Jasons Lower Tech Scape

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Due to me being busy with personal things in life i have decided to go lower tech for now.


The whole idea of this scape is for it to be lowish tech hense the plants used, co2 will not hurt but no daily trimming etc, once a week ferts


For fauna I have, cherry shrimp, Amano Shrimp, Ottos, SAEs, Bristlenose plecos, Assassin snails, tiger shrimp..


Planned fish are 50+ cardinal tetras and maybe? my black phantom tetras


Here are some images to give you an idea :)


Behind the scenes, making of the aquascape..


Rocks, wood, sand and hygrolon.


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Dry start for two weeks for the mini pelia on the rocks


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Yesterday i planted the tank.


Plants being used below water..


Microsorum pteropus "Green Gnome"


Bucephalandra sp. "Mini Needle Leaf"


Fontinalis antipyretica


Microsorum pteropus 'Trident'


Hygrophila pinnatifida


Microsorum pteropus 'Petit'


Eleocharis sp. 'Mini'


Lilaeopsis brasiliensis


Lilaeopsis mauritiana


Glossostigma elatinoides


Riccardia sp. 'Coral moss'


Microsorum pteropus


Floating plant Hygroryza aristata


Plants being used above water.


Neoregelia Akeso Mini Bromeliads


Pleurothallis grobyi Mini Orchids


Pleurothallis yucatanensis Mini Orchids


Stelis species Peru Mini Orchids


Button peperomia 'Peperomia prostrata'


Ficus Panama


Eleocharis sp. 'Mini'


Some phone camera shots


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Above water


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Great tank...good way to grow some of those difficult orchids, rare ferns, etc. Been planning a low tech myself since I realized many of these co2 needy aquatics will grow well without it, although slower, if I stick to the same housekeeping rules, etc I use for co2 tanks. ADA AS in the planted areas is a definitely beneficial. I'll be following this one...thanks.
 
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Thanks guys, it's will develop a lot slower than normal but that comes with lower maintenance, lower tech setups :)


Also added a Vriesea correia-araujoi Bromeliad.
 

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It looking good.


If u want to make it litle beter , resize the islands..


Keep one big and other smaller, now its the same.
 
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burr740 said:
Looks great man. Are you planning any additional fish? All those holes and crevices would be perfect for some Rams or dwarf cichlids

Thanks burr


On top of the clean up crew, I now have 60 Cardinal tetras but I've been thinking of a few slightly larger compatible fish, pair, trio?


Recommendations are welcome as I'm undecided, Rams are nice.
 

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nicpapa said:
It looking good.
If u want to make it litle beter , resize the islands..


Keep one big and other smaller, now its the same.

Thanks Nic


It was my thought to have a 1/3 2/3 island scape originally but in the end I decided on the 1/2 1/2 scape, the only reason I was a lot happier with the 1/2 1/2 after playing around I felt the depth seemed better this way.
 

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I've now added mini Xmas moss to the Emersed wood eventually it should cover the sphagnum moss I used as a orchid substrate,


The sphagnum moss and hygrolon act as a sponge allowing the water from the tank to reach the orchids, Bromeliads, ficus etc.


The end result should be.. greener fresher looking.


As this tank is already cycled I've also added all my clean up crew and Cardinal tetras.


3x Bristlenose Plecs


5x SAE


10x Ottos


4x Peppered Cory


20+ Amano Shrimp


10+ Tiger Shrimp


20+ RCS


60 Cardinal Tetras


And maybe 3 Rams later..


Fully stocked? :) Including the sump its +-450 Litres.


Some clean up crew will be moved to another tank in the future when things here are back to normal and time allows me to work on another tank.
 

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Thanks Fab :)


The rock was sold as Galapagos rock it's very similar to black lava rock in texture and looks almost the same but much heavier in weight, I got them from Germany a while back.


The wood is Californian manzanita from some guy called Tom Barr ;)
 

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Jason said:
Thanks Fab :)

The rock was sold as Galapagos rock it's very similar to black lava rock in texture and looks almost the same but much heavier in weight, I got them from Germany a while back.


The wood is Californian manzanita from some guy called Tom Barr ;)

Wow, very. Ice rocks indeed... And for the wood, I didn't know Tom can ship that stuff over sea! Fantastic indeed :)


I am wondering if you had to "cure" it to avoid having it floating...
 
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I have seen similar rock at my LFS but I went with lava rock.


Love how you have your wood wrapped around the rocks. Going to do something similar when I have a large tank.
 
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Thanks Dennis,


At the moment I'm just going to wait and see currently the crypt minima, dhg, Lilaeopsis etc are growing there and will fill in, slowly as it's lower tech setup.


Ok the dhg will look abit wilder than a high tech but that the plan as it's​ not a golf course Scape ;)