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ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 3 years ago
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The Intransigent One
The Intransigent One - 3 years ago
Those rocks are awesome! Are you still selling those Lava Rocks btw? I would love to get some.
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 3 years ago
No, I am not currently selling rocks. Thanks for asking
Steve Story
Steve Story - 3 years ago
Love you scapes was wondering if you could recommend where to get some high quality Blyxa Japonica from? Thanks for the help
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 3 years ago
Steve Story I pinned the comment with the discount code and my affiliate link.
Steve Story
Steve Story - 3 years ago
ADU Aquascaping thanks for the help
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 3 years ago
Steve Story BucePlant.com may have some. Follow my link below and use the discount code. If they don't have any than AFA may have some
Rojo1044
Rojo1044 - 3 years ago
Why did you need to replace the s. repens with dwarf sag in this tank?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 3 years ago
Rojo1044 It got eaten by snails and never fully recovered. It just declined
Miles Bryant
Miles Bryant - 3 years ago
Just curios, what type(s) of filters are used in this tank? I didn't see any bulky ones so I'm assuming a sponge filter.
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 3 years ago
Miles Bryant it is a SunSun 603 canister filter
Forever and ever I swear!
Forever and ever I swear! - 3 years ago
I like your well planted fish tank. Not too thick but just nice. Would be nicer if some of the plants reached the top..
Forever and ever I swear!
Forever and ever I swear! - 3 years ago
Yup no probs..
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 3 years ago
Forever and ever I swear! Thanks, kind of like in the thumbnail? Ha. Thanks for watching!
xisotopex
xisotopex - 3 years ago
A little slice of life.... The creative impulse to create new worlds...Imagine being able to do this on a galactic scale... In all senses as gods...
Kendra Packingston
Kendra Packingston - 3 years ago
Can u plz do a video explaining the maintenance on the tank??? That would really help me:)
Kendra Packingston
Kendra Packingston - 3 years ago
ADU Aquascaping yay! I'm so glad!
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 3 years ago
I am going to do a video on how to do proper husbandry on you setup. So look out for that video. I will be doing it next!
TankOn
TankOn - 3 years ago
what light model are you running on the tank?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 3 years ago
TankOn I was using a Current Satellite Plus on this 10 gallon.

10. comment for 10 Gallon Low Tech - No Dosing/Excel - DIY Root Tabs - Planted Aquascape | Aquascaping

Monty Chandra
Monty Chandra - 3 years ago
Great video :)

I have also tried to set up a low tech/no dosing tank but on my 35 gal tank. I am having some issues though :(

Substrate is eco complete (3 bags), double t8 light with 6500k tubes, aquaclear 70 HOB filter, zebra danios (8 fish) and plants are vallisneria nana, java moss, Staurogyne Porto Vehlo and Myriophllyum mattogrossense. Now there was brown algae growing on the vall nana leaves so i removed the algae by trimming the plants and removing a bit of the algae affected plants. How do i go about combating the algae growing on the plants? There is a lot more room left to plant (at least half the tank has no plants) , i am looking at filling the tank with a whole bunch of Jungle val so it fills the tank completely. I do a water change once a month and feed fish every 2 days. Should i feed every day now? There is no CO2 or dosing in this tank. I won't ever do DIY CO2 or pressurized. Just keep it simple. I assume there is an imbalance in the tank as i had issues like this before. Will planting more and feeding every day help fix the algae issues? Also light is on 6 hours per day but lately i turned off one bulb to see if the light was the issue ( i don't think it is).

Also do you think i need to add more zebra danios to the tank? Thanks for any help.
Monty Chandra
Monty Chandra - 3 years ago
Thanks for your reply :)

No i am not using any root tabs. But i have decided to buy some osmocote plus root tabs from ebay to help feed the valls. I have also ordered some chain swords and one amazon sword plant.

I think i will do a weekly water change for 1 month and then ease off after that. I am also going to fill the tank in completely with more plants and add the root tabs to the substrate. Also feed the fish everyday to try and see if it helps keep the algae away.

