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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-25-2013, 04:15 AM Thread Starter
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Ex Tomato Dirt Tank

Low Tech Dirt Tank

So I am looking at this 5 Gallon bucket of half MGO Soil and half cheap topsoil that my totally played out tomato plant is sitting in. The only thing I ever put on the tomato plant was beer. And I have a 29 bowfront I am doing nothing with. And I just read Diana Walstads book about 2 weeks ago.

So I'm game.

Rinsed the dirt - got some of our iron sand from the river and some river rocks and in it all went.

For a couple of days I emptied and refilled it 2 times. Then yesterday we went on an expedition to the river and brought back some Eleocharis and what-not that grows down there. Planted it out yesterday, added a few trimmings from the 40 gallon and filled it up. Popped a little HOB on the back.

Question- what is the little plant dead center on the bottom toward the front?

My lfs is so bad I actually had to order some dark, small substrate to cap with and it is late getting here. So I will do this like we used to grow potatoes in the old days.. add a thin layer, let the plants get taller, add another thin layer, etc until I have an inch or so of cap. This ought to be interesting.


Flora is pretty much in place:

Wild/Collected: grassy Eleocharis and something that looks like Liliaopsis Caroliniana but isn't and wild Ludwigia.
Amazon 'Rubin'
Amazon Echinodorus parviflorus 'Tropica'
Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea'
Echinodorus angustifolia 'Vesuvius'
Cryptocoryne wendtii
Mosses / Fissidens / etc for wood.


6-8 Anubias Nana to climb along and up the larger driftwood piece.
Maybe a couple of Java Fern to pop on the rocks- other driftwood.

Fauna: (Cooler water tank 76f)

Madagascar Rainbow school -7-8

Cherry Barbs - 7-8

Some kind of Goby (Peacock?)

A Farlowella

Maybe a few red shrimp.

Last edited by Luminescent; 09-26-2013 at 03:23 AM. Reason: hamburgers
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