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[APD] Suggestions for a new setup please
Hi there all. I'm getting a 40 gal. tank to be heavily planted and I
wanted opinions on how I was thinking of setting it up.
Most importantly, I would really like to do this tank without a filter.
I have read where this can be successful and I would like to try it.
Mostly for financial reasons but also because I would like to breed
cherry red shrimp for my LFS - I always have so many get sucked up by
my Magnum HOT canister.
I was thinking of using an under gravel heating system to aid in
circulation (and plant growth)....for substrate, I was thinking a layer
of laterite followed by several inches of Eco Complete (I love this
stuff in my other planted tanks). I'm wondering whether a powerhead
might be needed for further circulation? Also, is there a conflict with
having under gravel heat and MTS's? I'd hate for those snails to turn
I'm thinking that between the snails and shrimp, solid detritus will be
taken care of and the plants will utilize/filter the rest from the
medium fish load (hence no need for the filter right??) I imagine I
could run the micron-filter from the Magnum once a month or so to
polish the water. Water changes will be weekly using RO/DI water.
I'm looking to get a Coralife Aqualight Double at 192 watts giving the
tank nearly 5wpg. With that and CO2 injection through a mounted
diffuser, plant growth should be vigorous enough to provide inhabitants
with enough oxygen.
OK, so any suggestions or comments are greatly appreciated as I'm very
eager to get this project started!
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