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james7139 12-08-2010 08:16 AM

Self sustaining ecosystem.
so it appears i have created a self sustaining ecosystem by building a natural planted tank,as i have had no need to feed a 10 gallon full of rcs,danio fry,and betta fry,and i have a question.Are thay eating the infusoria?This system has been working for 2+ months now.

redchigh 12-08-2010 12:36 PM

It's possible you have a nice infusoria culture, but more than likely the fry are eating nematodes, infusoria, and your RCS babies.

RCS are probably eating algae... I would feed the tank, unless you want the fry to be stunted severely.

james7139 12-08-2010 03:11 PM

i feed like 3-4 times per week now

Blaxicanlatino 12-08-2010 03:39 PM


Originally Posted by james7139 (Post 529898)
i feed like 3-4 times per week now

thats pretty cool! could you post a pic please?

small fry 12-08-2010 04:52 PM

You still do WC, right?

Blaxicanlatino 12-08-2010 06:40 PM


Originally Posted by small fry (Post 529979)
You still do WC, right?

whats WC?

small fry 12-09-2010 12:00 AM

Sorry about that. I get carried away with abbrieviations sometimes. I shouldn't use them so out-of-the-blue like that.

WC is the common abrieviation for Water Change. Let me ask the question properly.

You still do water changes, right?

james7139 12-09-2010 08:08 AM

natural planted tanks require wc every 3-4 months so yes i guess i do :). i will he about getting a pic but the fry are small.

SinCrisis 12-09-2010 09:17 AM

3-4 months for a WC? Are you using soil for your substrate? My tanks mildly planted and i still do weekly water changes, if i dont my organics build up and my water starts going acidic and my nitrates go nuts. What are your water parameters?

james7139 12-09-2010 09:53 AM

i use soil :),and uhh water paramaters are uhhhh,unkown ,bad habit but yes i have no way of cheaking

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