Nature is the Equalizer

“I trust in nature for the stable laws of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant and Autumn garner to the end of time.” ~ Robert Browning

Nature is the Equalizer

A Student’s Guide to Learning From Home.

Shows a student on his laptop studying for an exam.

Online Learning? What is that? Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, many schools have transitioned into online learning. But Online Learning has been around much longer than the pandemic. According to Purdue University and The National Center for Education Statistics, more than 6 million students are currently in online courses. 85% of students think that online learning is the same or better than the traditional classroom experience. The classroom experience can be replicated at home. When you receive a textbook at school it’s almost the same as receiving an Ebook or an electronic copy of the book. And the best part is that you can search through ebooks for specific words or phrases. Searching through books electronically is certain a lot faster and more efficient than using a glossary or table of contents. In most cases, instead of seeing the etcher in person, you can see the teacher through videos and recorded lectures. With the lectures being recorded, that means you do not have to be in class on a specific day to get the information that you need. You can simply watch the lecture and videos when convenient for you. You can still ask questions to the teacher in Zoom meetings (a popular web program) either by voice or typing in the chat. Without seeing the professor in person, hopefully, that should also reduce shyness. Remember, there is no such thing as a silly question. You can expect to continue to have quizzes and exams, but at least you can use your computer as a resource. Some teachers go as far as to set up anti-cheating and anti-plagiarism programs. Some programs require students to have a camera on during the exam. You don’t get to have classmates sitting next to you, so you should be able to focus a little better. Most online learning programs have a discussion forum that you can use to interact with other classmates.

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So what’s so bad about online learning? Mainly the cost, while it can be cheaper, one must invest in technology before they can dive in. You need to have a computer, headset, camera, internet, and electricity. These things add up and can be a little pricy sometimes. If your lucky then the school would provide the equipment for you. Some companies have offered a reduction of the monthly bill if you are a student or have a low income. So if you’re lucky, you will not have to worry about the cost very much. 

If you’re new to online learning, things could be a little confusing. You have to get familiar with the school’s website so that you know how to find what you need and don’t end up missing assignments. After a bit of practice and repetition, you should be able to get the hang of it. 

 Online courses teach a person to become self-disciplined. Instead of relying on the instructor for guidance. There is a limited amount of time with the instructor, but Nature’s Uprise has your back, we offer tutoring in all subjects, we can help you get back on track (or slightly ahead). Check out our tutoring services.

Do not procrastinate. Get into the habit of completing assignments early. Most professors provide a Syllabus, review that to see all your future assignments and due dates. Online courses require good time management skills, something that can be taught in our tutoring. Sometimes online learning can be a little isolating, that’s why we recommend interacting with the students on the discussion board. Maybe you could create a study group. Get familiar with Quizlet, it’s a website/app that helps you create flashcards. Since a lot of the classes are a repeat of another one, the course material should be all over the internet by the time you start the class. You can copy and paste questions from quizzes on to google and the answer may appear. If the teacher allows open books and notes, you should be able to pass quizzes and exams with high scores. Please look at our Student Portal for access to more resources.

If you find yourself getting bored, just try to change your perspective. Everything that you cover in class, relate it to something in your real life. It gives more meaning to the material covered and helps with memorizing. Study all of the keywords introduced in each chapter using Quizlet. They even allow you to use the flashcards of the previous students, in case the setup process becomes too tedious. Review the learning objectives and read the material thoroughly and carefully. Try watching youtube videos about your course topic in the event of confusion. One helpful strategy is to try breaking up your day, make plans to do your assignments. Maybe spend an hour reading, spend an hour doing assignments, maybe another hour studying definitions, or however, you see fit. And don’t forget to add in a few short breaks so you don’t burn yourself out. You can also try using a weekly planner, writing things down can help you remember. Do not let any assignments pass you by, and if you do miss an assignment I’d recommend asking the instructor if you can turn it in late. Capitalize on every point and extra credit possible. Once you get in the rhythm of online schooling and how it works, you can expect to have more time throughout the day than physically being in the class.

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Last but not least, you must have a learning environment. You need a place that you can get away from distractions. Take a break from social media and your phone. If your place of choice happens to be your room then make sure it’s clear of any mess. It’s been proven that productivity increases when you’re in a clean environment. Avoid doing your homework in bed, laying down in bed can relax you and cause you to get sleepy. Try sitting upright in a chair at a desk or table with enough space for writing. Join Nature’s Uprise to find out your learning style and things you can do to maximize the study session. Study smarter not harder.

