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  1. Substrate
    I'm setting up my first dirted tank, was planning to use this dirt. I sifted it to remove the wooden bits and noticed that it has vermiculite in it. Is the vermiculite ok to use? Anyone have experience with this soil ? I just added water to the bucket of sifted soil, it all floats. I think...
  2. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I really like the way saltwater tanks look, specifically ones with macros. But, I know from experience that they are more work and maintenance than freshwater (even when kept simple). So, I'm looking to make a freshwater tank that looks like it's saltwater. I also want it to be a Walstad tank...
  3. Tank Journals
    This will be my third Walstad tank build, doing this with my two sons. We did a 29 gallon and 20 gallon so far. I posted pics of those in the lounge section. I'll add a direct link later if I can manage. The 29 gallon turned out great, the 20 gallon less so. It just never took off. Current...
  4. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I'm setting up a Walstad 1.5 gallon bowl next weekend as I've got the half term week off (hooray) and I have this organic potting soil in my shed called BIOBIZZ All Mix Organic Soil that I bought off of Amazon a while ago. Here is its composition: 35% garden peat, 30% perlite, 20% Sphagnum peat...
  5. Plants
    Hi everyone, I have Jungle and Italian Vallisnaria in my natural/Walstad tank. It's been doing fine. In the last 2 weeks, I had to treat my tank with meds for possible columnaris. I have a clown pleco with a white patch on his back. I treated with kanaplex and Furan 2. Yesterday, I realized...
  6. Substrate
    The Father Fish Method (https://bit.ly/37rO43V), a variation of the Walstad Method, is claimed to create permanently nutritious substrate while the Walstad Method only lasts a few years and requires root tabs thereafter to maintain. A guy I met at my LFS, who has been doing Walstad for over 30...
  7. The Lounge & Introductions
    This is my first post here. I kept some fish as a kid. About a year ago, I got back into the hobby as a grownup. I read Diana Walstad's book. The simplicity of a selfcontained eco system, based on science, appealed to me. Also, I grew up in a cold climate, but now live in Hawaii. Here, keeping...
  8. Plants
    Just starting a new 5g Walstad tank (see photo for reference) - I did the dry start method with some Glossostigma Elatinoides and it seems to have started out ok. I recently added some Rotala Nanjenshan and they haven't looked well from the start. Does anyone have any experience with this...
  9. Low Tech Forum
    Recently I moved houses and had to keep my wood and fish separate for almost 9 months. I decided to ask my dad to put the fish down for me since he lives in another house to my mother. One container seems okay, the plants seem alive, not well, but they aren't dead, there is white stuff on it...
  10. Low Tech Forum
    Hi there everyone. It's only been recently I have been able to get my hands on the substrate I need for my 50 Gal Walstad Tank. The first question I have is; recently I have had renovations done in my house, and quite a bit of dust and what not from the drilling and painting went into my 50...
  11. The Lounge & Introductions
    Ok, folks. My introduction to this forum may end up getting me promptly kicked off this forum, but here goes. I'm here because I got a guppy by accident two days ago. I teach introductory environmental science to non-science majors, and in our unit on nutrient cycling I have my students set...
  12. Equipment
    Hello, I am going to be setting up a walstad tank sometime in the next month. My wife has gotten behind the idea in a roundabout sorta way. Her one requirement is that it not look like a fish tank. So my plans of having a uns 60p are kinda gone. I showed her a picture of one and she flatly...
  13. Low Tech Forum
    Hello, I have recently had to start up my tank again after moving, and I decided to try a new method, the Walstad Method. I have used potting soil, and under half an inch of sand, just because it would be too much because it's a lot more compact compared to gravel and I didn't want to suffocate...
  14. Low Tech Forum
    Hi there, I am for 6months now into this hobby and i really loved it! I like Natural planted tanks & Provide an ecosystem where plants and fish balance each other's needs. so learned about it and created my planted tank. I use organic soil and gravel, for plants i picked alot of fast growing...
  15. Low Tech Forum
    12g Long Walstad Log About me and this tanks backstory: tl;dr: Previous salty boi switches to planted low tech. I’m new to the planted tank scene, but, not new to the aquarium hobby. Several years ago I had a nice sized empty space in my room and was looking for a way to...
  16. Low Tech Forum
    So I have my 16" diameter glass bowl ready to add soil and a gravel cap, but there's a problem. The diameter of the base is only 8". A 1 inch deep soil layer at the base is really cutting into my soil real estate, compared with if this were say, a cylinder, or duh, an actual nano aquarium. But...
  17. Algae
    This is my first time building a low tech plant based on walstad method. However, after 2 months, I am seeing these green invasive algae (attached image). These are not easily noticeable and I have provided my setup too. They are totally entangled with the host plants (especially java moss). I...
  18. Low Tech Forum
    My 10g Narnia Biotope. Fauna: 1x baby shubunkin vieltail goldfish. (Named Pizza) Flora: Water Caltrops, Christmas tree moss, 2 types of hornwort, wandering jew, english ivy, some type of willow (original leaves died, but it's growing new ones.) I do a 60% weekly waterchange, where I fill the...
  19. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hello, New user here. Wanted to show you these planted bowls I have been working on. To cut a long story short I was searching the internet one day for planted terrariums (not water bowls) and something called the Walstad method came up. Having a passion for all things plants I thought I would...
  20. Low Tech Forum
    I am a beginner looking for walstad set up suggestions for a 20 gallon long (30.3 x 12.5 x 12.8 inches) never used tank. My long term goal is to keep a small number of fish, shrimp or snails alive using the walstad method. I do not have much of a preference for what type(s) of animals are in...
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