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zero water change 20 and a 75 - *UPDATE 56k hehe*

havent posted any pictures or much of anything lately, just been lurking. summer has sucked, got laid off a a job, struggled finding a new one so the tanks havent really done a whole lot. eveyrthing i have is trimmings and such from the same tank or another one but here are two pictures of the 2 main tanks i keep.


20 long. been yo for close to 2 years now, has yet to have a water change. emperor tetras breed every few months in it


the discus hut formally the cess pool cause it ws just nasty looking but its coming around. still have plans for it.

lemme know what you think, oh and no co2 is used in either

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post #2 of 149 (permalink) Old 08-08-2007, 04:12 PM
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What does moon lit mean???/

Great looking tanks I wish I didn't have to add CO2 and do weekly water changes and end up with a tank that looks 1/4 as good as either of yours.....
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thanks. moonlit is just sometime i have on them..at night time when i feel like it i have moon lights installed on them so the tanks shimmer blue. here an old kinda bad picture of them on the 20..

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I thought you were refering to a type or style of lighting, I have "moonlights" on my tanks a swell but your sig refers to 10 Gallon Eco, Moonlights, Not much else I thought you grew plants with just moonlights or something
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Very cool, especially the 20 gallon. Do you have very soft source water for your top offs?

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no my water isnt very soft, its not very hard either. its just whatever comes out of the tap then dechlored. no science here whatso ever.

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NIIIIIIICE! What kind of filtration do you have on those?

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How many watts do I need to make my swimming pool a high light tank?
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20 has a HOB whisper 20

75 has an xp3

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Thanks for the info, Geoff. Man, they look really beautiful.

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Similar to my tanks (each a bit smaller though, 55 and 10) I hate waterchanges and they get them once in a while, all top offs dechlorinated breeding RCS and Black Diamonds...

No CO2, just some excel here and there.

Looks good.

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those are absolutely amazing tanks for no co2. can you list the specs of each of the tanks? lighting, dosing if applicable, etc.

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don't you have any problem with no water change?


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nice one, i have to admit i rarely do water changes either and have no problems. I even have a marine tank where i havnt changed the water for 3 years


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those are absolutely amazing tanks for no co2. can you list the specs of each of the tanks? lighting, dosing if applicable, etc.
Ditto.

Extremely interested
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They are very easy to care for, no water changes, stable, lazy tanks, generally easier plants, or at least a good part of the biomass are more aggressive easier to grow plants.

There's just a very strong CO2 enrichment bias on most forums/boards.
Many just do not know how or assume it cannot be done or cannot keep their medddling hands out of the tank, or cannot stand not to do a water change.

For those that espouse "Less is more", I cannot see why anyone would not be all for this method. No CO2 takes a huge headache out of all this. Growth is pretty slow except for a few of the faster growers, but the results are actually quite nice.

The tanks often look better on any given day than the CO2 enriched tank

No testing, no dosing(well, fish food and maybe once a week dosing if you want to tweak some), no water changes, no CO2, cheap etc.

Balance that fish load with the plant biomass and things will go well.

This is often a goal for many newbies, but they are often bull dogged into CO2 enrichment and/or high light.

Excel can add another level of tweaking and algae control if desired or if you want to do more fish loading and need to do more frequent water changes monthly, 2 weeks etc.

Then you can grow virtually any plant with that method(Excel, some traces(TMG etc)). I saw some awesome planted tanks recently in Taiwan that had no water changes, no testing, not ferts other than Traces, soil sediment, Excel and a fish load.

They had not done any water changes for about 9 months.
Looks as good as any CO2 enriched tank as far as the method.

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