Journal My best low-tech 'scape so far

Discussion in 'El Natural & Low Tech' started by George Farmer, 30 Oct 2015.

  1. Neil Blowfield

    Neil Blowfield Member

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    Amazing job George, looks stunning - how do you do it, endless beautiful tanks and this one with such low maintenance!! Very jealous fish keeper

    Many thanks Blowfish
     
  2. George Farmer

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    Thank you, Blowfish. I honestly think I got lucky with this particular set up. :)
     
  3. Alexander Belchenko

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    Thank you! Indeed, my guess was about the substrate and plants too.
    Have you used aeration or twinstar?
     
  4. George Farmer

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    No. Just a basic internal filter.
     
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  5. Alexander Belchenko

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    Incredible!
     
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  6. George Farmer

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    This is my kind of tank. Low light is the way forward. The healthiest plants I have are grown in ambient light only. Patience certainly pays off with these sort of setups.

    Nicely done George :)
     
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  9. LondonDragon

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    This is where everyone should start, take it easy, learn to grow the easier plants, then keep adding to the tank to test more difficult plants ;) you don't have to go full blown high tech straight way to have good results.

    Nice job George :)
     
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    George nice tank .
    Can you post your measurements.
    Gh
    kh
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    No3
    How often you feed the fish?
    And what ppm of fets are u dose?
    You say 8 watts of LED, what leds are u using?
     
  11. George Farmer

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    Thanks.

    GH - No idea
    KH - No idea
    PO4 - No idea
    Fe - No idea
    NO3 - No idea

    3x day - dry and frozen
    The odd squirt of Colombo Pro Ferfilizer. Not sure ppm values.

    The LEDs are supplied with the Superfish Expert 70 tank. They're cheap but I don't know specs.

    I think the lesson here is that you don't need to chase specific nutrient levels, light levels etc.

    You can buy a cheap off-the-shelf aquarium kit, complete with soil and ferts from the same supplier, and plants, and have success with very little effort. :)
     
  12. Andy Thurston

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    :lol::lol::lol::lol:

    Clive will be impressed

    Nice tank BTW
     
  13. rebel

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    George, you are very modest to state that "you got lucky".

    I don't think luck has much to do with it.

    This is a great tank to celebrate the beauty of low tech. Perfect tanks for mot of is who are lazy.
     
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    I am amazed how well your Rotalas grow with such a low light. Great job indeed.
     
  15. Richardbunting

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    Amazing setup George so humbling to remember that you don't need all the equipment to achieve a happy balance.
     
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    You seem to get this type of person in all walks of life .... the angler who catches all the fish, the footballer who scores all the goals, the punter who wins on the horses etc. You ask them how they do it and they reply .. "Oh it is easy" obviously it is for them but maybe not for us!
    George you are a star!
     
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  17. George Farmer

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    You don't see all of the fails I've made... ;)
     
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    looks stunning, great low-tec :thumbup:
     
  19. Tim Harrison

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    I agree...George's scape personifies this philosophy at its best.
    It's also the way I cut my teeth.
    But then when I started, apart from a few eccentric Dutchmen with Heath Robinson soda siphon Co2 set ups, it was all low-energy, and pretty unsuccessful unless you knew to use soil.
     
  20. nicpapa

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    George this is not a good expample for beginers. :)
    So how you choose the fish without knowing what your water is?
    You overfeeding without knowing the no3 .. what about water changes?
    Icant keep a tank without knowing water parametrers... its like i leave it in luck ...
     

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