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Non Co2 55 gallon

I had a left over 55gallon, and an extra aqualight and some extra room so I decided that I needed a low tech setup. I invested in a cheap metal stand, a HOB filter, and $25 dollars worth of various vallisnerias.

The tank isn't heated, so hopefully the lights will keep the tank warm enough for plants grow.

I just stocked the tank with fathead minnows, and banded killifish which I caught in the stream behind my house. Some of the fish have visible internal parasites, so I am counting on some casualties.

If everything goes well the tank should slowly fill with vals creating a nice affect. If the plants don't make it I will rip them out and make the tank non-planted
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I really like your big piece of driftwood. Did you collect it locally?
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word, thats a sweet piece of driftwood. i really need to go out and look for some.

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i think that tank is perfect the way it is. maybe some more vals along the back, but nothing else. WOW. i wish i had a tank like that. i'd put in some congo tetra in there.

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I totally dig your tank. LOVE the drift wood.
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I found the wood a year and a half ago when our pond at work was drained. It is the root structure of a small tree, I cut the trunk off with a chainsaw.

I soaked the wood in a small stream in my father's yard for 3 months.
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I love you new tank!!! 55 gallon non CO2 aquariums are going to take over the world


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Well here is the tank now.

The vals didn't work, only the giant vals grew a little. The water must be too cold for them, last I checked it was 58 degrees.

I replaced the vals with Ranunculus which is growing pretty quickly, grew out some hairgrass in my other tank and planted it on the left side.

The water is tinted a little from the driftwood and everything in the tank has diatom algae covering it.

Surprisingly all of the fish I netted are doing great, none have died.
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not bad i'm planning on a low light walstad tank for my 55 gallon i might just go with an ah supply 2 x 55 watt kit. And fill it up with some stem plants and a few slow growers and some floating plants maybe some crypts . Too bad i can 't use driftwood since my ph isn't that high. I wonder what fish i will put in there though. what part of Ny are you from ?

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Wow I really love your tank. Now can i make a suggestion. I would put some Anubis in the left side of the tank. I seen it today at the lfs what a beautiful plant other then that its an amazing tank.
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fishlover 0591, I am from upstate NY Between Albany and Saratoga Springs

Architect1, I forgot to mention that I am turning this tank into a biotope. All plants and fish in the tank will be ones I collected once the giant vals are removed.

I do have Anubias Nana in my 75 gallon and it looks awesome.
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Looks terrific Urkevitz. Like others, I dig the wood and the sand. I almost like it best in the first shot with very few plants, but that could invite algae I suppose.





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Looks Great! I like the look of clean without overcrowding (my tanks). Do you put hardscape (rocks) into tanks so the shrimp and fish have a place to hide or for some other reason? (Looks only?)
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In most of my tanks the rocks are for shrimp, and to grow moss and ferns on.

This tank has no shrimp, the killifish eat anything that moves.
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I rescaped the tank in february with only vals and replaced the fish with tiger barbs and danios. The light was also replaced with a shoplight. The wood was growing fungus and starting to get soft so I ripped it out.
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