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Balanced tank with a lot of plants

Discussion in 'Planted Aquariums' started by lam4305, May 12, 2009.

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    I have been trying to set up a tank in which the plants can take up all the wastes of my fish. It seems to be working now. There has been no water change for 8 months and the fish seems doing fine. Below is a picture taken two months ago. I have read before that an awful lot of plants are required to support a reasonable fish load, but I cannot find the mention of the actual amount needed. So here is my experience which may be interesting for others who wants a more balanced aquarium. My tank is 22 liters with 16 small fish like tetras, 6 cherry shrimps and many small snails. I feed my fish once everyday. It is heavily planted inside. More importantly, I opened the cover of the filter on top of the aquarium and grow from the ceramic rings there a few long branches of pothos, which have a total length of roughly 10 meters. There is no other filter medium besides the rings and the plant roots. The whole thing is about 5 meters from the window but the pothos still get some sunlight late in the afternoon. The nitrate level is around 40 ppm and I can not lower it any further. So, it really takes a lot of plants to consume all the fish wastes even for my small tank. I am lucky to have somewhere to hang them all.

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    wow. that's all I can say 'bout that... really nice. I am assuming that either you are a teacher or just a big fan of math (going with the former assumption...) I bet your kids love that tank.
     
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    very nice lil planted tank! and i love the vines.

    i would wonder about the no water change for 8 months thing. aren't you concerned that various minerals, etc are not being replenished as would normally happen with a water change?
     
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    Looking great! I like the idea of balanced aquarium but I think I would be too chicken not to change water in my aquarium for 8 months. Do you add any plant fertilizers?
     
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    If you do start doing water changes any time- you'd probably need to start off small not to kill the fish.
     
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    I dose seachem flourish and excel. Together with the fish food, I hope that's sufficient. The pothos and my easy-to-grow aquatic plants thrives. But my lucky bamboos stopped growing recently and I wonder if it is because of the lack of minerals.
     
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    lucky bamboo is not an aquatic plant and will eventually die and then rot which will cause you to have to change your water.

    my main concern is the TDS that may build up in your tank
     
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    That is a great setup you have. But I would still do a small water change every week.
     
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    sorry - if the bamboo leaves are out of the water it can be ok
     
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    BTW, what water do you use to top it off? Tap or RO?
     

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