I really want a good low tech planted aquarium. It can be achievable though as from your attempt.
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 3 years ago
the main issues is more than likely the substrate. I usually use soil if I do no dose. Are you using some root tabs by chance? yes, the algae is from a build up of organics. Usually we think we have good filtration, high O2, and circulation, but a lot of us do not. We need to do more frequent water changes at the beginning of a setup to help start out on the right foot.
Sonny Burnett
Sonny Burnett - 3 years ago
Hello..i read on internet that you can use dried banana peels (ground) to create a potassium improvement on aquaponics...i keep imagine what if i bury it into aquarium sand or gravel...

http://www.farmxchange.org/fish-friendly-fertilizers/
The Ender
The Ender - 3 years ago
How much potassium bicarbonate is recommended and how often? My java fern keeps developing small holes in its leaves. New leaves start out very light in color with the tips being a darker green.
Sonny Burnett
Sonny Burnett - 3 years ago
thank you pal :)
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 3 years ago
I am sure it could, but I don't know the correct dose, and too much organics in the substrate can lead to issues, cyanobacteria, algae outbreaks, etc... most people that go that route just use a kelp or chlorella powder to derive all macro and micro nutrients organically for the bacteria in the substrate. Again. I don't know any specific dose. And I think sweet potatoes have even more potassium, but am not sure if they are a good idea or not either. I just use potassium bicarbonate. It is my buffer for my water and supplies plenty of potassium as well as additional carbon for the plants. Thanks for watching.
PDP Voice
PDP Voice - 3 years ago
I just started a 5 gallon planted tank with Amazonia AS and some osmocte + at the bottom about 3 days ago. The ammonia is really high around 4.0ppm. Will this go down on its own or do I need to do daily water changes. I have enough substrate in the tanks and have plenty of plants for 5 gallon. Do I you think the plants will survive this or do I need to remove them and start over? Thanks.
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 3 years ago
PDP Voice oh it should work then.
PDP Voice
PDP Voice - 3 years ago
Its only a 5 gallon tank. Fluval spec v. Thanks again.
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 3 years ago
PDP Voice 10 hrs is good for low tech.
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 3 years ago
PDP Voice well if the tank is larger than a 10 gallon you will need more light. I had 11 watts over this 10 gallon for example. You may want to buy a Finnex Planted + fixture. Or something equivalent.
PDP Voice
PDP Voice - 3 years ago
What about lighting? 10-12 hours a day is good? Its a 7.5 W light
(7000k) I have anubias/java fern/St Repens St bihar, timmophik sp green
and amazon sword (that is not doing so well). Dward grass kinda melted
away but I didn't have much to begin with. Thanks
PDP Voice
PDP Voice - 3 years ago
Thanks again
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 3 years ago
PDP Voice 50%
PDP Voice
PDP Voice - 3 years ago
Thank you. How often should I change the water and how much? 50% to 80%?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 3 years ago
PDP Voice The plants will help take the ammonia down. Do more frequent water changes for a couple of weeks. But the plants will help substantially. Also, all of the ammonia from the substrate and O+ really helps to jump start the tank and get the microbes rolling!
Damian Hinojosa
Damian Hinojosa - 3 years ago
Man that is just beautiful! I I'm very new to planted tanks. I been doing reef tanks for years. But lately my passion for planted tanks has been growing. I love your channel. Amazing videos and your skills and set ups are something else. I see passion for the hobby in your videos. What type of filter are you running in this 10 gallon? Cheers!
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 3 years ago
Damian Hinojosa thanks for watching man. It is a Sun Sun 603 mini canister filter. pretty great setup! thanks for the support.
Lucas Tan
Lucas Tan - 3 years ago
is it possible to grow pogostemon helferi and dwarf hair grass without using co2?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 3 years ago
Lucas Tan And dose adequate amounts of fertilizers if first starting out. Use liquid or dry fertilizers. At the very beginning you can rely on the soil for the most part, but as things progress you may want to begin dosing. Dose PPS Pro method in low tech tanks= Basically lean EI method dosing. If you can't achieve the results you want than go high tech.
Lucas Tan
Lucas Tan - 3 years ago
+ADU Aquascaping thanks for the reply, you've just earned anothrr sub!
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 3 years ago
Lucas Tan yeah it is. Just will take longer and may be harder to achieve great growth with the helferi, and may struggle carpeting the hair grass. It can be done. I have seen it and hobbyists are successful without using CO2. Just use a soil substrate to ensure a good environment for the plants.
Tarzan84
Tarzan84 - 3 years ago
Nice video. Beautiful tank.
Do you need chemical filtration like purigen or chemipure elite in a planted tank?
Tarzan84
Tarzan84 - 3 years ago
thank you for the advice.
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 3 years ago
no you don't need that. Thanks for watching.
Jaymark Sarmiento
Jaymark Sarmiento - 3 years ago
sir its not low tech its low light
seth chapman
seth chapman - 3 years ago
Jaymark Sarmiento watch the video of him setting it up. He uses no c02 which makes it low tech.
Brandon Cosme
Brandon Cosme - 4 years ago
Could you replace the swords for val?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 3 years ago
Brandon Cosme you can try using vallisneria spiralis or Italian. They are smaller than Giant Jungle Val.
Brandon Cosme
Brandon Cosme - 4 years ago
+ADU Aquascaping Val in a 10 gallon tank? I've read and people don't recommend it but I personally like the look of a forest. Is it a good idea?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 4 years ago
Brandon Cosme oh yeah easy. The stem plant is also Rotala sp. Ceylon. easy to grow
Eric C
Eric C - 4 years ago
Dude your tank rocks... any advice for mine https://youtu.be/geSBEnM3CpE
Memories
Memories - 4 years ago
Always great to rewatch some of your vids. It resparks my interest in the hobby, as well as helping me create a beautifull aquascapes. Thanks alot !

