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How do you run your tank?

How do you prefer to run your tank?

  • Low Tech

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  • No Tech (el natural, baby!)

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  • Total voters
    19
For me I have currently 3 tanks, and setting up 2 more, and I think each tank has its own thing:
  • 1 pond, 100% nature style, no filtration and there is no special tech other than one small air pump to make sure the fish don't suffer lack of Oxygen during hot days and a couple of water heaters to make sure that they don't freeze to death in cold winter nights, and both the air pump and heaters can be removed, and 0% maintenance and 0% water changes
  • 1 nano tank for new caridina shrimp and it is 100% nature style, but might decide to make 25% water change every month or every couple of months
  • 1 low tech tank, simple light, no CO2 dosing, simple hang on back filter, 1 small air pump for decorative reasons only and 1 water heater
  • 1 medium tech tank, better light and DIY CO2 dosing, no air pump but better filtration
  • 1 high tech tank, strong RGB adjustable light and CO2 dosing, plus a big filter
  • (Maintenance is done/planned for the last 3 tanks plus weekly water changes, but I think I might go for a water change every 2 - 3 weeks instead of weekly)
 
High energy only so far, to varying degrees.

I have a 90L with wrgb2 and a 1.4 drop, buffering ada v2, 0kh 3gh.

I have a 60p with the ADA Aquasky RGB light, and a 1.2 drop (much milder on the light intensity and ph drop), much milder also on the substrate which is controsoil. 0kh and around 5gh I believe.

The 90L has been giving me alot of problems with bba lately despite impeccable maintenance and even flow distribution, it's an interesting contrast with the lower energy 60p where algae isn't a problem. Not sure if it's indicative of something being out of balance with light and co2 or just a coincidence.

The 4820 I'm in the process of starting up will be much the same, but as high energy as I can manage, gradually ramped up. Lighting driving it will be a 6x54w T5 fixture, I'll be trying to match that up with a 1.4-1.5 ph drop and moderate dosing (12/4/14 on my other tanks now, I'll probably start with this baseline and add po4 daily into the sub stops adsorbing). Substrate is going to be 50L give or take of Landen.

Once I adapt to having three high-energy tanks to maintain, I'd like to take the little 7 gallon I brought back from aga and make it a low-tech. I feel like I will struggle with low tech because I've never done one and it's hard for my mind to switch gears into low-to-no dosing, sane levels of par, etc lol. I wouldn't have any idea how to do low-tech effectively, so it would probably be a cool challenge for me...and if I could get used to it, the result would be a nice slow tank with some hardy plants that just looks like a calm, still picture, instead of a bubbling explosion with 10x turnover glaring at you from the corner of the room with the angry light of the sun :)
 
My two main tanks are low tech.
Started out high and got tired of the maintenance and weary of adjusting things to combat algae. I took off the co2, removed all the higher demand plants and turned down the lights.
Both tanks are now stabilized nicely and I‘m thinking about putting co2 back on at a very low rate, for just a little extra health and growth in the plants. What would the tanks be called at that point?
Mid-tech, maybe?

My little 4g antique betta tank is extremely low tech, thin layer of gravel, sitting in a window for light, lots of floating and emersed plants, no filter. It just gets a 50% WC once a week. Clean, easy and a happy betta.
 
High tech

Lean collumn
Sand substrate
Highlight
Water change every few weeks
Very high light.

I can grow a variety of difficult plants without labour intensive WC. Yes I am lazy😂
 
High tech

Lean collumn
Sand substrate
Highlight
Water change every few weeks
Very high light.

I can grow a variety of difficult plants without labour intensive WC. Yes I am lazy😂

This is prettymuch exactly how I run my tank. I would say I am on medium-high side of lighting though. Things grow too fast if light is very high and I too am lazy lol
 
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