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  1. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I have the tank near a window rn. there isn't "too much sunlight" as there is building shade, but there is light just not direct sunlight and I've been having it there for about 3 months now without any algae issues although it is a non-planted tank. there is also a led tubelight above the tank...
  2. Fish
    Hello all. I took a break from fishkeeping and recently started back up with a 55g Dirted/Walstad tank. The idea is a low maintenance community tank and I'm looking for stocking suggestions. I currently have: 20ish RCS 2 Mystery Snails 5 Kuhli Loaches 4 Female Swordtails 1 Male Swordtail (kind...
  3. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Dear all: This is going to be my first "real" tank. My first tank was a one gallon with plastic tree. The betta fish last as long as you expected in that setting. I want to do something more right this time, something that doesn't constitute as animal cruelty. The tank I got is a cylindrical...
  4. Fish
    I'm looking into setting up a nano Walstad-style tank (~5g). I will definitely be adding cherry shrimp and a nerite, but I'm undecided on the fish. My water is on the harder side, and I'm obviously limited on space, so it would probably be best to have something really tiny or that doesn't need...
  5. Low Tech Forum
    Hi everyone There is this 5 galon Walstad tank that I setup about 10 months ago which is in pretty good shape and everything is fine except one thing, shrimps are always listless and die after two weeks. Currently there are 5 penguin tetras, 1 dwarf platy, 2 siamese algae eater, 2 ramshorn...
  6. Substrate
    Hello all, I am new here, but I have been lurking this forum since I began the idea of starting my first tank which I decided would be a Walstad tank. I'll start off with the specs of the tank, and then I'll get to my complaints, questions, and finally the drastic measures I am on the verge of...
  7. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I just started my Walstad planted tank a week ago. I added organic soil beneath a layer of gravel. I've done a few water changes, but despite that this white stuff seems to keep growing... Could it be just biofilm? My water parameters seem to be okay according to my 6 in 1 test strips. The water...
  8. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hey y'all! Haven't been here in a year, but I did spend that year experimenting and learning through my own experiences. Just wanted to share one of my greatest successes, a maintenance-free (kind of a broad statement) 10 gallon tank. It sports 2x 6500k 23watt CFL bulbs, your run of the mill...
  9. Low tech 10 Gallon Dirted Tank

    No maintenance low tech tank. Nitrates stay around under 5ppm, which requires very little water change. Stocking includes one giant betta and many many neocaridina cherries and pond snails. No worries though, they are the main reason this tank stays algae free without any help from me at all...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
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