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[APD] RE:non CO2 plant tank

On Sun, 4 Jan 2004 02:03:44 -0500, Thomas Barr <tcbiii at earthlink_net> wrote:

I also have a 25gallon tank, which I am planning to use soon (hopefully). I have bookmarked the archive page this email is on, as I think the approach described by Mr. Tom Barr is exactly what I want!


& 3. lighting.

40w of NO FL lighting is fine. A reflector if you can get one.


I have a 30W Interpet Triton bulb, am I going to have to get another tube? I can get a cheap Arcadia reflector. I am quite happy to stick with low light slow-gro plants (Anubias?). (but I've got to have Amazon Swords because they look cool)

Use some floating plants, use easy to grow plant species, crypts are good
also. Have deep substrate with a fair amount of organic matter, soaked soil
or better yet mulm from another tank, add about 4 handfuls of ground peat
moss. Add the organic stuff on the very bottom.
Top this with sand/laterite, flourite, profile etc, whatever you can get
there, about 3-4 inches deep.

I just vacuumed my 30l Goldfish tank (1 month after being set up) and got basically NO mulm. How very depressing. The 25g tank is probably going to have sand/laterite. Can mulm be manufactured? I don't fancy using fish shop mulm (How can you quarentine mulm?)
Ah well...


This really does sound like just the solution for me (low maintenence!)
Someone should make an online 'find-your-method', where people input their tank size, and what they want (high/low growth/maintenence, high/low tech, CO2/non-CO2 etc.) and get a computerised method like those weighing scales that tell you what you should weigh. :)

Andrew McLeod
thefish at theabyssalplain_freeserve.co.uk
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