20. comment for 10 Gallon Low Tech - No Dosing/Excel - DIY Root Tabs - Planted Aquascape | Aquascaping

LRanee
LRanee - 4 years ago
dwarf sag can grow with root tabs?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 4 years ago
LRanee it is a very easy plant to grow.
Patricia Lopez
Patricia Lopez - 4 years ago
Beautiful tank and fish! What lighting do you have on there?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 4 years ago
I had a Current Satellite Plus LED on this tank, thanks!
Dylan Morris
Dylan Morris - 4 years ago
I live in the U.K. and I have looked very hard for those rocks, but I simply cannot find them anywhere like the ones in this video. Is there a particular name for this kind of rock? Because I've tried searching for Dragonstone like you said down in the comments?

Many thanks :) + My favourite tank atm!
John Galley
John Galley - 4 years ago
Hi, if you're still after dragon stone you can get it from zooplus.co.uk
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 4 years ago
thanks, it is a Basalt type lava rock that I get locally. I call it Dragon Stone. I sell it too, but international shipping is $70 per box!
G Unit
G Unit - 4 years ago
Brilliant work, love this tank. Congrats
Vivienne Damone
Vivienne Damone - 4 years ago
Beautiful!
Private Duck
Private Duck - 4 years ago
Do you still feed them fish food or do they feed off plants or algae
monte hibbert
monte hibbert - 4 years ago
Beautiful tanks! Do you do this professionally or is this just your hobby?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 4 years ago
+monte hibbert I do both. Thanks for watching.
Alexander Roeggla
Alexander Roeggla - 4 years ago
amazing aquarium. ...
Nguyen Luc
Nguyen Luc - 4 years ago
Very nice tank for a 10g!
Rick Corel
Rick Corel - 4 years ago
HI,
Where do you buy plants?
Thanks

30. comment for 10 Gallon Low Tech - No Dosing/Excel - DIY Root Tabs - Planted Aquascape | Aquascaping

