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Sorry, I accidentally hit the send button...
Let me try to continue:
So... nobody has a self sustaining natural system. I don't know how big
a closed system is before it is self sustaining, but it is something
bigger than our tanks and smaller than a planet. All of our tanks
require some kind of tinkering and each of us selects what they are
going to cultivate.
For instance I am not interested in battling filamentous algae nor am I
particularly interested in keeping everything perfectly in balance
(chemical testing, too many water changes, water conditioning). (But I
can see how striving for that would be intriguing.) I have not worked
out exactly what my ideal system is. But the idea I am playing with is
a simple, low cost system for small tanks which has attractive plant
growth, health fish and is not too labour intensive. I believe that
excluding these filamentous algaes will simplify my task (snails take
care of the rest).
Anyway, if people who are not striving for a system that includes all
forms of algae are not true aquarists... where does that leave a poor
bugger who is advancing the hobby by trying to propagate a some specific
endangered fish? Obviously there is room for many interests.
Best regards to all
(-25 in Winnipeg)