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Old 10-14-2012, 02:19 PM   #11 
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When a soil based tank is setup properly-using enough of the right species of plants-On the correct photoperiod using the correct color temp lights to support plant growth-the water is safe and as the plants grow will function as the filter/bio-filter-Then along with water changes-all livestock should be safe.

The soil based is as close to a natural ecosystem that can be created in a closed system. Its all about balance......Everything has a job-working together to help make a safe environment. But its still a closed system and will need care-The more mature the soil based the less care it needs-provided that you have balance....

When I set my soil based tanks up...I add all my livestock the same day....Fish, shrimp and snails....they have a job to do....lol....
You are so inspiring!
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Old 10-14-2012, 02:46 PM   #12 
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Thalol good thing you can't over water them ;pk you for posting this. I just shoved a bunch of "easy to grow" plants in and wondered if I had over planted. It's nice to know that I didn't. I've never had much luck with non-aquatic plants. I hope it will be different with the plants in my tank.
Lol atleast you can't over water them ;p

Lol I have the same issue -.-









Thanks for posting this aokashi!!!!!

I don't want anyone else's shrimps to die too :/
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Old 10-14-2012, 02:53 PM   #13 
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I though NPT meant naturally planted with live plants did not know about the dirt.
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Old 10-14-2012, 02:57 PM   #14 
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A lot of people on here seem to use the term interchangeably, but I've always read a NPT as one that used a soil substrate. A lot of people also seem to call soil-based tanks Walstad style tanks although they don't always follow her guidelines (meant to say I see this on actual planted tank forums).
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Old 10-14-2012, 03:22 PM   #15 
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I have used gravel instead of a sand cap and it looks really nice. :)
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Old 10-14-2012, 03:26 PM   #16 
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Can we apply this to sororities too? I can't remember the last time I saw a decent sorority.
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Old 10-14-2012, 03:29 PM   #17 
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Can we apply this to sororities too? I can't remember the last time I saw a decent sorority.
What do you mean by that?
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Old 10-14-2012, 04:30 PM   #18 
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Can we apply this to sororities too? I can't remember the last time I saw a decent sorority.
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i agree!
ill need to do a fake plant drawing too then! lol. for those who dont do real plants :D
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Old 10-14-2012, 04:33 PM   #19 
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I vote for a section dedicated to sororities. :D I agree, I always see sororities with almost no cover...
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Oh that part my 20 gallon is a pretty open at the top but it is not a sorioty do agree on section.
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