Benefits of Fall Gardening — Awesome Home Gardening

lumix2004 / PixabayMany gardeners do not even consider fall gardening because of the winter frosts that might make an early appearance. On the contrary, fall gardening will result in excellent vegetables and will extend crops long after spring planted plants are finished. Vegetables produced from fall gardening are sometimes sweeter and milder than those grown…

Benefits of Fall Gardening — Awesome Home Gardening
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How to pass a test with flying colors.

Of course, you are going to want to study for the test. Most students know in advance when the test is coming. Most of the time it is listed on the Syllabus. Knowing how much time we have should influence how we handle the study sessions. There are different ways to study when you are doing it last minute versus a few weeks in advance. The instructors will also give out reminders, and if we are lucky hints on what the questions would be like. If you were fully soaking in all of the lectures and doing well on your assignments, you should do pretty well. If things aren’t quite making sense and you can see how poorly you do on assignments then don’t panic, we can show you how easy it is to study. If you enjoy reading, then it makes things a lot easier. Sometimes the information in text books can be confusing and cover a lot of information. That’s why it good to do your homework prior so that you can get practice for the real test. More often than not, instructors will include the same questions from a homework assignment onto the test. So if you did your homework you should be in an okay spot, and then you can gauge how well you’ll do on the test by your homework performance. If you not doing well on the homework, then it might be time to ask questions and review it with the instructor/teacher. Also reviewing your old homework assignments is a good way to start the study sessions. You can look at the areas that you did poorly in, and just refocus on those areas a little more. Just review old lectures and quizzes. The repetition will help with memory. Ideally, you want to remember everything that was mentioned in the chapters the exam will be on. Turn the study into a fun game if you have to. Studying can be fun, and when you have fun you remember stuff. Find someone to discuss your textbook with and you’ll be rewarded with a fun activity to help engage in the material.

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Try skimming through the book and the chapters that will be covered on the test. You’ve already read the book once I’m assuming, but skimming and reviewing key terms will prepare you for some test questions for sure. You want to understand the concepts enough to be able to explain it to someone else. Most textbooks have questions in each chapter, you can review those just in case it may be on the exam. Once you are done reviewing the book, assignments, quizzes, and lectures you should be ready to past the test with flying colors. Many people do poorly when they only attend lectures but do not read the textbook. The lectures are just a summary of the textbook and you’ll be missing important information. The better your understanding of the book, the more successful you will be. Study the book. If you having trouble remembering the material in the book, you can try an app called Quizlet, in which you can create flashcards to study key terms and concepts. You can add the names of the famous people mentioned in the book. Remember the dates of important events. 

Know your teacher, every teacher has a different test style. Some allow open book, some do not. Some create their test, while others get the test from the book. Know what kinds of questions and the difficulty of the questions from the teacher. If you can pick up on common trends and habits of the professor, then you can predict what future tests will be like and how to study better. If you’re lucky you will receive a multiple-choice test, with the answer already visible. You just have to pick the right one and pay close attention to how the questions are worded because some teachers try to trick you. Multiple choice allows you to use the process of elimination to increase your chances of a good score. If you not so lucky you may have to answer essay questions on the test. This is where studying the key terms comes in handy because you can reuse them in your written response. It shows the instructor that you know what you talking about and that you soaked in the material. Sometimes it’s hard to explain things exactly how they are or maybe there were a few things that were hard to remember. At least in this testing style, you have an opportunity to explain some things or provide overall general info about the content. It helps to be able to explain things in different ways. It helps to answer the questions directly, then you can add the extra details later. We want to make sure the question at least got answered and easy for the instructor/teacher to find. Take your time, and if you are running out of time make sure to leave sometime, in the end, to skim through the test and answer as many questions as possible, don’t leave anything blank. Every point matters, answer the easy questions first, this helps you get more questions answered than if you were to start with the hard ones that take more time, which you may not have time for the quick easy ones.

