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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
This is part of my biology project: Eco-aquarium. I believe that aquarium can look cool with less. Why not try to create something beautiful, cheap and eco-friendly? Since this is going to be reviewed by the others, i thought why not see what other aquarist think of it and ask for their help. Feel free to state your opinion.

Aquarium- 10g (18*12*12)
Light-20W Compact Fluorescent Lamp.
Substrate- mineralized yard soil mixed with potting soil and sand on top.
I don't plan to fertilize though i might put a DIY CO2 bottle in there.

I have a little problem in aquascaping :). It has been so long since i designed an aquarium. So here is the hardscape.

What is your opinion about the hardscape ?
Where to put the plants?

Since it is a low-tech setup I selected some of my plants that can endure the harsh conditions. Please help me arrange some of the following plants in the aquarium,"+" means i really want them to be part of the setup.
Cryptocoryne pontederiifolia+
Cryptocoryne crispatula
Echinodorus amazonicus+
Echinodorus tenellus
Egeria densa+
Egeria najans+
Eleocharis acicularis
Hygrophila corymbosa
Hygrophila polysperma
Nymphea micrantha
Sagittaria subulata
Marsilea quatrifolia
Valisneria sp.+
In adition to those i will put the following on the wood:
Anubias nana
Microsorium pteropus
Microsorium pteropus "Windelov"
Monosolenium tenerum
and christmas moss (i think)
P.S. Because this is basically a "natural" aquarium i believe this is where this post should be. Aquascaping it is just part of the process.

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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
I have read the book you recommended a few years ago and I plan to reread it for my science project. I also have tried many natural setups some of them worked some didn't. In fact 2 of my aquariums (except this one) have soil in their substrate.

Yes, Qwertus, you are right the water looks brown in the picture but it is a result of cloudliness+color spectrum of the lamp+white balance of the cam. To make everything clear, the water is only cloudy,this is the first day of the aquarium. The wood has been in aquariums for years but they have stayed outside for a while. I boiled them and put them in this aquarium.
I plan to add fish but i'm not yet sure. For the moment i put some small baby xipho to start cycling.
I believe that the soil will supply macro and micro fertilizers at least for the start. In time i will test the water and look for deficiencies. However adding KNO3 and KPO4 is not really part of my plan.

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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Day 3-Planted the aquarium

First to answer your replies. The aquarium doesn't have a heater or a pump. The aquarium water is about 20*C (64*F), reason is that heaters are great energy consumers and the plants that i use proved they can withstand ( and grow) in low temperatures. I'm just trying to see how it goes without a pump and you've convinced me to stick to non CO2 ( for the moment). Now..

Day 3

I planted the aquarium and tested the water.The water is still cloudy and the plants don't look as well in the photo as they do in real life but.. Do you like it ? Any suggestions ?

The plants are : Cryptocoryne pontederiifolia, Echinodorus amazonicus, Egeria densa, Egeria najans, Eleocharis acicularis, Marsilea quatrifolia, Valisneria sp., Anubias nana, Microsorium pteropus, Microsorium pteropus "Windelov"
Monosolenium tenerum and christmas moss. I know the echinodorus is going to grow big but in 4 months it won't have the time to grow huge.

The results of the test :
PH : 7.2 GH: 9 Kh:8 NO3: 20 PO4 : 0 Fe: 0 NH4: 1.2
Looks like i'll have to wait until i add more fish. I am going to change the water in the weekend. Or should I leave it alone and see what happens, hmm...
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