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Old 11-02-2014, 12:05 AM   #91
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Hello Del...

The tank is still running well. No water changes, just top offs. Removed the filter media from the internal filter. No more mechanical filtration. Kept the filter running for a bit more aeration, though. No more water testing. The fish are my testers. Just keeping an eye on them. They seem active and healthy. A nice crop of Guppy fry, since I feed every other day. The Aglaonema plants are very large now, one covers half the tank on one side. The Hornwort has completely covered the surface of the tank and is roughly 6 inches thick in some areas. Plenty of room for hiding the females and the fry.

Did have a bit of an issue with some beard algae, but I keep it cleaned out and the Duckweed is going crazy. I clean it out about weekly.

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Hi B any update on this tank, would love to see another few pics of how its progressing


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Haven't taken any pictures of it lately. Still running though and have too many Guppy fry to begin to count. The surface of the tank is now completely covered with Hornwort, so that could account for the high fry survival rate. There's a lot of places to hide. A little while ago I took some fertilized Corydoras eggs from another tank and put them into this tank. Can't tell if any hatched, too much growth in there. The tank is 55 gallons and is roughly half full, so I may see a small Cory one of these days. Not sure if the water chemistry is close in the two tanks, if not the eggs won't hatch.

The aquatic and land plants thrive in the dissolving organic material that collects on the bottom material from the spent Hornwort leaves. The leaves dissolve and fertilize all the plants. I never need to use commercial ferts.

The Aglaonema's roots are now growing into the substrate and the leaves have grown up to the strip light. No water changes since I set everything up, months ago and the fish are my water testers. Apparently, the high number of fry tells me the water chemistry is fine, despite never changing the water. Just top offs to replace the water lost to evaporation.

Thanks for checking. If I remember, I'll snap some shots of the tank and put them on this site.

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Looking forward to seeing it. I toyed with the idea myself a couple of time but unfortunately I'm short on space.
Pothos vine is another low light house plant that mops up nitrates in a similar way.
It all seems to be about balancing the amount of waste to what the plants can use.
I was hoping I had struck a balance like that in my display tank as the nitrates never seem to reach higher than 5 but I've only been brave enough to leave it 4 weeks without a water change, I have no emerged plants though just a heavily planted tank


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