What plants should I do?

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that link is a bit like my ecospere things I made.... got to find that now... wont be a sec...

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that was quicker than expected :)

www.oscarfishlover.com/forum/33-all-other-aquatic-chat/216199-biosphere

I still have these going now but Diego drinks the water out of them so I have to top up. Had some crazy creatures over the summer in them but too small to film really. They were kind of cool idea.

We should all do it this time. :)

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I know I dont give you time to reply but my moss will be alright yes? ???

Because its been fine so far with no light, no anything just water. :dry:

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Lol your fine, ferts and Co2 are not going to be needed. But you can still grow plants, your going to need to add more sand somewhere in the 2-3" sweep range. You can do I java fern, java moss, crypt wendii, amazon sword, duck weed, moss balls. Tie or super glue the moss and ferns onto rock or wood they will rot in the substrate. Depending on your stocking and how heavy you feed you may need root tabs. Your going to need a timer for the lights and set it up for 6 hours and just leave the switch on, this is a must plants have to have light to survive
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Big-Ken wrote: Your not going to be able to run co2 or mess with ferts with those lights and your plant selection might be limited

I think your best bet would be to go natural low tech, do you have a window that this tank could go by?? There is a woman name Diana Walstad that has developed this method

The Walstad method-
www.theaquariumwiki.com/Walstad_method


I second, third and fourth this.

My little planted tank is set up in this way and I'm overrun with foliage (well, at least partly intentionally).

It really is worth reading her stuff, but if I had to summarise:

1. Fill tank with soil (from your garden is fine, or organic potting soil from a nursery) to a depth of between one and two inches. Make this moist, like mud for mud cakes.
2. Cap soil with gravel or sand (pool filter sand works wonderfully).
3. Plant relatively fast growing plants right through the sand and into the soil.
4. Fill CAREFULLY. If you mess up your sand/gravel cap it will all become a giant, muddy mess.
5. Lights for around 12 hours a day. 8 is also ok, 13 too - if you get algae, reduce light, if your plants turn yellow, increase light (erm, oversimplification).
6. Give it time. Soil typically leaches ammonia, and it takes a while for this to sort itself out. Watch your plants grow like magic in the mean time.
7. Ammonia is gone? Add fishies! Stock lightly, feed as much as you please (within reason - but some for plants, some for fish hurts nothing) and off you go :)

In my overstocked 7 gallon, I have never, never had nitrates above 10 - and I'm WAY overstocked. The idea is that you never have to change water ever again, because the soil reacts with the dissolved solids/etc to keep things stable (ion exchange, it's really worth reading her book). I've measured every aspect I can measure over two weeks and truly, it's as stable as a system comes. But, I still change water, because there may yet be other things that I cannot measure that do build up/get depleted.
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ok so here is what I was going to do lol before asking you guys,

Get the biosperes chuck all their goodness, soil etc into the tank and a layer of sand as I have loads. I have lava rock also and the driftwood. The moss and then buy plants add plants and also root tabs.

Add betta and possibly neons or dwarf gourami.

Does it sound like a plan?

I can leave lights on for 6hrs no problem.

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there's one crucial step missing with your otherwise great sounding plan

taking pictures. No aquatic venture will ever be a success if us here on the forum don't get to watch it :P
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Nina_W wrote: there's one crucial step missing with your otherwise great sounding plan

taking pictures. No aquatic venture will ever be a success if us here on the forum don't get to watch it :P


and you thought singing to them was the only trade secrete ! :P


and I would love to see a tank that needs nothing take out it is so stable ! I'm sure there might be a way?

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I can do pics, not very good ones but I can press a button :)

And vids :)

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No eBay APP ID défined in Kunena configurationwhat about these? Any good or probably not going to work? They seem cheap for amount and easy to care for I wanted som kind of grass type.


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