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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-11-2019, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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Aquarium Ecosystem

Hi guys, this is my journal to log my ecosystem tank.
Edit. Latest Video:

I started out with this tank:

And after i deemed this to be a success long term, i felt i needed to upgrade the size of the tank. So i brought this 80cm long tank and got started:

The tank is going very well. we are now a month in and this is where we are sitting:

Its a great little tank. My children love it too as it sits perfectly at head height. It's lightly stocked too so you really have to hunt for the fish and critters which they really enjoy

At the moment i have a small filter mainly for circulation as the plants will be chemically filtering the tank much more. I am still feeding the fish to ensure the critter population booms. Eventually, the filter will be removed, water changes and feeding will stop and all i will do is top up the water caused by evaporation. Eventually, the emergent plants should explode out of the top.

Follow along, it should evolve to be pretty awesome.


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I'm subscribed, so I'll be following! Beautiful tank and layout!
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I'm subscribed, so I'll be following! Beautiful tank and layout!
Thank you very much


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Good morning,

Daily routine when my son comes down. Check everyone is ok and that Shelley is awake (Shelley is an malaysian trumpet snails).

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All the fish are doing well as are the snails and shrimp.
The plants are showing really good new growth, and as you can see, we are getting a lot more emergent growth now as the aquarium plants converge from submerged to emerged conditions.

Here is the latest video:


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Was just looking at my eco tank in the dark and thought id take a snap.
It probably needs a trim but i cant bring myself to do it.
What do you think, thin it out or leave it?

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Very nice work. I'll be following along on this one!
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I'm thinking about adding some plants in hang on the back breeding boxes riparium style. Some big ferns. I think it would look amazing, but it feels like cheating HAHAHA???


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Well guys...i went for it and am really pleased with how it turned out. I think its added a really good depth to the tank and also more of a jungle feel. Wife loves it too which is great.

Let me know what you think. Also, currently making episode 6 for the tank for my youtube channel so look out for that.
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Do you have to replace fish often because the tank is so open- no lid?

180 g. low tech w/ wild South American cichlids, corydoras eques, and African Congo riverine tetras.
60 g. low tech w/ F1 Alenquer discus pair and wild Altum Angels
30 g. low tech - Breeding tank
30 g. low-tech Shrimp tank - wild-type neocaradina and Caridina cf. babaulti "Zebra"
9 gallon Shrimp tank- Caridina cantonensis ("Golden Bee's"). *Tank still at cycling stage.

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Do you have to replace fish often because the tank is so open- no lid?
Absolutely not. Nothing has ever jumped out of the top. shrimp, snails or fish.


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Hmmm... what luck!

180 g. low tech w/ wild South American cichlids, corydoras eques, and African Congo riverine tetras.
60 g. low tech w/ F1 Alenquer discus pair and wild Altum Angels
30 g. low tech - Breeding tank
30 g. low-tech Shrimp tank - wild-type neocaradina and Caridina cf. babaulti "Zebra"
9 gallon Shrimp tank- Caridina cantonensis ("Golden Bee's"). *Tank still at cycling stage.

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I may come across as a know-it-all. In reality, I have no idea.
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Hmmm... what luck!
I dont consider it luck my friend. I have another tank with an open top as well. Same situation there. Never had any jumpers:



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So, you put some planning in it to alleviate the possibility that a fishes nature can be bypassed?
Please share the particulars because I haven't met a fish that will not jump if they have a swim bladder. The do this naturally when breeding, as reaction to shadows across glass, aggression among con-specifics.
But, I am certainly willing to have my mind changed by your methods.

I find that most people that do not put lids on aquariums do it for aesthetics alone-- so their plants grow optimally with no loss of light from fixture. Most admit that and hope they dont find fish on the floor.

Edit: dont you have a discus tank? I thought I saw that you did? Maybe not. If so, do you have a lid on that tank?

180 g. low tech w/ wild South American cichlids, corydoras eques, and African Congo riverine tetras.
60 g. low tech w/ F1 Alenquer discus pair and wild Altum Angels
30 g. low tech - Breeding tank
30 g. low-tech Shrimp tank - wild-type neocaradina and Caridina cf. babaulti "Zebra"
9 gallon Shrimp tank- Caridina cantonensis ("Golden Bee's"). *Tank still at cycling stage.

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