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natural aquarium

jlm

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After considering how demanding a fully stocked tank can be in terms of maintenance/equipment/disaster potential, I am thinking of simplifying things and try the natural route with a very lightly stocked aquarium with just enough low light plants to keep a handful of fish healthy, carrying out as few water changes as possible and with minimum interference with the water column/substrate.

In other words, just how lightly stocked would a tank have to be in order to minimize its maintenance, leaving it as much as possible to the plant-fish-filter balance? Something like the mini tanks sold by http://www.minnocubes.co.uk but to a larger scale...

The tank would be a Juwel Rio 240/300 litres with the standard internal filter. Has anybody any experience of this sort of aquarium - what are the downsides, and what species would be best?

In particular, regarding the risk of algae growth, how can it be contained in this specific setup?
 

Dan Crawford

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One of the problems with doing a tank with very low maintenance and low bioload is that the plants have no source of N & P. Most low maintenance tanks are packed with fish and they supply the N & P through their waste.
 

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