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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-14-2005, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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I am posting this question for a friend who is interested in setting up a low tech planted tank...

I am wanting to get an Oceanic 180g tank, oak stand and oak canopy (non-reef-ready). I am wanting to use two Eheim 2128 filters for the tank and have a tank of community fish. I do want to have plants, but not a crazy amount, just enough to make the tank look good and give the fish some cover.

Here are some of the fish I want to keep:

Pearl Gourami
Clown Loaches
Moonlight Gourami
Paradise Fish
Silver Shark
Banded Rainbow
Rummy Nose Tetras
Long Fin Rosy Barbs
Pictus Catfish
Fancy pleco species to be determined

I am wanting to have a nice, large community fish tank with plants, but main emphasis on the fish. I really want the plants for more nutrient control and natural habitat...I do not care for fake plants at all. That said, I don't want to use CO2 or high powered lighting. I am not opposed to using Fluorite for the base, or river gravel and Fluorite. I just don't want to have to trim plants and change water on a weekly basis. I am looking at more of a monthly waterchange with minimal pruning, if any. Can I get your thoughts?
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My thoughts....

Done properly, this sounds like it could be a beautiful tank not requiring much work.

I would use a soil layer and cap with small (2-3mm) gravel (personally preference; dark...black or browny/red). By using soil, you provide lots of nutrients for the plants over time and do not have to worry about fertilising. You usually want an average of about 1-2W/gal lighting. How deep is that tank? when you get over about 18" deep, it can be hard to get sufficient light to the bottom if you want low growing plants. I would go for large leaf, tall growing crypts and the like to give a nice feeling of cover and shelter without swamping the aquarium which you have specified you want to avoid.

p.s. For a fancy pleco, I personally would go for the beautiful gold nugget variety.

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i have a low tech 150gal tank.

right now its running on 4, 30gal sponge filters. 2 aquaclear hobs.
i used 4x15lb shultz profile gravel. lighting is 5x48w flor tubing

plants and decor.

lots of drift wood. old blackened clay pots
anubias batari , congres and nanas.
java fern (narrow,windlov)
java moss
amazon frogbit
dwarf onions
tiger lilys

fish are mostly bosamian ranbows, angels, a few schools of corys

125 ga. Pressured co2. T5ho
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expect to see aggression with the paradise fish and the gouramis. Also gourami's can be hard on fine, needle leaved plants (mayaca, ambulia, rotala wallichi, foxtail, etc)
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