11-08-2013, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by aokashi
I'm not sure about the whole no water change thing. i think it may work for some, and crash for others.
I set up a ten gallon for my uncle back in may 2012. I used some kind of garden soil capped with a sand substrate....It was the first and last time I ever set up a soil based tank, can't say I'm a fan...
I didn't have time to wait for the tank to establish, so I planted the tank with a mixture of hair grass, rotalas and Charale and threw in 6 endler frys and one betta (which i hoped will keep the population in check... )
Half a year later I come back home to visit and find that my uncle's family switched off the light, heater and filter in favor of saving electricity. They did however place the tank near a well lit window. I also came home to an overfed betta who lazily watched delicious fry dance past him(grandmas and their over doting tendencies...), about 40- 100 guppies (couldn't count them all). And ofcourse they didn't do a single water change like I instructed...
Thanks for posting. This agrees with my experience.
FWIW IMHO what you did was smart not just lucky.
so much for these methods are not for beginers and require advanced experienced aquarumists.