I’m filterless! (my 10 gallon walstad)

LittleGoldSnail

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I’m finally completely filterless on the 10 gallon. I dirted it a couple weeks ago, but didn’t have the guts to take the filter out just then, so I let the plants mature and fill in for a couple weeks before I went filterless (my betta Rosencross is in there). And after the anubias started putting out a bunch of new leaves and the hornwort and hairgrass started growing like crazy, I decided to go ahead and take the filter out and see how it goes.

I’m thing some ludwigia or some sort of reddish bushy stem plant would look really good behind the driftwood. I think the right corner needs to fill in a little. I’m also hoping the moneywort on the left takes off so the left side fills in some more too.

let me know your thoughts and opinions!
 

LittleGoldSnail

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Here is an update on the tank after it has matured some more. I moved all the hornwort behind the driftwood, then added some rotala to fill in the middle. What do y’all think? AABAADC2-EBEB-4EB7-A66F-DC0119BF3A05.jpeg
 

LittleGoldSnail

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Here is another update! :D The rotala has grown quite a bit and the leaves narrowed out. Everything is still filling in. 2CDB39ED-F656-43BA-A8CB-8A283F5EECB6.jpegBF34FC95-4C70-45EE-AB9C-EC667ACEA77B.jpeg
 

Jessie the turtle

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My tank also has no filter because I've had alot of fish swim into it and die. My fish do just fine without one and I dont see why some people think you're torturing your fish if you dont have one. Love the plants!
 

LittleGoldSnail

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My tank also has no filter because I've had alot of fish swim into it and die. My fish do just fine without one and I dont see why some people think you're torturing your fish if you dont have one. Love the plants!
It highly depends. If you have a heavily planted walstad tank or something, and you do it right, then you can go filterless.

In tanks that are not planted, it doesn’t work. Period. There won’t be enough oxygen, ammonia will build up, etc. and bad water quality leads to diseases, fungal infections, stress, etc.

Keeping fish from swimming into the filter is a very simple fix. Just cover the intake with some mesh (pantyhose work great) and secure it with a rubber band. That’s what I do on my goldfish tank.
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I would very strongly discourage being completely filterless unless you are a very experienced fish keeper and really know what your doing.

Another thing to point out, I may be filterless in my 10 gallon, but I change %30 of the water every 5-7 days and it’s dirted and heavily planted so there is an oxygenated environment for the beneficial bacteria to thrive in.
 

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