Hi all, I am starting this journal to track the progress of this tank. I have, like many of the folks on here, been lurking in the the shadows for a long time and have finally plucked up enough courage to open up and show what I am doing. The idea behind this tank will be to try a low tech, dirted tank with occasional fertilizers added to the water column. The substrate is topsoil obtained from a local garden center (approx. 1" depth), followed by a thin 1/8" layer of charcoal (something I had rolling around in the bottom of my fish supply box making black dust), and capped with 1-2" of Play Sand. This is an experiment and not an aquascape. Curiosity got the better of me and I want to try this out.
So far, the flora is a few bunches of Vallisneria, a Melon Sword, and a small Tiger Lotus. I am being careful not to introduce any snails, dipping new plants, careful inspection, etc.
The fauna will be two angels. The ultimate goal will be to provide the angels with a tank all their own, without distractions, to (hopefully) raise a brood of their own. They have been spawning, both when I had them in a 150g community tank and now in their 20g that they share with 6 Brochis splendens
and innumerable snails. Still no luck with these two. They try hard and go through all the motions, but they just don't seem to have the right stuff at this point. The eggs usually disappear within 24-48hrs. The B. splendens
may be the culprits, I suspect, however.
I did a water test this morning and the N cycle seems to be progressing. Not ready for the fish yet. Photos of the setup and progress to follow.
PS: I really wanted to become part of "The Fraternity of Dirt", too!