03-19-2013, 04:16 PM
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Originally Posted by beaslbob
I would just turn the mechanical filters off and let the plants do the filtration.
but that' just me and my .02
One of the few times I'm inclined to agree to some extent. 10 to 20 gallons can be run without an actual filter if you have enough plants and (in my view point and I don't care if you disagree, not getting into it here) do enough water changes.
*main point: If you run it like this I advocate doing some sort of a bubbler, or hooking up a powerhead to ensure water movement at the top. I've done a tank with just plants + heater and nothing else and the top ended up with a film. Only thing that lived there was a betta.
I've got a 10 gallon that has run since December with no actual filter. Just plants, heater, and a bubble that bounces the water up top to make it ripple. It has kept a double tail half moon betta alive and happy, and his finnage is in really great shape. The tank has also been a QT for loaches, and currently is divided as a temp measure. This is the only tank where my water wisteria grows without being slightly infested with algae. All the plants do very well.
Last edited by Sanguinefox; 03-19-2013 at 04:18 PM..