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1 year ZERO water changes later

my 20 long looks like this..



obviously it needs a major trimming and some form of a scape but im working on it when i get some free time next. that is all.

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Ah! nice, I guess almost all organic compounds can be broken down by microorganisms over the time. my only concern is due to water evaporation your tank water will become harder and harder, it won't be too bad if you use RO water to top it off though.
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Weed choked cess pool
But at least when you don't trim, things work well and do not crash.

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I only see one fish!
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Even if there were other fish, they're probably lost! =)
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Well I did a search on cess pool and found this in a search
Urban Dictionary: cess pool

being I am from PA its really funny at first. now I want to move.

In case anyone doesnt read it I will entertain you with my favorite one...

the four seasons in pennsylvania are:

1. almost winter
2. winter
3. still winter
4. construction



Oh yeah isnt changing water good for the fish?

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it can be if they are young and need "nice" water. but the water in here tests out fine. everything is where it should be. and there alike a dozen or so fish in there. and about 30 cherry shrimp

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it can be if they are young and need "nice" water. but the water in here tests out fine. everything is where it should be. and there alike a dozen or so fish in there. and about 30 cherry shrimp
Man, that is nice! The oldest school use to say "the older the water the better" or was it "no bad water"? Anyhow, shows this shows that nature knows a thing or two about balancing out. Just fish food for Macros and traces? Thanks for sharing.





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You do not want to use rO water for evaporation, can you guess why you should use tap, the harder the better?

What does tap have that RO does not?
How might that help plants?

What happens over time to the nutrients from the tap, the fish etc?
Do they magically disappear or??

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show us the pic after you trim!
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That's very impressive.

Talk about a balenced eco-system!
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You do not want to use rO water for evaporation, can you guess why you should use tap, the harder the better?

What does tap have that RO does not?
How might that help plants?

What happens over time to the nutrients from the tap, the fish etc?
Do they magically disappear or??

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*raises hand* I know, I know! The plants use EVERYTHING in the tapwater!
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You do not want to use rO water for evaporation, can you guess why you should use tap, the harder the better?

What does tap have that RO does not?
How might that help plants?

What happens over time to the nutrients from the tap, the fish etc?
Do they magically disappear or??

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Phosphates, Nitrates, Carbonates, traces.....things that the plants can use because no dosing is occuring..?
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my 20 long looks like this..



obviously it needs a major trimming and some form of a scape but im working on it when i get some free time next. that is all.
Congratulations! That's too cool!

What about ferts and lights? Would be good to know as we ponder this...

Steve - 33g reef and a 180g planted in need of a re-scape.
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lights - 30" corallife T5 and a 30" stock flour hood. 56 watts total, 2.8 wpg
ferts - fish food and poop. nothing is added to the tank but water and food.

and btw- that lace plant is growing in a tank that gets close to 81* in the day.

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