This is such a happy little tank. I say that because I am always smiling when I view your journal. It really is an inspiration to the beauty of low-tech. Thanks for giving me inspiration.
Glad you enjoy my journal. I've been following yours for several months as it is always a pleasure to see what is happening inside it.
I can't imagine that you will be able to get away with not fertilizing forever. I think you will see deficiencies multiply. You can dose on the limited side.
True, limited dosing of ferts is an option. Perhaps down the road I will do that.
I have a soil substrate in my 20H, following Diana Walstad's example and I've never fertilized the tank at all. It's been up for almost 2 years without any kind of deficiencies.
BTW, nice looking tank Dan. This is one of the better 10g low tech's I've seen.
A good substrate is another option, as you stated. Right now I am just using play sand so the plants aren't extracting any nutrients from that. I'll have to look into the Diana Walstad's soil substrate in the future to see what it entails. Thanks for the complement.
I wanted to wait until I received my new plants before making an update. FYI: If you ever see tranr posting a FS thread concerning plant trimmings over at APC forums, then hop on that deal. This is my second package from her and it is amazing how good her plant packages are. The packages were also only $7 shipped each (shipped in that nice regular Priority box rather than those tiny $5 flat rate boxes). In this package I received:
-Heteranthera zosterifolia (4-5)
-Myriophyllum mattogrossense (clump)
-Rotala rotundifolia (2-3)
-Rotala macrandra (2)
-Blyxa japonica (2)
-Najas guadalupensis (4-5)
-Vallisneria sp. with runners (4-5)
-Pistia (handful amount)
-I think another type of plant or two.
Finally, to top it off, she has excellent communication and offers helpful, in-depth advice on the plants, and even double bags and labels each plant bundle. An example:
Now for the actual tank pictures:
- This is after receiving the plant package, but I couldn't fit nearly all the plants, even after removing the small piece of driftwood. I would have preferred leaving the driftwood in, as I think the tank looked better with it than without, but I have no other place to stick these plants. I'll see how everything does in the following month. The Rotala macrandra will likely not make it as my tank is low-tech, while that plant is more of a high-tech plant.