• Lower maintenance: Saves time and money
• Reduces pollution & need for carcinogenic aquarium supplies
• Happiness from a thriving aquarium eco system.
• Emotional satisfaction from a thriving, eco friendly aquarium invention!
Setting Up Your Tank's Smart Eco System
Fish • Plants • Mechanisms • Energy Savings • Low Maintenance
Select hardy tropical fish that get along. Pick plants that are easy to grow and which use fish pollutants as fertilizer. Minimize fish eating the plants with complementary fish and plants. Then realize the many benefits from the innovative fish tank system.
• Detals: Max. size: 0.85 inches (2.2 cm). pH range: 5.0 – 7.0. Water Hardness dH: 1 - 2
Temperature: 68 - 80°F (20 – 26°C) Care Details
• Other Tetras Options: Red Cardinal Tetras and Black Tetra schools in the same tank can look cool. A great visual effect But cardinals require more maintenance as they are less adaptive to poor water quality.
• Zebra Danios and Neon Tetras are affordable and broadly available.
• Plecos can grow to 3.5 or 5 inches. Traditional plecos can outgrow most aquariums as they exceed one feet.
• Otocinclus (also called the Oto catfish or Dwarf Pleco) gets to 2 inches. It's size is closer other small fish in this innovative eco system. Otocinclus might be more sensitive. Easily die after transporting to new tanks. Buy ones with fat bellies and those that have acclimated in the fish store for at least 3 weeks helps. Bellies will shrink and the fish will starve if there's not enough non black algae, unless fed microwaved zucchini or cucumber.Normally won't eat plants.
Otos are schooling fish and should be kept in groups of three or more. Otocinclus vittatus and Macrotocinclus affinis may keep all soft film algae off glass, plant leaves and decorations. As otis often are wild-caught they can arrive with internal worms. 68-79 degrees Fahrenheit
• Siamese Algae Eater:
Eats a wider variety of algae. They can reach 14cm, and get aggressive with their own species. Siamese Algae Eater may jump out of the tank. (also known as Crossocheilus Siamensis or SAE). 24–26°C, water hardness of 5-20 dH. Might live for 10 years.
• Chinese Algae Eater - Gyrinocheilus aymonieri: Caution.
Perhaps hardier than Otochinclus and miniature plecos. Sometimes confused with Siamese Algae Eaters
Temperament: Semi-aggressive. Good algae eater while young. Prefers fish food when older.Don't place with Tetra eco system as the tetra may get eaten.
Moderately hardy. Temperature: 77.0 to 82.0° F (25.0 to 28° C). Stops eating algae at 69° F). Ph: 6.0-8.0. Hardness Range: 5 - 19 dGH
• Other fish which may eat less algae: Barbs, mollies, guppies, etc. Also snails and shrimp.
• Algae eating fish links:
Friendly and sociable. Enjoy small schools of at least a few cories. Mostly bottom feeders, so offer sinking pellets. A common cory variety for a beginner the Peppered Cory. Leopard Cory, Skunk Cory, Bronze Cory, Bandit Cory, and Spotted Cory. Since they swim, burrow and feed on the bottom of the tank, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corydoras
Tetras & Danios Better Fit Eco System Than Goldfish Or Guppies
• Goldfish & Koi: Friendly and easy to care like guppies, but this carp family fish creates too much water pollution for their size. Eats aquatic plants but maybe not the suggested ivy plants.
Aquatic Plants Matching Selected Fish:
Good beginner plants for fresh water aquariums:
• Strictly Aquatic Plant List: Vallisneria, Hornwort, Anubias (easy to grow but grow slowly and does attract algae on its leaves), Anacharis, Java fern, Java Moss. Larger fish find aubias are harder to eat.
Unique Plant Eco System
Household Plants Grown From Cuttings Suck Water Toxins: Cheaper than many aquarium plants. These easily available house plants are often sold in stores world wide. Fast growing.
