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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:59 am Post subject: Suggestions required for low tech planted tank Reply with quote

 I  am  planning  to  build  a  strictly   low  tech  tank   i  am  new  to  this,before  i  have  only  bare  bottom  tanks  and   a  low  tech  planted  cement  pond,please  suggest  on  following
 
 Tank  Size  L*w*h  (In  Feet):4.5  *2*2
 substrate  :   Contra  is  readily  available  in  LFS  (Suggestions  welcome)  not  sure  about  the  size  2mm  or  5mm  please  recommend  /Another  option  is  garden  soil  with  gravel  anybody  experienced   before  ?
 CO2:  No
 Fertilizer:  If  required  Please  recommend  
 Dosing:  If  required     Please  recommend
 Drift  Wood:  Dried  gova  branch   from  our  garden  (width  7  inches  length  2  feet)
 Plants  :  Please  recommend  
 Lights  :  20  Watt  Philips  slimline   T5  led  batten  (this  is  normal  home  use  tube  light  this  is  ok  or  not  please  recommend  )  
 Anything  else  please  suggest


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:17 am Post subject: Re: Suggestions required for low tech planted tank Reply with quote

 Thats  a  good  sized  tank..
 
 Garden  soil  is  something  you  should  avoid..Opt  for  River  Sand  ..If  you  can  get  some  laterite..You  can  add  a  layer  to  the  bottom.  
 
 Since  you  are  going  Low  tech,  dosing  will  need  to  be  done  based  on  how  your  tank  establishes  over  a  period  of  time  
 
 There  are  a  lot  of  good  LED  options  I  have  seen  of  late.  Check  with  Suraj  from  Aquashoppe  Coimbatore  who  can  give  you  good  recommendations..
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:20 am Post subject: Re: Suggestions required for low tech planted tank Reply with quote

 Plants  -  You  can  check  out  Sreepadma.  They  have  a  Website  and  have  a  good  selection  of  Plants..
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:05 am Post subject: Re: Suggestions required for low tech planted tank Reply with quote

 Thanks  vyastk
 
 laterite  is  easily  available  here  so  I  can  use  that  but  in  my  cement  tank  I  have  planted  various  plants  using  laterite  mixed  with  cow  dung  but  only  lotus,vallisneria  and  amazon  sword  are  sustaining  so  I  am   confused  whether  to  use   same  pattern  or  any  other  subtract  like  contra  or  ADA  .Which  one  will  give  better  result   ?  
 
 if  I  get  the  list  of  low-tech  friendly  plants  it  is  helpful
 
 Lights  I  will  check  with  suraj
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:31 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions required for low tech planted tank Reply with quote

 In  my  opinion  the  following  are  the  most  hardy  plants  you  can  start  with.  All  look  good,  if  you  use  them  all  they  make  great  variety  to  your  scape  as  well  and  are  undemanding.  They  grow  fast  too  and  can  withstand  low  light  and  poor  water  parameters.  These  dont  need  CO2  dosing  either.
 
 Anubias
 
 Java  Fern
 
 Bolbitis
 
 Vallisneria(nana,  gigantea,  spiralis)
 
 Amazon  Swords  (Echinodorus  Sp.)
 
 Cyptocoryne  Sp.(Esp.  Wendtii)
 
 Java  Moss
 
 Ive  listed  common  names  only,  ofcourse  there  are  several  species  within  these  common  names  and  you'll  need  to  check  before  buying  any  particular  plant.  But  you  can  use  this  as  a  reference.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:37 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions required for low tech planted tank Reply with quote

 Thanks  ashwin
 what  substrate  you  are  suggesting


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:42 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions required for low tech planted tank Reply with quote

                                                   
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subtract                
 It  should  be  substrate,  we're  all  learning  everyday  Smile  
 
 The  plants  that  I've  suggested  are  pretty  tough  and  can  withstand  an  inert  substrate  too.  However  it  would  be  much  easier  for  you  if  you  used  a  moderately  rich  substrate  like  controsoil,  or  if  your  budget  permits,  then  ADA.
 
