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Dutchy's 30 gallon non CO2 tank

Discussion in 'Aquascaping' started by dutchy, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. dutchy

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    Hi,

    Here's a pic of my 30 gallon non CO2 tank. This tank is purely designed as a low light, low maintainance tank. So no stem plants. The light is two 18 Watt T8's, 6500K, which gives a PAR of 30 mmols at substrate level @ 8 hours of duration.

    The fish food is enough to provide NO3 and PO4, so only traces are added. There are not much fish in the tank, a small school of cardinals, three bettas, (one male, two females) and a few ottos.

    No algae whatsoever. No BBA, GSA, GDA.... you name it. Some plants look even better than in my display tank.

    I don't touch this tank for weeks, maintainance wise. If you want low cost, low maintainance and no worries, this is the way to go.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I love these type of tanks. Less light, less problems, less maintanance and still alot of fun to watch and play around with!
     
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    Lovely! When you find the "sweet spot" with this kind of tank, they can be jewels. I especially like the Crypt growth under these conditions.
     
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    Looking good HJ! These can be really nice tanks if we give them time....lol :eek:
     
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    Thnx all.
    @Karen: Means a lot to me that you like it :)
     
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    :) While I appreciate the artistry of intricate aquascapes, and can grow/maintain high growth tanks, I am mostly a "lazy" gardener... I love tanks that look wonderful with little work!;)
     
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    My 180 already gives me all the work I can handle, so this one has to be carefree and without worries :)
     
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    Hydrocotyle tripartita? can you carpet that in low light set ups?
     
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    I think so. Some runners are now close to the substrate and still doing well.
     
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    I really want to try the hydrocotyle as a carpeting plant. Think it looks very good!
     
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    Hi Gerry,

    I also have it in my display tank, it's a nice plant. As a carpet plant it will have the tendancy to grow up, so regular trimming will be required, it's a fast grower.
     
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    Hi,

    A new picture from my 30 gallon non CO2 tank. Only traces are added in this tank, the rest comes form fish food and waste. Light is provided by 2 18 Watt T8 bulbs and a PAR of 35 at the substrate with 8 hours duration.

    This tank has no algae whatsoever and is because of the absence of stem plants very low effort in maintainance. No waterchanges.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I really like the right side in the picture. Love seeing simple tanks that looks so good.
     
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    Nice set up, I remember back in the 70's a fellow from Holland did a bunch of tanks all sand bottoms and Val and sag I think as plants no water changes or filters.

    Looked great they did in the old TFH mags which were small back in those days, nice to see a low maintenance tank , with no fuss of cleaning everything.

    Jeff
     
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    Could you list the plants in the tank? I would like to study them further.
     
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    i keep a number of crypt species in my high tech tank before but then decided to transfer them all to a smaller tank with only gluta as source of carbon because they were being overrun by bba and gsa. now, they are doing a lot better with no algae whatsoever at all. i think crypts in general do much better in non-co2 tanks.
     
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    That is such an amazing tank!!! Great work.

    Have you made any special effort to get atmospheric CO2 and O2 into the water? Like extra surface agitation? Do you add any Excel or glut?

    Did you have any algae issues at any point?

    Thank you!
    Whiskey
     
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    Surface agitation is minimal but I do take care of a clean water surface with a surface skimmer. The turbulence in the skimmer will provide some extra O2 to the water. I try to preserve natural CO2 ,with keeping light intensity and duration low.

    2 ml of Excel per day.

    Light is with 35 mmols at it's max. If I go just 15% higher, BBA will start to grow.
     
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    That's really interesting,.. I found the same thing with my no co2 tank, there is a fine line between algae free and algae showing up in the higher light areas.

    Whiskey
     
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