Pawel Suszczynski
Pawel Suszczynski - 4 years ago
lighting system? beautiful tank and all but my only wonder is the lights
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 4 years ago
+Pawel Suszczynski it is a Current Satellite Plus LED
Herbshirt
Herbshirt - 4 years ago
Well if this is what's possible without co2 or expensive lights, then I'm converted.
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 4 years ago
+Herbshirt well the PAR value is low, just that it is LED. Yes different definition of low tech, some go for whatever is cheapest. Usually it just means no pressurized CO2 or heavy fertilizer dosing to the water column.
Herbshirt
Herbshirt - 4 years ago
+.Fx Restart Oh. Different versions of Low Tech I guess aren't there. Thanks.
Laurie Barton
Laurie Barton - 4 years ago
This turned out so beautifully. I learned from this video. Thanks!
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 4 years ago
+Laurie Barton Thanks, glad you liked it.
kevin platt
kevin platt - 4 years ago
what light do you have on this?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 4 years ago
+kevin platt Current Satellite Plus LED fixture.
GetInMyBelly
GetInMyBelly - 4 years ago
what rocks are those?
GetInMyBelly
GetInMyBelly - 4 years ago
+ADU Aquascaping do you harvest them yourself? 
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 4 years ago
+Mupkid They are a type of Basalt rock that I sell. I call it ADU Dragon Stone. It is a lava rock that is inert and will not alter your water chemistry.
Kelly Nichols
Kelly Nichols - 4 years ago
Very nicely done video.....and a nice tank!
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 4 years ago
+Kelly Nichols Thanks, this tank was easy to do and took 6 months to fully mature. Great little tank. And thanks for watching.
Errol Khan
Errol Khan - 4 years ago
Beautiful aquascape.
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 4 years ago
+Errol Khan thanks.
Tarrant TSS
Tarrant TSS - 4 years ago
Hey, what rocks are you using?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 4 years ago
+Tarrant TSS ADU Dragon Stone a type of rock that I sell. Basalt lava rock.
ThatFishGuy
ThatFishGuy - 4 years ago
i think I might do this with a couple of Dwarf Puffers
ThatFishGuy
ThatFishGuy - 4 years ago
Thanks,
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 4 years ago
+That FishGuy I have always wanted to try that. Just need more space, time and whatnot. Give it a try.
Fish Hobby Guy
Fish Hobby Guy - 4 years ago
love the way your tank looks ! i have a 10 g planted tank set up too and you can check it out in my channel thanks !
Ty Dang
Ty Dang - 4 years ago
wat ever happen to the s repens?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 4 years ago
+Ty Dang It got eaten by pond snails and couldn't recover. It was doing alright, but just had to switch to the dwarf sag.
AirsoftTeen MN
AirsoftTeen MN - 4 years ago
What type of rock is that?
AirsoftTeen MN
AirsoftTeen MN - 4 years ago
Thank you!
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 4 years ago
+AirsoftTeen MN It is ADU Dragon Stone, a type of Basalt lava rock that I sell.
Kerry K
Kerry K - 4 years ago
What an amazing tank! You can do a lot of stuff in a 10 gallon tank. Are the Neon Tetras the only fish?
ThatFishGuy
ThatFishGuy - 4 years ago
+Kerry K You can also have small fish like Indian Dwarf Puffers (completely safe around plants, and snail vacuums) or fish like small rasboras.
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 4 years ago
+Kerry K Thanks, yeah it isn't too bad. I had a lot of fun running this tank. I totally neglected it and it grew pretty well. Yeah, the Tetras, amano shrimp, and a few cherry shrimp are all that was in the tank, and some mini Ramshorn snails.
Larsen T.
Larsen T. - 4 years ago
What is the clover type plant at 1:04?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 4 years ago
+Larsen T. It is Hydro sp. Japan. I just started farming some. May have some available in two months time. Along with S. Repens, Monte Carlo, Micro Sword, and Anubias nana petite.
krnhaechan30
krnhaechan30 - 4 years ago
Where can I buy those stones? I read on one of your videos saying you sell them. I'm having a hard time finding them online, was wondering if you can set me up with some stones.
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 4 years ago
+krnhaechan30 email me at fishfinaticsdob23@gmail.com for more information. I currently do have rock in stock. Thanks for watching.
zarrainfame
zarrainfame - 5 years ago
what is your substrate?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+zarrainfame In this tank it was a mix of ADA Aquasoil and Eco Complete. The substrate was actually pretty old and well used. I also used Osmocote+ root tabs.
Grubble's Games, Guns, and Gear
Grubble's Games, Guns, and Gear - 5 years ago
So, is there no physical filter? Just the koralia circulating?

It looks amazing!

Would you advise trying this in a larger tank, like a 36 bow?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+Grubble's Games, Guns, and Gear Yeah, you can do it in any size tank. Just have a nutrient rich substrate, and adding root tabs helps. And get hardy beginner plants like the ones used in this tank. I have plant lists throughout the series in the video description, so that way you can look up the plants by name.
Grubble's Games, Guns, and Gear
Grubble's Games, Guns, and Gear - 5 years ago
+ADU Aquascaping awesome. So would you advise a low tech in something 35 gallons to 55 gallons?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+Grubble's Games, Guns, and Gear I was using a 603 SunSun mini canister filter with this tank. I took out the wavemaker because it was too much current, and really isn't needed for a tank this small.
Jaden Montes
Jaden Montes - 5 years ago
Looks AMAZING
Sidhesh
Sidhesh - 5 years ago
beautiful tank sir.. how do you clean it? is it necessary to suction the fish muck from the bottom when you do water changes??
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+Sidhesh Bharne Thanks, only if it really builds up. You never do deep vacuuming in a heavily planted tank. Also, shrimp and snails can help to reduce the build up of detritus. Thanks for watching man.
Betsy Leman
Betsy Leman - 5 years ago
What do you you recommend for lighting. Friends have said I should use a Lumiy Lightline 1250 LED desk lamp. Perfect height for a 10 gallon, super bright, and at less than $50 its alot cheaper than any aquarium LED light on the market.
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+Betsy Leman It will work great. You don't need very much light over a shallow 10 gallon tank. It should do the job. Thanks for watching.

