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Old 02-10-2017, 10:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I am doing a speech on how to set up a Walstad-style/low tech planted aquarium. As part of the presentation, I would love to have some pictures of people's tanks that follow this method. Anyone willing to share their pictures for education?

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Will do. I only put reduced-size pics on APC. I'll upload some full-size shots to a server for you and send you some links.

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You have a PM.

The tank is now at day 120. I still have to prune every two weeks, but not as heavily as when I had the fast-growing stems. I do have to remove 2/3 of the floating plants each time, though, as they have the emerged advantage.

The good side of all that trimming is, I sell them to the LFSs for store credit.
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My low tech 37 4 bulb T5HO tank.


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Hi qwe123,

Here is a 10 gallon, low light (PAR=30); no CO2 tank with calcined clay substrate
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DLD, welcome to ApC! Is that water sprite going crazy in your tank?

SA, that is a great looking 10g.
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DLD, welcome to ApC! Is that water sprite going crazy in your tank?



SA, that is a great looking 10g.


Yes it is. Split off 3 times and replanted. The T5HOs make it grow very well at 6500k


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Thank you both for the pictures!

deutschlandiesel, have you not had any algae issues with so much light?
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Thank you both for the pictures!

deutschlandiesel, have you not had any algae issues with so much light?


I dose Excel to combat it when needed. And to supplement the low tech tank. And add a little extra for outbreaks when they happen. I have 2 Amano shrimp and 5 zebra nerites that do a pretty good job. Occasionally I'll have to clean the glass. The brown algae grew a bit on my micro swords for a while, I just go in there and pull it off. Do an extra water change. Cut back on the light cycle for a week of two and cut the comprehensive to a half dose biweekly. Other than that I think the light helps more than it hurts.


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