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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-30-2020, 02:50 AM Thread Starter
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plants only tank- do I need a filter?

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I have a plants only tank, recently planted.
I run a sponge filter in it currently.
The noise from the air bubble is annoying me (I like silent when I work), so I started thinking, do I need this filter at all if I have no animals in the tank (I don't have snails as well).
Doesn't the air from the filter just take the little co2 away from the plants?

So basically I have two questions:
1- do I need the filter now at all?
2-In a couple of months after the aquarium is old, lets say I only add a few shrimp and a few nano fish to a 50 gallon planted tank, can I run the filter 1 hour on and 2 hours off during the day, then keep it on all night? or would that be problematic? (If I make any changes like replanting I would run 247)
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I think as long as your in balance you wouldn’t need a filter, I run my 60 gallon planted tank with two Powerheads just to keep circulation but I keep fish and shrimp with it haven’t done a water change in 6 months and everything’s doing good.
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I agree: I have a 35 hex with no powerheads and no filter either with 10-20 guppies and no water changes (just refill as it evaporates, maybe 1 gal/month) and everybody is happy.

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If the tank has only Plants, then a filter is not required. The Plants how ever need some water circulation. So use a small power head to move the water in the tank to prevent dead spots.

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I agree: I have a 35 hex with no powerheads and no filter either with 10-20 guppies and no water changes (just refill as it evaporates, maybe 1 gal/month) and everybody is happy.

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Have you ever tested your tank's water parameters?
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I run a sponge filter with a powerhead on a 55g tank next to my bed. Totally silent and I sleep like a baby--except when the angels are fighting......
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