50. comment for 10 Gallon Low Tech - No Dosing/Excel - DIY Root Tabs - Planted Aquascape | Aquascaping

Ray Lee
Ray Lee - 5 years ago
can i put the osmacote without the capsule?
Ray Lee
Ray Lee - 5 years ago
well i'm trying out my own method now. Putting the osmacote  in a gelatin mix and letting it set. the ferts sink but the gelatin forms a coat around them 
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+Ray Lee At the very beginning of a scape you can sprinkle it on the bottom of the tank, but if the tank is established you will want to use capsules. Check out the first video in the "How to be successful with low tech tanks" playlist.
rexlinkfish
rexlinkfish - 5 years ago
This is awesome Dave, I finally just got to setting up a 10 gallon planted tank. Your low tech looks great. Mines kind of inbetween low and high tech. So I guess I'll see how it all goes. I bought Rotala indica, Lloydia green?, a little bit of dwarf hair grass, some 4 leaf clover, Pogostemen Helferi, and some really tall Dwarf sag. I'm hoping all goes well.
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+rexlinkfish right on man, sounds like some good combinations. The DHG and clover will mix well together. Should work out pretty well, all great looking plants that are easy to grow.
kehw
kehw - 5 years ago
How much do you dose a day for the 10gal?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+Kurt-Eric Wurzbacher On this tank I did not dose any water column fertilizers. I used DIY Osmocote Plus root tabs in the substrate. I am certain that some nutrients leaked into the water column, and I was also using some tap water to supply some added nutrients. I didn't use Flourish Excel either. Just ADA Aquasoil, DIY root tabs, and plenty of gardening techniques, such as pruning, trimming, and replanting etc... Thanks for watching.
Cam'sJungleAquaria
Cam'sJungleAquaria - 5 years ago
Which light are you using on this tank? Looks amazing
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+Cam'sJungleAquaria Just a Current Satellite Plus LED. Thanks man.
shadowlab2000
shadowlab2000 - 5 years ago
+Cam'sJungleAquaria I found the answer in a reply below. "Current Satellite + LED fixture."
shadowlab2000
shadowlab2000 - 5 years ago
+Cam'sJungleAquaria +ADU Aquascaping I had the same question :)
Hilde
Hilde - 5 years ago
How much aquasoil did you use for the 10g tank and how much did it cost?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+SuperKillifish I would just get one 9 liter bag, or two 3 liter bags. It can be expensive. Marfied Controsoil is cheaper, but right now their website is down, and they may be closing up shop in the US. Very sad day if this is the case.
Hilde
Hilde - 5 years ago
Just been told that if you have a good stock of fish no Co2 additive needed. Thus wondering what and how many fish are in the tank?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+SuperKillifish It can help, but soil also releases sediment CO2 for up to a year... depending. I only had 5 neon tetras in this tank.
Julian Morgan
Julian Morgan - 5 years ago
Hi - I'm loving your videos and really like your no-nonsense approach. Fantastic tips that are making it all a lot easier to return to the hobby after a 40 year gap! (I had a tank of guppies and swordtails as a boy). My question is - if I google Osmocote Plus, I get a lot of results where folks on UK based fish keeping forums warn about the ammonia this kind of pellet releases and not to touch them. Obviously you don't just disagree but have healthy fish to prove the point, but can you explain why its safe? And how to make sure its stays safe? For eg I'm sure its possible to over do it - is that where the one every 6 by 6 area comes in? Thanks!
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+Julian Morgan I would do a 6x6 inch area, and do one half of the tank one week, and the other the next week after a water change. Only do this for areas with plants of course. And yes it can cause an ammonia spike. I have killed some shrimp and fish in smaller tanks. In small tanks you must go slow. Safer in larger tanks.
mellymel4ya
mellymel4ya - 5 years ago
i kept waiting for it too say shot wit iphone 6 lol nice setup
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+mellymel4ya haha, I wish! It is with the Lumix GH3 at 72mps All -Intra frame, 24fps at 1080P.
Dennis Wong
Dennis Wong - 5 years ago
Did you replace the staurogyne repens ?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+Dennis Wong Yeah man, It just got eaten by snails, and so I just did dwarf sag.
AQUADESIGN by aquamaniac
AQUADESIGN by aquamaniac - 5 years ago
Dave i can't remember if i saw this video before.
As you remember i was less active for a few months.
