Prevent algae by reducing light, minimizing excess nutrients, reducing CO2, and adding more plants to compete for resources.
There are 13 nutrients needed for plants to thrive. These nutrients can be added to low-tech planted tanks easily and without fertilization.
Cycle a planted aquarium in 2-3 weeks by using nutrient-rich substrate, floating plants, sponge filters, oxygen, and ammonium chloride.
Small tank sizes, standard glass, dirt soil, sponge filters, and local plant sellers are tactics for building a planted tank on a budget.
Unusual fish behavior, dying plants, or excessive algae growth are potential physical symptoms of poor water quality in low-tech tanks.
Water flow is crucial for successful low-tech plant growth because it increases their uptake of nutrients. For fish, water flow affects their stress levels and overall health, as they are adapted to swimming in currents. A lack of flow can cause stress, while too much flow can also be stressful and lead to exhaustion.
Air stones are not necessary for planted tanks. But they are useful for replenishing CO2 in the water by increasing surface agitation.
Planted aquariums are about as easy to maintain as unplanted tanks. They require between 20-60 minutes of maintenance per week.
Planted tanks do not need heaters as long as the temperature is between 22.0-32.5°C (71.6-90.5°F). But heaters are important if you have fish.
Many aquascapers love the look of a lushly grown aquarium plant carpet. However, many people struggle to find plants that grow well in low-tech tanks. This article dives into five plants that serve as excellent carpeting plants for your low-tech setup.
It can be difficult to find plants that will thrive in low-tech aquariums where there is less light and limited CO2. Finding easily grown plants will make your tank look a lot nicer and will make your fishkeeping experience a lot more fun.
Lighting is one of the most confusing but important aspects of keeping a low-tech planted aquarium. It plays a crucial role in allowing our aquatic plants to photosynthesize, but is often the cause of pesky algae outbreaks.