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My 6x2x2ft Aquascape, Low Tech.

Greengeek

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Just finished a rescape of my 6ft aquarium, this system also has a 5ft sump and is around 1,500l in total. I tried running it with CO2 but was going through to many bottles a month and struggled getting enough light to the substrate so converted it to low tech focusing on java ferns, crypts, Anubias etc. There is a huge amount of Corbo root in this tank which I grouped together as a island.
It’s been rescaped so many times but think I’m finally happy and I really liking the textures, light and shade.

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That is one awesome looking tank. Agree with Tim, you should start a journal. Would be great to see updates on this
 

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Wow just wow, when I convince the wife to upgrade to a bigger one this is definately the style I want to achieve. What lights are you running?
thank you

Im using 2 x 165watt Chinese black box Led‘s with the blues turned down to 1%, a DSuny LED for freshwater and 2xT5 6ft tubes. It’s a bit of a cheap setup and far from perfect, buts growing low light plants that are not on substrate.
 

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Looking good!

I was literally just looking at some LED floodlights, I’m thinking of moving over to them. I think the heat they would kick out being on for 7 hours a day might be a problem, but suppose I could add a fan to circulate air and help cool them. Would you get the cool white colour?
 

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Most seem to be about 6500 - 7500k so a nice colour. Should be fine temp wise if no a massive wattage. Think two or three at 30w. But yes an easy fix would be a small fan
 

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Hi, What controller mode you setting for plant? I have their marine version light for my reef aquarium.
 

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Wow. It looks like there is more wood in that scape that my LFS has on their shelves. Nice work. Must have taken ages to set up.
 

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Looks fine,I like it. If you want more color Alternanthera rosaefolia seems to be easiest of that group and grows well in low tech. You might pot it- put it up higher under the lights and disguise the pot with wood or ferns fronting it all. Maybe Ludwigia palustris too. I had it going well..then the fish got a taste for it and that was that.
Potassium is a good boost for all the Aquatic ferns.
 

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Just thought I’d update my photos of the tank on this thread, it’s still work in progress. I’ve added some Red and Red Tiger Lotus and looking forward to the splash of red they will bring. It’s looking to much like a green wooden volcano! Lol

Occupants:
30+ x Congo tetra (Albion and standard)
7 x Congo Spotted Puffers (Tetraodon schoutedeni) that spawn really regularly!
3 x L200 (Green Phantom)
4 x L128 (Blue Phantom)
3 x L114 (Leopard Cactus)
3 x L056 (Chubby’s)
7 x SAE
1x Black Ghost Knife fish

Plus a hitchhiker group of Black Mollys that breed faster than I can remove them, even in the super soft water and with a 14” Black Knife Ghost who’s too lazy eating pellets and earthworms etc to bother hunting!
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