But this tank is an inspiration, i really plan to try out a low-tech aquascape in the future using tour method to see how well i can manage.
Just by looking at it you could almost be fooled to into thinking its a high-tech.
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+AQUADESIGN by aquamaniac Thanks man, yes this tank was a fun one, didn't have to do anything, never even cleaned the filter. I recently had to take it down because as I mentioned am trying to move back into student housing.
The Therapist
The Therapist - 5 years ago
How many megapixels is your camera ? I did a video on my 5 gallon tank and it looks pathetic....even though the water is crystal clear and plant growth is optimum.
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+The Therapist It is 12mps at 72mps All-intra frame, which means each frame is processed individually, shot at 1080P. It is the Lumix GH3 camera.
D. L. Diehl
D. L. Diehl - 5 years ago
How long did it take to get this tank to grow in?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+Diana Diehl Presents It matured in about 6 months.
D. L. Diehl
D. L. Diehl - 5 years ago
Beautiful aquascape in a small tank!
Riz Hamsik
Riz Hamsik - 5 years ago
Do you have like a CO2 system in there? Can aquascape without one?
Riz Hamsik
Riz Hamsik - 5 years ago
Great! Thanks for the info. Just starting out this new hobby.
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+Riz Hamsik This tank does not have CO2. It is low tech. I dose nothing to the water column. No fertilizers and no Flourish Excel. All I do is add DIY root tabs made from Osmocote Plus every couple of months.
Arib H
Arib H - 5 years ago
Do red pigmentation in plants means high iron levels? Or does it depend on light spectrum?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+Arib Hassam It is really both. High light can bring out the Anthocyanin pigment, and iron helps to sustain and enrich pigments.
I have an entire video on how to keep and turn plants red. Check out my videos page.
francis dudero
francis dudero - 5 years ago
Is that pennywort underwater?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+francis dudero Yes, It is Hydrocotyle sp. Japan.
AiGalaxyS
AiGalaxyS - 5 years ago
Very nice, how do you clean the tank's bottom with all of those plants on the way?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+aigalaxy You don't really do any deep vacuuming. You can just wave your hand back and forth to stir up detritus into the water column while doing a water change and siphon it out.
Moses
Moses - 5 years ago
24 seconds of logos... on every video... really?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+Grave Digger Only on featured cinematic videos. Thanks for watching man.
Tomas Schertel
Tomas Schertel - 5 years ago
Whats tanks sizes?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+Tomas Schertel This is a US 10 gallon tank. Just a little cheap tank you can buy anywhere.
joechill1
joechill1 - 5 years ago
Tank looks fantastic!  Is that blyxa japonica in the foreground?  Are you trimming it to keep it low?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+joechill1 I do not touch this tank. And I mean it! I never clean the filter etc... never dose fertilizers etc...
The plant just naturally stays low. It is dwarf Sagittaria.
reign4life
reign4life - 5 years ago
What is your wattage and photo period? Looks good for sure! thanks.
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+reign4life I am using a Current Satellite Plus LED fixture on this 10 gallon. I have it set at full power.I am getting around 40 PAR at the substrate. I usually leave the lighting on for 8-9hrs. I have done this since the beginning of the scape. Thanks for watching.
KotMatvej
KotMatvej - 5 years ago
Wonderful tank, great looking plants (and neon tetras too), simply and charmingly!
I wish that my aquarium could be the same :)
poporingrursus
poporingrursus - 3 years ago
ADU Aquascaping What KH would you advise to maintain?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+KotMatvej Thanks for the kind words. You can do it. Most issues are from the wrong KH levels and a lack of consistency.
I do nothing to this tank. I rarely do water changes, and I never clean the filter. Using soil or Aquasoil with DIY root tabs works really well. I am using a Current Satellite Plus LED fixture and this tank is only a little 10 US gallon tank.
The only thing I do is sometimes prune and trim old or big leaves off of the plants. It basically takes care of itself.
Watch my low tech series. I have a low tech playlist. Cheers!
Young Tank
Young Tank - 5 years ago
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+young tank Thanks for the applause! ha! And thanks for watching, glad you liked the video.
