So, I used to have a 20 gallon long aquarium but I got tired of it and eventually took it down about a year ago, I think. I broke my arm 10 days ago, and in my boredom, I decided to start looking at aquarium stuff again. I came across some Walstad-style bowls and was intrigued, and I remembered that a few years ago I found a 5 gallon glass bowl in my neighbors trash when walking past their house. I, of course, picked it up, and it's been sitting in my basement since. Anyways, to the actual tank. I got some organic potting soil (wasn't miracle grow... Vetego? Vegero? Can't remember the brand) and play sand at home depot and stopped at meijer to see what aquarium plants they had. GO TO MEIJER! Apparently nobody ever buys plants there because they had HUGE plants in their tanks for normal price, because they'd been sitting there forever.
Here's the blank slate:
I found some hardscaping materials in my basement. Petrified wood and bog wood. I didn't end up using the bogwood, it took too much room.
Soaked the dirt and skimmed off the floating pieces, which was mostly a perlite-like material. Plopped it in the bowl. Probably should have strained it more, it was a little too wet.
Broke the plants out. Don't know what the stem plant is, but that's a gigantic Crypt wendtii bronze (I think) and a gigantic java fern. $5.49 each.
Hitchhikers! So exciting!
I started breaking apart the java fern and ended with 31 individual plants. I didn't even split the rhizomes, that was just plantlets that had grown.
Found some fissidens in the roots, I was hoping that would happen.
This is pretty much where I stopped taking pictures. I got into a rhythm and just forgot. Anyways, here's the finished product. Lamp is temporary, I'm going to order a 6500k LED lamp tomorrow.
There's a big chunk of java ferns floating at the top. I'm hoping the Crypt will melt and regrow as a bit more of a carpet. I've read that with enough light they do that. We'll see, I guess. I have no idea what the stem plants are, any ideas?
I'll keep this thread updated.
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