The title is "hopefully". I'll be cheating.
But first this:
This photo is made in 1966. The photo is from the archive of "my" tank-club and visible on the site of the club which I develop (http://www.onsnatuurgenot.nl
, it is Dutch). In 1966 I was one year old, so it is not my tank
At that time there was no use of CO2, plants where not feeded with all kind of bottles/powders, but a "heavy bottom" was used. And the availability of plant species was less diverse. But then again I still do not know what the tap water was consisted of. I think at that point there was more PO4 and NO3 in it.
What I want with my third tank is a low maintenance tank (it is in the attic).
The echo of the hillstream means that I have a internal pump attached to (two) pipes to create a flow from left to right. The pipes are there, I have to test the system this weekend.
Secondly it means that I'm going to use stones as in a river. Gaps will be filled with sand.
Only those areas which will be planted get the bottom of soil. Before the stones there must come a sand-only "beach" (Rhinogobius Duospilus).
Lighting is breaking my head at this point.
Plants will be cryptocoryne, echonidorus and real waterplants which must reach beyond the surface (unlimited CO2) . Lets say (not the right phrase) less demanding plants.
But I'll have all the time in the world. Because hard scaping is nicer than finishing and painting the cupboard I'll be first focussing on stones and polyurethane (PUR foam).
And I'm still not sure if I'll be using a Hamburger mattenfilter (See this German site: http://www.deters-ing.de/Filtertechnik/Mattenfilter.htm
). By the way this article http://www.deters-ing.de/Gastbeitraege/Mulm.htm
, maybe you can try it in a translate site, informs about the mulm in a tank.
Will my tank be succesfull? I do not know. Keeping aquaria is a broad grey area. And remember the tank in my living room is medium-tech. I'm using CO2, have a plantfeeding regime. But I just also want a tank which keeps me in touch with the old-school Dutch tanks. There so many ways to achieve a goal in this hobby.
By the way, it does not matter which type of planted tank somebody has, the book of Walstad is readable, advisable for everbody.