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Figgy's Natural Re-Do

After the Great Freeze, I've decided to re-start my 29 gallon as a "Natural" Planted Tank along Walstead principles.

Here's the first pic after adding a substrate of garden center potting soil @ 1 1/2 inches and a gravel overlay. Not that you can SEE it at this point! There is a long piece of driftwood floating around in there to keep it semi-waterlogged.....



2/23/06 A.D.
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Looks great so far...

No but seriously, good luck with the re-start!

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You know those movies where the diving bell travels to the bottom of a 5 mile deep ocean abyss and they see something approaching through the murkiness...?

I assume it's the potting mix which has this effect on the water? Even with a gravel overlay on top of it? Are you filtering it off or just planning to let it settle? It's been a few days now, so any update picture yet to show how it's cleared?

I'm imagining you'd experience some serious degree of cloudiness every time you disturb the substrate whenever you pull or plant something, so I'm very curious to see how you go with this set up.
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I was starting to read your other thread, but it took to long, so I have a question on "The Great Freeze". How long was it?
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Did you add the water too fast? I never get that kind of effect when I set up a tank and all my tanks have a soil substrate.

Were you going to pm me for a (plant) care package?

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Hey Figgy, I'm in G. Rap. and could easily let my tank(S) overgrow themselves for a few weeks, should have lots of extras. PM me if yur interested.
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You know those movies where the diving bell travels to the bottom of a 5 mile deep ocean abyss and they see something approaching through the murkiness...?

Arrghhh it is the attack of the killer...log?!
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Right after a water change, lights off.




Suddenly, it's just a log....

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Right after a water change, lights off.

Suddenly, it's just a log....

Sox
Damn, thought I'd have a nice fight with a wood monster for a sec.
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OK. Re-do, ongoing. ANOTHER power outage and some water changes later. Here's a not so great pic of the current state of affairs. Added crypts and vals and some leftover java moss. There's a small fleet of harlequin rasbora, 3 julii corys, and "The Spare Guppy". So far so good.

Click on the thumbnail to get a bigger pic. Why are my pix so lame?

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That piece of driftwood owns,

good progress!
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After the Great Freeze, I've decided to re-start my 29 gallon as a "Natural" Planted Tank along Walstead principles.
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What are these Walstead principles? Can you give more details about your setup? Thanks.
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Why are my pix so lame?
It's called lack of contrast. The black in your picture is medium gray...

Try to take a pic of your tank at night, with all lights off, including the flash in your camera, excluding the tank lights, of course.

Or, use an image editor (Irfanview is free) to make things a little more exciting...
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Natural Re-Do Rocks!

Okay. Another take of the Natural experiment. Note the GROWTH of the formerly teeny val in the front right.....
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Sweet tank, figgy! All your plants look so full-bodied and lush.
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