01-26-2009, 11:20 PM
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Depending on your set-up, yes. Low light, low tech tanks can be virtually maintenance free, under the best of conditions. Higher light high tech set-up that inject CO2, add fertilizers, etc have to do big (50% or better) WC's once a week, plus a fairly regular pruning schedule. Kinda depends on your goals and your budget. If you're not much for the water changes, the lower light direction is the way to go. Try to get and read "Ecology of the Planted Tank" by Diana Walstad, good book on the natural approach, also look at sites like plantedtank.net & aquaticplantcentral.com in the "el natural" forums, lots of info there. If you wanna go the high tech route, there's lot there for that too, also see barrreport.com, real good high tech knowledge there. Either way, water quality, fish comfort and health is vastly improved with live plants. HTH!