My 1 of 2 low tech tanks

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    Not my best photo but it's good enough for now;)
    This is one of my two low tech tanks, it basically started as a grow out tank for plants and grew into my first really successful planted tank. It's no pro scape, but to me it looks natural and simplistic. Only additive I use is SCAPE liquid carbon. I use inert substrate and natural waste produced by fish\shrimp and snails along with a T5 2x39watt unit, also running a Dophin C-1600 canister filter with bio balls for bio filter. There's a sponge wall by the filter intake which acts as the mechanical filter and feeding wall for shrimps... Just goes to show you don't need all the fancy gadgets for a nice planted tank. :thumb:

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    It's a good first attempt, but why starve your plants when there are cheap and easy dosing methods such as PMDD (Poor Man's Dosing Drops). ;)
    Waste from your livestock alone may not be providing enough iron as it appears that some of your plants are showing early signs of chlororis.
     
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    Thanks R.C. I recently started using SCAPE complete as well. I haven't had any issues with plants dying or leaves rotting. I'm still learning as I go along but thus far I'm doing much better as I've done in the past.
     
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    Update on my low tech.
    Since just before last post I've been dosing ferts and C02. I've trimmed the plants a couple times, especially the Ludwigia grows like crazy.
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    Nice jungle you have there!

    What size tank is this?
     
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    Thanks:)
    it's 90cm. +- 100L. I just trimmed it again today, the ludwigia is growing like crazy.
     

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