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Low Tech 29 gallon tank

Newbies seem to hesitate buying plants because they are uncertain how the plants will grow. Thus thought pics of my tank would help.

TANK is a 29 gallon 30 X 12 X 20 inches
It has been up since December 2008

SUBSTRATE
Dirt mixed with:
Potassium sulfate
Calcium sulfate
Organic charcoal (which brought the ludwiga back to life)
Red Bag Kitty litter
Kitty litter was a bad idea for when I move plants a few fish die. Thus sometime this year I hope to break down the tank and add mineralised substrate.

Topped with used flourite on the right and play sand on the left

Light is 2 - 20 watt T8 bulbs
1 Zoo Med ultras sun
1 Life-Glo 2

No Co2 injected. Gh and kh very low. Tap ph 8

Ferts
Seachem Flourish comprehensive
Seachem nitrogen
Seachem excel
Tetra Flora pride

The ludwiga and Star grass seem to be nitrogen hogs. Without it they get a lot of side roots. Probably would have been cheaper buying Plant nutrient from Big Al's but I bought a little here and there.

Right side (front to back)
Java fern v windelov, sags, 1 val v corkscrew, 1 crypt balance, Ludwiga repens, Wisteria, Hygro sunset, Foxtail v green.


Left side
Star grass, Foxtail v frill, and Java fern (on far left is a new addition)


Front
Here you can see the moss and 4 leaf clover, which is in the front, that is not doing very well.
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how long you tank been up and running? nice set-up.


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how long you tank been up and running? nice set-up.
Since Dec 2008

Thank you!!

What an adorable baby!! What is her name?
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Looks wonderful.

My planted tank. 55 gallon fluorite substrate over soil, 64 watts of light, excel twice a week. Weekly water changes. Angelfish pair, guppies, BN plecos and otos. Redone 11/13/2012
One non planted tanks. 75 gallon.
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I replaced the diy light fixture, which had T8 bulbs, with a Satellite fixture with 65 bulb, for it was only 24 in long and I had a lot of dark spots. Also have a Life-glo bulb on for 3 noon time.

Is this still a low tech tank?

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