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Old 07-15-2014, 04:28 PM   #1
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low maintence/semi self sustaining 180litre


A friend has given me the offer of a 180 litre tank and i was considering taking it to make a semi self sustaining tank (air pump- no filter) just something i only have to top up evaporation. heavily planted of-course.

I was thinking of some 'pest' snails (i say 'pest' snails but i actually quite like MTS and bladder snails) with assassins and spixis - the idea being the pest snails breed fast and the spixi snails keep there population and the assassins low enough that the assassins dont completely eliminate the 'pest' snail population (ive read spixis are cannibilistic and i presume they can prey on young assassins) and maybe a small shrimp population or a few small fish

Or another brain wave was to only fill the tank around half way and use assassins with apple snails (the idea being the apple snails lay there eggs out of water preventing the assassins from completely killing of there population) and perhaps again a small shrimp population and maybe a betta fish? - maybe even a splashing tetra if i can find one

These all just some quick brain waves ive had and any suggestions are more than welcome. Im reallt just posting for opinions on wether or not a tank like this (semi self sustaining) could or would work. My reasons are two fold at the moment im very busy with college and the times i have to dedicate to my hobbies vary in length and dates. Furthermore i always liked the idea of a more 'natural' tank were a small food chain couldbbe developed (albeit one that still reilies on human interference)
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Old 07-15-2014, 09:30 PM   #2
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Old 07-17-2014, 06:50 AM   #3
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I dont know about setting up food chains but low maintenance/cost tanks are of total interest to me. Go dirted and heavily planted with low stocking levels and thats one step toward low maintenance which translates into something self sustaining. See my tank in my sig, its totally low maintenance and as natural as its possible to keep it.
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Do read this, a TPT classic. There are some references there to similar tanks.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh....php?p=1542229

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Old 07-17-2014, 04:53 PM   #5
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Do read this, a TPT classic. There are some references there to similar tanks.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh....php?p=1542229

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Thanks thats a big help and has given me some inspiration. I will be getting the tank at the end of this month (hopefully) so if all goes well ill start a journal of my own before the end of next month
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