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Last but not least, there’s the test anxiety that people sometimes get which causes them to forget or make simple mistakes. I have found that drinking a soothing or relaxing tea can help relax your body right before the test can ease some of the anxiety. Sometimes anxiety could mean that you weren’t prepared for the test. We always want to go in prepared, it helps uplift our mood and counter anxiety. If you are having trouble with your study technique, you can sign up for a session and we will be more than happy to guide you on your learning styles and strategies to optimize the study session. With our help, we can completely personalize the study session. Always try to apply your homework questions with real-life scenarios, it will help you remember better. Not only reading the book but connecting to it and imagining the big deal or the purpose. Don’t be afraid to talk to your peers or fellow students. Studying with them could lead to you learning some shortcuts or concepts you may not have seen or realized. Talking about textbook material with a fellow student could help you remember things better. You can look on the internet for outside opinions on the topic as well, sometimes watching a Youtube video about it will make more sense. If the course material is starting to make sense to you, you will pass the exam. Use class time to ask as many questions as you can. The continuous effort to expose one’s self to the material and right before the test so that it stays fresh in your memory. Take really good notes, the act of writing things down can help a person remember. And if they allow you to use your notes, you’ll want to make sure you have written down something useful. I recommend reviewing your notes minutes before the exam, it helps get the material fresh in your mind.

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At Nature’s Uprise, we have students go through assessments on their learning styles and behaviors. Reading the book slowly and in its entirety is truly the way to pass the test, but knowing your learning style could lead to exploring other, more helpful study tips. If the info in the book is too hard to read then you can always ask questions to the instructor/teacher during class time so they can re-explain or clarify it for it. As a stellar student, we are coming to class prepared with all the reading material read and homework assignments completed. This will give us more time to discuss the things that do not make sense. Talking with the teacher is also another good way to find out what the questions will be like on the test. If they say multiple-choice and about key terms then we are in luck. We always want to hope for that multiple-choice test. But we still need to be prepared as if it will be a hard math test and our use of calculators restricted. Some teachers want to make sure you understand how to do it rather than how to search or calculate it. And for a physics test, you are going to want to try memorizing the formulas or making sense out of them. Make a song in your head if you have to, to help memorize them. The more stuff you can remember, the better. Don’t forget to get some good rest before the test. Good rest helps calm down your nerves so that you won’t have as much test anxiety. Maybe even take a refreshing shower before leaving the house. We want to feel confident during the test. Tell ourselves nice things and positive things about how prepared we are or how well we are going to do. So with our boosted spirit and study skills optimized, we can pass any test with flying colors. Be prepared to have some wrong answers, sometimes the instructor will try to trick you, in those cases, it’s better to slow down your test-taking pace. Perhaps you overlooked something the first time and on your second review you find you made a few small mistakes, that may be your last chance to correct your answers. We want to feel like we are about to get 100% on it before we turn it in. Try working on some breathing exercises to help calm and relax you. Never be afraid of another test again. Just follow our quick little guide and you should be able to conquer any test. Don’t be afraid to double-check your answers, use as much as the time they allow possible to make sure everything is perfect. 

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Scholarships and Competitions

Scholarships… Man, I remember those times. School is really expensive, well college is very expensive. Even with online schooling, I was charged about $2000 to $5000 each semester. I qualified for FAFSA so most of the expenses were paid. Unfortunately, I had to take out a loan to cover the rest of the fees. The sad part was that I was working 3 jobs for income while attending school. As soon as the universities started offering online courses, I jumped on it right away. It didn’t lower the tuition at all but made schooling more flexible for me. I was always an AP/honors student before college so I learn at a faster rate than most people. The professors usually have attitudes so there was never a point to ask questions. Tutors can’t help with engineering courses, so most of the time I was on my own completing assignments. One day a lightbulb in my head turned on when I realized all I had to do to be successful in the class is to read the book. Reading the book helps prepare me for the lesson better than the professor’s recordings.

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Luckily I had online courses because when I go in person, I have to carry the weight from other students. When students didn’t understand their teacher or were distracted, I’d repeat the explanation the professor gave but dumbing it down a bit so they can understand. My family didn’t speak English very well until I started helping/tutoring them on it. I don’t mind helping people with the homework, but my writing style is unique, so the teachers can tell right away. They can tell when I only put an hour or two into writing an essay vs when I put in my normal work. I am a writer and I love to write. I can type just as fast as I can talk, so it doesn’t take me very long to produce 1000 words. And that’s without doing research, once I start looking up data and statistics, I’ll end up typing forever. Instead of going outside to play, I was stuck at home writing books, persuasive essays, and comic books in middle school.

