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My Non-co2 aquascape, been running since August 2018.

Tank - ADA 60p
Light - Twinstar 600e with dimmer
Substrate - tropica I think
Photoperiod - 6 hours
Co2 - no
Ferts - tropica specialised premium (1 pump a week
Water change - 20% every 2 weeks.
Filter - JBL e901 with glass lily pipes
Fauna - Green neon tetras, Galaxy Rasboras, loads of shrimp.

Plants - Monte Carlo, Riccardia chamedryfolia , Fissidens fontanus. Blyxa japonica , Hygrophila pinnatifida, java fern, needle leaf, Rotala h’ra, Hydrocotyle tripartita, bucephalandra.

I set this tank up in aug 2018 and it’s been running since, I do hardly any maintenance, it’s the most hassle free tank I’ve had. The carpet took about 4-5 months to fully grow in and it’s only been cut twice (I think). I trim the stems and remove moss the has grown unsightly.

This is in its current form.

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27/8/18 on setup
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3/12/18
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2/1/19
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13/4/19
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22/08/19
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1/10/19
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In the photos the lights look bright, I have probably turned them up in most of them for photos but I was running the twinstar and 70% for months in till I added fish and I started to see small signs of bba so I dropped them to 40% for a couple of months, bba gone now and up the lights back to 50%.

Sorry for the long post but I regret not doing a journal now so thought I’d make this post to show my low tech aquarium to UKAPS. I upload to Facebook groups and get all the time ‘this ain’t low tech’ it must have co2’ ‘Them glass things definitely make it a high tech tank’ lol.

Thank you for reading.








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Any know if I could enters this in any competitions?


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Do you have any shots of the hardscape pre the plant growth? Stunning tank, proof low tech just means slower not less can be achieved. ;)
This was this hard scape with I planted it,
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When I get a spare 10 mins I’ll update the first post with photos of it stages of growth with dates as well.


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Beautiful tank. What's the KH? Do you know the pH? How did the Hygrophila pinnatifida do in low tech?
 

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Beautiful tank. What's the KH? Do you know the pH? How did the Hygrophila pinnatifida do in low tech?
Thank you. The KH would be between 0-1, ph around 6.6. The Hygrophila pinnatifida did t do much in the tank really, I think it just got swallowed up if the plant mass in the end.


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Really nice! What's the Bucephalandra with the long leaves on the left- looks really effective. Glad to see the H'ra works well low tech, I have plans for a low tech with that in.
 

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Really nice! What's the Bucephalandra with the long leaves on the left- looks really effective. Glad to see the H'ra works well low tech, I have plans for a low tech with that in.
Thank you. I’m not to sure on the buce, I bought loads of different ones years ago. It grows very well in the scape. The h’ra grows but I get compact growth with it to be honest, I trim it but it take a while to grow back and always looks long and stringy, to be honest the scape loads cleaner with out it.


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What brilliant growth. Great to see it can be achieved the low tech way too. Well done.
Thank you. I’ve just purchased an Ada 45p and another twinstar to see if I can produce the same results and document it this time.


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