Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Portland, Oregon
I had a 46 gallon bowfront that went undisturbed for four years. It was strictly hardscape and plastic plants due to the fauna. It was stable enough where it bred Corydoras, Harlequin Rasboras, and Khuli Loaches.
In the space of two weeks, a heater went into always on mode, a softball sized Apple Snail named Petunia (the cause of the lack plants) died of old age, and the seals on the tank failed. Ugh! It was really a fun tank and very low maintenance.
P.S. I'm not sure that I've ever smelled anything quite like a rotting Apple Snail. We weren't sure if it was just going into its normal senescent period or it was dead. By the time it was removed, it was pretty ripe.