sinhxay Vang
sinhxay Vang - 5 years ago
What is your light set up for this low tech.
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+sinhxay Vang One Current USA: Satellite Plus LED fixture set at full power.
AQUAPROS
AQUAPROS - 5 years ago
Looking good Dave!
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+DIY AQUAPROS Thanks brother!
Joni Solis
Joni Solis - 5 years ago
Lovely!
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+Joni Solis Thanks so much for the kind words! Still neglecting this tank and still it is loving it! Looks more mature now than in the video.
Laura Wrenn
Laura Wrenn - 5 years ago
Love the new introduction! Tank is beautiful!
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+Laura Wrenn Thanks, it will be used for cinematic videos, but the other intro is still alive! This tank is doing great, better looking right now than in the video, and still total neglect!
MrHoney2U
MrHoney2U - 5 years ago
Inspiring brother. That pinatiffida looks really good.
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+MrHoney2U Thanks man, looking better now than in the video. I should have waited! Peace
Paks Kyo
Paks Kyo - 5 years ago
mine is almost 2months but i still didnt see any changes :(. yesterday i planted hairgrass and i hope it will spread. Im in lowtech too, no fertilzers/co2/etc. My specs is here: 2.5gal tank, 8watts T5(household light) 8hrs of photoperiod. Fauna: Hygro green, bacopa, Rotala green. 50% water change after 2 weeks. I really want a progress for my tank, any suggestions ?
Paks Kyo
Paks Kyo - 5 years ago
I used a Bicol River Sand (Natural sand from Bicol, Philippines). When I scaped the tank i spread some amounts of osmocote (first layer, and my substrate layer is 2") ever since i didnt insert root tabs. I'll follow your advice with trimming. Thanks for replying Dave.
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+Paks Kyo Are you using soil or any root tabs? I totally neglect this tank. The only thing I do is replenish with root tabs every once in a while and prune and trim leaves.
justplanecrazy
justplanecrazy - 5 years ago
Awesome vid!
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+justplanecrazy Thanks for watching, should have some more uploads soon!
cyberaquarist
cyberaquarist - 5 years ago
Very relaxing. Healthy plants and fish, clear water, and perfect aqua scape layout. Great job!
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+cyberaquarist Thanks man!
Brian's Fish Tanks
Brian's Fish Tanks - 5 years ago
Looks great Dave!
KALZONE850
KALZONE850 - 5 years ago
how many diy root tabs do you use for the 10 gallon?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+KALZONE850 One table spoon when starting out a tank, or every 5"x5" area for new tanks and 4"x4" area for more mature growth. No real method, but this is what I do. I sprinkled on table spoon in this tank at the beginning to give you an idea.
Wayne Cadigan
Wayne Cadigan - 5 years ago
This tank is beautiful. I was just convincing the wife to do this to my daughters tank.  She watched the video and agreed!!! Thanks.
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+Wayne Cadigan Thanks, yes it can be this easy and it is this easy. I totally neglect this tank and rarely do water changes, and have not touched the filter in months. All I do is replenish with DIY root tabs every few months.
colinbarsby
colinbarsby - 5 years ago
Hey Dickie. Haha.
Awesome new intro, and killer video.
You have the skills. Peace, out.
colinbarsby
colinbarsby - 5 years ago
+ADU Aquascaping Check out "Crocodile Dundee" if you haven't already seen it. Great Aussie Movie. :-)
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+colinbarsby Yo Dickie!!! I know I saw that on some Aussie movie or some comedian was saying it. I need to find that movie!!
J Spalding
J Spalding - 5 years ago
Awesomeness brotha.
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+J Spalding thanks brother !
Erik Wappa
Erik Wappa - 5 years ago
Nice work my friend. Looks like perfect balance.
Joni Solis
Joni Solis - 5 years ago
+ADU Aquascaping Sounds good and thank you for letting me know about it. Hope you try it out soon and post a video about it. Could you also use it to refresh old aquarium soils? Maybe add to root tabs.
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+Joni Solis I Haven't tried it before, Should work pretty well. I used to use Laterite. I found a good humic acid and kelp meal mix that is all organic. It also comes with other organic mined nutrients NPK, calcium, sulfur, and some iron, plus the kelp will add all the essential micros and trace elements in organic form. It would be a super good base layer. With all the added nutrients, and it may be all you need, and then cap it with sand. http://www.livearth.com/PDFs/Bio-grow%202-5-6_CA.pdf
