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Gadgets, fertilizers, and mixed methods... No appreciation for Mother Nature or science...
As soon as fish or plants get put in a glass box any pure sense of nature goes out the window, regardless of the method. I'm not saying anything against aquaria or the hobby, or your method, but I don't think anyone can claim to actually hold nature in their living room, or say that their method is natural. More natural than other methods, certainly, but not 'natural' in its real sense. Even if you boxed in a section of a pond, where a full ecosystem exists, the act of boxing it in would violate it's natural processes such that, in my opinion, it is no longer natural. To me nature implies a total lack of human influence. In my opinion this means that in aquaria one can only show appreciation for aquaria, not pure nature. We can only create an imperfect imitations.
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Haha, I guess some glitch has made each of edits create a whole new post. Sorry about this. Only my last post was intended.
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Gadgets, fertilizers, and mixed methods... No appreciation for Mother Nature or science...

I would try experimenting with a pure Walstad method. My website contains a nice article 'Small Planted Tanks for Pet Shrimp' that describes the setup of small tanks where you can try out the Walstad method. https://dianawalstad.com/aquariums/

Mixed methods and multiple variables lead to mixed results and confusion. Impossible to follow or draw any meaningful conclusions. Better to set up a pure High Tech tank.
The 19L is continuing to be a pure walstad method, I have removed every gadgets except the airstone and the in tank sponge power head filter, the part that I need co2 was because of the BGA outbreak led to cut off everything, so I need some push otherwise re-scape is definite because of the off balance. As now it is gone, I think it is matured enough to adjust itself to the level.

Speaking of nature, the word certainly is my tank layout approach but maybe not everything in the process, that to be said, I appreciate the lower management of the method. Both tanks are intended to be display tanks at the first place, I would really love to have more choice of plants and fish. Trying tech tech in the new 20 gallon is also a process, things could change, maybe I found it out that I might not need Co2 anymore since the tank becomes matured. But I believe In the process of the 5 gallon, I learnt from you and many others, that the balance is more important than just have everything as close as nature.

I understand using the aqua soil, the co2 is no where close to walsted method, but the light wattage 18w certainly not enough for 20 gallon high tech, the fert might never be used since I have aquasoil, the twinstar gadget was just a fun thing to test with. So all in all, it is the Co2 and soil being more heavier than a normal walsted method. So if low light, provides co2 would give plants what they need, but not algae, I believe it would be a happy result for me.
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