Low Tech 55 Gallon Planted Fish Tank

Your planted tank looks so cool. I love the Otocinclus fish, they looks so cute eating cucumber.
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In a well lit tank, excess phosphorus (phosphates) can lead to serious algae problems, so extraphosphate is almost never added. And most fish foods contain sizable amounts of phosphorus,so the plants will most likely be able to get as much as they need.
Having plants in your fish tank will not alter the need for weekly water changes, but they will improve water quality between changes.
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Here we have the 6 best substrates that you can use for your planted fish tank. Each of these items is a little bit different, but each one will serve its own specific purpose. It can make or break your tank’s health and beauty, because poor filtration means poor plant growth and poor fish coloration.
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Substrate is defined as the stuff you use as the foundation of your tank. The color, how it reacts with your water, and even the particle sizes have an impact on the health of your fish, the visual foundation of your tank, as well as the health of your other aquatic plants and creatures. I’ve explained aquarium substrate in detail in my previous post – .Substrate is not only your foundation for your planted fish tank, but also part of your own theme, aquatic creatures, and living plants. Choosing the correct substrate is very important for everything to be synchronized and harmonious with the rest of the tank.When we look at all the choices, clearly you have a lot of interesting options when it comes to the type of substrate you should use in your tank. The end decision is entirely up to you. Be mindful of the color, size, and even the type of fish and plants that will benefit from the type of substrate you chose. Always put the fish and their health and safety first when buying substrate for your planted fish tank.The lack of CO2 augmentation in a low-tech tank essentially means that the rate of plant growth in such tanks is lower than in hi-tech tanks. Due to the lower growth rates, the rate of nutrient uptake by the plants is also correspondingly lowered. As a result, as in the case of Walstad like tanks, the plants can sometimes even survive purely on the nutrition provided from fish waste and decaying food. The drawback with relying purely on fishwaste and fishfood for nutrients is that the ratio of N,P,K (Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium) in these are skewed out of proportion and can cause a nutrient imbalance in the long run. This can lead to stunted growth in some plants and can also make it very hard to grow certain types of plants which are specifically sensitive to one or more of these limited nutrients.Now that you have your tank setup with a good substrate and good lighting you need to supply your plants with a balanced diet of nutrients to begin growing a beautiful planted tank for your fish. First of all, the stronger the lighting you have, the "hungrier" your plants will be. If they lack any specific nutrients you may find yellowing leaves, stunted growth, spindly stems, etc., all of which are signs of a nutrient deficiency. The key is to find a good balance between lighting and nutrients to get the optimal growth from your plants without being overcome with algae. Algae will normally appear when we ignore an important piece of the nutrient plan.It is important to note that high levels of N,P,K, Fe and traces DO NOT lead to algae. Tom has tested this out extensively and has shown that this is simply not true. On the other hand even small amounts of Ammonia (causes could be a mini cycle, decaying plants, fish overloading, insufficient plant mass) as well as fluctuating CO2 levels (fluctuating CO2 levels are thought to signal to the algae spores to start growing) can trigger algae growth. Also In these low-tech tanks the plants and algae are both limited by low CO2 levels. At low light levels and non limiting nutrients, plants can adapt better to these conditions than algae. It is important to have high plant biomass in the tank so that the plants can quickly cycle any Ammonia introduced into the system from decaying food/fish waste.