8G Nano Aquascape - The Oasis - Page 3 - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #21 of 62 (permalink) Old 11-02-2012, 11:55 PM
ao
Member
 
ao's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: NYC
Posts: 6,440
Quote:
Originally Posted by sandrac8388 View Post
Your tank looks AMAZING!!! I want mine just like that! I am going to buy supplies for my first NPT next weekend!! I'm so excited. Do you have any tips? How do you keep the water so clear? Where did you buy all your supplies? Filter or no Filter?

Sorry for all the questions, I'm so scared of screwing up! :(
He runs what we would call a high tech set up. it is very different in concept from the popular low tech npt on this forum. The water looks clea due to the bright lighting. actuall all water in good established clean tanks should look be clear.

I recommend starting with a low tech before you throw yourself into high tech tanks :) especially if you are just starting off. and really, it's not hard to transform a low tech into a hightech tank later on ^____^
ao is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #22 of 62 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 09:19 AM
Member
 
sandrac8388's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 279
Ok good thanks for telling me. I might have been way over my head. Lol.

What is the difference of a high tech and low tech?

I'm so impressed by everyone on this forum! I love checking in daily and finding awesome stuff like this!! XD
sandrac8388 is offline  
post #23 of 62 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 11:06 AM
ao
Member
 
ao's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: NYC
Posts: 6,440
Quote:
Originally Posted by sandrac8388 View Post
What is the difference of a high tech and low tech?
low tech is basically non high light tank. no CO2, maybe dosing some liquid fertilizers/root tabs

High tech is a high light CO2 dosed tank. may be dry dosing ferts etc...

it's really just a name...
For me, I have a high light tank with no CO2 injections, is that a "medium tech?" lol.
ao is offline  
post #24 of 62 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 11:59 AM
Member
 
kfryman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Fremont, CA
Posts: 2,252
That is crazy Aokashi, because if you truely have high light with no co2 things can get severely out of wack. Good thing it is going good for you.

I found it that high tech usually you should have the tech part. I have a hair algae farm, but I don't want to put amanos in yet because I'm unsure they will be eaten. Gotta get some ghost shrimp.


15 Gallon NPT
1g no tech bowl in the making
kfryman is offline  
post #25 of 62 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 12:16 PM
ao
Member
 
ao's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: NYC
Posts: 6,440
Quote:
Originally Posted by kfryman View Post
That is crazy Aokashi, because if you truely have high light with no co2 things can get severely out of wack. Good thing it is going good for you.

I found it that high tech usually you should have the tech part. I have a hair algae farm, but I don't want to put amanos in yet because I'm unsure they will be eaten. Gotta get some ghost shrimp.
Well... I realized that things dont always go by the book. I read about it everywhere, gave a weak attempt at CO2 and gave up due to the hassle....

but strangely there's not a spot of algae in the tanks or on the plants (a bit on the tank walls which I can only see with a magnifying glass)

and I'm pretty sure having a 6500k 23w CFL over a 2.5 gallon at zero distance is considered high light :P I think it's mostly due to the amount of plants i stuff in that tank that I havent been overrun by algae yet.

I also dose flourish every second day >.>

the other tank by the window is subjected to natural light, which is weaker, but there is a significant amount of spot algae growing in the wall closest tothe window. no other algae inside the tank however.

The only other algae I have only grows on the HOB, under high current and grows in a film. I love the stuff and use it to feed my scuds and seed shrimps.

Amanos work great for hair algae. but do make sure that you arent feeding them anything else, or they will ignore the algae and go for the better foods.

I need to start giving away some of my H formosas. I currently have 5 adults and 3 fry in the windowside 2 gallon, and two more in the poland spring DIY breeder bottle in Kuro's tank.

And I cant bring myself to feed them to Kuro...

Last edited by ao; 11-03-2012 at 12:21 PM.
ao is offline  
post #26 of 62 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 42
The trick with any NPT is to not skimp on the P. The more plants you start with the more natural filtration you'll have for Amonia and Nitrates. It might cost you $50 in plants up front but it's completely worth it. My tank has quite a large filter filled mostly with biological media. Once the tank is fully established and the plants are growing strong I'll likely swap this out for a very small corner filter mostly for water circulation.

Aokashi is right on all points, this is a high tech setup where the plants are given every conceivable advantage.

If you're interested in low tech aquariums, I suggest reading up on the Walstad method. It's a highly detailed methodology of balanced aquatic setups focusing on soil microbiology and flora / fauna balance. Really cool stuff.

http://www.theaquariumwiki.com/Walstad_method
RobMc is offline  
post #27 of 62 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 03:13 PM
Member
 
Lady Courage's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 58
Your tank is stunning. Absolutely stunning. I love the style and the plants and the wood and everything. Wow. You did a fabulous job. First planted tank!? I don't believe you. lol :P

Plus your pictures are amazing! What camera do you use?
Lady Courage is offline  
post #28 of 62 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 04:22 PM
Member
 
kfryman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Fremont, CA
Posts: 2,252
Haha, I know all about lowtech and the Walstad Method, I have one of my tanks using her method. I like the ability to grow plants super fast, but with higher light it starts to exhaust it self much faster. I wanna try ADA Aquasoil for the tank I am planning, seems like it is really good and grows plants well.

Unless the CO2 is in a painball tank or higher, it is so much more of a hassle, plus DIY isn't that effective, it doesn't add enough CO2.


15 Gallon NPT
1g no tech bowl in the making
kfryman is offline  
post #29 of 62 (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 03:44 PM
Member
 
Juicebox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Mass,USA
Posts: 352
lovin that tank,looks super good,youve done good work there sir,keep it up!
Juicebox is offline  
post #30 of 62 (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 42
Why thankya juicebox.

Just ordered the goods for a long term CO2 solution.

Grabbed a C.A.P CO2 regulator on E-Bay for $50 shipped (coming friday!)
Picked up a filled 12.5 lb CO2 tank (Craigslist) for $60

I'm lucky that I have a girlfriend instead of a wife. ;)
RobMc is offline  
Reply

Tags
aquascape , ebi , flora , fluval , nano

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome