8 MONTH UPDATE: No Filter, No CO2, No Ferts, No Water Changes - 5 Gallon Nano Dirted Tank

7 feb 2020
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This is a step-by-step, how-to guide for creating your very own planted dirt tank. This tank build was intended to be a very low budget planted aquarium build. We used a desk lamp, topsoil substrate and no mechanical filtration. Leave any questions in the comments below. Enjoy!

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The products and plants used in this build can be found in the amazon links below. (DISCLAIMER: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases)

The plants I used were:
Dwarf Hairgrass amzn.to/2Wc9zyx
Cabomba Caroliniana amzn.to/2pdxXnj
Ludwigia SP. Mini Super Red amzn.to/2EFC7sQ
Hygrophila Pinnatifida amzn.to/2EFKTXy
Pogostemon Erectus amzn.to/2Wtkgzr
Java Moss amzn.to/2WwF09t
Stargrass (Heteranthera zosterifolia) amzn.to/2MiYEC1
Moneywort (Lysimachia nummularia) amzn.to/2WonILN
Hygrophila Corymbosa Compact amzn.to/2okY4IM
Cryptocoryne wendtii 'brown' amzn.to/2WdoThF

Top soil amzn.to/2MvN2Mb
Fishing Line amzn.to/2YWB5jS
Humidity Box amzn.to/2MggFAT

What I feed my Fish
Tetra Tropical Flakes: amzn.to/2IZSmU3
Frozen Bloodworms: amzn.to/3058s4B
Brine Shrimp Eggs: amzn.to/2xictX0

What I feed My Betta
New Life spectrum: amzn.to/2Xeinrs
Ocean Nutrition: amzn.to/2RKZGWz
Fluval Bug Bites: amzn.to/2IXoOX4

My Equipment
Rimless Tanks: amzn.to/2RTWGY1
Rimless Aquarium Self-Leveling Mat: amzn.to/2XnitNK
Background Glass Frosting: amzn.to/2XiBkt6
Drop-In Heater: amzn.to/2xmFTmO
Inline Heater: amzn.to/2Xd7Ix8
Eheim Canister Filter: amzn.to/2IXrqEm
Nano Canister Filter: amzn.to/2LpBXKl
Nano HOB Filter: amzn.to/2IZwE2A
API Test Kit: amzn.to/2FIPubY
GH \u0026 KH Test Kit: amzn.to/2RNth1t
TDS Meter: amzn.to/2XiyJPL
Glass Outflow and Inflow: amzn.to/2XixDU5
Twinstar Led E-Series Light: amzn.to/2XiyLHj
Chihiros LED: amzn.to/2FHZEtM
Azoo Mini LED: amzn.to/2XaZjFL
Desk Lamp: amzn.to/302vCsh
Screw-In LED Bulb: amzn.to/2ZWOJnt
Digital Thermometer: amzn.to/2NlhZCY
CO2 Tank: amzn.to/2Xg5jNk
CO2 Regulator: amzn.to/2Xcp7RY
6-Way Regulator Splitter: amzn.to/2Xg5JbC
CO2 Tubing: amzn.to/2Xa9PNj
Inline CO2 Diffuser: amzn.to/2XkGzsb
In-tank CO2 Diffuser: amzn.to/2xjBhxL
Stainless Plant Tweezers Scissors: amzn.to/2JexBmp

ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia: amzn.to/2ZZNNyQ
Fluval Plant and Shrimp Stratum: amzn.to/2Nny5fz

Maintenance Supplies:
Glass Magnet Scraper: amzn.to/2XoqwKd
Stainless Steel Algae Scraper: amzn.to/2ZXCRBI
Sponge Scraper: amzn.to/305d0YJ
Pipe Spring Cleaning Brush: amzn.to/2xnzdF6
Gravel Vacuum: amzn.to/2IZoPtz
Tap Water Conditioner: amzn.to/2IXriES

Scaping Materials
Seiryu Stone: amzn.to/302yaGR
Dragon Stone: amzn.to/2J0aeOC
Spider Wood: amzn.to/2ZVyZkL
Manzanita Wood: amzn.to/2ZXafsd
White Sand: amzn.to/2Jhl4yu
Black Sand: amzn.to/2RL53EQ

  • Amazing work

    Siung GenkSiung GenkHace 4 días
  • What soil is that? Earth soil? Aqua soil? River soil?

    •abu-abo creations•abu-abo creationsHace 5 días
  • Which fish should I use . Plz reply anyone

    Gang Master GamingGang Master GamingHace 7 días
  • Is your fishes breeding?

    SagittariusSagittariusHace 12 días
  • I just dont get this. My plants just melt. I use ferts no co2.

    Betty SakersBetty SakersHace 14 días
  • 🙋🏻‍♂️🙋🏻‍♂️🙋🏻‍♂️🐠🐠🐠🪴🪴🪴

  • 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  • coolest no co2 tank, anyone else have a similar tank as well?

    World Aquarium SingaporeWorld Aquarium SingaporeHace 18 días
    • @Earlz SoledadGaming Awesome thats great i like low tech tanks alot as well

      World Aquarium SingaporeWorld Aquarium SingaporeHace 2 días
    • I have a tank that has no filter and yet all the fish keeps breeding. The only problem in my tank is algae

      Earlz SoledadGamingEarlz SoledadGamingHace 2 días
  • Kanga,kanga! Litek kulu prevjem! 😏 kooter ki guppiel! 👌🏻 tedek! Tedek! 🍆kijang!💦

    Noel WarriorNoel WarriorHace 18 días
  • This tank size please?

    AquA🤍AquA🤍Hace 20 días
  • 0:35 what is this soil

    al thowfeek sal thowfeek sHace 28 días
  • Would you be able to list the plants you grow I the water please They are amazing and I'm new to fish keeping

    Andrew HodgesAndrew HodgesHace 29 días
    • Plants are listed in the description

      PendleraPendleraHace 14 días
  • क्या क्या डाला कोण कोण से प्लांट लगाए ये तो बता देते

    rajesh shambharkarrajesh shambharkarHace un mes
  • I still suggesy doing 20 percent water changes every two weeks.

    Reiner BraunReiner BraunHace un mes
  • What is the name of the song in the end?

    HalorxHalorxHace un mes
  • make video about indoor mini pond with Styrofoam box and no water change

    vishal raijinvishal raijinHace un mes
  • Why is your title copy pasted?

    SnayperSnayperHace un mes
  • I was looking at the bettas in the shop today when I was buying pond liner....

    Mark CookoobirdMark CookoobirdHace un mes
    • I've got two aquariums in the garden.. just sitting there

      Mark CookoobirdMark CookoobirdHace un mes
  • Hi brother , what’s name the small blue fish?

  • Chal jhutha

    satish burmasatish burmaHace un mes
  • Will mosquitoes start to breed?

    GmbhGmbhHace un mes
  • beautiful 🥰

    p a t r i c k roycep a t r i c k royceHace 2 meses
  • The fishes are Guppys?

    Carlos MoralesCarlos MoralesHace 2 meses
  • Amazing tips for the wabi kusa!

    Raphael SchererRaphael SchererHace 2 meses
  • When u see - 'No water'😂😂 Later see that it is 'no water change'

    Willfred NelsonWillfred NelsonHace 2 meses
  • Just sat down and ate an entire pound of taco johns potato always entire video and absolutely relaxed love it just what I needed great video dude

    HappyReefingHappyReefingHace 2 meses
  • Please give details of plant i want to use this in my tank

    Keyur ShindeKeyur ShindeHace 2 meses
  • What fish is that? 🤔😍

    n e e s h n e e s hn e e s h n e e s hHace 3 meses
  • Dude what happened to this tank? Should do an update on it if you still have it

    Gabriel PaulinoGabriel PaulinoHace 3 meses
  • Great job loved it.. but music has to go....

    Sharie DodsonSharie DodsonHace 3 meses
  • Nobody jumps out of there?

    Tim de WinterTim de WinterHace 3 meses
  • Kitne din see paani nahi badla aquarium ka aap nei uncle

    Yousuf SheikhYousuf SheikhHace 3 meses
  • Hi bro...ur tank looking cool 😎 I'm having a doubt u didn't face any alege issues??? And without adding CO2 how can u growing a red plants in ur tank??

    Jackson AnilJackson AnilHace 3 meses
  • For small planted aquqriums how many fish should you put in it?

    MellieMellieHace 3 meses
  • How to maintain a water garden!!

    Winnie ChauWinnie ChauHace 3 meses
  • In the thumbnails, i thought you say "no water" lol

    Blaxx MAOBlaxx MAOHace 3 meses
  • Would you like to use coconut fiber to pack the substrate?

    Sang MinhSang MinhHace 3 meses
  • Hello ! I'm Vietnamese, I really like your tank. What substrate do you use to grow plants?

    Sang MinhSang MinhHace 3 meses
  • Mas, beli ikannya dimana yak?

    corn Tallcorn TallHace 3 meses
  • What is that thing submerged in the water with a red dot

    Roxy RodVenRoxy RodVenHace 3 meses
    • Water heater Hope it helps you

      HW ANANDHUHW ANANDHUHace 2 meses
  • how do you keep the water so clear whithout the filter

    NataliaOM5NataliaOM5Hace 3 meses
  • No water change? I setup a similar tank. But I’m thinking about changing the water.

    Tim de WinterTim de WinterHace 3 meses
  • What type of lighting should you place this tank in to maximize success?

    KatarinaKatarinaHace 3 meses
  • Very cool set up.

    Tyler's BackyardTyler's BackyardHace 4 meses
  • We are going to buy the five gallon tank and I'm thinking of doing our aquarium just like this. No filter, no water change for our betta fish. What is the best sand to choose to plant the aquatic plants? Do we need to put soil under the sand? How do you keep mosquitoes from living in your no water change aquarium?

  • Wow, looks like my tank but better

    Skiddy The GreatSkiddy The GreatHace 4 meses
  • This plants are Growing to with out co2???? Yes or No

    Jayesh DabhiJayesh DabhiHace 4 meses
  • Give me a plant's name please

    Jayesh DabhiJayesh DabhiHace 4 meses
  • What are those cute little fish you have swimming in there? Are they ok to put with a betta fish?

    nordettenordetteHace 4 meses
  • Nice can u keep other fish types if u have enough plants like u?

    macki 1000macki 1000Hace 4 meses
  • The submerged wabikusa ball made with that dark nitrogen dense muck would kill any fish. So much nitrogen--it's like the equivalent of 100s of fish in the tank.

    Rosse FamilyRosse FamilyHace 4 meses
  • Without changing. How the water keep that clean?

    T auriT auriHace 4 meses
    • Well there isnt much in the tank that could cloud the water and about 90% of it is just plants. If youre topping what evaporates it keeps its balance

      Mark WilfertMark WilfertHace 3 meses
  • Gak yakin gua

    Cukim StanleyCukim StanleyHace 4 meses
  • Anyone have any videos or something to direct a beginner? I just want a fish so bad but never owned one! Betta to be specific & I’m having an hard time finding fresh water plants!

    Erika HernandezErika HernandezHace 4 meses
  • What were the plants floating at the top that were red? I clicked every link in the plant list and none of them looked like a floater, just ground plants.

    Kelsey KrauseKelsey KrauseHace 4 meses
    • They are commonly known as red root floaters :)

      Malithi WijayathilakaMalithi WijayathilakaHace 4 meses
  • May I ask if you just used a normal loam soil?

  • Quantos liter ???

    Gabriel Stop MotionGabriel Stop MotionHace 5 meses
  • What light program do you use ? Great job bro , just amaizing...

    Bogdan BogdanBogdan BogdanHace 5 meses
  • do you feed these guppies at all in this kind of set up? thanks.

    Songtien GiangSongtien GiangHace 5 meses
  • what was that device on the left far corner?

    Ingrid ForsbergIngrid ForsbergHace 5 meses
    • Water heater

      Karlen SandovalKarlen SandovalHace 5 meses
  • How do you get new minerals for the plants and fishes without adding new water? With supplements? Thanks in advance! PS : I just read your description and saw it comes from the substrates :) It's all good ! :D

    ArsenicShooterArsenicShooterHace 5 meses
  • beautiful

    ggggHace 5 meses
  • You should use ganmarus instead of guppys

    dan veintimilla Rdan veintimilla RHace 5 meses
  • How was the water evaporation handled? Osmosis water? Tap water?

    Robert NowakRobert NowakHace 6 meses
  • For people wondering were the poop goes its actually goes into the plants it's a very great natural fertilizer and the plants also filter your water so if your a lil broke and can't get a filter get plants the pretty and helpful

    Yh _TytusYh _TytusHace 6 meses
    • Thanks for the info.. I'm recreating my landscape and thinking to put plant in it

      Suhaimi IsmailSuhaimi IsmailHace 6 meses
  • What kind of light?

    Carrie Jaske (CascadesRentalServicesInc)Carrie Jaske (CascadesRentalServicesInc)Hace 6 meses
  • I follow it fondly and you help me improve. thank you. I do not know English, I write from translation. I wish you continued success.

