I'd Like To See Photos Of Low-tech/low-light Tanks With Staurogyne Repens And/or Dwarf Sag

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Hello Folks.
I am looking to buy some foreground plants for my low-tech/low-light 46G Bow Front.
I am hesitating between S repens and dwarf sag.

I have seen pictures of both online, but I don't know what set-ups they are, so they may be high-tech/high-light.

I would like to see what to expect, hear any tips and suggestions if possible.

Thanks.
Joe
 

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Hello Folks.
I am looking to buy some foreground plants for my low-tech/low-light 46G Bow Front.
I am hesitating between S repens and dwarf sag.

I have seen pictures of both online, but I don't know what set-ups they are, so they may be high-tech/high-light.

I would like to see what to expect, hear any tips and suggestions if possible.

Thanks.
Joe
Funny, I just ordered some S repens earlier, and some dwarf Amazon swords. Hoping the S repens looks alright!
 

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Yeah I agree, avoid s. repens on low light. unless your going to have time to trim and re-plant very often. Dwarf sag would work how ever still might take a while to spread on low light and might get a little bit tall
 

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For low tech? Definitely dwarf sag. Is long as it is getting adequate nutrition and at decent light in the correct spectrum, it should spread and prosper. Mine is currently quite tall... a good 8" in places, but this is because my lighting is only a Finnex Stingray on a 29 gallon. Thinking of upgrading to a Finnex Planted+ or Fluval 2.0 Plant.
 

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The secret is my substrate. The Walstad uses organic potting soil capped with 2mm ceramic BB's (I thought they looked cooler than gravel or sand), the other two use Marfied Controsoil.
I have a 5 gallon that I think I'll do the Walstand method. My 46g has plain pool sand.
 

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I have a 5 gallon that I think I'll do the Walstand method. My 46g has plain pool sand.
I saw your 46, beautiful tank btw. As long as it has root tabs it should be fine.

Walstad method requires a lot of patience, but plant growth is unmatched. My bowl has been running livestock-free for over a month and a half (aside from hitch-hiker snails) and in May should be ready for shrimp. No filter, no heater, no fertilizers, just an airstone for circulation and gas exchange.
 

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I saw your 46, beautiful tank btw. As long as it has root tabs it should be fine.

Walstad method requires a lot of patience, but plant growth is unmatched. My bowl has been running livestock-free for over a month and a half (aside from hitch-hiker snails) and in May should be ready for shrimp. No filter, no heater, no fertilizers, just an airstone for circulation and gas exchange.
Thank you so much :shame:

Yes, I use root tabs.

I know it will take months to get the tank balanced with the Walstand method. I do not know a whole lot about it, but I will surely read more before I do anything. I'm not in a hurry and I think patience will pay off.

Thanks for sharing your tanks.
 

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@Fahn Do you have the book, found info in forums, watched videos on YouTube or a combination of all?
 

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@Fahn Do you have the book, found info in forums, watched videos on YouTube or a combination of all?
I have Diana Walstad's book but haven't gotten very far. When I have free time I tend to watch videos or play games rather than read.

Most of my knowledge is from forum interaction and my own personal experience in the hobby. Dustin of Dustin's Fish Tanks on YouTube is a big advocate of dirted tanks and has several videos on how to set them up and maintain them.
 

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I have both s. repens and dwarf sagittarius in my tank. No CO2, and low/medium light. They've only been in there a week so I'm not sure exactly how they'll turn out but they seem to be doing okay.
 
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