Someone on this forum was talking up the Diana Walstad's book, so I immediately ordered a copy and pretty much read it cover to cover. Decided to give some of her ideas a try. I had an old twenty gallon tank, metal frame and slate bottom, from my dad. He kept fish in it, when I was a kid (long time ago). I decided to use this tank to experiment.
I used potting mix
(at the time, not realizing that it was different from potting soil) and capped it with about 3/4 - 1 inch of simple aquarium gravel that I had laying around the house.
(I started this tank on October 21, 2009 - its just over 1 month old).
I had just gotten my first package of plants from the Swap-n-Shop and most of them ended up in this aquarium. I was pretty happy with the results. My plan was (and still is) to use this tank for guppies, hoping that some of the fry would be able to survive in a guppy only tank.
Here is the first picture I took with plants in the tank.
- Lighting - I hung a 36" florescent shop light over this tank and another 10 gallon tank that sits next to it. So it is getting about 2/3 of 2 standard 40w florescent bulbs.
- For filtration, I hung a pre-seeded HOB whisper filter on the back - and hooked up my first ever canister filter, an inexpensive Cascade 500 ($50). My plan was to remove the HOB filter, once I was confident that the tank was stable. The HOB filter is still there, although it probably does not need to be.
- Ferts - I've been adding some Flourish liquid Ferts, including EXCEL, so its not really a low-tech tank.
Here is how the tank looks now, after adding a few plants. I've already trimmed and replanted a few of the plants I got a month ago.
I'll add a plant list soon. I forget what all I have in there......
Comments and suggestions are welcome.