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Nano 8x6 inches (update 4/21/06 on last page)

what do you guys think?

11/21/2005

No filter on yet. Ordered a nano filter, and coralife mini aqualight. It is an ocean free tank thanks to Boun. Substrate is ada aquasoil.

Update 12/03/2005

Got the mini aqualight (18 watts) no filter yet. Things look like they are growing. Soon I will take out some plant species. Any opinions on what I should take out or leave?

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Juncus repens
Polygonum muricatum
Hygro sp red
Hemigraphis trian
Downoi
Utricularia sp.
weeping moss
Ammania sp Bonsai

Fauna
Cherry shrimp
Male endlers

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post #2 of 53 (permalink) Old 11-21-2005, 08:07 PM
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No filter? No light? You can't cycle your tank without a filter. Other than that, your tank looks good for a start knowing that it's 8x6".
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I have a temporary light on it right now one of those screw in power compacts.
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Ok, just out of question. Why don't you buy a filter from your LFS?
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I am Just curious why a tank wouldn't cycle without a filter?

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Well, you can but it's not recommended, you need a filter to keep it going and you'll find yourself doing water changes very often without one.
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I have no nano filter and only do 2 water changes a week.
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am getting a filter from bigals, getting it from there because I need to get other things, and things are a lot cheaper than in my lfs
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Well, you can but it's not recommended, you need a filter to keep it going and you'll find yourself doing water changes very often without one.
That's not really true. In nature there are no filters...everything is a cycle.

Plants will naturally take in ammonia and nitrite. If there were no plants in there- that would be a different story.
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Well, you can but it's not recommended, you need a filter to keep it going and you'll find yourself doing water changes very often without one.
the only thing a filter will really be doing is mechanical filtration anyway. But like I said I am getting one. Plus the endlers and cherry shrimp don't have much of a bioload, I put one flake it and they do not finish it totally.

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you dont even need a filter. I didn't use a filter on my 75 gallon. If the plants are growing, they are filtering the water. If you do 2 waterchanges a week you shuld be fine. IMO, no nano tanks should have filters. They are too big for such a small tank,and make it look ugly.

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I made a homemade filter for my 5 gallon... I simply found an empty fish food container, punched a hole in the center of the lid, stuck a tube connector on a tube, put it in through the hole, opened the lid, and added gravel from a cycled tank. You could also add filter floss to this. I then connected the tubing to an air pump.

I careful hid my "filter" in 10 lbs. of gravel. You could get an air diffuser (sp?) to slow down the flow.

No tank should be without a filter, besides betta tanks (since they don't like a strong flow).

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i have my nano 1 gallon running now for almost three weeks without any filtration or waterchange. it has a 9 watts over it. the plants are growing well. I beginning to see algae on the glass. I think I will have to clean it soon. I did ordered a nano filter from bigals just didn't have time to p ick it up from my friend yet
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Maybe a matter of taste, but to my eye, there are too many different plant species in there...

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i hear you figgy but I am also trying to see what will grow in the tank.

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