Low Tech Planted Aquarium

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  1. shiv234

    shiv234 Well Known Member Member

    Can i see some pictures of your low tack planted aquariums please..needs ideas for a 15 gallon
     
  2. sfsamm

    sfsamm Well Known Member Member

    Here's the hardscape side of my 55, all low tech lower light plants (except the moss, which will move to the more well lit area after it adjusts) this side will have vallisneria and lilies for blocking out more light. a795e18765c94cb98e87b96651da00b3.jpg

    This is an ultra low light betta 5 gallon tank. Has dwarf lily and several narrow petite anubias plants. It's a fairly older photo.
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  3. BeanFish

    BeanFish Well Known Member Member

    What do you define as low tech? I have a tank with no CO2, just soil and ferts, nothing hard nor fancy really. It has a CFL bulb of about 1800 lumens. Its planted to the point I dont need to run a filter on it.
    I think people often really mean "easy maintenance tank" instead of "low tech". You can have pretty easy nice tanks with just some ferts and light.
     




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    shiv234

    shiv234 Well Known Member Member

    i mean no co2 and just natural fertilizers from the fish and indirect sunlight
     
  5. BeanFish

    BeanFish Well Known Member Member

    At the end of the day it depends on what you want to achieve. I like jungle tanks. In my 2 planted tanks I need to dose nitrogen to achieve that because fish poop isnt enough. If you just wants a few plants, depending on the ammount of indirect sunlight, you could do some easy plants but I wouldnt expect a jungle tank or very fast growth to ocuur. If that is what you want then go for it, I have a tub outside and I would love to have all my tanks on sunlight, free high quality light!
     
  6. D

    Discusluv Well Known Member Member

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    Here is one i recently set up. It is more like an underwater desert-scape. :)
     
  7. fissh

    fissh Well Known Member Member

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  9. jl_1005

    jl_1005 Valued Member Member

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    Just starting out with a lightly planted tank :)
     
  10. Littlebudda

    Littlebudda Well Known Member Member

    This was 2 weeks ago 3 weeks after setup will post another pic tomorrow when I feed the fish as it has filled out a lot more 9c49a71b11e15b7db03ba41e34784805.jpg

    Planted in sand some liquid fert and root tabs just to help with stress as they were out of water for 4 days when the 330gal exploded

    This was the tank 25 June
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    This was the 330gal no fert just twin t8 and natural light
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  11. scarface

    scarface Fishlore VIP Member

    My super low tech setup. It only gets non direct window lighting. I think it holds about 3g. I had it for a while, but was kind of forgotten about and neglected to the point where only an inch of water remained. I just filled it back up a week ago. No live stock. IMG_6865.JPG
     
  12. jakefoster

    jakefoster Valued Member Member

    day 1 67eef56e7b0d32b3baddf0f0ac1ebc80.jpg today 00a0a9ded8e8b910b741cd7bd265a31d.jpg just root tabs and a 10,000k led. dont even do water changes on this tank, just top it up, plants take care of ammonia.

    day 1 67eef56e7b0d32b3baddf0f0ac1ebc80.jpg today 00a0a9ded8e8b910b741cd7bd265a31d.jpg just root tabs and a 10,000k led. dont even do water changes on this tank, just top it up, plants take care of ammonia.
     
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  13. Floundering_Around

    Floundering_Around Well Known Member Member

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    In order of pictures, 10 gallon, 5.5 gallon, then my 2.6 gallon
     
  14. Fahn

    Fahn Fishlore VIP Member

    Water level is a little low, neglected my water changes this week! 29 gallon, low light LED, no ferts except Flourish tabs, and Controsoil aquarium soil. Lots of low light plants such as crypt retrospiralis, red tiger lotus (not visible as it is a baby), and red flame sword. No heater as all fish need cooler temps.

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  15. BlueSubmarine

    BlueSubmarine Valued Member Member

  16. Fanatic

    Fanatic Fishlore VIP Member

    I used to have planted aquariums, but I never had good luck with long term keeping the plants alive.
    Here's a picture of my 2.5 gallon when it had live plants. I no longer have that tank running.

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  17. DuaneV

    DuaneV Well Known Member Member

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