What's new

Low Tech Planted Tank

cupofjoel

Fish Crazy
Joined
Jun 17, 2019
Messages
201
Reaction score
73
Hey everyone. I've always wanted a low tech tank with a high tech look. Please let me know if I'll have issues with algae if I go with this setup.

14 x 14 x 14 cube (10 gallon capacity)
plant substrate (uns controsoil)
ONF nano light (the bottom of my tank will most likely be 75-100 par)
Lightly stocked (a male betta)
50% water change every two weeks
dosing all in one fert 2-3 times a week

Plants:
-Riccia Fluitans (will be my floating plant) around 2-3 tissue culture cups
-monte Carlo (1/2 inch spacing)
-Super Red Ludwigia (natans variety)
-anubias nana petite (around 5 pots)
-crypt walkeri (around 5 pots) will cut all the leaves off since they will most likely all melt
-other plants possibly

So my real issue is will I get algae if I go with the ONF light? It's really strong and I know there is a setting to reduce the intensity, but I want it brightly lit to enjoy my tank.

Thoughts?
 

PheonixKingZ

Fish Gatherer
Pet of the Month!
Joined
May 8, 2019
Messages
6,228
Reaction score
2,401
Location
Lawrenceburg KY.
You will never know until you try. You could try to leave your light on for only 10 hours a day and see if you get any algae. If you don't, try bumping it up to 11 hours a day and so on.

Do you want this tank just to be planted? Or would you have fish/snails?
 
OP
cupofjoel

cupofjoel

Fish Crazy
Joined
Jun 17, 2019
Messages
201
Reaction score
73
You will never know until you try. You could try to leave your light on for only 10 hours a day and see if you get any algae. If you don't, try bumping it up to 11 hours a day and so on.

Do you want this tank just to be planted? Or would you have fish/snails?
It would only have a single male betta.

10 hours is a long time to have that much intense lighting no? I've always hovered around 6-8 hours in my 75 gallon tank. Anymore and I'm afraid of algae.
 

trending

Most reactions - Past 7 days

Top