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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-23-2017, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for some insite on how to start a low tech nano. I have a 12x12x12 tank that I had as a reef. I since moved and dismantled it and set it aside, but am wanting to start up a planted tank. I have a wave point 6 inch 12 watt led light I used for the reef, would that work well for plants? Also what substrate do you guys recommend? I want a low maintenance tank. Hope you can help
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Where to begin... there are so many good builds here, you really have a wide selection of examples. So, first I'd suggest reading.
Easy substrate: sand. Pool filter sand, black diamond blasting sand, aquarium sand, etc. eapecially with a small tank, I think sand makes things easiest.
Low light plants will do well with just about anything that looks bright enough - find a color you like to see. The typical marine lights often look weird with plants.
I suggest some real thinking about fauna, and balance with water maintenance.
Looking forward to seeing what you make! I love little tanks.


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Hello,

Some low light and hardy freshwater plants that involve little to no maintenance are java fern, any species of anubias, water sprite, subwassertang, and marimo moss balls.

To further reduce maintenance you could consider adding 2-3 amano shrimp and 2 horned nerite snails to your stocking plans. They will take care of algae and biofilm on the plants and walls of the tank. They are also incapable of reproducing in freshwater, so you wouldn't have to worry about them multiplying and adding to the tank's bioload. These species will do well with a group of small schooling fish, such as chili rasbora, ember tetras, or celestial pearl danios.

I would also suggest to focus your filtration around biological media, as it is most effective at reducing maintenance. I am a big fan of marinepure media and use it in all of my tanks.

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so ive done some research and decided that eco complete may be my substrate of choose. I have a few plants in mind as well. I like the look of amazon swords, Anubais, dwarf hair grass, java fern, and saggitaria. Would gen be okay for a beginner?
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