Walstad-ish Bowl (pics, 56k)
Hi all, I recently set up a new 2.8(ish?) gallon bowl that will eventually make it to my office desk. I'll try to keep track of its progress and post some pics as it goes.
I've been itching for some sort of tank at work that can avoid cubicle madness. Boss basically doesn't like wasted energy so anything with wires is out, like the filter and heater, but I think I can get away with one desk lamp. Right now this guy is sitting in my living room until it is lush enough to take to work so no one can claim it's an eyesore.
I did research (a lot using this forum hehe) on Walstad tanks so this is the direction I went in with a few alterations. Used plain aquarium sand because trying to put soil in there just was not working. It kept floating or I'd stir it up and then I'd curse like a mother. So just sand it is. One piece of driftood wedged in there with a dragstone rock. I'm hoping for lush greenery and, though doubtful, some carpeting by the Hemianthus.
Substrate- CaribSea Super Naturals Premium White Sand
Lighting- 23-Watt CFLs (1450 lumen, 120V, 6500K)
Chems- Prime (new water), Stability (1xday for a week)
Water- Nitrates and Nitrites are low, but Ammonia is fairly high still in this new cycle.
3 MTS to sift through the sand and eat...stuff
Unknown type baby snails
I am open to any ideas and suggestions. The questions I already have are these:
1. Since there is no garden/aquarium soil under the sand, should I be dosing with some ferts (Excel, NPK, etc?). Liquid or tabs? I don't wan't to kill the snails or any future shrimp I may have in there.
2. Is the lighting too much? Too little? Too something?
3. Do you have any suggestions for fauna combinations in there? Shrimp? Crays? 6 Comet Goldfish?
4. How often should I be doing water changes (before and after shrimp) since this is not a 'true' walstad?
I will be posting pictures later too.