15 gallon low tech / no tech
After a break I'm finally able to set up a tank again! And I want it to be a very low tech /no tech thing with lots of slimy crawling things and only a few fish. I decided to share the process with you - either it will be a success, or a massive disaster :-) And sorry for the mess on my balcony!
The tank is a little over 60 liters, that is about 15 or 17 gallons.
Bottom layer -Diversa Nutriplant. Advertised as a nutritive substrate for low tech tanks. Actually I'm quite disappointed with it - it looks as mostly sand with a bit of something composty mixed in. But we'll see.
Top layer - Unisoil. An inert expanded clay substrate. I like how it looks, hopefully the plants will like it too.
Hardscape: an oak branch I picked on a walk.
As you can see, I'm dry starting it. At the moment it's planted for a little over two weeks, some of the original leaves are yellowing and there is some healthy new growth on all plants. I'll flood it only after the carpeting plants really take root and start spreading - the Echinodorus tenellus was in vitro and had no roots to speak of.
After I flood it I'll add a small internal filter, just for a bit of water movement. But no other tech. Light is just the daylight from a northeast-facing window - the tank gets about an hour of direct sunshine in the morning. I'll probably add some LED light in the fall when the days get shorter, but not now.
Last edited by Baysha; 04-25-2020 at 05:58 PM.
Reason: had a brain fart - confused north and south