They started teaching us about egos, logos, and pathos. I liked being able to convince people stuff, so I practiced it. I was hoping to use it on my family members so they can buy me stuff. My family had a tight income so even if I could convince things to them, I still couldn’t get the things that I wanted due to that. I didn’t know what living from paycheck to paycheck or robbing Peter to pay Paul meant. It wasn’t until I got my first job at 16 that I started to understand the value of money. I was so happy getting my first job, I finally was able to buy myself a cell phone. That was the only bill that I had at the time so I was enjoying it. I got my car at 16, so I went off-campus during high school for lunch. So all the money I was making went towards food and electronics. It wasn’t until my mom lost her job, that I started to help with the bills. I did this up until I turned 18, I was in a rush to move out and get my place. Once I got my place I started focusing more on work, rather than school. I applied for many scholarships, which were hard to find, but I submitted them every week like it was apart of my homework assignment. Unfortunately, I didn’t win any of them. I played sports though, but I wasn’t good enough or doing it long enough to get a scholarship from that. Over time it became easier to just work a full-time job. I was able to pay my bills with one job. That way I could use the money from other jobs to have fun with. The internet has evolved since then, so it’s much easier to find scholarships now. They have scholarships just from playing video games. I wish they had that when I was growing up. I listed some scholarships and science competitions on our website homepage. The scholarships represent science and technology. It aligns very well with our mission. In case you missed it the scholarships are:

Davidson Fellows. This prestigious scholarship annually awards up to $50,000 to students, 18 and under, who have completed a “significant” piece of work in one of eight categories including Engineering, Mathematics, Science, Literature, Music, Technology, Philosophy, and Outside the Box.

Google Science Fair. Beginning with online submissions, this competition invites young scientists from all over the world to compete for up to $50,000 in scholarships as well as a trip to the Galapagos Islands sponsored by National Geographic. Finalists are invited to Google Headquarters to present their projects before expert judges. 

Microsoft Imagine Cup. Imagine Cup is a global competition for computer science students who team up to use their creativity, passion, and knowledge of technology to create applications and compete for cash, travel, and prizes. 

Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. Since 1999, the Siemens Foundation has provided young scientists with opportunities to win scholarships ranging from $1000 to $100,000 for original research in a team and individual categories. 

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I’m going to leave these scholarships and science competitions on the home page for your future reference. It would be great if you signed up for one. Let me know how it goes. You can post the results in our group chat. How do you grow a group chat anyways? I want to get more people in there so we can discuss Nature’s Uprise stuff. If you know people that are into nature, plants, fish, science, or technology tell them to join our Facebook group.

I still offer to tutor for $20/hr, so we can book a few sessions just to work on the scholarships if you’d like. I learned mostly about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) because I went to some of the number 1 schools in California. I was learning calculus in middle school. When I moved to AZ in 2007, the school out here was having trouble accommodating me. I was a freshman taking most of my classes with the Junior and Senior class. I learned quickly that AZ wasn’t the best in education or diversity. I thought it was odd they don’t celebrate black history month in schools here. At least I was able to graduate with honors. I was also apart of a program called Trio Upward Bound, which is an agency that helps prepare students for college and their careers. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. If you have Upward Bound in your city, I recommend joining because they help pay for classes, CLEP tests, homework, and is a really good resource for all things education. In AZ they have an exam called the PSAT. I heard that it is more than a practice SAT and that you can qualify for a scholarship on that one if you have good scores. Upward Bound works directly with the U.S. Department of Education, so they would be another good resource for finding scholarships. Don’t forget to join our Facebook Group and sign up for our mailing list to gain a free session.

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The Internet and Technology

Unfortunately, it took a pandemic COVID-19 to expand ourselves online and continuing to uplift the centuries-old tradition of going to a physical location to learn, to educate, to work. We have the government on internet monitoring what used to be considered an unsafe environment. People claimed the internet was just a place of pleasure and leisure. That you do not get real information from it. Boy things have changed looking at it from a 2020 perspective. The internet, originally named the World Wide Web became publicly available on August 6, 1991. Its creator, the now internationally known Tim Berners-Lee, posted a summary of the project and gave birth to a new technology that would fundamentally change the world as we knew it. The invention came about as Tim had been looking for a way for physicists to share information around the world without all using the same types of hardware or software. The internet consisted of primarily just text and hyperlinks on its initial launch. 

