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Old 11-16-2010, 08:45 AM   #1
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75g D. Walstad inspired Natural Planted Tank !56k! [12/21/11]


My current equipment is as follows:

75g Tank (4ft long)
48" Hagen GLO 2x54W T5HO 6500K: + 12000K, 12" above tank
EBO Jager 150W Heater
Eheim 2075. [Tray #1 EHFIMECH ->#2 EFHIMECH ->#3 Sponge ->#4 Sponge + 250mL Seachem Purigen]
Koralia One

My Wishlist:

ETH 300W Inline heater
A powerhead or something for flow!


Substrate:

Miracle Grow Organic Soil
Play sand (Might switch out with flourite one day)

Fishies:
17 Wild Cardinal tetras
about 20 - corydoras hastatus
6 - F1 synodontis petricola
3 - Golden oto's
2 - Siamese Algae Eaters
2 - Bolivian red rams
1 peppered cory



Flora:
Alternanthera reineckii
Amazon Swords x2
Anubias caladiifolia
Anubias nana
Crypt pontederiifolia
Green tiger lotus
Hygrophilia
Java fern
Limnophila
Ludwigia Repens
Moneywort
Pygmy chain sword
Vallisneria spiralis

Rest yet to be determined..

Hardscape? I have noooo idea

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12/21/11- Click on link for massive resolution picture Tank is over a year wet!

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09/27/11- chopped up the vals


09/25/11 At last! A decent camera. Most of the fish were hiding, it is pretty late/early
I still need to figure out how to use this thing hahah



09/15/11


Lots of growth! My most favourite shot despite not being great quality. Just shot off a bunch of pics after feeding[06/29/11]



Got a nice pic after blocking the light. I need to get a pic of the rams, they are turning out to be spectacular. Lost all my cardinals after removing them from the tank to protect the others. All seems well and stable now.


02/08/11 ~1mnth update! Recieved six F1 petricolas, 4 Bolivian Red Rams, 10(was 20 but half died) Cardinal Tetras. Still to recieve 3 apistogramma cacatuoides and replacement Cardinal Tetras (wasnt his usual stock) Finally did a trim, WOW was it overgrown.. Limnophila was at about 4ft, vals are 4ft + long


Another slight rescape! Hope it looks better.. 01/12/11


Slight rescape 12/31/10.. Picture taken 01/03/11! Happy new years hah.


Full tank shot 12/24/10



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The Very Beginning!!




kinda bad pic, its late, but it shows what the stand finish kinda looks like.. boring lol. 11/16/2010


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Old 11-16-2010, 11:10 AM   #2
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nice tank! its gonna look sweet when your done
check this out it might help
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:06 PM   #3
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You could use pool filter sand, It is nice and cheap I use it on my walstad tank
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Old 11-17-2010, 12:38 AM   #4
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Hi,

Did you just fill it to prove its water tight, right?

I have the Miracle Grow organic soil under three Walstad type tanks I'm running now. I'd strongly suggest you DO take the time to pick out the larger bits of wood - its WELL worth the effort, otherwise they will rise to the surface over time, and bring a little "pool" of soil up with them. Plus, I've had less initial coloring of the water with tannins upon setup when I've put it through a coarse sift for wood chunks first.

I got hold of some black 3M Color Quartz sand for the above tanks, but I've used pool filter sand on earlier tanks, as well. Check out the color when its wet... it can look a lot lighter when wet when you've got lights over it. I called a few pool places, and asked what color their filter sand was when wet. Sure, I got a lot of "what the..?" pauses, but after I explained, I got the answers. It saved me a lot of potentially wasted drive time. If you do use pool filter sand, go with a little less depth, since it does compact over time, more than a slightly larger gravel. I've got the 5-lb sample size of some Baylee's Fishies "sand" on the way, to see what the grain size is like.

This is very exciting. I'm subscribing to your thread, since I'm hoping to setup a larger El Natural tank over the winter. The largest one I ran was 30g, and I currently have two 20H's going and a bunch of 10's.

I can't wait to see how those Hagen dual T5HOs look - the design looks very nice. This looks like its going to be a great project!

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Old 11-17-2010, 10:52 AM   #5
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Default 75g D. Walstad inspired Natural Planted Tank. (First batch of fish recieved!)

Got a lot done today. Painted the back of the tank black, rehinged the glass lids and scraped a bunch of deposits off. Added sand and soil, and filled the tank with water.

I need lights for my hagen glo. but I dont have the money right now. I also need another filter. I also need to shift the tank and stand over a foot or so, I completely forgot to do that..



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Filled (Nothing was rinsed before putting it in the tank)


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Old 11-18-2010, 06:38 AM   #6
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Tank is up and running!

Draining.. Oooh T5HO.. bright =]



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Filled up, eheim 2213 transfered over, koralia one running for flow, everything set and good to go.





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Old 11-19-2010, 09:04 PM   #7
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Day three of being set up, and the plants LOVE the T5HO bulbs.

Here's a quick picture of the ludwigia repens, compare to the colour in the post above which was grown under CFL bulbs before being placed into this tank. The colour is beautiful, and this picture doesn't do it justice.

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Old 11-21-2010, 09:38 PM   #8
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plants plants plants plants plants yay

parameters after not even a week: (started out with .5ppm ammonia straight from the tap)
ammonia barely registers, nitrite also barely registers or is 0ppm, and nitrate is 5-15ppm

Cabomba, Crypts, and an unknown?


Alternanthera reinicki


Anubias caladifolia


Pygmy chain sword


Hydrophila? + Val








Full tank shot =]
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:28 AM   #9
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Full tank shot 11/29/10! Ooh reds. Tank is ready for fish and has been for a while! 0ppm ammonia, tap water runs at ~.5ppm ammonia. Have not really been testing. Sorry for image quality

no CO2 =]



Closer, a little more yellow in real life.. Current occupant, my mom's betta.


















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Old 11-30-2010, 03:58 AM   #10
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wow, that looks amazing! very nice! i love the christmas decorations too
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That's some amazing growth on the front of the stand, and in only 8 days too!

Like the tank though, the red / green complementary color scheme is definitely a good balance.
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That's some amazing growth on the front of the stand, and in only 8 days too!

Like the tank though, the red / green complementary color scheme is definitely a good balance.


Thanks for the comments! =] Decorations were my mom's idea haha.

This tank is turning out well, Soon I'm going to need to trim! The vals seem to be kinda melting?
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Update!

FISH! Got my corydoras hastatus, 3 golden oto's for algae cleanup, and the 6 synodontis petricola. Apisto's did not come, and will be waiting until jan to pickup the tetras.
12/24


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11/29






Seem to be having a nutrient defeciency where the tips of the limnophilia grow in very tiny and almost like a nitrogen deficiency? ammonia is 0, nitrite is 0, and nitrates are 0.. I dose some NPK and seachem flourish when I see this.
I'm kinda thinking these might be synodontis lucippinis?
input anybody?
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The tank looks good. I'm not sure about your new cat though. Any good pics of the golden otos? IME the 2 T5HO bulbs put you in the med-high light category, which is why you have so much BBA in the tank. Unfortunately it will probably only get worse unless you reduce your lighting intensity somehow or add C02.
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Congrats on the start up. Lotta light driving your set up as already posted.
The key (imo) on a raw top soil sub start up is to go plants, plants and more plants. I planted every inch I could starting out and added floaters as well for the first year. The soil is going to give you CO2 for about three months in a good amount as the bacteria builds and chews though the organics in the soil layer then things slow down a bit was my experience. I planned to add hard scape later after the soil settled in but never saw the need after the plants filled in.

nice tank, patience and it will fill in before you know it
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