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  1. Fertilizing
    This is a question about low tech ”natural planted tanks” in search of a low tech, natural solution. There is concern for low tech dirted tanks becoming deficient with certain micronutrients for plants over time, specifically iron and potassium. What about feeding your animals food rich in those...
  2. Lighting
    I want to use an led bulb (100 lumens per watt) and around 5500-6500k. I have a severely underlighted 7 gallon tank.
  3. Substrates
    How deep soil layer can I use for my 7 gallon walstad tank? Most sources recommend atleast 1 inch which is 2.5cm. Can I use 1.75cm?
  4. El Natural
    Hi all, (Photos at bottom of post) I'm setting up a new 10g tank for a Florida blue crayfish (P. alleni). It will be an unheated, unfiltered, low-tech, natural planted Walstad setup. I built a large foam/Drylok background for it covering the entire back and about half of the bottom, including...
  5. New to Planted Aquariums
    Hello! I am a complete beginner who has never had a tank before. But I adore biology, botany, gardening, aquatic life, and environmental science, and I’ve always been an artist so I really want to get into aquascaping. So I currently am planning out my first tank! I think this hobby will be...
  6. 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...
  7. New to Planted Aquariums
    I just got a small fishbowl (~3L) about 2 weeks ago and have since (heavily) planted multiple plants (Java Fern, Christmas Moss, duckweed, moss ball, etc.) as well as put in 2 horn snails.. Im thinking of adding in shrimps in the near future to imitate an ecosystem tank. Ive tried putting 2...
  8. El Natural
    I recently started a 5 gallon dirted tank. I originally started it with Fluval Stratum and a built-in filter (cartrige media), went through a massive upheaval to switch it to dirt about a month ago, and it's been running and seeming fine for about a month now. When I first switched the substrate...
  9. El Natural
    Hi everyone! I have been a long time lurking and decided to make a post because I couldn't find one asking my exact question. So I have a 5.5 gallon Walstad shrimp/snail tank that has been setup for approximately 9 months. It made a cross-country move and frankly the plants are doing better than...
  10. New to Planted Aquariums
    Hi everybody. I'm a highschool junior taking an AP Environmental class, we currently have a major project where we need to with our assigned group, make a successful aquarium. The Walstad or I believe the El Natural method was introduced as one of the easiest methods online, boy was I wrong. I'm...
  11. 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...
  12. General Aquarium Plants Discussions
    Tiny tanks, Walstad to the rescue?! Help! Part THREE of my (Q's) SAGA SERIES I want to try a Walstadd tank with my smallest aquarium (1.5) since Walstad is known to be good for fish bowls, nanos and the like. Regarding my 5 tanks. I don't know where to start with my upgrading since I don't...
  13. El Natural
    Hey everyone! As many others did, I got here thanks to Foo the Flowerhorn's videos. Since I was a kid I've always wanted to set up a tank and the simplicity and natural look of this method pushed me to finally try. Right now I'm in the process of Soak-And-Draining the soil, waiting to start...
  14. El Natural
    I currently have a 1.5g shrimp walstad that has been going on a year now. I haven't fed them or done any water changes in 6 months and they are still alive and kicking. I'm looking to step up my game and make a 16g 'el natural,' as you guys put it. As this is new territory for me, I want to...
  15. El Natural
    RE: Update on 1 1/2 year tank Hello all, I was told to come here with further questions since Diana is very busy and cannot answer every question I may have, I am going to start off with what I wrote to Diana. "I was having trouble at home and had to move in somewhere else, so I wasn't able to...
  16. Introductions and Greets
    Yesterday (June 13, 2020) I did a tank teardown and switched to a soil substrate after carefully reading The Ecology of The Planted Aquarium. I don't know how much money I've spent over the years on chemicals and gadgets. I have chased what seems to be the siren call of a flourishing planted...
  17. 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...
  18. El Natural
    Hi and hello fro Indonesia. This is my first post and my first building an NPT after so many month learning from this forum. The tank is nano tank a 10g. Dirt soil i've been using is from my own backyard, with 4 times mineralizing (wash and dry it) before i mixed with clay, the depth is around 1...
  19. El Natural
    i am new into this hobby that what me made doing this was creating a natural place for living species inspired me. i really love it when i look to my aquarium and see how it looks everyday better and better. today i want to present and share my work with you guys and ask everyone of what what...
  20. El Natural
    will this soil work for walstad tank? HI folks. First time posting! I'm still new to the hobby (started 1/19 with planted tanks) and I love them. I want to try a walstad tank and have been working on getting through her book. I just got a new 54 gallon corner aquarium. So. Soil. I was able...
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