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Old 10-25-2012, 07:46 PM   #11 
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XD okies. the reason having a filter will help is because the levels of oxygen in the water will rise, hence helping to prevent rot.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:50 PM   #12 
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It I just wanted to say just because you do 100 percents it might not be enough I am sure you do enough water changes the main reason for a filter is giving a home for BB and activated charcoal I use a regular filter take the lid off add plants.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:55 PM   #13 
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filter works
no filter also works :)
I had a jar with no filter with lots of plants
Almost never had to do a water change! the plants help with filtration, sometimes you dont need them. I like them because they make the tank look more alive with the waving plants :D
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You always need water changes.
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:43 PM   #15 
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lolol yes :P
I can agree with you because I know you, and know you don't mean any harm :)
but you can say it this way: " you should always do water changes because it is good for the fish" :D that will sound better :P

I'll let you in on a secret of mine.
I had a highly planted 3gallon jar I was experimenting on. I never did a water change on this jar because I was testing out a sustainable system. And it worked! :D it went through 6 months of no water change, housed 5 healthy feeder minnows( which I later returned to the petshop), 2 generations of H formosas, 5 cherry shrimps and many many snails.

Ofcourse this was simple an experiment and because I did something similar before, I knew what I was doing and that nothing will die.
I will never ever recommend to someone to not do water changes.

plants are pretty amazing right? :)

I've always wanted to ask you, aren't CPDs schooling fish? why do you only have one lonely little guy?
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Oh sorry but what happened to debbree like food and waste?
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:21 AM   #17 
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the plant uses the bacteria from the leftover food and poop as food. anything not used is removed during the 100% water changes (well in my situation, not sure about the 6mo scenario but thats an interesting experiment for sure!)

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Plants love there nitrate.
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Old 10-26-2012, 03:36 PM   #19 
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plants do not use bacteria :P they use nutrition such as ammonia, nitrite and nitrates.
bacterias are living organism, the same as fungi. plants, bacteria and fungi all feed on excess ammonia, nitrites and nitrates.

So when you see cloudy water, it is a bacterial bloom, as the bacteria is feeding on the excess nutrients.
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thats what I meant (well I meant byproducts) lol sorry I was running late for work cuz I had played too much on here hahahah

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