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Old 03-17-2009, 06:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is my small bussiness in my home:

















Lighting: filtered solar light
fertilizer: N-P-K, Micros+B
Filter: DIY pump with a car cleaning sponge
Time runing: 2 months
water changes: 50% 1 or 2 times at month
fish:a lot of guppies
Substate: Mineralized soil and clay

On the end of the first row
my aquarium El Natural



The bussiness is only in my country
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Old 03-17-2009, 07:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow!!! That is quite impressive! I wish I could have that type of mass successful setup! Do you sell to local customers? Where are you from? Ship?

Keep it up!
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Old 03-17-2009, 10:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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wow...I wish I could do that in my area...the temperatures are too extreme to have outdoor aquariums...unless they were put into the ground.

are all of your tanks connected by siphon? or are the U's the filter I am seeing?
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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yeah they are connected by siphon. It only have on filter in each row. The bottom row have a potent filter that I bought. the other 2 rows have a simple pump with sponge. The only bad is that the pump-spoge filter gets clogged fast if I move a lot of plants in the filter area the clay-mineralized soil gets trapped in the filter, but I seeing that the filter is "cleaning itself" because the water is runing a little more fast now. The plants is growing well, I see a fast grow of grass-like plants. Their roots looks fast for the clay-mineralized soil. The last picture, is my El Natural aquarium is 4 month old (my learning El Natural aquarium) I join it to the bottom row. Yo saw it and see that the dwarf sagitaria grows from the mineralized soil o.o

eco- mod I live in Puerto Rico, the store is for PR only, and the prices of here are more cheap. Yeah I sell to local customers.

the temp is: close to 80F in the day and 67 or less in the night.
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Hi prBrianpr, I was wonndering if U use any kind of CO2 (pump or DIY)...
Thas and impresive use of El Natura....

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How did you set up the mineralized soil? How long did it take you?
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Thanks to everybody

I will going to use pressurised CO2 but here the 20lbs tank cost $220 so i will wait for one used, now it not have CO2, only guppy CO2 and bacterial CO2.
Some plants makes bubbles in full sun. The mineralized soil is made in a experimental mode. First I use a container. fill it one half with soil and additives ( I not going to talk about soil name or what additives because I sell this prepared soil here) then I use aquarium water and fill the other half. Mix all, then Use a aquarium air pump and aereate the soil. It creates a movement in the water oxigenating it. With the time, like a month, the soil floating particles gets to the bottom. The soil gets smooth. At this time the soil of the bottom is ready to use. The soil contains living bacteria so when it is going to use the best is to take it like a fish, not having it more than a day without oxigen (in a bag). The other way is to dry the prepared soil. When you use it without drying put the soil as aquarium bed, then put clay and mix it. Finally gravel, I use Thirfty sorb. Then fill the aquarium. It gets cloudy the first day (24 hours) because the bacteria. With a filter with good GPH and put it to oxigenate water then you can put fish in the second day. I put guppies with only one lose in the 4 day because the power filter stop working. And that all the history. Please If somebody is going to make a aquarium like this put plenty of plants in the first day and a good filter. Yeah You can use like a inch of this substrate, I use a lot because the purpose is grow plants.
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I will going to use pressurised CO2 but here the 20lbs tank cost $220 so i will wait for one used.
Perhaps you could find 1 at craigslist, which is in your country. Also have read that some use paint ball pressure container. At Rex Griggs site info on how to build 1.

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The mineralized soil is made in a experimental mode.
Thanks for the info on the mineralized soil. I add my own concoction of ferts so I can still make it. I just don't have the room to let it dry.
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Nice to see so many of your planted tanks. It looks like you're ready to run a LFS
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