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I love the "let it grow wild" look of the first photo, whats the insanely long growing emesed/submerged plant(s)?
Have you added shrimp? All I've spotted in a snail in the photos so far.
 

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I love the "let it grow wild" look of the first photo, whats the insanely long growing emesed/submerged plant(s)?
Have you added shrimp? All I've spotted in a snail in the photos so far.
yes they are in there. I guess I should try to get a good pic of them since I put Shrimp in the title.

As you can see they have lots of places to hide so its not easy.

The taller plant is water wysteria(Hygrophila difformis) and the other is ludwigia repens.
 

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wow that is dang nice.


not much source for nitrogen Im assuming its your enriched substrate? are you dosing Ill go back and reread if I missed, i was looking at pics. that is great emersed growth. something is making those plants do steroids do you have a link to the actual light bulb you are using, and does sunlight factor in here
 

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this is the epitome of low tech growth, it looks like you juice them with gas but its all natural. I bet its total substrate enrichment, this is the difference between sterile substrates and those that have instant "age" when setting up a tank due to their organic profile. the lighting is also superb spectrum and intensity for this low tech setup. your thread is great to link for those big tanks stuck right in between high and low tech with nothing decisive either way, and they are getting algae coverage and spindly plant growth. simply maximizing where nutrients come from, and getting the light just right like above, is huge. you'll have this tank growing plants on your floor while others spend four thousand bucks trying to get half that much in a 65 g planted. hyperbole included but you get my point.

none of the problematic, midrange low/hi tech tanks up top have that kind of root mass, extrapolating these details up to their tanks can fix em.
 

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wow that is dang nice.


not much source for nitrogen Im assuming its your enriched substrate? are you dosing Ill go back and reread if I missed, i was looking at pics. that is great emersed growth. something is making those plants do steroids do you have a link to the actual light bulb you are using, and does sunlight factor in here
The substrate is miracle grow organic choice. Light bulb is http://www.soap.com/p/ge-78951-ener...ight-r30-compact-fluorescent-bulb-2-pk-236283

I occasionally dose micros via seachem flourish. like four times a year

I think the sunlight plays a role. I did have a different tank in this same spot with no light other than the window, and had similar results with the wysteria growing high above the water. Its a north facing window so it is low light for sure but its steady all day light.

Here is a pic of that tank, my very first
 

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this is the epitome of low tech growth, it looks like you juice them with gas but its all natural. I bet its total substrate enrichment, this is the difference between sterile substrates and those that have instant "age" when setting up a tank due to their organic profile. the lighting is also superb spectrum and intensity for this low tech setup. your thread is great to link for those big tanks stuck right in between high and low tech with nothing decisive either way, and they are getting algae coverage and spindly plant growth. simply maximizing where nutrients come from, and getting the light just right like above, is huge. you'll have this tank growing plants on your floor while others spend four thousand bucks trying to get half that much in a 65 g planted. hyperbole included but you get my point.

none of the problematic, midrange low/hi tech tanks up top have that kind of root mass, extrapolating these details up to their tanks can fix em.
Wow! I never expected such high praise. Thanks!

I was inspired by this cylinder. Hopefully mine is inspiring others as well.
 

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What plant is that that is growing out with a red stem and green smooth leaves? I have a ton that overtook my emmer see tub and making it a Forest and cannot remember the name! I love the wild look
 

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What plant is that that is growing out with a red stem and green smooth leaves? I have a ton that overtook my emmer see tub and making it a Forest and cannot remember the name! I love the wild look
That is Ludwigia repens, its funny right under the water surface its green stemmed with red leaves and when it breaks the surface it reverses.
 
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