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    how many plants do we need

    Discussion in 'Planted Tank and Aquascaping' started by candidpets, Sep 6, 2017.

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      to give enough oxygen for a 30 gallon?
       
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      May I ask what your plans for the tank will be? Low/Hi tech? Livestock?
       
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      I have a 110 gal without filtration and only natural light that houses two vieja hybrid cichlids. I'm growing java moss and java fern in the tank that apparently is giving off enough oxygen for them to survive and the water gets pretty warm in the summer.
       
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      for my fire belly newts another taknk for clawed frogs another tank for axo another tank live bearers killifish

      stuff that can breath low oxygen
       
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      you know that thick moss grows on rocks along small creeks and streams? I got a crap load of that but id prefer oxygen weed
       
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      Im not familiar in caring for any of your inhabitants but if your concern is in aerating the water, wouldn't your filtration be suffice?
       
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      Hello; I ran tanks without any filtration decades ago. This can be done with or without plants. A key is the surface area of the water where atmospheric O2 can diffuse into and out of the water. If the number/size of the fish is kept reasonable enough O2 will make it into the water. Too many fish and they will be found gasping at the surface trying to get the O2.

      Plants do make O2 and a waste byproduct during photosynthesis during the lighted time. Plants can use oxygen during the dark time in the process of cellular respiration. Again a quandary solved by light fish stocking.

      A simple air bubbler will solve the problem. I try to run them in all my tanks as a just in case.
       
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      yeah i have my killies loaded the plants put a air bubbler, I wont try this on my six fooot tanks too many cichlids and too big but i wanna try on smaller

      i have a newt tank and axolotl tank i wanna try it with
       
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      Hello; I do not follow having big cichlids and a large tank as a reason to not use air bubbles. I ran air stones in a six foot tank in the past with good results. I also have run a bubbler of some sort on tanks with cichlids. In fact I run air bubbles in all tanks.

      Good luck
       

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