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  1. Low Tech Forum
    Hi there, I am for 6months now into this hobby and i really loved it! I like Natural planted tanks & Provide an ecosystem where plants and fish balance each other's needs. so learned about it and created my planted tank. I use organic soil and gravel, for plants i picked alot of fast growing...
  2. Plants
    I have Amazon Frogbit in all three of my tanks. One is a blackwater tank where it works perfectly, keeping the light levels dim and nutrients low. However, I have a dirted tank with lots of stems, and the frogbit is blocking out too much light. It does, however, act as a major contributor...
  3. Low Tech Forum
    Just wondering if anyone out there has experience with long term (~5+ years) Walstad / npt / low tech dirt tank. I set up a 125 walstad style ( though I do have filtration) lowtech plated tank several months back, and am amazed by the growth and vibrance of the tank. I've heard mixed accounts...
  4. Lighting
    It's been a while since I posted but I've been busy going off the deep end. Last time I was here I was hunting specific lights and not finding what I wanted in a price that I could swallow. Specifically I wanted a grow light for 12" depth that ideally can be dimmable without costing $$$...
  5. Substrate
    I live in the Virgin Islands and it is a nightmare to get anything shipped here. Not to mention if I want to order substrate I'm looking at 100 in shipping only! I decided to go with the natural planted tank method. I am going to follow this thread...
  6. Tank Journals
    As a kid I kept a couple of aquariums. In hindsight, I was doing _everything_ wrong. About a year ago I was inspired to restart an aquarium, and picked up this ten gallon off a friend. So we tossed some gravel, a few plastic plants, and a rock. While it was nice, it definitely didn't have the...
  7. Substrate
    I would like to understand how to use Contro aquarium soil in a planted tank. Anyone have experience with that? This is their website: www.controsoil.com . I would have expected their website to tell what are the different ways to use their soil for the best results along with instructions...
  8. Fish
    So I recently set up a planted 5 gallon vase using the method described by Diana Walstad. All I have in it so far is a Betta and a nerite snail. And for plants a Brazilian Amazon sword, Anacharis, Wysteria, and the floating plant Eichornia crassipes. I was trying to set out a stocking plan...
  9. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Found a cheap Craigslist 5 gal for my Betta and have spent the last couple weeks gathering and ordering ingredients to get it ready for him. I know he'll love it but the problem is- now that I see it all planted I would really like to see shrimp in there... happy shrimp. Not necessarily...
  10. Planted Nano Tanks
    Found a cheap Craigslist 5 gal for my Betta and have spent the last couple weeks gathering and ordering ingredients to get it ready for him. I know he'll love it but the problem is- now that I see it all planted I would really like to see shrimp in there... happy shrimp. Not necessarily...
  11. Tank Journals
    Update 8/27/13Clickity Click Update 4/11/13 Clickity Click Update 2/15/13 (Clickty Click) Hooray for Petco $1/Gallon sales! Picked up a 40B (I've always wanted one) and retiring my old 37g. Specs: Tank: 40 Breeder Stand: Petco Brooklyn Metal Stand. I wanted to build my own...
  12. Tank Journals
    I had a mad obsession with aquariums as a child, and drove my parents batty as a teen. After I moved out I really didn't have a tank for the longest time. I had a 10G up briefly, but had to move my family out of what turned out to be our last apartment. You would think finally owning my own...
  13. Planted Nano Tanks
    So I managed to snag a little 2.5g tank for under 10$ and wanted to try my hand at one of the fancy minimal maintenance dirt tanks I've seen kicking around the forums. I tried to follow the Walstad instructions to a T, but I can't help but feel that I must have done something wrong. I'll...
  14. Algae
    My 55g NPT has been up and running for 12 days. I have 2 t5ho's (10000k) running for 12hrs a day. I know the light is on the high side, but my thinking was that if I started at 12hrs I would be able to jumpstart the plant growth to help the plants take root fast, and out-compete the algae...
  15. Tank Journals
    Thanks to the petco $1 per gallon sale I picked up a 10 gallon tank for no apparent reason.:proud: Having an empty tank laying around just didn't sit right with me, so I decided to try a dirt tank. Went out and bought 3- $8 clamp lamps for my lighting. Luckily I had some left over topsoil...
  16. Low Tech Forum
    In the next few months I'll be starting a NPT. I plan on using miracle grow organic soil and Seachem flourite. I'd like some suggestions for plants and lighting. I'd like to use no more than 1.5 watts per gallon. I do plan on light dry fert dosing but no co2 injection. This will end up being...
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