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Old 01-30-2016, 12:40 AM   #11
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Hi ^please don't get only one clown loach for a 55. They are incredibly social. Why not suggest one of the almost-identical other species of botia like kubotai or striata that would get the same job done and be able to live in a healthy group long-term in a 55 gallon? Also, with loaches being susceptible to buildup of waste I would not recommend them for a no-maintenance setup like this.
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Most anything is possible.

As an aside 55 is very different than a 500G. Have you considered a pond type set up? Guppies or something native/ok for your climate. If you had a pond type set up you could keep a bunch inside through the school year and then put them out in the pond while you are gone through the summer to hang out back with their friends.

Hundreds of gallons can be much more forgiving than 55G.

This is possible but I wouldn't start it until you got home for the fall. The 4-5 months now before you leave probably aren't enough time to work out the problems and fine tune before you would leave for the summer.
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Old 01-30-2016, 07:20 AM   #13
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Hi ^please don't get only one clown loach for a 55. They are incredibly social. Why not suggest one of the almost-identical other species of botia like kubotai or striata that would get the same job done and be able to live in a healthy group long-term in a 55 gallon? Also, with loaches being susceptible to buildup of waste I would not recommend them for a no-maintenance setup like this.

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Old 01-30-2016, 10:10 AM   #14
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Hi guys, since I leave to go to my cottage each summer and some weekends a year I want a aquarium that needs no cleaning. I want to make it not buy it. Could I use aquaponics? Wet dry filter? Sump? Other? I want something reliable & cheap🤑.

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To effectively filter using aquaponics your plants would be over flowing when you leave- plus you're adding things that can have problems, leaks, etc. I ran an aquaponics system for 2 years and it's not completely autonomous. What's the longest you would be absent? I would go: light stock levels, a larger tank than necessary, full glass cover, and a canister filter.

I change water every 2-3 weeks (and I've gone longer). It depends on how much evap loss I have and how stained the water is with tannins. I also only feed 3-4 times a week. If you're up there once a month you could easily get away with a regular aquarium setup that requires fewer water changes.

The only downside to this is that you'd be doing a water change every time you visited during the off season. On the plus side, they aren't being fed daily, so your overall waste accumulation is less.
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He leaves the entire summer and has a wet dry filter. what if i did the same thing as him except on a smaller scale with like a 55 gallon not a 500 gallon?
Notice his stock- these are all fish <3" in a 500 gallon system. You could do something similar, but I think a 75 or a 125 would be more appropriate since you're not keeping turtles (I assume). He also has lots of snails, plants, and even clams!
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No clean filter or water change aquarium?

My brother might be around for some of the summer so I can ask him to do basic care. I am still considering the stocking options. Would it be possible to have: discus/African cichlids/a community tank. Is there any way to do this?
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My brother might be around for some of the summer so I can ask him to do basic care. I am still concise ring the stocking options. Would it be possible to have: discus/African cichlids/a community tank. Is there any way to do this?
No.
Discus and African cichlids have almost opposite water requirements.
Nor would I recommend discus for this type of setup or as a first fish.
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Discus and African cichlids have almost opposite water requirements.
Nor would I recommend discus for this type of setup or as a first fish.

Sorry that is not what i meant, discus OR African cichlids. Sorry if I wasn't clear

Also I already have a 20 gallon so it wouldn't be my first fish😊
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Sorry that is not what i meant, discus OR African cichlids. Sorry if I wasn't clear

Also I already have a 20 gallon so it wouldn't be my first fish😊
Discus are high maintenance, not in the setup you describe. For the low maintenance you're shooting for, you need a large tank, light stock. A 55 with small fish like: tetras, barbs, guppies, platys, our maybe a smaller number of mollies.

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Actually, if you had an automated water changer that continually changed water you could feasibly do a heavier/traditional stock. The main issue is that usually there isn't a drain where you need it.

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