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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. El Natural
    Hello! I was recently looking to start up a small natural low-tech tank and through hours of research, ended up here! I read through a lot of various sites but am wanting to make sure I start up my tank right. My end goal is to raise some catfish and snails and maybe a few tetras in a cheap &...
  9. General Aquarium Plants Discussions
    Hello ! We are three french students and this forum seemed to be well-informed about one of the methods we'd like to use. We want to compare an aquarium with an artificial filtration and one with an all-plant filtration to see wich method is best-suited. We thought about the Walstad method for...
  10. El Natural
    Hi everyone. I have 2 walstad tanks and love them to pieces, but I'm having trouble understanding something. I know that I'm supposed to get rid of the decaying aquatic leaves in order to keep organics manageable. However, I know some biotopes utilize a great deal of decaying terrestrial leaf...
  11. El Natural
    This is my first Walstad tank I just set up yesterday evening, a 5 gal Fluval Chi with a 75W LED light. Plants: Pygmy Chain Swords Crypt. Parva Anubias Coffeefolia Bolbitis heudelotii Vesicularia montagnei Blyxa Japonica Water Readings: pH 7.2 Ammonia 1.0ppm Nitrite 2.0ppm Nitrate 160ppm...
  12. El Natural
    Hi all, I've been lurking here for about a year; I set up a planted tank 10 months ago. I've found many helpful answers to my questions, but think it's time to ask some directly! My tank: 10 gallon, Aqueon power filter 10, Aqueon heater set to 78 degrees, 1" topsoil, about 1/4" (? see question...
  13. El Natural
    Hi. I have experience with planted and reef systems, but have spent the last two years without any tanks. Next week I"ll set up a new planted tank, using Walstad's book as inspiration. I'll use a DIY led kit, for which I haven't yet tested the PAR rating but expect it to be high, in which case...
  14. El Natural
    I've removed a lot of plants because they just became so big and hard to manage. I'm thinking about adding 6 Discus, but not sure. I've read/saw another guy actually do it in a Walstad tank with no problems at all. He even said he didn't do any water changes except top off. Edit: Here are the...
  15. 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...
  16. General Aquarium Plants Discussions
    I reset up a 10 gallon tank almost 2 weeks ago attempting the Walstad method. I used existing sand and driftwood over Miracle Grow Organic potting mix. I added some granite rocks I had in another tank. It has twice the plants it did before. My Ph was always 6.8 - 7.0 in this tank and the...
  17. El Natural
    I am having a lot of trouble deciding on a light fixture for a 20g long tank. I am using the Walstad Method and going by the book (Ecology of the Planted Aquarium). Should I stick with the T8's or is there better lighting that I should consider?
  18. El Natural
    I'm doing my first Walstad-style tank and I just put it together today! I'm not really going for style points or a pretty aquascape, I'm just trying to see if I can make this whole ecological experiment work and hoping to have a little personal eyecandy inside my drab little bedroom/office. So...
  19. Introductions and Greets
    On a whim, I bought a betta 2 years ago. I went from bowl to tank to bigger tank. I really want to try a Natural Planted tank, Walstad style. I can't wait to start!!!
  20. El Natural
    Hi all, I'm planning to start a 260 Gallon Walstad style tank, housing 1-2 Silver arowana in it... The Tank size is 84"X24"30" with 2-3" garden soil and 1" gravel cap. I plan to mature the tank for at least 4-6 months before adding the arowana (starting from 4" or so, hitting out max)...
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