NANFA-L-- living environment in a tank

Derek Parr (derekparr at
Thu, 08 Sep 2005 00:25:23 -0400

On further thought I'd like to expand on my last post.
I've been doing planted tanks alot for the last few years using various
methods from walstad to co2 injection and many variations that has
mostly resulted in substrates made of a red clay layer covered in
sand/gravel from a nearby creek. Why buy dirt when its sitting on the
ground outside?

But anyway my real question stems from the recent thread about keeping
suckers. I'm really curious about others efforts in creating such an
environment that provides for all those weird bugs and grubs and whatnot
that make up the lower portions of the food chain. And beyond the
obvious need of keeping the fish level low, what species would be more
ideal for such a tank?

-derek parr
northwestern cape fear river basin
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