Just wanted to quickly say thanks to everyone who has chimed in. Really great to get all of your advice along the way. I was going to delete the thread, but may leave it up for education purposes.
Originally Posted by dwalstad
If that big rock is lying directly on the glass and not smothering the soil, it should not be an impediment to the jar's ecosystem. My apologies for dampening your enthusiastic start.
Small vessels like yours are great learning tools and can be fascinating. The most popular article on my website
is 'Small Planted Tanks for Pet Shrimp.' It's all about the setup of two 1 gal bowls and two 2 gal tanks.
Attached is picture I took minutes ago of a current 1 gal glass bowl. You can see one juvenile shrimp (RCS) in the middle. The two females in it pump out babies routinely, which I transfer to my guppy tanks to grow out. What I like about the bowls is that I don't need filtration or a heater. Water changes, which I do weekly on the two bowls, are easy. It's a great way to start out!
Please don't apologise - you did nothing but help me understand a little bit better. I'm making a lot of mistakes but feel like I'm slowly getting there.
I love your tank! Definitely some inspiration for me. I have previously read your article but admittedly got too excited and hit the ground trying to run before I could walk. Won't make the same mistake next time.
Originally Posted by Stan510
His use of Swordplants has "It's what they had at the fish store and looks nice"
Actually, I made a note of all plants Diana recommends as per this summary
and bought whichever ones were available at the shop from that list.
If anyone's interested in an update, I've been following Diana's recommendations as per her previous post on my thread (poking to get the gas out regularly, water changes and trimming back the frog bit). I feel like the Swords are looking slightly more 'full' (today, on the right, middle several days ago).
My test kit finally arrived, these are my initial reads (after 3 water changes in the last week).
- pH: 7.6
- High Range pH: 7.4
- Ammonia: 0.50 ppm
- Nitrite: 0.25 ppm
- Nitrate: 10 ppm
At this point, I'll see how this goes for the time being but prepare a second jar at the same time (prepare soil, add water and potentially let it leach/release ammonia for a few weeks before I add plants).
To be honest, I'm more excited to start again fresh with no giant rock, appropriate substrate levels and a greater abundance of plants to help the natural balance of the tank. One last question:
When I originally bought my materials, I ended up buying ADA Powersand Advance
as a bit of a nutrient boost. Generally speaking, do you think this would hinder or help a Walstad tank? My fear is that it would help create anearobic gas due to the air gaps it creates?