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Old 11-03-2012, 12:55 AM   #21 
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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 ^____^
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:19 AM   #22 
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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
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:06 PM   #23 
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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.
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:59 PM   #24 
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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.
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Old 11-03-2012, 01:16 PM   #25 
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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...

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Old 11-04-2012, 01:13 PM   #26 
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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
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:13 PM   #27 
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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?
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:22 PM   #28 
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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.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:44 PM   #29 
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lovin that tank,looks super good,youve done good work there sir,keep it up!
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:29 PM   #30 
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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. ;)
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