|09-25-2013, 04:15 AM||#1|
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 Echinodorus parviflorus 'Tropica'
Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea'
Echinodorus angustifolia 'Vesuvius'
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?)
Maybe a few red shrimp.
Sleeping Beautys Castle - 1st 'serious' planted tank
Fraternity of Dirt #144
Le Tomato Tank
OOO Order of Ornamentaria
Member in good standing
Canon Pimp Club #095
Last edited by Luminescent; 09-26-2013 at 03:23 AM.. Reason: hamburgers