Self- Sustaining aquarium ! - The Planted Tank Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-22-2011, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Flushing or NYC
Posts: 78
Self- Sustaining aquarium !

I am proud to announce to you guys after three months, that I have successfully established a self substaining ecosystem within my 20 long aquarium.

It is heavily planted with blyxa japonica, java fern trident, flame moss, and algae .

1. RCS breed rapidly inside the tank.
2. I do not feed my five juvi discus enough daily.
3. They hunt on the foreground for shrimp. I've seen one of my blue cobalts chomp 20-25 in a single visit to the flame moss cave. VERY FUN TO WATCH!
4. The shrimp are fed with Hikari and Shrimp bites.
5. The discus are fed with premium staple food and bloodworms.
6. Algae is dealt with by Chinese Algae Eaters.
7. Ammonia is taken in by plants.

I haven't cleaned this tank in over half a year and haven't seen anything but growth in everything.

I use one internal Fluval filter and a SunSun 302, Coralife T5HO, DIY CO2 from Jaggedfury, no dry ferts.

ANYONE ELSE TRY THIS BEFORE?
timobxsci is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-22-2011, 10:39 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
timwag2001's Avatar
 
PTrader: (59/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: upton MA
Posts: 3,477
well... technically... its not self sustaining if you're feeding them... lol

your method isnt for me. i'm all about trying to keep things as clean as possible. but what ever floats your boat.

i'd love to see a pic
timwag2001 is offline  
post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-22-2011, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Flushing or NYC
Posts: 78
LOL, trying to get one ! GRR. Hopefully up soon. TBH, it's pretty clean. No floating debris whatsoever and I guess it's not self-sustaining after all/ I trim the plants somewhat and I kinda d feed them :P But it's really fascinating to see discus go hunting.
timobxsci is offline  
 
post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-22-2011, 10:54 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
timwag2001's Avatar
 
PTrader: (59/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: upton MA
Posts: 3,477
wow. you have 5 discus in a 20 long? planning on upgrading your tank soon?
timwag2001 is offline  
post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-22-2011, 11:22 PM
Banned
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Raleigh NC
Posts: 391
^^thats what i was thinking

he said juvies...but I dunno

it is IMPOSSIBLE to find 1 person who regrets going pressurized

if you do it right, you can spend a lot of money in this hobby...of course, if you do it wrong - you'll spend A LOT more
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
MrMoneybags is offline  
post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-22-2011, 11:32 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
timwag2001's Avatar
 
PTrader: (59/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: upton MA
Posts: 3,477
i havent gotten any discus yet because i only have a 55. i'm waiting till i get a bigger tank
timwag2001 is offline  
post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-23-2011, 12:39 AM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Fahnell's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Romania
Posts: 362
self sustainable?
You feed them...than is not
Maybe a 400 cm long with lots of plants and shrimps and 5 tetras...imo
that can be self sustainable
Fahnell is offline  
post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-23-2011, 03:28 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Flushing or NYC
Posts: 78
I have a mother tank. 200G for the grown discus. My juvi's are currently 1.5 inches each.
timobxsci is offline  
post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-23-2011, 03:41 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
timwag2001's Avatar
 
PTrader: (59/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: upton MA
Posts: 3,477
sweet.

manage to get any pics yet?
timwag2001 is offline  
post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-23-2011, 08:10 AM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: croatia
Posts: 311
Quote:
Originally Posted by timobxsci View Post

4. The shrimp are fed with Hikari and Shrimp bites.
5. The discus are fed with premium staple food and bloodworms.

I use one internal Fluval filter and a SunSun 302, Coralife T5HO, DIY CO2 from Jaggedfury, no dry ferts.

1.self-sustaining - able to provide for your own needs without help from others; "a self-sufficing economic unit"
majstor76 is offline  
post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-23-2011, 10:40 AM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Reginald2's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Memphis
Posts: 484
I'm surprised the discus haven't eaten all the shrimp, there must be a bunch of them. I think my Uncle had a tank that he didn't have to feed. At least that's how my Dad described it. Though I'm not too sure of my father's understanding on the subject. I've always thought they were interesting. I used to look at my fish reproachfully when they ate a shrimp.

Sounds neat. I remember these little glass spheres that were completely sealed, like airtight. They had a couple of shrimps and a plant (or something like that I never got up close and personal with one).


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
- three years old at this point

My
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
- retired

The 50 Gallon
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
- retired
Reginald2 is offline  
post #12 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-23-2011, 02:17 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
WallaceGrover's Avatar
 
PTrader: (6/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 727
Quote:
Originally Posted by Reginald2 View Post
I'm surprised the discus haven't eaten all the shrimp, there must be a bunch of them. I think my Uncle had a tank that he didn't have to feed. At least that's how my Dad described it. Though I'm not too sure of my father's understanding on the subject. I've always thought they were interesting. I used to look at my fish reproachfully when they ate a shrimp.

Sounds neat. I remember these little glass spheres that were completely sealed, like airtight. They had a couple of shrimps and a plant (or something like that I never got up close and personal with one).
An ecosphere!!
WallaceGrover is offline  
post #13 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-23-2011, 02:28 PM
Algae Grower
 
bploeg's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Granville, OH
Posts: 75
^^^

Ecosphere! I had one of these a couple of years ago on my desk. They are very neat!

A co-worker walked in... picked it up from my desk ...and shook it like a snowglobe!... I was speechless... No survivors..
bploeg is offline  
post #14 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-23-2011, 02:30 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
WallaceGrover's Avatar
 
PTrader: (6/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 727
IMO a better definition of a self-sustaining aquarium would be if the inhabitants can breed successfully...
WallaceGrover is offline  
post #15 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-23-2011, 05:54 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
timwag2001's Avatar
 
PTrader: (59/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: upton MA
Posts: 3,477
Quote:
Originally Posted by bploeg View Post
^^^

Ecosphere! I had one of these a couple of years ago on my desk. They are very neat!

A co-worker walked in... picked it up from my desk ...and shook it like a snowglobe!... I was speechless... No survivors..

lmao. tragic but still funny
timwag2001 is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome