 now.
: as far as what all plants i have i cannot say, there's too much variety for me to keep track of myself as i am still new to the hobby and i actually have a couple i am curious about the identification of so i can know more about their growth patterns. All plants i have are from the people on this forum and due to their generosity i have too many plants to memorize the names of.
: i have cories in all the tanks, embers and a betta in the 29 gallon, otos and a betta in the 20 and in the 55 i have just added the last 4 red rili shrimp from my fish store. hoping i have a male and female, we will hopefully see in the next couple months, they should be close to breeding age i think. these are my first shrimp.
Filters are an AC110 on the 55, an AC 40 on the 29, and an aqua tech 20-40 on the 20 gallon.
Been dealing with hair algae in the 20 gallon recently first and did a 3 day black out and reduced lighting, switched to lower light bulbs and raised a bit.
hair algae in the 29 as well just reduced lighting and timers, will increase duration again in a weeks time little by little.
the 55 is the most recently set up tank but has been up for about 2 moths yet, i have a bit of staghorn which today i've noticed has begun to go away despite my doing nothing, i also believe i saw a tuft of hair in there as well but plants are still adjusting in that tank but are moving along.
goals right now are to balance the tanks and get algae down to minimum and try to get shrimp to breed. then someday perhaps eventually adding some more stock to the 55, perhaps just more cories, maybe a small group of neons or harlequins once the shrimp colony has taken off. 29 gallon is stocked the way i want for now and the 20 i think may get a small group of neons maybe 12ish someday.
soemtime i will post the actual dosing numbers i do for the three tanks but not today, had most of this post typed and the computer messed up and i lost it all so another time. that's all for now.
If there's anyone who'd like to advise me please do in anyway, assume i know nothing and tell me anything i might be missing, i appreciate any advise anyone has.
in the meantime could anyone ID these plants for me:
The grassy stem plant on the right i cannot remember the name of and i'm wondering if i should trim and replant growth as it is bent over and re-rooting
And here the ludwigia in the back center i was wondering what type it is, it doesn't seem to be growing as upright as other types i have. also the single stem between the ludwigia and rotala(right under the heater) i am unsure what it is.
Again thanks for any help anyone can offer.