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Re: NFC: Filterless Tank Experiment: Utter Failure

Need more info, Chuck!  Please provide:

size of tank
number of fish
number and type of plants
amount of and type of light provided

For a filterless tank to work, it helps to observe the following 

Light fish load
LOTS of plants
2 to 4 watts of light per gallon - better 4 than 2
Feed the fish lightly
Larger tanks are generally more stable than smaller ones, but small tanks 
are possible



>From: "Chuck Miro" <nativefish at hotmail_com>
>Reply-To: nfc at actwin_com
>To: <nfc at actwin_com>
>Subject: NFC: Filterless Tank Experiment: Utter Failure
>Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 10:41:38 -0400
>Well, my experiment with a filterless tank in my office has ended in utter
>failure. I thought such a setup would be as low maintenance as could be
>I had least killies and pygmy killies in there, which were doing pretty 
>fine. Unfortunately, I couldn't get my plants to grow well enough to 
>enough filtering capacity, and I kept getting a nasty smell of swamp gas
>wafting from it.
>I changed about 3-4 gallons of water a week (using a gallon water pitcher
>once every day or so). I didn't use any mechanical means of moving or
>filtering the water, hoping the plants would do all that was necessary. The
>substrate was Onyx sand.
>I've decided to end the Jr. experimentation, at least with the tank in my
>office. I don't need swamp gas wafting from my office into the entire suite
>when an experiment goes horribly wrong. <sigh>
>Any ideas what I did wrong?

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