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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-11-2018, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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Mini Ecosystem

Hi guys. This will be the journal for my mini ecosystem tank.

I'll be adding tons of critters and a couple of predators to the tank, sitting back, letting the plants take over and do it's own thing.

I did do a similar thing with a much smaller tank and it achieved its goal. It was too small for what I wanted to do though in terms of some predators and breeding.

So here is the setup.

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Soil with sand/gravel capping.


Half filled with plants


Finished result.


Here is a full setup video and the first of the series. Subscribe if it's something you like. I will do an update every other week. Follow along guys. It should be interesting



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For sure this will be cool to watch develops. What species are you thinking of putting in? Iíve always liked the thought of having a balanced ecosystem, but my concern would be the predators completely wiping out the population of prey.
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For sure this will be cool to watch develops. What species are you thinking of putting in? Iíve always liked the thought of having a balanced ecosystem, but my concern would be the predators completely wiping out the population of prey.
Im going to go for endler guppies. one male and one female. Some breeding action will be interesting and they arn't aggressive and will not just wipe out an entire shrimp colony, more pick out the babies that dont hide.


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Hi All.

Its been 10 days since setup and a lit has happened so i made a quick update video:


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I'm finding that the guppies are too aggressive in this setup so i will be switching them out for 2x golden white cloud minnows. I have kept them with little critters before and they dont seem to hunt anywhere near as aggressively as guppies.


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