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Why not just make a very low light (or a no light at all) moss only tank? Here's a good example:

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- Manzanita.com branches wrapped in moss
- any gravel (not nutritious) will be fine
- less than 0.5 wpg of any light you want
- a small air driven sponge filter for some economical water movement
- any dwarf shrimp you want
- malaysan trumpet snails
- few small livebearers

Done.

That is not a plan for a self supporting system. There is no "A feeds B -- B's waste feeds C -- C feeds A". That's a plan for a 99% hands free tank. You will never have to wipe off algae. Evaporation will be the only thing that will invite water changes.

--Nikolay
 

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I didn't mean to mislead anyone - I thought that Amano's tanks are easily recognized. The 2 pictures are not pictures of a tank of mine. The wood is not manzanita, but very well could be.

I can say with some confidence that the plants that he has wrapped on the branches sticking above the water are common ivy and also a kind of philodendron. Basically any climbing vine-like plant with leaves that match the size of the tank will do.

--Nikolay
 
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