The Planted Tank Forum - Reply to Topic
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > General Planted Tank Forums > Low Tech Forum > Low Maintence Terraphyte Tank

Thread: Low Maintence Terraphyte Tank Reply to Thread
Title:
  
Message:
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Topic Review (Newest First)
12-12-2012 02:36 PM
BBradbury
Low Maintenance Tank

The tank requires no mechanical filtration, just needs a couple of gallons of water replaced every week due to evaporation.

I've converted my other tanks over to this system, but have left a couple of small HOBs working during the hours at night when the land plants slow their filtering process.

As for the aquatic plants, they're mostly low light or shade, so they're really unaffected by the land plants.

Water changes used to be 125 gallons per week for the tanks. Now, I change out roughly 5 gallons to service the HOBs. Maintenance now includes misting the plants with a liquid fert and trimming. The Chinese Evergreen thrive in the nutrient rich water.

B
12-12-2012 12:44 PM
PaulG
Quote:
Originally Posted by daffyfish View Post
What kind of filtration are you using?
The plants are the filtration.
12-12-2012 12:43 PM
ony Its not great for aquatic plants tbh as the terrestrial ones will suck up all the nutrients from the water column. You either need to dose ferts like there's no tomorrow or stick to heavy root feeders.
12-12-2012 05:00 AM
bbroush I would love to convert to this, but I'm worried my plants underneath wouldn't do well, and my tank isn't in a place it gets sunlight.... It's a great idea though, and I do currently have pothos that seems to be doing well emmersed. The roots are growing fairly quickly. So I imagine it's doing something!
12-10-2012 03:42 AM
caoder what plants do you have under the above water plants?
11-28-2012 03:09 AM
daffyfish What kind of filtration are you using?
11-27-2012 05:25 PM
BBradbury
Tanks and Cats

Quote:
Originally Posted by GreenBliss View Post
I love those plants on top. Shame I could never try that with my cats.
Hello Green...

We've got eight indoor cats and they've never bothered the tank, that I know. Something about these particular plants that discourages curiosity.

B
11-27-2012 05:16 PM
GreenBliss I love those plants on top. Shame I could never try that with my cats.
11-27-2012 04:19 PM
GMYukonon24s I like your tank the plants look like they love it.
11-27-2012 04:07 PM
BBradbury
Low Maintence Terraphyte Tank

This is a 38 G, moderately stocked with Fancy Guppies and some low light aquatic plants. The emersed plants are Aglaonema and Pothos. The roots take in the nutrients from the dissolved fish waste and maintain pure water conditions, no ammonia or nitrites and very low nitrates. The leaves are kept above the water to take in CO2 from the air. The emersed plants require only low, room light and periodic trimming. The total, weekly maintenance time is about 30 minutes.

This tank requires no water changes and only needs a little water replaced weekly, due to evaporation. The plants thrive in the nutrient rich water and the fish thrive in the pure water.

If you've grown tired of large, weekly water changes, but still want healthy fish and plants, then this may be your kind of tank.

Just a thought.

B

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT. The time now is 06:27 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012