El Natural Planted Tanks
An article here on my on how to setup a soil based aquarium. I've done this with as large as a 55 gallon now. I simply love these setups.
That's gorgeous! Would you mind explaining exactly what you did? I've been looking into doing soil based and getting all the info/opinions I can before I start the process. Thanks for sharing!
The soil provides our co2 source from rotting debris in it, also a nice healthy root bed for the plants. You then just supply light.
No filtration system is needed because the plants act as a filter. You do on larger setups need something to move water, barely anything at all though, even just 50 gph will do the trick.
Thanks! Have you ever tried a thicker layer of soil/gravel? I've read about some people doing this and getting good results since, obviously, there is more nutrients and such. Also, have you had issues with anaerobic bacteria forming? If so, how did you take care of it? I'm considering using blackworms and snails to keep the soil aerated to avoid bacteria, and to 'poke' it every so often to be sure there are no bubbles.
Yes, that's what I've read. But have seen people successfully do it. Seems that with enough heavily rooted plants, and critters to stir up the soil, it would be possible. I'm thinking about testing it out in my 10g when I set it up. Maybe with the mix of plants and critters it'll work out.
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