|08-25-2013, 09:10 AM||#1|
Proposed Walstad Tank Layout (First Timer)
This shall be my first post in planted tank forum. Prior to this, i have been reading it to enrich my knowledge in the field of planted aquariums. I have finally decided to go low tech, adopting diana walstad method. As this is my first attempt, i will need lots of advise and help. :/ I will appreciate it a lot and my fishes will thank you. They will probably owe their lives to you.
My proposed set up is as shown below:
Tank Built : Flat Back Hexagon, 4ft by 2 ft by 1.5ft. Capacity is only prob about 70gallon, due to piping, height space and weir.
Bottom Substrate - Organic Soil mixed with Laterite (Dirt)
Middle Substrate - normal river sand gravel (1cm) followed by aquasoil
Top Substrate - eco-complete
I plan to use greenback organic compost (a local produce around me) and laterite as my dirt. Afterwards, i will layer it with a very thin layer of normal river sand gravel mixed with a little eco complete / flourite. probably 0.5cm or so. Next, i will do a finishing cap with a mixture of aqua soil and eco-complete. What do you think? Will it work?
In a nutshell,
1st Layer - Organic compost mixed with laterite (Dirt)(1.25 inch)
2nd Layer - river sand gravel mixed with eco complete (0.5cm)
3rd Layer - eco complete mixed with aquasoil. (1 inch). Areas that requires runner and deep root will have more aquasoil and just a slight eco complete to cap it.
Foreground Plant - Dwarf Sagittarius (Main) , Java Moss Stone Slab.
Middle plant - Anubias, Crypt Wendtii, Java Fern , marimo ball, Water Wisteria
Background Plant - Jungle Val, anacharis
Others / Focal Point : 2 Driftwood. 1 attached with spiky moss or java moss. Hope to make it look like a tree. Another one used to attach java fern and anubias.
I will plant my plant emersed first, then add more water after it starts to propagate.
Aquarium Fish Stock
- Dwarf Convict Cichlid x 1 (Alpha)
Planning to add in
- Angel Fish x3
- Keyhole cichlid x 1
- Tiger Barb x 15
- Any plant friendly shrimp?
- Any more nice suggestion for fishes? (Dont prefer monster fishes or anything that will grow more than 15cm)
- Malaysian Trumpet Snail x 15
- Assassin Snail x 6 (add in 2 weeks after malaysian trumpet snail)
So what do you guys think? I am kinda excited for my tank to come. or ? Please feel free to give me your feedback, advice or comments of any sort.
MiniPike and his little tribe say thanks!
|08-25-2013, 10:54 AM||#2|
Planted Tank Enthusiast
Sounds good! I'd move the wisteria to the background as it grows tall, thick and very fast. great plant and really pretty but it grows like crazy.
I think your cichlids would eat shrimp as they are pretty aggressive but i've not kept them so not all to familiar with that types of other fish they get along with.
I'm enjoying the look of my top layer over my soil that is a leftover mix that i had from doing other tanks and tearing them down to re-scape of black diamond blasting sand, eco-complete and floramax. The colors of these mixed together are really pleasing to me plus are doing extremely well with all the plants that are planted in it. I've not used aquasoil but would it break down long term and need to be replaced? Since it's mixed with eco, not sure how that would work a few years down the road.
Since you are going Walsted method, you may want to add a few more species of fast to moderately fast growing plants to help with eating the nutrients in the tank. Stem plants like rotala, ludwiga, hygrophilia and cabomba are pretty fast growing and help to eat the nitrates/nutrients in the water. Also floaters such as salvinia, greater duckweed, dwarf water lettuce and frogbit are also great to have. The less excess nutrients you have the less likelyhood of having algae issues.
|08-25-2013, 11:52 AM||#3|
Thanks Pea. Glad to hear that i am on the right track. Yea, i do agree cichlids are kinda aggressive. Sigh, looks like i got to set up another tank for shrimps then.
And the caveat that ada soil crumble over the long run and has to be replaced is really helpful. I guess i will use my ada in a manner that it will be below eco complete / flourite. I am just wonder if the dissolved ada aquasoil will make the substrate anaerobic?
My major concern about the substrate is it being anaerobic, been hearing a lot about how this could lead to a fish nuclear plant meltdown disaster.