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NFC: Re: Filterless Tank Experiment: Utter Failure

Tell me more about it.  I've had the exact opposite results, and in a marine
environment no less.  I'd like to hear how you were set up and compare

Chris Hedemark - Hillsborough, NC
----- Original Message -----
From: "Chuck Miro" <nativefish at hotmail_com>
To: <nfc at actwin_com>
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2001 10:41 AM
Subject: NFC: Filterless Tank Experiment: Utter Failure

> 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
> possible.
> 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.
> 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
> when an experiment goes horribly wrong. <sigh>
> Any ideas what I did wrong?
> Chuck