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What is the basic??

What is the least amount of equipment to do a 10 gal planted tank with ONLY plants in it? Also what is the toughest floating plant around ( really hard to kill, EXCEPT Duckweed )??
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Obviously the 10G tank, a heater, AC20 filter, substrate of choice, T8 light fixture, and your plants of choice. For the most hardy floating plant, I would have to say either Hornwort or Salvinia


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In theory, if you want most basic, you don't even need a heater (assuming your tank is in a heated room), nor a filter.


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For plants only you could get by with a much smaller filter, just enough to keep a little water moving. There will be very little in the water to filter out, no major nitrogen cycle, so I think I would use at least a small powerhead to keep a bit of water moving, maybe a sponge over the intake.

Yes, omit the heater. Most aquatic plants are fine at reasonable room temperature.

If there is good sunlight, you might omit the light, but if you are where there are either a lot of cloudy days or such hot bright days you want to close the curtains then you would need the light.

Frogbits is another pretty easy floater.
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For the most hardy floating plant, I would have to say either Hornwort or Salvinia
I find hornwort quite hard or maybe it's just me. Their leaves always fall off for some reasons unknown.
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Basics? Even with fish its something that holds water and movement of said H2O imo.
5w power head AND fish.



I have 4 - 55g tanks set this way. Both the tanks in the stainless stand are sponged power heads only and fully stocked, the Black Rack thread is too.
Only 5w power consumption and rinse the sponge about every two weeks or once a month seems to work.

My first one.



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Are you just using light from a window wkndracer?
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Are you just using light from a window wkndracer?
For the shallow pans yes they are in a "Florida room" the walls are 90% glass.


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Water lettuce, out competes duckweed.

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