It wasn’t until 1992 that the first image was uploaded to the internet of French parodic rock group Les Horribles Cernettes. In 1993, the year that I was born, it was announced by CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research) that the World Wide Web was free for everyone to use and develop, with no fees payable – a key factor in the transformational impact it would soon have on the world.

 

While several web-browsers were developed during the first two years of the internet’s introduction, it was the browser, Mosaic, which arguably had the most impact, which I bet a lot of people have never even heard of. Mosaic was the web browser that popularized the internet. It was launched in 1993 and by the end of that year was available for Unix, the Commodore Amiga, Windows, and Mac OS. The first browser to be freely available and accessible to the public, it inspired the birth of the first commercial browser, Netscape Navigator, while Mosaic’s technology went on to form the basis of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. The growth of easy-to-use Web browsers coincided with the growth of the commercial ISP business, with companies like Compuserve bringing increasing numbers of people from outside the scientific community on to the Web – and that was the start of the internet we know today. 

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What was initially a network of static HTML documents has become a constantly changing and evolving information organism, powered by a wide range of technologies, from database systems like PHP and ASP that can display data dynamically, to streaming media and pages that can be updated in real-time. Plugins like Flash have expanded our expectations of what the Web can offer, while HTML itself has evolved to the point where its latest version can handle video natively. The internet has become a part of our everyday lives – something we access at home, on the move, on our phones, and TV. It’s changed the way we communicate and has been a key factor in the way the internet has transformed the global economy and societies around the world. Sir Tim Berners-Lee has earned his knighthood a thousand times over, and the decision of CERN to make the Web completely open has been perhaps its greatest gift to the world. 

In just 20 years we were able to take the internet from being something that scientists used, into something that is completely essential. The internet is everywhere we go and has become an essential resource for connecting with the people around us. We can exchange information at an extremely alarming fast rate. With social media, people can share images and videos of events happening around the world in just mere seconds, at the palm of our hand. People are working on the internet and getting paid from the internet now. Many companies are allowing people to work from home which helps save them money as well.

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We look forward to the introduction of more of such technologies. Pretty soon it will be just like the movies where we are all wearing virtual reality headsets and communicate with the world virtually. Imagine how it would be to connect the internet with the 2,666 satellites we have floating around the planet. Of those Satellites, 1,327 of them belong to the United States. Amazon recently announced its plans to launch a mega constellation of 3,000+ satellites to provide Internet connection to under-connected parts of the world. As satellites get smaller, they are getting easier to build and launch. All this may sound music to some ears, but for a section of experts, this is worrisome. “Space may appear endless, but opportunities to safely place and maintain an object in Earth’s orbit are not. The risk of collisions between objects in Space is very real, and major collisions have already occurred,” wrote Michael Dominguez, former senior Defense Department official who served as Acting Secretary of the Air Force and DOD Executive Agent for Space. Even one collision can produce a dangerous debris field that can cripple a range of critical capabilities upon which we depend, such as global communications and navigation, and endanger the astronauts stationed in the International Space Station. Also, the financial consequences could be monumental. That is why Space traffic management is a critical area for governments. In the United States, this has traditionally been managed by the Department of Defense. However, as the number of objects in orbit increased, it was felt that Space situational awareness as a service from Defense was no longer adequate. Hopefully, we can get amazon to force some movement in this area. We need to clean up our space environment as well. There is a lot of trash and debris in space —- 6,000 tons of space junk. Perhaps even to build a second or third International Space Station.

Here at Nature’s Uprise, we are just focusing on the things that we can do with the internet, rather than expanding it. There are many things to purchase in our online store. We have gift cards, plants, books, merchandise, t-shirts, animals, etc. We also have our tutoring platform that allows busy students to attend sessions anywhere, anytime, while tailored to fit his or her learning style. We hope to expand our courses to Udemy so that people can have even more customizable learning experiences. 

We encourage everyone to check out the projects and new inventions on kickstarter.com. From fine design to innovative tech, discover projects from creators working to build a more beautiful future. Check out some of our favorites:

Send us some technology and we will gladly make a review on Youtube and our website. Follow us on Youtube.

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Aqua Culture

Welcome to the World of Aquaponics

Interested in Aquaponics? Tired of maintaining a fish tank? Take a look at our setup on a fish tank that maintains itself. All you have to do is add food and water and we can show you how. Even if adding food and water is too much then you can invest in some awesome technology and it will feed the fish and add water to the tank. We have not found a good working auto feeder yet. Let us know if you find one. Seems like they are all cheaply made and I somehow have to feed the fish manually. But I like feeding the fish, it’s the best part about owning them.

