I am getting back into the hobby after a solid 5 year break. I was into reefs when I got out last time, but kept a planted tank about 10 years ago. However, I was running with inert gravel, ferts, high tech lighting, and CO2 injection.
Recently, I stumbled down a YouTube rabbit hole and discovered the Walstad methodology and "low tech" approach to the planted aquarium and decided to give it a shot. I figure that if I can keep costs relatively low, then worst case I dump it all out by the time next year with little lost, and best case I get a thriving ecosystem in my living room!
The tank is a low-iron 8mm glass rimless aquarium that I found on amazon. It measures 23.6" L ﾗ 15.7" W ﾗ 15.7" H (60cm x 40cm x 40cm) and holds about 25.4 gallons. It will be my first rimless, but I love the look of planted rimless that I see online so I decided to spend a bit more. For lighting, I plan on using one of the two-bulb T5HO units I had over my reef, except with one 6500k and one 10,000k bulb in it. Exact bulbs TBD
, but the unit itself sits about 2-3 inches off the surface of the water. I am thinking about starting with a 2 or 3 hour morning window of light, and then for the next 7 hours it will get ambient light from the windows in the room, and then another 5-6 hour period of light from the bulbs. This might not be enough, but I dont want to over-light the tank early when there arent as many nutrients in the water column. I will also be adding floating plants to absorb some light.
I intend to use organic soil as a base, and cover that with a 1.5 inch cap of carib sea peace river gravel.
I do not intend to attach filtration to the tank. I will however setup a Hydor pico powerhead at 180gph to provide some water circulation while keeping it quiet.
The tank arrived today, and I am headed to pickup the parts for my stand this afternoon. Pics to come!
Day 1 - April 6th
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