Filter-less Shrimp Tank
Don't call PETA on me... I have had shrimp tanks that are both filtered and unfiltered. Also, word of warning, I haven't had a full dose of caffeine yet this morning and my thought processes are a little broken and sporatic at this point...
I assume the largest benefits of a filtered tank are:
* Water Movement
* Able to maintain a higher bioload
* Start with just a few shrimp, say 1 adult (or 2 juvies) per gallon
* Airstone for oxygen and water movement
* Low-med lighting, no CO2
* Plant with fast-growing, nutrient sucking plants, such as Duckweed, Najas Grass, Anacharis and Hornwort, as well as slower-growing plants, such as mosses and Java ferns
* Ensure plants are well acclimated prior to introducing shrimp
* Feed 1-2 times weekly, if at all, VERY small amounts
* Allow plants to grow freely, no major trims, only small clippings when absolutely necessary
* See "What if?"
* 5.5g aquarium
* Standard aquarium gravel (no rooted plants!)
* 13W CFL
* Room temp (stays 67-70 in here), no heater
* Leftover mosses from my moss nano: Taiwan, Fissidens, Flame, Java
* Hornwort clippings from Guppy tank
* Leftover Najas from Guppy tank
* Whatever other plants I scrounge up and toss in
* Order shrimp when I'm satisfied that everything is settled in and growing
Any other thoughts/suggestions?