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post #31 of 60 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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Very clever and nice work, Im a newbie and wonder how do you cycle the tank without a filter...
So its a dirt planted tank in a style often reffered to as Walstad. Basically I don't need a filter because the plants, substrate and bacteria provide natural filtration. The filter would be nice to create some water movement but it is not essential.

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Nice I wouldn't mind trying that myself
does it require much maintenance
Not much maintenance, weekly water changes and trimmings are about it.

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This is awesome! Nice work buddy! I'm really impressed, and I think the magnification due to the curvature works in this tank. Very cool.
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Nice I wouldn't mind trying that myself
does it require much maintenance
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post #33 of 60 (permalink) Old 12-03-2012, 12:10 AM
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Very cool! I tried something similar in college, but I used a DIY air-pump driven sponge filter tucked into a hollow piece of driftwood that I found in Pennsylvania while working on my master's degree. It was fun, but it wasn't long before the bug bit me to go larger.

I may have to dig my stuff back out and try this bowl idea again! Your tank is a hit and an inspiration!!!

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So here is where I am at now. The green hygro shed a ton of leaves and went a deep red, I'm assuming because of the soil. Also I was having issues with algae bloom in the water. I seem to have it worked out now; I reduced photo-period, performed one intense water change, started dosing excel and added additional flora.

Fish wise I'm doing great. I have three small fry rearing in a 1 gallon shrimp bowl and 1 larger fry in the main bowl.

HC had a die-off but I trimmed it pretty heavily and it has come back nicely.

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Growing well, could use a trim. I've got 8 WCM now, my five original plus three juvies.

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great looking good. that is one nice looking carpet and i love you piece of wood and i agree that it could do with a trim

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post #37 of 60 (permalink) Old 03-10-2013, 10:08 PM
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With Naturally Planted Bowls (NPT) they do fine as long as they are heavily planted. There are so many nutrients in the Miracle Gro soil that it fuels the plant growth like crazy for several months.

With shrimp, especially, there is no problem at all with not having filtration. With fish you have to be a little more careful to stock lightly.

The plants provide filtration so as long as the bioload of the fauna (shrimp, fish, etc.) does not exceed the ability of the flora (plants) to suck up the nutrients then you are just fine.
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I'm doing this without a cap, is that okay?

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Thanks! Put it on and replanted.

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This is going strong. I have far to many WCM at this point and will need to hand some off or build another tank. I have maybe 10+ in the main bowl at various stages and another 4 rearing in my 1 gallon.

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beautiful. you made it look so easy!
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beautiful. you made it look so easy!
Thanks! Honestly this tank is pretty much runs on auto at this point.
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