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What is Aquaponics?

Aquaponics (/ˈækwəˈpɒnɪks/) refers to any system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish, or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment.

Tank Specifications:

55g Top Fin Tank Aquarium Starter Kit (12.75″L x 48.25″W x 20.187″H)

2500 Lumen BeamsWork EA Full Spectrum LED with Extendable Timer

Marineland Magnaflow 220 Canister Filter

Fluval AquaClear 70 Power Filter

The Setup:

We stumbled upon aquaponics by accident. It all started with a fish tank. We were just thinking one day, with our lazy human brain, wouldn’t it be cool if the fish tank maintained itself? Similar to larger aquatic ecosystems, such as lakes, rivers, and even the ocean. No more water changes, glass scrubbing, or restocking fish. So how do we pull it off? Even an aquarium with a filter requires water changes. Take a look at our aquaponics project in which we create a small aquatic ecosystem.

What is an Ecosystem?

An ecosystem is a community of living organisms in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment, interacting as a system. These biotic and abiotic components are linked together through nutrient cycles and energy flows.

We used to think that fish were some of the more simple pets to own. The desire to eliminate water changes leads us to a scientific breakthrough. So why do we need to perform water changes? Well, if you do not change the water of a fish tank, eventually all of the dirt, poop, leftover food, and ammonia build up inside the tank and will eventually kill the fish. Changing the water removes waste. Many fish keepers are familiar with the Nitrogen Cycle. But you don’t want to change all of the water. The aged water also contains bacteria that are beneficial for the fish. If you have a filter then no worries, most of the bacteria will be housed there, that’s why many people do not clean their filters.

So long story short, the fish eat their food, which gets broken down into fish waste (ammonia). The build-up of ammonia will kill the fish. Scavengers such as snails and shrimp, break down the fish waste into even smaller forms of ammonia. The ammonia is then broken down by beneficial bacteria, usually housed inside a filter. The bacteria convert the ammonia into nitrites, which is still toxic for the fish, but less harmful than ammonia. Another group of bacteria converts the nitrites into nitrates, which is still harmful to the fish, but a lot less toxic than the prior forms. This is usually the end of the road for hobbyists, as the nitrates are removed by doing water changes. But… That is not the only way to remove nitrates.

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Often overlooked, plants help maintain the water quality as well. By adding aquatic plants we can stabilize the water a bit. Plants absorb nutrients from the water such as ammonia, nitrates, iron, phosphorus, as well as other chemicals added to the water. But not just any plant, we need fast-growing plants. The plants absorb nitrates as they grow. Slow growing plants will clean up slower. So we decided to stock the tank with as many fast-growing plants possible. We stocked with floating plants because they absorb chemicals the fastest as they have constant access to carbon dioxide (can limit plant growth in aquatic species). The plants absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen for the fish. Next, we added carpeting plants, which lay down their roots into the soil. These plants help keep the soil clean. We decided to use a sand substrate as the soil to help establish beneficial bacteria. Lastly, we added a pothos or peace lily to the HOB filter. The filter filtrates chemically, biologically, and mechanically. The buildup of waste in the filter makes a perfect recipe for the ideal growth of the plant. These plants grow above the water level and have nutrients in both the water and the air (carbon dioxide). Another plant material that is often overlooked is algae. We placed the aquarium in a south-facing window, this gives the plants a secondary source of light it’s too much light. This recipe leads to algae growth, which many scavengers will gladly eat as food.

Alright so now we have our nitrogen cycle completed. We set our LED lights on a timer for automatic day and night mode. Many of the inhabitants will do fine on the algae and fish waste the plants add another food source for the fish. With all the extra food, you can cut back on feedings. We decided to add freshwater clams to the mix, adding another biological filter. And tada! Just like that, we have created an ecosystem that does not require water changes. Since I pump carbon dioxide and air into the water column, the gases tend to change the PH of the water to be more acidic. This is countered by using a PH buffer, we like to keep the water neutral. The PH buffer is only needed when dosing with carbon dioxide, the PH balances at 7.4 otherwise. So we eliminated water changes… well almost. There is still an issue of evaporation. Unless you want to invest in an auto top off system, you will need to add water to the fish tank periodically.

Meet the Inhabitants:

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