Hoa G. Nguyen's low-cost/low-tech

Freshwater Planted Aquarium

for the enjoyment of both plants and fish.

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The most important factor in the success of a planted tank is adequate lighting.


A beautiful planted aquarium does not have to be high-tech (and therefore high-cost). But low-tech is not synonymous with unscientific. A lot of research has gone into the setup of this tank. I picked and chose between different alternatives, always with an eye on keeping costs down. In the following pages, I describe my planted aquarium, often with footnotes on my early mistakes so they are not repeated by others. The links at the bottom of your browser lead to the main pages describing the technical setup, fish, plants, etc. Interesting Do-It-Yourself projects and general information pages are singled out below.

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