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Low Maintenance High Tech Aquarium (rare plants)


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Hi everyone,

This is my 30 liter high tech nano tank. I built this tank myself 🙂

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Above this tank I have a 60 liter high tech tank with lots of stem plants. I quickly discovered that if I don't trim that tank on a weekly basis it quickly becomes overgrown and loses it's aesthetic appeal. The goal for this tank long term is to grow mainly rare plants (at least rare in my country) and have it as low maintenance as possible. Here is a picture from today:

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Rare (relative to my country) Plant list:

Anubias pinto (white leaved anubias)

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Anubias gold leaf

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Cryptocryne flamingo (took me two years to track down this plant and it cost me the equivalent of 30 USD from another hobbiest)

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Pogostemon helferi (green and red variations)

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Nympheae tricolor

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Nympheae minuta (in ideal condition this plant flowers underwater)

 

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I am using the EI method to dose this tank. currently maintaining this tank is pretty easy. I perform a weekly  50% water change and every other week I trim the moss. My plan is to eventually have the Anubias pinto cover the drift wood, but until it spreads enough I'm using moss too keep algae at bay, I still have some Rotala Hra in the back left over. It was added mainly to keep algae at bay when the tank was just set up.

 

Bonus pic of the Israeli Freshwater Nerite @Bentley Pascoe is lusting after 😉

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crypt flamingo is a tough one - i had one once but it didn't do well. The pinto anubia - i have a few of those and they grow really fast - very nice plant - i also have a white anubia and it doesn't grow much - not really worth the money since the pinto i have is putting out mostly white leaves with a few dark green ones. Really like that plant - btw if it gets really happy it will send out a few flowers.

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I am curious about why you do frequent water changes if the tank is mostly just plants ? Is it to ensure a known amount of fertilizer and is that necessary ?

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14 minutes ago, anewbie said:

crypt flamingo is a tough one - i had one once but it didn't do well. The pinto anubia - i have a few of those and they grow really fast - very nice plant - i also have a white anubia and it doesn't grow much - not really worth the money since the pinto i have is putting out mostly white leaves with a few dark green ones. Really like that plant - btw if it gets really happy it will send out a few flowers.

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I am curious about why you do frequent water changes if the tank is mostly just plants ? Is it to ensure a known amount of fertilizer and is that necessary ?

Anubis pinto is, as far as I'm aware, the white anubias species. It only stays completely white (like the new leaves in that picture) under bright light and with ample co2. I've had the flamingo for about a week and have seen vigorous root growth so that's a good sign. Hopefully it'll send out a new leaf in a day or so.

 

 

I'm using the EI dosing method, so I need to reset the tank every week. Also this tank is a mixture of RO and my 20 gh 18 kh tap water. Meaning that minerals like calcium and magnesium come from my tap and not from my fertilizer. I am testing out once a month wc on my other hightech tank, but it is 100% tap water, so this might not be entirely applicable. Every week it gets one rest day and I monitor the TDS to know how much nutrient build up is occurring. I may adopt this in my nano, but seeing as it's only a about a ten litre wc every week, it's not any hassle to wc.

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No - there are two different type - one is the pinto which you pictured and mine is similar - the other is white and it has virtually no green requires higher light and grows much much slower. I have them side by side in my tank and the white for example has put out maybe 1 leaf in the same period that the pinto has put out 7 or 8.

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Thought I'd update this with some less fun news so that people can see that all tanks go through problems. So about two weeks ago we had a heatwave and I wasn't home for a few days. My tanks are in my room which is air-conditioned so I have no fans on my tanks. Also they all have covers to deal with evaporation. Anyway this heat wave made my crypt flamingo and crypt pontederiifolia melt back heavily. It also killed one of my 3 year old grandpa blue neon gobies. The ammonia spike (from the dead goby and some dead neos) and melt together caused a green dust algae bloom. It didn't help that during this time I doubled my fert dose as I thought the melt might be from nutrient deficiencies. 

This is the tank a day before melt.

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This is after a trim on the day that the melt started:IMG-20210714-WA0006.jpeg.2b7eb2fdfced1b28a310c89abfd0de7f.jpeg

Here are some images from today. Tank is recovering and algae is receding. I treated the tank with some Mardel Marcyn I ordered off of eBay a year ago (sorry I couldn't order from the coop I don't live in the states). From experience, by next week it'll be gone.

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