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  1. El Natural
    I am a beginner when it comes to the aquarium keeping hobby. I have a 10 gallon tank currently (hopping to start a 5 gal bowl). I tried the walstad method on the 10 gal but had to redo because after the plants went crazy and did big trim closer down to the bottom but the plants melted away. I...
  2. El Natural
    Hello, APC! This is “The Corner Desk”. It is a simple L-shaped table that I built in the corner of my office, and I hope for it to one day be a thriving jungle of both aquatic and terrestrial plants. I’m starting this thread as a place to document progress, share photos, ask questions, etc. To...
  3. El Natural
    Hello! I just have some questions about certain aspects of the Walstad method and to gather information and opinions on my current plants picks for my new 5 gallon that I’m setting up. My current picks include: 1x Bacopa Caroliniana 1x Ceratopteris Siliquosa 1x Anacharis Elodea Densa 3x Java...
  4. General Aquarium Plants Discussions
    I just set up a 20 gal walstad tank with 3/4 inch of miracle gro that I soaked beforehand. It has 1.25 inch of seachem flourite substrate cap. It’s only been a week and I have planted a LOT of rotala, ludwig, and a few vals and wisteria. I noticed the tops of all the plants look very healthy and...
  5. El Natural
    I started a 110l tank on the 30th of December 2021. The tank is 70cm x 35cm x 50cm. I had some leftover plant soil and some pond soil. First I put in the plant soil which was then covered with the pond soil. The soil was covered with fine granite gravel. The soil thickness is between 1cm at the...
  6. El Natural
    Is this possible? My water section in the enclosure is only 4-5 inches deep (amounts to 20 litres) , so I’m just curious if I can do this with such a shallow water section? I was thinking of carpeting the bottom so the frog (northern green frog) doesn’t easily disturb the substrate, and planting...
  7. New to Planted Aquariums
    Hey all I have doubts about aquarium substrate. I have a compost that had been decomposing for years and now smells like "wet soil". Can i use this COMPOST directly as substrate with a gravel cap or do i need to add normal garden soil to this COMPOST in 50-50 ratio (to lower nutrients) then cap...
  8. El Natural
    Hey there folks! I am brand new to this forum and hobby, so thanks in advance for the help. I have a five-gallon planted tank that I have been cycling for around two months now. I was heavily inspired by Foo the Flowerhorn and Diana Walstad, and was hoping for a low-tech, no ferts tank, no C02...
  9. El Natural
    Hi guys, I have a 54 bowfront natural tank that's been up and running for... wow, about 2 years now, I think. I had a crypt melt a few months ago but the tank has rebounded even better. About a month ago, I had a bacterial bloom from a small dwarf cory that died and I didn't see it right away...
  10. El Natural
    Thought I'd start a little journal for a new tank, I just set up a 16"D Walstad bowl in a dry start. Lots of dwarf hairgrass from my other tank along with a dwarf sag and a couple ludwigia super red cuttings. Added 4 crypt lucens and a narrow leaf chain the next day (that already has a few...
  11. El Natural
    The headline says it all.. How would you build a blacwater biotope aquarium. I have been intertaining the idea that my next project would be a blackwater biotope aquarium with soil, no filter. Would it be possible to replace most of the plants in the soil by adding aerial growing plants with...
  12. New to Planted Aquariums
    Hey there everyone, First time posting here so I apologize for breaking any rules that I have not learned yet. I'm looking to develop a method that I can use and standardize across all my planted tanks. I'm very infatuated with natural low tech tanks and I wanted to follow the Walstad method...
  13. General Aquarium Plants Discussions
    Hello fellow aquarium friends! I've started my first Walstad aquarium about 2,5 years ago, with 4-5 cm fertilizer free pond soil under the gravel and easy, fast growing plants. Size is 105x25x16 (42l) and the population 10 neon tetras, with some scampis and snails. The first 2 years, the...
  14. El Natural
    Finally finished setting up my Walstad method tank yesterday and I'm super excited to start my first planted tank! Here are the steps I took to put this tank together: - Sifted through a whole bag of Miracle-Gro Nature's Care 8 qt. Organic Potting Soil Mix to remove the large bark and Perlite...
  15. El Natural
    Hello fellow humans, newbie here, these past months I've been researching the Walstad method but I don't seem to find an answer to my question... Is it possible to keep a really deep substrate in a Diana Walstad method tank? The reason to this question is because a few days ago I stumbled...
  16. El Natural
    hello everyone, My name is Aspen and this is my first post on APC. Generally I just go to my father with questions but he's not sure on this one either? I am setting up a 36g bow front tank and I am hoping to do it Walstad. I have some questions about lighting though. Right now I only have a...
  17. El Natural
    Hello everyone, i am wanting to convert to the Walstad method any help would be much appreciated. Please ignore my bad sentence structuring, I'm okay at grammar but no so much presentation of sentences :-s I have a Juwel Vison 260 Litre aquarium with approximately 65 fish (48 Wild Cardinals,10...
  18. El Natural
    Hey, everyone -- I'm starting a 25 liter (6.6 gallon) long Walstad tank. It's just 9 inches (23 cm) high, and my original plan was to allow the plants to emerse past the top of the tank. I've since learned that some plants (ie crypts) won't survive emersed if the air around the tank isn't...
  19. El Natural
    So I’ve had a few aquariums in the past but never a planted one. I like the idea of doing a very low maintains aquarium and have been reading up on the Walstad method among others. I was hoping to get some input into my design thus far by those with more experience than me? I have a 10 gallon...
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