|01-13-2013 12:49 PM|
|01-12-2013 06:32 AM|
Gee, thanks for all the nice things you are saying.
I am not Diana Walstad.
I find her book a 'one of a kind', something no planted tank person should be without.
My background is in horticulture, including courses in soils, pests, landscape design, and all sorts of plants courses such as ID, propagation, pruning and others.
I have done a lot of different jobs over the years, but I keep coming back to landscape design and consulting.
I have been/done...
Beekeeping, including doing demonstrations in schools as well as in a summer seminar where school teachers learn more about things to teach their students.
Pest control (was a licensed applicator for a while)
Almost every branch of construction, especially if it relates to landscape installation or maintenance. (carpentry, concrete, masonry, electric, plumbing, drainage...)
Apartment manager (more construction experience as in building maintenance).
Caretaker for disabled child and adult.
I have been keeping aquariums and ponds for about 20 years.
I have kept many types of animals: Dogs, cats, horses, chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks, rabbits and of course fish.
I currently work for one of the oldest landscape contractors in my area, mostly doing the Autocad drawings, but I also get out into the field, especially when there is a garden pond or fountain to build.
I really enjoy reading and looking up things on line, so when someone asks a question I have either already researched it, or else want to know the answer myself, so I start looking for information.
|01-11-2013 06:39 AM|
|manzpants92||decided to go with the dirt! ill let you guys know how things go|
|01-11-2013 03:56 AM|
But props to Diana(tpt diana) for giving some of the most detailed, well thought out answers out of anyone on this forum. I am blown away at the time she takes to answer some of these questions.
Anyway back to the OP. I always vote dirt
|01-11-2013 03:41 AM|
|01-11-2013 01:42 AM|
|01-09-2013 10:53 PM|
|Razorworm||Lets just pretend it's her....sounds like a Sponge Bob episode right?|
|01-09-2013 07:27 PM|
|01-09-2013 06:32 PM|
|etgregoire||Diana has given some of the most insightful and detailed answers that I have ever received to many of my questions on this forum... Wondering myself!!!|
|01-09-2013 03:03 PM|
I went straight unfertilized/natural miracle grow dirt capped with eco complete and lots of co2 with no ferts and saw incredible growth within a month. I'm talking many inches on some plants.
co2 is never bad no matter what method you're using for the rest of the tank. it can only help. unless, you put in too much you can kill your fish.
|01-09-2013 01:24 PM|
|01-09-2013 11:18 AM|
|01-09-2013 08:00 AM|
In my experience, co2 or not you get crazy root growth when potting soil is involved. Only con: The mess you get if you move stuff in your tank a lot. (I do that)
Oh, and be super careful with the paintball co2. The diy is very tricky. I tried it, then spent $200 for a regular setup.
|01-09-2013 07:38 AM|
CO2 is fine whether you are using the Walstad method or not.
On a totally unrelated note; I am most curious to whether Diana is actually Diana Walstad?
Or is it just a coincidence?
I've always thought Diana = Ms. Walstad, but seeing you refer to yourself in the third person made me rethink
|01-09-2013 06:13 AM|
|manzpants92||Okay thanks. I was just unsure if it was possible to over due it because i know that the organic potting soil walstad recommends has a lot of minerals and nutrients in it|
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