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Gordon Parr
02-23-2008, 08:50 AM
Both Low and High Tech!!!

GoldieGirl
02-23-2008, 01:13 PM
Well, Ok, since no one else is going to start! I've put my tank up on other threads but here it is again anyway . . .

Oceanic 70g (36" x 18" x 24" tall), Eheim Ecco 2234 and Eheim Pro II 2028 (canister filters), Coralife Turbotwist 18w UV, no heater, 111w of light, 1/2" of gravel, mirrored background, no C02 at this time.

Fish -
Orange Oranda (5")
Calico Ryukin (3")
"Tancho" Ranchu (4")
Black Moor (3")
5 SAE's (Siamese Algae eaters)
Albino Bristlenose Pleco

Plants -
Java fern (on driftwood)
Anubias Nana (on driftwood)
Cryptocoryne Wendtii (potted)
Vallisneria spirallis (potted)
Curly Crinium (potted)
Marimo Moss balls

GoldieGirl
02-23-2008, 01:24 PM
This is a little 10 g. NPT (Walstad style Natural Planted tank)

It has a soil substrate capped with gravel, no filter (the plants do all the work) no heater, natural sunlight from south and east windows (the lamp is just for viewing in am and pm) and a tiny table top fountain pump for circulation. No water changes, just topoffs - no vacuuming - no ferts - no air. Walstad wrote a book - "Ecology of the Planted Aquarium" outlining the principles for a tank like this and has sort of a cult of devoted followers.

This tank has been running for almost 2 yr.'s problem free. As low tech as you can get!

7 male guppies
3 oto's
self sustaining populations of mini pond snails and cherry red shrimp

birdman
02-23-2008, 03:47 PM
Very nice, lets see more.

sworley
02-23-2008, 03:48 PM
Here's a pic of mine taken recently. I cleaned it right after this pic was taken. I have 2 orandas, 2 fantails and a pleco. Most of my plants are in containers.
http://pages.intrstar.net/~sworley/aquarfeb08.jpg

birdman
02-24-2008, 09:36 PM
Bump for more pictures

birdman
02-25-2008, 07:14 PM
Today was the big day. I put my white sand back in the goldfish tank and added some of the plants I have. Not much but it's a start.

Cowiche Ponder
02-25-2008, 07:49 PM
Steve why the sand? Everything I read says little to no substrate on goldies for cleaning purposes. Now that all said it looks great!!

sworley
02-25-2008, 09:10 PM
I had problems with sand - hope you don't have any. My tank was never clear with it and I couldn't keep it vacuumed without losing a lot of it anyway.

birdman
02-25-2008, 10:36 PM
I'm kind of old fashioned. I just like the looks of something on the bottom. Everything I read said stay away from gravel for goldfish. that sand was OK. This is #16 white sand blasting sand. it's pretty course as sand goes, and very clean. I didn't even have to rinse it. At $6 for a hundred lb bag I can afford to vacuum some of it out and throw new in from time to time. I only have a thin layer down.

gray cat
02-25-2008, 10:42 PM
All very nice.:yes:

d.koi
02-25-2008, 11:36 PM
first one is in the wall and you walk under it as you go down the stairs second on set up in dec it was a christmas gift for my wife.

birdman
02-26-2008, 12:02 AM
first one is in the wall and you walk under it as you go down the stairs second on set up in dec it was a christmas gift for my wife.
Very nice. Can't wait till mine looks like that.

birdman
02-26-2008, 12:03 AM
Here's some close-ups of the plants.

kitfoxdrvr
02-26-2008, 11:09 AM
Here's my 180 from a couple of months ago. I have a trimming to do this weekend and I will post an updated photo then.

http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii38/kitfoxdrvr/IMGP0633.jpg

Steve

birdman
02-26-2008, 02:06 PM
Holy Cow! Are those Discus really that bright? That tank is awesome.

kitfoxdrvr
02-26-2008, 03:19 PM
Holy Cow! Are those Discus really that bright? That tank is awesome.

They actually look kind of dull in that picture! Check out the breeder's site:

www.discushatchery.com

Peter Thode is pretty good at his stuff (used to be a judge in international competitions, which are remarkably similiar on the "rabidness scale" to international koi comps!!!). I would recommend him to anyone who considers buying discus via FedEx.

