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Water is still cloudy from the substrate and driftwood and there is some of that white fungus that new wood gets sometimes but here is my 6 gallon Marineland pillar. Ollies a local discount store had a stack of these for $30 and it came with a biowheel filter and led lid. The led's are supplemental lighting only or maybe for very low light plants. I am running a 10w led flood on top of the built in leds for 10hrs a day.

Background plant is water sprite and I didn't realize it would probably overtake this tank so I'm looking for a nice background plant that won't be too unruly. I am dosing excel daily and flourish once a week and have root tabs as well. I would like to pull these by this weekend as the roots are already growing after a few days.

Bump: Also, just to mention I did modify the leds that came with it by sealing them with a bunch of silicone. I heard they get wet and short out.

I modified the biowheel with regular filter pads, ceramic media, and filter floss. Just some stuff that was kicking around the fish room.
 

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Here is an update. I ditched the water sprite and put some lloydiella in there also added some crypt parva which seems to be doing decent after two days. Not really sure how any of this is going to work out going low tech but this is my first planted tank so I guess you have to start somewhere. Stocked 7 endlers and some RCS in there tonight.

 
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