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45cm low tech, low effort

erwin123

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4 Mar 2021
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Singapore
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A. Gracilis - the topmost leaves are pink, everything else yellowish-green in lowtech, before I hacked off the emersed top and replanted. On the left is an AR Mini.


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Seeing plantnoobdude and Libba starting up their low tech tanks made me inspired to pay a bit more attention to my neglected 45cm low tech. For starters, I removed most of the R. Wallichii that was obscuring the tank. I moved over my Ammannia Senegelansis so it hasn't converted to low tech form yet. The A. Gracillis had fully converted to lowtech except that it conversed to emersed growth. I hacked it down and replanted and now it needs to convert back to submersed.

This is a near zero maintenance tank. Fertilisation routine is basically pumping in some APT EI whenever I remember to do so (so roughly once a week). Water change monthly or longer....

Plant list:

Rotala Wallichii
AR Mini
A. Gracilis
A Senegalansis
Buces
Crypt 'Tropica'
Crypt Wendtii 'Green'
Philippine Java Fern (came attached to a Buce I bought...)
 

Libba

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12 Jan 2021
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196
Location
Australia
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A. Gracilis - the topmost leaves are pink, everything else yellowish-green in lowtech, before I hacked off the emersed top and replanted. On the left is an AR Mini.


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Seeing plantnoobdude and Libba starting up their low tech tanks made me inspired to pay a bit more attention to my neglected 45cm low tech. For starters, I removed most of the R. Wallichii that was obscuring the tank. I moved over my Ammannia Senegelansis so it hasn't converted to low tech form yet. The A. Gracillis had fully converted to lowtech except that it conversed to emersed growth. I hacked it down and replanted and now it needs to convert back to submersed.

This is a near zero maintenance tank. Fertilisation routine is basically pumping in some APT EI whenever I remember to do so (so roughly once a week). Water change monthly or longer....

Plant list:

Rotala Wallichii
AR Mini
A. Gracilis
A Senegalansis
Buces
Crypt 'Tropica'
Crypt Wendtii 'Green'
Philippine Java Fern (came attached to a Buce I bought...)

I just want to clarify that I'm running CO2 in my tank now. Was originally going to be low-tech but I'm a CO2 addict.

Love your crypts!
 
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