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My First Planted tank set (Low tech)

Postby harishdewhare10 » Fri Sep 08, 2017 4:11 am

Set up a planted tank yesterday..
substrate used : Mahagro organic potting mix capped with sand gravel..
light : one 15 watt tube light 6500k & one 5 watt LED.. plus i get light from windows during the day..
No CO2 added yet No filter

plants :
ludwigia repens
dwarf sag
echinodorus tennelus
jungle val
spiral val
amazon sword
bacopa

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Re: My First Planted tank set (Low tech)

Postby vikramdutta » Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:29 am

you are going to ruin your tank if you continue sunlight in your tank. First of all do not allow sunlight in your tank, secondly make some space for hot air to go out from your tank, your hood is totally covered that stops hot air to get out and increase water temp to rise. Without filters and sunlight u are welcoming algae.

I would suggest you to install filter immediately and read some thread in this forum which will help you a lot.
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Re: My First Planted tank set (Low tech)

Postby harishdewhare10 » Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:50 pm

Thanks i introduced filter... and about temp ... the tank doesnt get direct sunlight so no heating issues yea hood covers only the front part its open from behind...and i have'nt introduced any fish yet... Not had algae isssues till now just driftwood had some algae i cleaned and siphoned it..

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Re: My First Planted tank set (Low tech)

Postby harishdewhare10 » Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:51 pm

After 10 days had to remove some meltong plants Image

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Re: My First Planted tank set (Low tech)

Postby SanamMarik » Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:03 pm

vikramdutta wrote:you are going to ruin your tank if you continue sunlight in your tank. First of all do not allow sunlight in your tank, secondly make some space for hot air to go out from your tank, your hood is totally covered that stops hot air to get out and increase water temp to rise. Without filters and sunlight u are welcoming algae.

I would suggest you to install filter immediately and read some thread in this forum which will help you a lot.

na dada...my recent experiences say otherwise...these days i use sunlight diffused(all day) as well as direct(little time) for all my tanks...no algae issues watsoever due to that....i think if the nutrient levels and filters are kept optimally, algae wont happen as such...its time that we get over to the age old sunlight+algae myth ;)
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Re: My First Planted tank set (Low tech)

Postby harishdewhare10 » Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:44 pm

yes 1 month into my setup had few patches of algae on glass which went off after few days... found out a snail had been cleaning them for me... plants are growing nicely...
except spiral val which melted away

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Re: My First Planted tank set (Low tech)

Postby subhendu421 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 2:46 pm

Val will grow again. Its normal for vals to melt and then grow again.

I also give direct sunlight to my aquarium about 1 hr daily. No algae issue for last 4 years. Its lovely to see the plants generating oxygen in direct sunlight. My 6500 K T5 HO cannot do this trick so fast.
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