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Old 02-22-2013, 09:17 AM   #21
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Yes. It's basically a giant Walstad Method aquarium she wants. It's really not out of the realm of reality. I made one (albeit 1/75th the size ) and it does work very well. It's also the same principles that give Rivercats her awesome growth in her 220g. Although Rivercats obviously takes much better care than this woman would
Hmmm I would have never thought. I just heard about the Walstad method, she's amazing. No ferts? No frequent water changes? No co2? Sounds crazy but she does it.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:27 AM   #22
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Hmmm I would have never thought. I just heard about the Walstad method, she's amazing. No ferts? No frequent water changes? No co2? Sounds crazy but she does it.
It is a pretty interesting method to say the least. Also hard to get going in a larger tank, which is why I am still to this day wildly impressed with Rivercats tank. I attempted it in a 10g with dirt and a sand cap, my Corydoras removed the cap and made it a blackwater tank! The principle is that the plants and dirt bacteria will take care of most of the waste. This eliminates the major need for ferts and the water stays healthy from all the plants. Now Rivercats uses filters and liquid carbon, but its still based around the same dirt with a cap method.
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Check out theplantedtank forum. It can and does work BUT you must do your research as I believe its low lighting and proper plant selection and growing plants above water last but not least proper stocking of fish. It's a down the road thing I may try.

If I were in your shoes and if she lives close by.... You basically get to experiment with someone else's money so if you decided to try it you would know what was needed and what was fluff.
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Oh and at the start WC are normal and after it stabilized (3-8 months ) water changes I've read being up to 6 months apart. But that requires a TDS meter and testing weekly I've read of them going as far as having the ammonia nitrite nitrate monitors that are always on $$$$$$$
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This is amazing. Maybe I should help her then!! Water changes? lol we don't need no stinken water changes.
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This is amazing. Maybe I should help her then!! Water changes? lol we don't need no stinken water changes.
Haha if you do the Walstad Method, initial water changes are needed. That and fast growing plants to absorb the inevitable excess nutrients. Just read up on it, it is pretty fascinating
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Haha if you do the Walstad Method, initial water changes are needed. That and fast growing plants to absorb the inevitable excess nutrients. Just read up on it, it is pretty fascinating
I will read up on it as it fascinates me
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This is amazing. Maybe I should help her then!! Water changes? lol we don't need no stinken water changes.
Hey Convict .... I just went back and re-read your initial post ... BTW your right, your wife owes you ...I was getting a headache after reading about what she wants.

You said she does NOT want plants so NOT much of a chance of this thing working without plants or more regular PWC's for filtration. Dirt and DW's not going to be enough ... something has to consume / remove the nitrates. UNLESS of course ... you put on that charm and talk her into plants. At least she's asking for Neons .. Imagine if she wanted Oscars?
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Hey Convict .... I just went back and re-read your initial post ... BTW your right, your wife owes you ...I was getting a headache after reading about what she wants.

You said she does NOT want plants so NOT much of a chance of this thing working without plants or more regular PWC's for filtration. Dirt and DW's not going to be enough ... something has to consume / remove the nitrates. UNLESS of course ... you put on that charm and talk her into plants. At least she's asking for Neons .. Imagine if she wanted Oscars?
Yeah...originally he says she wants no plants...a couple posts later he says heavily planted...haha only going to work with plants!
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Yeah...originally he says she wants no plants...a couple posts later he says heavily planted...haha only going to work with plants!
Ugh .. Didn't get that far in the re-reads. I think we're all going to have headaches after this thread's done.
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