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No filter, no CO2, No Ferts Bowl-6 months’ growth
Day 1: prepare the substrate
Day 2: water change
Day 3: Added Vallisneria
Day 7: I put in my betta in a 30 litre bowl, water lettuce flowered already, removed water lettuce and
replaced with duckweed and salvania.
Day 33: I rook out the drift wood and trimmed the rotala
Day 69: added more plants
Day 84: Vallisneria has taken over
Day 94 (3 months): more Vallisneria growth. Also, I added different shrimp species which turned out
to be a bad idea since babies are all clear-brown color.
5 1/2 months first bubble nest. Giving sunlight, plants pearling. He was hunting baby shrimp. He ate
every single one he could find.
2. No filter, no CO2, No ferts, Mini Planted tank-2 Months Progress
5 gallon aquarium, dirt, gravel, CFL 14w desklamp, 50w heater, no filter, no CO2, I wanted a zero
noise planted aquarium for my desktop.
1 inch of dirt 1 ½ inch of 2~3mm gravel.
3. No filter No Co2 No ferts planted Nano tanks
4. No filter No Co2 No ferts planted Nano tanks
Filter the course particles of the soil out. Put the salt into a Nano tank
Add chlorinated water and stir to get all the bubbles out.
Add the cap
Add more de-chlorinated water so that the proportions are 1 ½ inch ca and 1-inch soil.
Get all the bubbles out.
Drain excess water and introduce the plants. In one tank, hairgrass (eleocharis parvula), in the
second, baby tears (Hemianthus callitrichoides) and finally in the third pearl grass (Hemianthus
Refill the tank to brim.
5. No Filter No CO2 No Ferts Planted Nano Tanks
A 7.5-gallon bowl and high cube.
The setup requires that the substrate, temperature, light and plant selection.
Prepare the substrate by sieving organic potting soil into the bowl and topping it up with gravel. A
foam mat helps to relieve the stress from the imperfections in the base. The soil should be about 1
The cap should be about 1 ½ inches thick with cap size between 2~3mm. when the caps are too big
the soil could leach out faster than necessary.
The temperature should be set at 26~270C. lower temperatures slow down the plants’ growth rate.
On the other hand, higher temperatures will cause the plants to stall is they are not well established.
Besides, very high temperatures could have severe effects on animals such as the shrimp. It is
important to use a heater cover so that the plants do not get burned.
A combination of florescent light and sunlight, but a regular florescent light is also appropriate.
Ideally, 2~3 watts per gallon is a great rule to apply.
During the first 2 months the light duration should be about 13 hours and 12 hours a day after 2
Choosing the right plants improves the quality of the ecoxystem.
6. No Filter No CO2 No Ferts Planted Nano Tanks
We begin by sieving organic soil (vermicompost + chicken manure compost) to remove woodchips
that tend to make the water brown for a long time.
I use 12mm stainless steel pipes and connectors to make a light hanger.
1mm thick foamex sheet for background.
The setup is contained in a 5 gallon (20 litres) low iron glass tank.
Put 1 inch of potting soil, add dechlorinated water so as to preserve the bacteria. Mix well to remove
all the bubbles before adding gravel. It is important to clean out any dirt above the 1 inch margin.
The gravel should be approximately 1.5 inches.
Fill the tank to the brim and leave it for 24 hours. Drain the cloudy water and refill the tank with clean
Install the heater cover onto the heater and place it into the tank.
Introduce the plants (Dwarf hairgrass, Eriocaulon cineteum, Ludwigia Sp. Didiplis diandra, Egeria
densa, Rotala rotundifolia, Hemianthus glomeratus, Rotala sp Nanjenshan, Hemianthus umbrosum,
Mayaca Sp., Najas Guadalupensis, and Bacopa caroliniana). After planting, the water may become
cloudy. Remove the water and refill the tank again.
Install a thermometer to track the temperature.
Place the lamp on the light hanger
It is advisable to wait until all plants attain balance before adding fish.
7. No Filter No CO2 No Ferts Planted Nano Tanks
Working with the same setup described above.
By day 10, the plants were doing quite well. However, the dwarf hairgrass started to melt mainly
because it was emersed grown, Eriocaulon cineteum did not budge and Rotala sp, also started to
melt from the bottom up.
I changed the water on day 10.
On day 13, algae had started to pearl on the gravel. The reason behind this was mainly because the
plant stalled as compared to the others.
On day 14, the dwarf grass started to spread, and the soil wa...