BTW, I want that Windelov Java fern in your tank! Can you see my little one in the top of the driftwood? It is pathetic compared to the one you have!
Steve

birdman
02-26-2008, 04:10 PM
BTW, I want that Windelov Java fern in your tank! Can you see my little one in the top of the driftwood? It is pathetic compared to the one you have!
Steve
Yes, there it is, I found it. They are my favorite plant so far. I want more.

Pond,James_Pond
02-26-2008, 07:52 PM
Here's my 55 after I got it going and really learned what I was doing. I gradually got to this point, and went through some awesome algae and green water before it took off. In addition to CO2, I was using potassium nitrate, potassium chloride and some trace minerals on a weekly basis.

steve

Pond,James_Pond
02-26-2008, 08:21 PM
Here's my 180 from a couple of months ago. I have a trimming to do this weekend and I will post an updated photo then.

http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii38/kitfoxdrvr/IMGP0633.jpg

Steve


Wow, nice set up, Steve. My 120 has been negleted for a couple of weeks now and the glass has some scum on it. No way :no: am I going to take a picture and show it here now! Great job.

'other steve

Pond,James_Pond
02-26-2008, 08:25 PM
Here's that same 55g today. I took out the CO2 system and have it running okay with some simple crypts, java fern and a bunch of floating hygro and frogs bit. The fish love it!

steve

Gordon Parr
02-27-2008, 07:25 AM
Here's my 180 from a couple of months ago. I have a trimming to do this weekend and I will post an updated photo then.

http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii38/kitfoxdrvr/IMGP0633.jpg

Steve

Steve...Low Tech?

Gordon Parr
02-27-2008, 07:27 AM
Very nice...especially without CO2.

kitfoxdrvr
02-27-2008, 10:36 AM
Steve...Low Tech?

Gordon:

Nope, this tank throws out about a pound of plant material a week into my compost bin! It is pressurized CO2 with an inline reactor (on 24 hours, I run an airstone at night), EI fertilization, heated substrate (6" deep in the back!), but with minimal filtration (single XP2 canister). Lighting is 4 96W compact flourescents. I would call it "moderate-tech".

The other Steve:

I love your cichlid tank! I remember the old days when plants in a cichlid tank were thought to be a waste of time! You and others have proven that plants do fine with them, and can make a VERY attractive tank!

Steve

redza
03-03-2008, 05:41 AM
my 55l tank
fit with nutrafin co2 system

redza
03-03-2008, 05:44 AM
my lowtech shrimpp tank

i take sucky pics

redza
03-03-2008, 05:48 AM
nice one steve

birdman
03-08-2008, 10:11 AM
Here's mine.

redza
03-08-2008, 09:43 PM
nice on Steve Joneli

birdman
03-09-2008, 12:07 AM
nice on Steve Joneli
Thank you.

Gordon Parr
03-09-2008, 11:12 AM
Looking good, Stevo!!!

birdman
03-09-2008, 11:54 AM
Looking good, Stevo!!!
Thank you, got yours going yet?

redza
03-10-2008, 11:37 PM
yeah?
wheres yours gordon??

Donaldbyrd
03-14-2008, 09:58 PM
my 150

birdman
03-14-2008, 10:51 PM
WOW!, now that is nice.

Donaldbyrd
03-14-2008, 11:01 PM
Thanks Steve

Gordon Parr
03-15-2008, 08:31 AM
Thank you, got yours going yet?

Not yet...see next post.

Gordon Parr
03-15-2008, 08:34 AM
yeah?
wheres yours gordon??

I still have to sell a large Armoire to be able to set my 120g back up. I am patiently waiting for someone to come offer me a fair price.

Jeannie
03-15-2008, 11:23 AM
I'm impressed, nice tanks all! Sure enjoyed the pics. Jeannie

redza
03-19-2008, 05:32 AM
armoire?

Gordon Parr
03-19-2008, 07:43 AM
Yes...I have a solid cherry armoire that I had my TV and sound equipment in. This past summer I took down my fishtank as we were having the interior of our house painted and I wanted to take NO chances on killing any fish. After we painted I purchased a new piece of furniture to set my new 52" LCD on. So the empty armoire went to where the tank was. Since I am not going to "give away" this piece of furniture, I have to sell it before I can set the tank back up.

G.

redza
03-19-2008, 08:59 PM
owh ok
so ita a furniture?

Gordon Parr
03-20-2008, 07:17 AM
Yes...a piece of furniture