Hi everyone! Here we go with another of my crazy build ideas
This time it's a low tech (but not walstad) planted tank. How does this sound?
A 10 gallon, filled about 9 inches high with water to create an improved surface area for gas exchange and to give more room for floating plants.
A homemade box filter with a homemade 'geyser' air lift pump. The filter will contain either poret foam cubes or seachem denitrate and will have prefilter sponges over the intakes for easily cleaned mechanical filtration.
1/2 to 1 inch peat moss, under 1/2 inch layers of sand and turface.
2X 575 lumen 2700k LED bulbs, 5 hours a day to start (my schedule would make it difficult to implement siesta periods).
Small amounts of KNO3, KH2PO4, KHCO3 (which doubles as a bicarbonate source for photosynthesis), and Plantex CSM+B over the week. Also, flourish excel would be dosed daily at a half dose.
40% weekly, in the morning (the photoperiod would start around 11 am). Will be double that for the first month or so after the plants are added to reduce the severity of algae issues.
, but I want to shoot for a mix of plants with floating or emergent leaves (water lilies, frogbit, etc...going to need to figure out how to prevent these from covering the whole tank) and plants that can use bicarbonates as a carbon source (Vallisneria, for example...I actually got a decent list today if someone is interested).
, but since this tank would not be CO2 dosed and would likely be fairly alkaline snails would likely be included to help process detritus and decaying plant matter and thus minimize algae problems.
Thanks for your inputs