• Split Leaf Philodendron: Luscious green leaves require less water and grow above the tank. OK for fish but not cats? Toxic if leaves eaten by cats etc but harmful to small fish?). Googled this search strategy and found nothing: "Split Leaf Philodendron" toxic "fish tank" -cats -dogs (tetras OR danios OR cory)
• Golden Pothos Ivy: Fast growing. Medium light ok. Some of leaves remain underwater. Golden pothos grow downward, while split leaf philodendron grow upwards over tank.
Non Toxic: Zero google results on toxicity when searching: "golden pothos ivy" toxic "fish tank" -cats -dogs fish
Pictures and Easy Golden Pothos Ivy Growing Guide
• Plant cutting's leaves will adapt by growing towards natural and indoor light sources.
Eco System Mechanics
• Filter: Canister filter for 75 gallons cleans better than a 50 gallon filter.
• Hard Water Softening: Water run through charcoal filter helps reduce (but not eliminate) water chemicals. Software pillow placed into tank helps somewhat (too much work putting into filter canister).
• Substances: Water treatment. Aquarium salt (more harms plants) 1 teaspoon. Beneficial bacteria.
• Temp: 75 degrees?
• Lights: T8 for plants. Hours based on wattage.
• Fish colors stand out from dark background
• Invention Saves Energy: Black gravel. Dark background behind aquarium. Use dark blanket which saves heating energy via insulation qualities. Carpet placed below tank reduces vibrations that can scare fish and helps insulate heated water a bit.
Ways DIY Invention Saves Energy & Water:
• Insulating even one side saves energy
• Global warming efforts could be tracked if 10% of the world's aquariums switched to this unique system.
• Tank heater heats homes on air conditioning. So an external insulating the back tank reduces heat transfers.
• For those that completely air out their house of toxins in cooler months: This may cool the tank a little until the house gets reheated.
• Summer Night Cooling: Do you use natural summer cooling by opening your windows at night? This though bumps up your tank's energy bill.
• With fewer fish deaths, it even saves gas to pet shops for fish replacements.
Legal Stuff: You are encouraged to help protect the environment even a little bit by telling others about this fun aquarium invention. Most people can set up this inventive aquarium project. Patentability on overall invention's benefits not warranted. Integrating the smart functions into one eco tank system makes this great. More free patent rights on electronic inventions such as the pet door relying of pet psychology to clean paws. Free patented pet inventions to reduce germs too. The best known innovative fish aquarium invention concept still requires professional fish care advice. Google for fish set up and maintenance instructions. Enjoy!
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Sample 50 Gallon Set Up:
Bigger tank eco systems are more likely to thrive. Big tanks are better at handling issues that might throw the eco system off balance.
• More plants help clean the water, which in tern allows more fish. Still cap fish population to 50% to reduce pressure on your water eco system. More is not necessarily better.
• Max population rule of thumb is too simplistic: Standard formula says 1" of fish per gallon water. The intelligent fish population rule should be total fish weight to water volume. Realize some 10 inch fish might weigh the same as a 100 inch line of 100 neon tetras. Both sets might produce the same water pollution. A more adaptive fish population rule is needed.
• Disclaimer: This entire blog's content comprises opinions which are not warranted for accuracy.
Best Fish Specie List:
• Neon Tetras: 25 fish
• Black Neon Tetras: 10 fish
• Zebra Danios: 5 fish
• Pepper Cory's: 3 fish
• Other friendly playful fish?
• Algae Eaters: Otocinclus grows to 2". Or perhaps Bristle Nose Plecostomus which grow to 6”. Checking out which might pollute less based on weight to pollution rates. Bigger pleco's might eat more plants?
Apple snails are less adaptive to water toxicity.
• Lower Maintenance: Saves time, money and stress.
• Easier To Grow Plants. Plants help clean indoor air and create pleasant environment. Growth adapts to the water pollution level, the more water waste, the more plant food fertilizer.
• Cleaner water curtails algae, which means carcinogenic anti algae chemicals might be avoided. Fewer chemicals needed to fix tank water toxicity problems. • Less pollution flushed into environment.
• Saves energy & buying fish replacements.