09-06-2012, 10:54 PM
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Filter or not?
Hey everyone! I was originally going to do a "Walstad" method tank. I spent a few days getting the lowdown from OFL. I finally gave up on it, thinking I didn't have enough funds for plants, so I set up my 10g divided tank for my two bettas with fine gravel substrate yesterday. Then last night I found some decent plants at my lfs, so I now have a 10g divided tank, two bettas, and around 10 stem plants per side (cabomba, bacopa carolina, anarchis). I was originally running my Whisper Internal filter, but I've read that the filter media can remove necessary elements for a planted tank..and that the surface disturbance removes needed CO2 that is produced. I opened the media that came with the filter, removed the carbon, and placed it back into the filter. Not sure that was right lol. Anyway, long story short, all of this reading has me just confused..should I just take the filter out all together? I really am afraid that the surface agitation will remove too much of the CO2. I can't afford a sponge filter or an hob at the moment...any help would be appreciated. Only plain language please..I am on technical jargon overload! Thanks.
Oh, and also, I don't think that my substrate is deep enough...if I remove my fish, can I add another layer gently around my plants? I so want this to work.