May 21, 2016| Chuck Breiter: Low-tech Planted Tanks

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Chuck has had over 45 years of experience with Tropical Fish and has worked in the retail pet field for 35 years.

He is a generalist in his experience, but, has focused on cultivating aquarium plants using low tech methods that are conducive to the health of the fish for the last 10 years.

Currently, Chuck has 20 aquariums and two outdoor ponds, all without filters. He has been an active member of the Madison Area Aquatic Hobbyists club and the Madison Aquatic Gardeners Club.

His presentation will discuss why live plants fell out of favor and why they are regaining so much popularity today. The discussion will cover his personal experience and growth in the art of cultivating plants. It will also get into the benefits of an all natural low tech symbiotic plant/fish aquarium set up. It will include a discussion on substrate, water quality, and lighting. Further, the presentation will cover whether there is a need for higher tech methods, such as supplemental fertilization, CO2, and the use of higher intensity lighting.

There will also be a “how to” demonstration of an easy start, low tech aquarium set up. The discussion will be done in a very practical easy to apply manner. Included will a discussion of plants that do well in these conditions and that work well for beginners to the methods covered.

The club will be doing a plant order focusing on plants suitable to this method and will be offering those plants as plant packages as well as through the auction.