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150 Gallon Planted Aquarium Help.

As per the subject I have a 150 gallon planted aquirium. I was originally aiming towards a self sustaining ecosystem, requiring no need for a filter. I had it set up perfectly and almost ready for the fish. The plants have made their roots and was in "Jungle Status" with shrimp and snails thriving and no visible algae forming.
Then came the problem with the substrate. I was dumb and put in organic soil on top of sand and rocks. As you can imagine, bad idea. Now I have sand, rocks and then black diamond sand. Everything is perfect, plants starting growing again, even though there is only about 25% of the plants of what used to be there left. I am trying to get more plants since losing 75% of them (any suggestions of nice colorful plants I can add are appreciated, more appropriately I want a good carpeting plant so suggestions for that are also appreciated).
Either way I am thinking of getting a canister filter because I have some worms (specifically like 10 tubifex worms I can see). My question is should I get a filter, as is it really needed with heavily planted tanks? If I do I am going to medicate the water to kill the worms, or is there another solution to get rid of these guys?
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I have never dealt with these worms but i would filter the tank with at least a fluval 407 (the newer model it is rated to up to 100 gallons) but i would recommend the Fx4 i love mine on my 135.
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Don't medicate for small "worms", guessing its the thin white ones, around 1cm in length? Had those as well in almost all my startups. They will disappear when the tank finds its balance and some of them will most likely do their thing underground.
Though running a tank without filter is some advanced stuff I would think, not seen that many with good results for any longer periods? Not impossible though with the right plant choice, like pond plants etc. Guess you will have to mimic something in the wild.

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150 Gallon Planted Aquarium Help.

If had worms in my tank i would definitely medicate for that, as I am very conscious of compromising my own health.

Things like cyano bacteria, parasites and black mold are all things that can be in/on/around aquariums and I have had my own health affected by them. (A lot of allergy and and sinus issues that led to surgery)

Do your research as snails are very sensitive could be harmed by the the anthelminthics in in most de worm meds. Triple Check

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