08-22-2013, 03:30 PM
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Originally Posted by beaslbob
I have heard undergravel filters are no nos for plants but your friend could be correct.
FWIW I initially tried just a few plants in a normal setup years ago with almost no results.
But when I used a peat moss/sand substrate and lotsa plants with no filters and no water changes everything changed for the better.
I let the plants condition the tank for a week then added fish slowly.
the plants really took off and 8 years later I had descendants from the original cycle fish which were red wag platties.
So I basically stuck with that method over the decades.
I think what happened is I reached a point where the plants and nothing else conditioned the tank. And as a result both the fish and plants thrived.
I also found out the less I do the better the tank is.
This. People are so quick to dismiss a century of experience because of something typed on a webpage by a total stranger who may or may not be someone you wouldn't trust to water your lawn.
Plants have a LOT do with local water chemistry. Chances are, the things done by your neighbor are more likely to work for you than something done by someone from a completely different part of the country... or world.
However, there is more to your neighbor's story... He has something preventing root growth into the filter. It might be he is growing water column feeders, or he has a screen that effectively makes the undergravel not work in the traditional sense... but is dragging the nutrients directly to the roots of the root feeders.