Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Surfside Beach South Carolina
I "had" a small experiment in the works. One with organic garden soil on the bottom, with a 1/2 inch of gravel on top, all in a 2 gallon glass jar. I had some nice plants growing for a few months, and then added 2 White Clouds, then a month later, two more. There was no heater, no filtration, just me changing 80% of the water every other day. It was an experiment of success in operation since before last Thanksgiving. Last week it went sour, I began to smell the hint of Hydrogen Sulfide odor. This is caused by the lack of oxygen into the soil. I removed the 4 white clouds this morning, thought I heard them applaud as I was placing them into a 20 gallon community tank, naa couldn't have been.
In a static environment like that, how can I invite oxygen? I know, air pump, I wanted no motor operation. It was OK for near 6 months, maybe it can't happen. The bottom becomes a cess pool, without oxygen there can be zero biofiltration type bacterial growth, just nasty anaerobic bacteria. Simple conclusion, need to push oxygen through the entire soil surface, from the bottom up. Still an experiment.
Congrats on the babies, lol Give them time, they will eat the algae. Some times it takes a while before some fish eat what you want them to eat.
The only thing that has bred for me, is in my 125 gal tank, with the Discus. Somehow the Nitrite snails have increased in population. I originally placed 6 in the tank, now there is around 15. Thought they would only lay live eggs in brackish water.