10-29-2013, 03:47 PM
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the tank is going well, still 90% research, made harder as it explores avenues not talked about, or topics that the hobby has overrun with it's own propaganda
well, bacterial as much as breaking down things and making nutrients available for plants, reducing ammonia to nitrates for plants, etc.
i'm missing a huge area in the food chain that would really help things. one day, just not today, too many hungry mouths to feed in the tank would decimate live food cultures in the tank
my water PH, ... is very stable working on bringing it to where i want it, but it's stable.
when it was 6.5 i wanted it to be higher, i was doing stuff to intentionally raise it higher, and the tank resisted me for months, right now the only shift it's got is plants are slowly consuming nutrients in the water column that are affecting the PH, it's stable, very very stable.
i have no chemical filters, not purchased, just bacterial activity
the reasons people do things now vs. then, ... mostly marketing, that's always been the same, ... marketing seems to trump stability and understanding a system
my water change schedule, ... i don't have one, i don't change the water, i just add to it.