    Evimdeki HobimEvimdeki HobimHace 6 meses
  • What bulb are you using please?

    Hannah Beneke-orrHannah Beneke-orrHace 6 meses
  • Question about the shrimp. What are most people doing when they over multiply?

    MoGetFitForeverMoGetFitForeverHace 6 meses
  • Itu alat apa yg ada di dalam tank sebelah kiri

    ody vlogody vlogHace 7 meses
  • Beautiful aquascaping skills and overall great video btw Can u please tell me what the background music is?

    Chosen OneChosen OneHace 7 meses
  • how did you deal with the algae problem???

    Lookout TVLookout TVHace 7 meses
    • Im just guessing, but probably the snail and shrimps. Or maybe an off camera clean with those magnetic sponge thingies.

      Magic ManMagic ManHace 6 meses
  • I didn't get to see your fishes

    Bula MondalBula MondalHace 7 meses
  • low tech method

    6d raka6d rakaHace 7 meses
  • what if no heater? is that possible

    sun and moonsun and moonHace 7 meses
  • That ball thing was really cool. Gonna go get my hands dirty ^^

    deltoid4deltoid4Hace 7 meses
  • Editing is so amazing lol

    Joseph PosadaJoseph PosadaHace 7 meses
  • Как же это затягивает...

    Sublunary musicSublunary musicHace 7 meses
  • How about the fish wastes?

    Kenta FujiwaraKenta FujiwaraHace 8 meses
  • Great video. I did similar in a 90cm tank with lobster, fishes, etc all natural feed only garden veg. Animals happy plants happy. Only used water pumped to a growbed and flow back just to break water surface.

    noonnoonHace 8 meses
  • What is the size of the tank?

    Boom Coco crunchBoom Coco crunchHace 8 meses
  • Cool,

    AriAriHace 8 meses
  • Ossam soo nice low tech ...

    Subhojit MazumdarSubhojit MazumdarHace 8 meses
  • Is that a fish at 13:50 that you might have accidentally chopped while trimming the plants

    AryanAryanHace 8 meses
    • @Jaekization yeah man I think you are right, it might be the snails

      AryanAryanHace 8 meses
    • If you watch a lil after that time stamp it looks like two snails, one on top of the other

      JaekizationJaekizationHace 8 meses
  • What is the 1st thing?

    Info ManicInfo ManicHace 8 meses
  • Can I add freshwater hydrodictyon filamentous algae (Green Water net) in aquarium?!

    Ramalingam K B (AERO)Ramalingam K B (AERO)Hace 8 meses
  • un número para contactarlos

    freddy nazir tobias espeletafreddy nazir tobias espeletaHace 8 meses
  • O m g good plants

    R.S.AQUARIUM👍👍👍R.S.AQUARIUM👍👍👍Hace 8 meses
  • Good aquarium plants

    R.S.AQUARIUM👍👍👍R.S.AQUARIUM👍👍👍Hace 8 meses
  • 真有耐心,厉害!!!

    99only shop99only shopHace 9 meses
  • What are the floating plants. And where did you get the real curved scissors ?

    D. B.D. B.Hace 9 meses
    • @• gumbo • It is Red Root Floater.

      D. B.D. B.Hace 9 meses
    • @• gumbo • That is not duckweed.

      D. B.D. B.Hace 9 meses
    • D. B. duckweed, and those look like bonsai scissors

      • gumbo •• gumbo •Hace 9 meses
  • Betta fish live in a aquarium

    Pankaj ShahuPankaj ShahuHace 9 meses
  • What is price for aquarium

    Pankaj ShahuPankaj ShahuHace 9 meses
  • Guys what is topping?? ia it the heater?

    Marki AlbercaMarki AlbercaHace 9 meses

    Manoj KeshriManoj KeshriHace 9 meses
  • Why is your plants in red colour since there is no CO2 or ferts. I tried to plant rotala in my tank with no CO2. The colour did not come out like yours and it grew very slow.

    Terence TiongTerence TiongHace 9 meses
    • same

      Lester AlipioLester AlipioHace 5 meses
  • Don’t understand. Why no algae?

    Ian TanIan TanHace 9 meses
  • just wondering do u treat the water that u use here or just tap water?

  • What's that stuff with red light???

    Andi WandiAndi WandiHace 9 meses
  • Very nice #diyaquarist