Originally Posted by OhNoFive0
So I should just throw a bunch of plants in there and let them do their thing? Any particular write ups/ articles you like on this topic, or do you have some advice of your own? I'd want easy care plants, nothing that's going to get too complicated.
While I do have a method I use and like the real key is the plants. And you can just throw them in there and the tank will be much better for the fish. that said for plaints i use
(10g tank) 4-6 bunches of anacharis, 4 vals (valsineria or however it's spelled LOL), 4 small potted types, and a single amazon sword.
tall plants in back and down the sides, potted right and left of center, sword kinda centered.
add 1" peat moss (canadian sphagum peat moss 1'x1'x3' plastic cube for $12 or so).
wet that layer the level and clean the tank
add 1" play sand (50 pound bag $3)
wet, level, clean
add 1" pro choice select red 50 pound bag $8 ( I had to contact pro choice for a local supplier it is a baked clay used in baseball infields) (psst you could just use gravel as well but I like the looks of the select)
before adding more water plant the plants.
fill tank with water poured over a dish
wait 1 week. This is critical for the plants to condition the water and get rooted.
add 1 fish
wait 1 week with no food added.
add more fish and start feeding 1 flake per day.
with platies you will have a tankful of fish in 6 months and a more or less stable population for years and years. Like in a 10g 20 fish or so.
For schoolling fish like neon tetras I add 4-5 fish with the second fish load.
So that's it.
The quality of your well water is not important as long as the water is potable. That first week conditions the water for the fish.
and by no doing water changes and jus replacing evaporative water the plants keep the water safe for the fish.
I also use no mechanical filtration of circulation.