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Old 01-27-2016, 11:07 PM   #1
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No clean filter or water change aquarium?

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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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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You could try the Walstad method. Encourage emersed growth. Under stock.


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Not interested in automating a water changer?

If I don't have to many fish and the water level goes down it won't matter too much to me as long as the water is clean, also I want it cheap or my parents probably won't let me set my tank up. Do you know of a way to do this that is simple? I don't want something too complex that it is hard to troubleshoot.

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Isn't the walstad method just a planted tank? because I want to do that also but how will that help in mechanical filtration ?
Is there any way to add mechanical filtration to it?
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If I don't have to many fish and the water level goes down it won't matter too much to me as long as the water is clean, also I want it cheap or my parents probably won't let me set my tank up. Do you know of a way to do this that is simple? I don't want something too complex that it is hard to troubleshoot.

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Evaporating water will increase the TDS (total dissolved solids) and could spell disaster if left too long.

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The plants help break down waste and utilize the byproducts of the nitrification process; nitrate and phosphate, helping to maintain water chemistry. They also provide a source of oxygen and utilize carbon dioxide.

Any type of mechanical filtration will require a degree of maintenance.

If you are leaving it unattended for a weekend, no problem.
If you are planning to leave it unattended for months, not so easy as you may think.
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I saw this video on youtube here is the link

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How often will you be able to get to the tank? And how do plan on feeding any inhabitants of the tank while you are away?
I would be very nervous of running any tank for weeks on end with nobody ever checking on it. If one small thing goes wrong and it's left for a week or longer you could end up wiping out your whole tank.

But you could--
Stock the tank on the light side, lots of easy plants, and a sponge filter. If stocked properly and enough plants you dont "need" mechanical filtration, sponge filters require very little maintenance and offer reliable bio filtration.
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How often will you be able to get to the tank? And how do plan on feeding any inhabitants of the tank while you are away?
I would be very nervous of running any tank for weeks on end with nobody ever checking on it. If one small thing goes wrong and it's left for a week or longer you could end up wiping out your whole tank.

But you could--
Stock the tank on the light side, lots of easy plants, and a sponge filter. If stocked properly and enough plants you dont "need" mechanical filtration, sponge filters require very little maintenance and offer reliable bio filtration.

I could do that but what if I used a wet dry system that went through an aquaponics system? I also might be able to make an automatic feeder because the store bought ones I hear are very iffy.
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If you wanted to do something like this you are looking at something that needs to be set up like an eco system. If you watch that guys video one major thing to notice is he has guppies and snails both of these breed like rabbits so he has somewhat of a food source for the inhabitants. The majority of the creatures your going to want in your set up are breeders and cleaners. A good setup might be something like.

55g
10 guppies: 3 males, 7 females
6 otocinclus
2 Mystery snails
6-8 shrimp
1 clown loach: you would have to work something out with an lfs where you could get a loach and once he got up to a few inches give him to the lfs in exchange for a new small one which is actually a interesting concept to try out.

Live Daphnia

Crap loads of low maintenance plants.

Have a lid that doesn't allow for much air exchange to reduce evaporation

simple wet/dry system that is also pretty air tight. Maybe even a canister filter should be something that can auto start back up just incase of power outage. So no differential syphon it would have to work off an equalized syphon.

The setup should be by a window so algae can grown well. And so if lighting fails plants still have a source to grow by.

You could really go on for days to make it as fail proof as possible. The problem is though when you get back your gonna have a jungle on your hands most likely.


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