After resurrecting my 90G Tank into a CO2 injected planted tank, I have contemplated on a Zero (Low) Maintenance Planted Tank.
Originally this is my Quarantine/Staging tank.
After 3 months of experiments I was able to grow plants with almost zero maintenance... I have proved that an algae free planted tank can be achieve without dosing anything. Here it is:
Tank: 20G [24" x 12.5" x 15.5"]
Lighting: Coralife 21" 2x36W compact flourescent (I only use 1 36W tube)
Substate: Fluval Stratum
Plants: Hemianthus Cuba, Pogostemon Stellata, Rotala Macandra, Eleocharis Parvula, Alternanthera Reineckii, Hygrophila Polysperma, Echinodorus Osiris
Inhabitants: Cardinal Tetras
Maintenance: Tap off lost water due to evaporation.
The HCs can be grown with Low Lights and without Carbon supplement. The only difference is the growth is very slow.
The Macandras and Reinickiis won't show their red color, but still looks healthy.
Of all the plants the Stellatas are the only one that I didnt like at all without Carbon supplement, they look malnourished