Join Date: May 2011
Location: Buchanan, Virginia, USA
The idea is to keep my intervention at a minimum, more fish watching and less labor with rearranging, landscaping and adding all kinds of chemicals to enhance this, to kill that, etc. I would say that my goal is to keep the system maintaining itself as long as possible. My plants serve the fish by providing enough oxygen and attractive hiding places; they also help to keep water in balance. I like when plants are thriving and grow, but I help only by removing the excess to keep free space for the fish and watch new shoots grow. My lighting is one 24 inches long 20 watt pectra Max fluorescent bulb. The aquarium is sitting in the corner, natural sunlight is reaching it in the evening prior to sunset for about 30 minutes. This is the time, when fish and plants look particularly pretty.
I knew some lazy aquarists, who had their tanks straight against the window and all the lighting was natural, summer or winter, on the north side of the house. The plants were mainly Vallisneria species, there were no heaters and the fish were cold water species. Looking at such a tank, a lawn mower came to my mind, but the system perpetuated for years without regular changfes of the substrate or water. This guy pulled a bucket full of unwated vallisnerias about two times per year. Honestly, this was not a very showy aquarium, but it was good for a lazy aquarist.