Low Tech Planted Nano Tanks

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquarium Builds' started by rae650, Jun 17, 2018.

  1. rae650

    rae650Valued MemberMember

    I need some inspiration! Please post yours below so I can see what's possible and include the lighting you use.
  2. -Mak-

    -Mak-Well Known MemberMember

    I have a journal for my fluval spec III, the scape is no longer active but I documented how everything went. Lighting is the spec stock lighting, which is one of the few stock lights suitable for plants.
    Aquascaping The Fluval Spec 3 - Progress

    I also did a blackwater aquascape which is more lightly planted, but still technically low tech. Lighting is the Ikea Jansjo LED, which is pretty meh to be honest, I only got it for the low color temperature because it's blackwater :dead:
    Link in my signature

    The other tank in my signature is not low tech because I have DIY CO2 going but it could easily be low tech without the CO2.
  3. Rtessy

    RtessyFishlore VIPMember

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  4. OP

    rae650Valued MemberMember

    Looking for suggestions for plants that look good in smaller tanks. Any pictures would be great. :)
  5. maggie thecat

    maggie thecatWell Known MemberMember

    How small?

    I like anubias nana, subwassertang and mossballs.
  6. -Mak-

    -Mak-Well Known MemberMember

    To make small tanks look bigger, in aquascapinging you use smaller plants to give a false sense of scale and give room for more detail.
    Some easy small plants are anubias, bucephalandra, and pearlweed
    You can look on tropica’s website for a list of easy plants, they give the size of them too
  7. OP

    rae650Valued MemberMember

    It's a 15g so not teeny, but still small enough that I'd like to used smaller plants.
  8. Ohio Mark

    Ohio MarkWell Known MemberMember

    Watching with interest... getting ready to do a 10-gallon desk top. Good suggestions!
  9. Fahn

    FahnFishlore VIPMember

    Micranthemum tweedii, more commonly known as "Monte Carlo". It has small leaves and has a similar appearance to dwarf baby tears minus the necessity for injected CO2 and powerful lighting. I use it in my tiny 1 gallon nano aquascape and plan to use it for a Fluval Spec V setup as well.

    I also recommend Helanthium tenellum, "micro chain sword", as well as Christmas moss, small varieties of bucephelandra, Anubias nana "petite", liverwort, and Juncus repens.

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