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Old 01-29-2020, 08:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Guys,

Finally my long time wish of setting up Natural Planted Tank came true!

I set up 29 gallow Walstad Tank two weeks ago, and I see the plant growth from day one. Almost all of the plants are doing well, and I'm pleased with the way the plants are doing. I did have hair algae growth in the first week, and I added few more fast growing plants, Shrimp, and Nerite snail which took care of the algae.

Soil is 100% organic potting soil, brand Casa De Amor from Amazon India.

Lighting duration, I follow 4 hours on, 4 hours off, and on for 4 hours. Its 8500k.

Plants used:

Rotala Rotundifolia "Pink"
Ludwigia Repens
Bacopa Caroliniana
Cryptocoryne Spiralis "Green"
Cryptocoryne Wendtii
Ludwigia Palustris
Vallisneria Nana
Echinodorus sp. "Ozelot"
Amazon Sword
Vallisneria Sp. Mini Twister
Sagittaria sp. Dwarf
Indian Fern
Frogbit
Anubias

I got lots of helpful information from the forum on soils, plants, algae control, etc., Thank you so much for Diana, and all the forums members helping and supporting the hobby. Thank You!
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Congratulations! So far it looks great. Why do you have one plant in a pot? It looks like Anubias.
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Congratulations! So far it looks great. Why do you have one plant in a pot? It looks like Anubias.
Thanks! Yes, its Abubias.
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You are off to a good start!
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Looks so good! Makes me really want to break out my 20g, even though I know I don't have have space for it at the moment. Cute fish too!
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"Plant growth from day one..."

This is the way to start out, folks!

Thank you, pjcvijay.

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Looks so good! Makes me really want to break out my 20g, even though I know I don't have have space for it at the moment. Cute fish too!
Thanks!
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"Plant growth from day one..."

This is the way to start out, folks!

Thank you, pjcvijay.
Thank you, Diana!
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[QUOTE=pjcvijay;1003485]Hi Guys,

Finally my long time wish of setting up Natural Planted Tank came true!

I set up 29 gallow Walstad Tank two weeks ago, and I see the plant growth from day one. Almost all of the plants are doing well, and I'm pleased with the way the plants are doing. I did have hair algae growth in the first week, and I added few more fast growing plants, Shrimp, and Nerite snail which took care of the algae.

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Try finding any of the Dr. Innes aquarium books. Or his magazine. (Ebay has lots) This was during a time when fish were shipped from overseas in large containers. They are the original natural aquarium, as well in one there is an aquarium/terrarium (I made one as a teen in the 60's based on his books image)... He seems to be either forgotten or actually unknown to many now. Worth finding the books (I found and bought many by going through old book stores, now online). When I had aquariums before I moved, I still found the advice for diseases invaluable. Some such as his Goldfish book and Exotic Aquarium Fish are truly beautiful books.

William Thornton Innes III,[1] L.H.D. (February 2, 1874 February 27, 1969) was an American aquarist, author, photographer, printer and publisher. Innes was the author of numerous influential books and hundreds of articles about aquarium fish, aquatic plants and aquarium maintenance during the formative years of the aquarium hobby in America. Born in Philadelphia, he was the founder, publisher and editor of The Aquarium, the first successful national magazine on the subject of keeping freshwater tropical fishes. The magazine ran monthly for thirty-five years from May 1932 through January 1967.
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My first introduction to aquaria was a copy of Innes' Exotic Aquarium Fishes from the Wichita KS public library. That was in 1965. I checked that book out so many times, if it wasn't in my stack of books on my weekly trip to the library, the librarian at check-out would ask, "No Innes this time?"
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