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Re: [APD] Low Maintenance
It's not essential. Start with lots of plants to suck up
any ammonia/ammonium and you shouldn't have any need to
cycle. Maybe float some water sprite, at least for the
first few weeks; it's a good "sponge."
But you can probably get some mulm or dirty filter floss or
such from the lfs.
Btw, think of getting a 15g instead of a 10. I think the
shape is much nicer for aquascaping.
Have plants, have fun, get well,
--- AZ Burns <aerburns at hotmail_com> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I am going to be setting up a low light, no CO2, 10
> gallon planted tank for
> myself pretty soon. I had to get rid of my 75 because I
> injured my knee and
> am looking at a 6 month recovery time. But I want to have
> a tank around the
> house, so something I am capable of doing a water change
> on is in order.
> I was planning to go with a flourite substrate, but I
> just read the Tom Barr
> article where he talks about a low light no-CO2 system
> with organic matter
> (like leonardite) in the substrate, and thought that I
> could do that also.
> But I don't have any tanks currently, since I just got
> rid of my 75, so I
> don't have any mulm to add to the substrate. I was
> thinking of trying that
> bio-spira stuff to cycle the tank, but I'm guessing there
> is other bacteria
> in mulm that is beneficial.
> Is added mulm a necessary part of the substrate, or will
> the leonardite
> still be beneficial even without the mulm?
> AZ Burns
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