Want to create Walstad Betta 6gallon
So I've been doing a lot of research and my plan is to have a 6gal walstad betta tank.
Average temp inside is 70-75 F so I am planning on no heater... Thinking no filter but I will see how the top does with biofilm... If I end up getting one for water movement, does anyone have a low cost and SILENT recommendation?
I want to get the Aqueon Cube from Petco for $60. It has a leveling mat and partial glass lid but nothing else. The cube is 11.2x11.2x11.4, approximately.
Nicrew light from amazon, the classic one 12" size... From my research the best I can gather is there will be 60-80 par at substrate level....
Plan to do 5 hours on 4 off 5 on.
Any plant recommendations appreciated! I'm going to have a piece of spidery driftwood in the tank I believe, and I want to have java moss. I know you do fast growing plants first in Walstad and I was thinking frogbit or duckweed (not sure, maybe both?) and Ludwigia Repens "Red" (I've never had this before so fingers crossed).
Later I would like to have the Java Moss and maybe amazon swords or vals? Maybe Java fern?
Someone local has a bunch of stem plants they said they will give me trimmings of when I get this tank set up! Pretty excited about that.
Plan to get the Organic Miracle Grow soil 1-1.5", do the recommended processing of it, and I would *like* to cap it with a black sand but I have red that can be more anaerobic if you aren't careful... and with my intentions of no filter I may get some medium black or brown gravel and do a 1" cap with that.
Water parameters, based on my other tank, are around...
KH 12-13 / 214.8ppm
GH 15-16 / 268.5ppm
Thinking about having the water be partially distilled water to lower this some...
With my no filter plan I expect to do water changes 50% daily x 7 days
Every 2 days x 7 days
Every 3 days x 7 days
Every 2 days x 7 days
And I plan to feed Omega One super color flakes, NLS Small fish formula pellets, vinegar eels, micro eels, and frozen blood worms, different days of course. I also ordered some cylcops eeze type stuff off amazon that I will portion out and feed some too!
I'll need MTS or Nerites to move the soil, right?
Would like to have something with the betta whether it be shrimps or maybe a small fish, but if that wouldn't be healthy for any party I wouldn't do that.
Any recommendations or things I have missed appreciated! Thanks!