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Old 03-24-2020, 11:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I just finished reading the book by Diana Walstad and I really liked it! Soon I’ll be setting up a 33 gallon El natural tank myself and although I’ve read the book and done a lot of research online, I would like to get some confirmation from some of you if I’m doing it right. I’ll be using 1 inch of regular potting soil and 1 inch of gravel. The plants I’m going to use are:
-Amazon sword
-Brazilian pennywort
-Cryptocoryne
-Multiple hygrophila species
-Java fern
-Hornwort
-Anubias
-some mosses
-some floating plants

The tank has two 14watt lights and I will be using the 5-4-5 time schedule.

Some other questions that I cannot find an answer to are:
- Is it okay to put some wood and stones in the tank or will that cause the soil underneath to go anaerobic?
- Will the tank benefit from some matured tank water from my other tank?
-Do I need to use a power head to distribute the warmth of the heater in the tank?

I’m really hoping someone can answer some of these questions for me and can confirm I will be doing this right. Thanks in advance!

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Old 03-25-2020, 02:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm brand new to the Planted tank/Walstad method too but I fell like I can answer at least two of your questions.

1.You can put a large rock in your tank but it has to go in first before the soil and gravel. You want it resting on the glass bottom so that your soil doesn't go anaerobic and start fermenting. I just found this fact out yesterday but I'm glad I can share the wealth.

2. I imagine that seeding your new tank with an established tank's water wouldn't hurt. It would bring in colonies of beneficial bacteria and could only help in my opinion. I just did the exact same thing. Last week I took a small Java fern and some water from my brothers tank and put it into my 75 gallon.

3. I'm using an Aquaclear powerhead with a quick filter in mine. That's what Ms. Walstad suggested in Chapter 11 of her book.
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Old 03-25-2020, 04:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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For a large tank (33 gal) like this, a powerhead is beneficial. You just want to circulate water not degas of CO2, so keep the flow gentle.
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Thank u so much for your answers! Really helped me out. Later this week I’ll set it up.
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