Low Tech Planted Aquarium

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  1. shiv234Well Known MemberMember

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

  2. sfsammWell Known MemberMember

    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. BeanFishWell Known MemberMember

    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.

  4. shiv234Well Known MemberMember

    i mean no co2 and just natural fertilizers from the fish and indirect sunlight
  5. BeanFishWell Known MemberMember

    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. DiscusluvWell Known MemberMember

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

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  9. jl_1005Valued MemberMember


    Just starting out with a lightly planted tank :)
  10. LittlebuddaWell Known MemberMember

    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

    This was the 330gal no fert just twin t8 and natural light

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  11. scarfaceFishlore VIPMember

    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. jakefosterValued MemberMember

    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_AroundWell Known MemberMember

    In order of pictures, 10 gallon, 5.5 gallon, then my 2.6 gallon
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  16. FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    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.

  17. DuaneVWell Known MemberMember

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