 You  can  also  use  a  base  layer  of  controsoil/ADA  and  then  top  it  with  inert  gravel.  This  can  help  you  in  mitigating  some  strains  of  algae.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:50 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions required for low tech planted tank Reply with quote

 Thanks  bro  corrected  Thumb Up  
 
 can  i  use  home  purpose  20  Watt  Philips  slimline   T5  led  batten  for  lighting
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Thanks  bro  corrected  Thumb Up  
 
 can  i  use  home  purpose  20  Watt  Philips  slimline   T5  led  batten  for  lighting                

 
 You're  tank  is  about  120G,  that  is  a  LARGE  tank.  20W  isnt  gonna  make  a  difference.  You  will  need  at  lease  5  to  grow  extreme  low  light  plants  like  anubias  or  moss,  and  even  they  would  grow  SLOW.  You  will  need  at  least  200W  of  LED  lighting  to  get  decent  growth  due  to  the  tank  size.
 
 Correct  me  if  Ive  got  the  tank  size  wrong.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:25 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions required for low tech planted tank Reply with quote

 yes  you  are  correct  ashwin.Then  i  will  go  for  200  W  light  source  .Can  you  suggest  some  online  links  ?
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 There  are  infinite  options  and  almost  endless  source  of  information  on  google  regarding  aquarium  lighting.  There  are  dozens  of  parameters  one  needs  to  understand  and  it  would  be  much  more  efficient  if  you  did  that  yourself.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:30 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions required for low tech planted tank Reply with quote

                                                   
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Thanks  vyastk
 
 laterite  is  easily  available  here  so  I  can  use  that  but  in  my  cement  tank  I  have  planted  various  plants  using  laterite  mixed  with  cow  dung  but  only  lotus,vallisneria  and  amazon  sword  are  sustaining  so  I  am   confused  whether  to  use   same  pattern  or  any  other  subtract  like  contra  or  ADA  .Which  one  will  give  better  result   ?  
 
 if  I  get  the  list  of  low-tech  friendly  plants  it  is  helpful
 
 Lights  I  will  check  with  suraj                

 
 If  you  want  a  low  teck  tank,  use  any  inert  substrate  like  gravel,  or  sand.  Use  plants  like  Anubias,  Ferns  and  Moss.  with  some  drift  wood  and  Rocks.
 
 If  you  use  any  soil,  then  you  will  have  problems  with  algae.  
 
 Use  2  or  3  regular  4-feet  tube  light  or  LED  tube  light.  That  will  be  enough.
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Thanks  vyastk
 
 laterite  is  easily  available  here  so  I  can  use  that  but  in  my  cement  tank  I  have  planted  various  plants  using  laterite  mixed  with  cow  dung  but  only  lotus,vallisneria  and  amazon  sword  are  sustaining  so  I  am   confused  whether  to  use   same  pattern  or  any  other  subtract  like  contra  or  ADA  .Which  one  will  give  better  result   ?  
 
 if  I  get  the  list  of  low-tech  friendly  plants  it  is  helpful
 
 Lights  I  will  check  with  suraj                

 
 If  you  want  a  low  teck  tank,  use  any  inert  substrate  like  gravel,  or  sand.  Use  plants  like  Anubias,  Ferns  and  Moss.  with  some  drift  wood  and  Rocks.
 
 If  you  use  any  soil,  then  you  will  have  problems  with  algae.  
 
 Use  2  or  3  regular  4-feet  tube  light  or  LED  tube  light.  That  will  be  enough.                

 
 If  i  use  controsoil   is  there  any  chances   for  algae  issue
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 I  have  seen  enough  tanks  with  amazing  growth  with  regular  soil...
 
 ADA,  Contro(?)  etc  etc  will  suit  Hi  tech  tanks  In  my  Opinion...
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