[quote=ursamajor;11260153]Aquasoil is an excellent idea, I highly recommend it. You will have a much easier time growing most plants compared to eco-complete. It gives the perks of soil without the unpredictability. Also, it won't be prohibitively expensive to add a good layer to your 10 gallon tank.
Regarding fertilization, with aquasoil and dirt substrates it's a good idea to add potassium and micros from the start. Soil and fish waste can provide nitrogen and phosphorus, but they aren't great sources of potassium and certain micros.
Some plants I've grown well without CO2 are Cabomba sp. and Ludwigia palustris. The Ludwigia should readily grow emergent too.[/quote @ursamajor
*THANKS* for the succinct summary about substrate! It makes total sense to have the benefit of soil without the unpredictability - at least for this tank.
I have to admit I'm still fascinated by Walstad's book "The Ecology of the Planted Aquarium" and one day I'd still like to set up a "Natural Planted Tank"
Thanks also for the fertilizer pro tips. In a "NPT" supposedly the fish waste is all one needs for ferts but I doubt one Betta fish has a high enough Bio Load to be useful? I'm planning on adding a small school of some type of Rasbora - most likely about 10 Chili Rasboras not sure adding those nano fish would be enough for a heavily planted tank either? Also fish food is supposed to add to fertilizer however Betta are chow hounds and there's nothing extra left over!
Finally thanks for the plant pro tips esp the emmergent ones. I really like the look of emmergent plants and have already rooted some Pothos in water which I'll somehow fasten to the top of the tank.
With all the useful input I've received this project is finally coming together! I'll be sure to post pics on this thread come planting day and beyond
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