Joni Solis
Joni Solis - 5 years ago
+ADU Aquascaping Have you tried this yet? I am going to try some vermiculite in my next dirted tank.
Erik Wappa
Erik Wappa - 5 years ago
Must say very interesting.  The peat moss makes sure the Laterite stays healthy and full of air. Organic stuff decomposes within the peat moss. Microbes then feast of the Laterite.
Maybe also put some hard backed clay pebbles in the substrate. The Laterite can leach into the pebbles and the pebbles can contain a lot of air. Very interesting. I think the organic root tabs works just fine in these setups. Good luck Dave.
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+Erik Wappa Thanks man, what do you think about the Laterite peat moss type substrate? I may want to try something with Laterite, peat and maybes some other organics, but no dirt or Aquasoil. Maybe organic root tabs. What are your thoughts?
Quick N' Easy
Quick N' Easy - 5 years ago
hey lovely tank... i need a tip.. my tank is dirted and i would like to change my gravel.. how would i go about doing so?
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+Quick N' Easy Yeah, with a shop vac or big siphon hose, and try to go very slow. Like Colin said.
colinbarsby
colinbarsby - 5 years ago
+Quick N' Easy Slowly. :-)
KrispyAquascape
KrispyAquascape - 5 years ago
What's up Dave, I'm not familiar with cichlids but what is that fish on your ADU logo? It Looks very nice and now I'm reminded of your channel when I see similar looking cichlids. If it is a cichlid.
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+KrispyAquascape Yes, it is Altolamprologus calvus. Very cool Tanganyika cichlid. Basically the badass of cichlids in general because it is an assassin that hunts from above! Very intelligent, arguably one of the most intelligent fish on the planet.
TWK Aquascaping
TWK Aquascaping - 5 years ago
Very nice, Dave! Great feel to the video and loving the scape!
TWK Aquascaping
TWK Aquascaping - 5 years ago
Sadly I had to take them down and sell all my plants right now. I'm getting married and moving to down South in 2 weeks. I figured it would be easier to sell everything and start over once we get to our new place. Be on the lookout for a new setup in a couple of weeks once we get down there and settled in though!
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+TWK Aquascaping Thanks man, any more updates of your sick ass tanks!?
MASS Aquariums
MASS Aquariums - 5 years ago
Love the new intro. Lol. Sounds like my kids planted 10 gallon. Clean filter and water change every 6 months. Never had a problem with anything. Why do I do so much to my other tanks. It's looking awesome bro. Lovin it
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+MASS Aquariums Thanks man, this intro is for cinematic videos and will still use the other one. Yeah man, just neglect your tank and it will work out, that is the new advice. LOL
Glen Hawkins
Glen Hawkins - 5 years ago
Looking great Dave. 10 Gallon tanks are my favorite to aquascape.
Mbuna Marcus - Aquariums, Cichlids and More
Mbuna Marcus - Aquariums, Cichlids and More - 5 years ago
Awesome tank...very nice video :)
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+Mbuna Marcus - Aquariums, Cichlids and More Thanks Marcus! Should have some more videos soon, just so busy with the end of the semester.
Ruben
Ruben - 5 years ago
Looks good man very nice.
shizdank
shizdank - 5 years ago
very impressive! i have about 80% of my tanks now this way. i still dose a little in the water column because some of the tanks have shallow sand beds and tie on plants. setting up a new tank soon and debating with myself if i should go this route with it
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+shizdank It is the way to go man, the tank looks 10X better right now than in the video. I just neglect the shiz out of it! I think I may try a Laterite, Osmo+, sand substrate next, or use other organics. Have you tried this before?
Bailey Miles
Bailey Miles - 5 years ago
Amazing tank man, I'm a new subscriber to your channel but I've watched a lot of your videos and they're really helpful and give me a lot of ideas for my aquariums.
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+Bailey Miles Thanks so much for subscribing and liking the videos. I should have more soon, I have been so busy with the end of the semester and all. Peace!
Keith's Planted Aquariums
Keith's Planted Aquariums - 5 years ago
Awesome video and super cool aquarium! :)
ADU Aquascaping
ADU Aquascaping - 5 years ago
+Keith's Planted Aquariums Thanks for watching!

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