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5 Gallon Walstad Attempt

I decided to redo my 5 gallon low-tech Betta tank using the Walstad method.

I have been working on my 75 gallon high tech tank for about a year. A month ago I decided to restart it and have enjoyed/enjoy the learning process.


6 months ago I put together a one gallon no tech. I put some ADA Amazonian soil, plants
from my existing tanks, some water and a pond snail. Only thing I have done with it is remove some Hornwort to use in other tanks


I have read Diana Walstad's book "Ecology of the Planted Aquarium" a couple times and decided that I would like to try her process out on one of my low tech tanks. The tank will be somewhere between the two. Closer to the no tech tank.



I think my husband is looking forward to spring when I can get outside and garden instead of redoing tanks.


Flora:
Cryptocoryne Undulata 'red'
Cryptocoryne Wendtii 'tropica'
Cyperus Helferi
Alternanthera Reineckii

Temporary Flora while getting it going (floating)
Hornwort
Hydrophilic Difformis (water wisteria)


Fauna:
Male Betta
Nerite Snail
5 ghost shrimp


Equipment

Tank: 5 gallon tank with hood

Lighting:25 watt incandescent and indirect sun light

Substrate: Garden Safe All Purpose Potting Mix (organic) and Black Diamond Blasting Sand

Heater: 7.5 watt mini heater

Filter: none






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Substrate


Soil Layer - small sticks removed


Added crushed oyster shells


Soil and oyster shells mixed together


Rinsing the Black Diamond blasting sand - rinsed it 5 times until the water was clear


Capped soil - soil depth 3/4 to 1 1/4 inches, cap 3/4 inch


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Planting - I decided not to have any hard scape. This will be my first tank with only plants.


Crypts in


Added the Cyperus Helferi and Alternanthera Reineckii from my other tank


Flooded


Added the Hornwort and Water Wisteria to float and take up the extra nutrients until the other plants get going


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wow, looks like you've got a heckuva collection, i really like your approach on the 5G, actually all of them, haha! The Alternanthera Reineckii, what have you been doing to keep it looking so nice? that looks like nice growth, whereever it came from! mine went from bright red to bronzed :/
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wow, looks like you've got a heckuva collection, i really like your approach on the 5G, actually all of them, haha! The Alternanthera Reineckii, what have you been doing to keep it looking so nice? that looks like nice growth, whereever it came from! mine went from bright red to bronzed :/

Thank you - I went from 1 tank 2 years ago to 8 now. I definitely ended up with MTS. My husband has been really good about it with only a few sighs.

I pulled the Alternanthera Reineckii out of my 75 gallon high tech tank. I had trimmed it about a week ago and replanted the tops. It is also in the picture of my no-tech tank still pretty red. It has grown around the container and now has some emersed growth. I really like that plant.


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Thank you. Now is the hard part - waiting for it to grow in.


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Seeing some algae growth. I am not sure what it is however it is growing on the substrate. I will work on removing when I do the water change later today. I have some crypts starting to melt. Water parameters are looking good.


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Seeing some algae growth. I am not sure what it is however it is growing on the substrate. I will work on removing when I do the water change later today. I have some crypts starting to melt. Water parameters are looking good.


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Pretty sure it wasn't algae. I think it was hornwort leaves. Vacuumed right up.


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5 Gallon Walstad Attempt

Week 3 - major melting going on

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Everything except the Cryperus Helferi melted. Yesterday I was checking out a different LFS and saw this piece of driftwood. I also picked up some Pennywort and water lettuce for this tank and Blyxa Japonica for my high tech tank.

I decided to redo some of the tank and hope that some of the melted crypts come back in the front of the tank.

Added...
Driftwood
Anubias
Pennywort
Blyxa Japonica (we will see how it does)

I also added more Alternanthera Reineckii from my "no tech" tank.

I removed the floating wisteria and hornwort.


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Really dig your 75g

What do you think went wrong on your Walstad?
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My choice of plants - 95% were crypts. Sometimes I get a melt - other times they are fine. Another factor may we that I didn't have any water flow. I added a small internal filter for awhile to see how that goes. We will see how this version goes. I am still really liking the approach.


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