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Old 04-22-2017, 11:08 PM   #1
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my little 5.5 gallon walstad experiment

just thought id share a little build i did on a 5.5 gallon deep blue tank.. dirted the bottom with 1" of miracle-gro nature's care organic potting mix. added 1" of black gravel over dirted areas and left cardboard baffles in the tank during setup to keep an undirted sand riverbed that goes from front to back. removed cardboard after dirt/sand was in place. got a bunch of plants on day one and started the cycle right away. anyway heres the build leading up to now enjoy
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changed the lighting here from a 10000k bright led in previous pictures to a 5000k 23W CFL (read that walstad tanks shouldnt have too much lighting)
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Old 04-22-2017, 11:39 PM   #2
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Very nice!!! I've had a few of these over the years, they always did very well for me.

You are right about the light. These tanks do best with lower light plants and with lower light. Things like anubius, crypts, ferns etc do great. The ultra high light plants, bright reds, glosso etc typically do better with the typical CO2 injected setup.

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Old 04-23-2017, 04:35 PM   #3
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thanks! i was having some issues at first with the micranthemum, but i think thats because of the ph change between lfs and my tank aswell as the monte not being able to grab the large gravel so easily, but a week or two later and if you look from above you can see tight knit weavings of micranthemum inbetween the gravel with all new growth so thats good. i have a bottle of flourish excel stored away but im only using that as a last resort, dont want anything in the tank getting dependent on dosing. may possibly consider slowly removing gravel as the micranthemum grows in, if i start seeing that it will only take to the dirt underneath and not completely mat the gravel.
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Old 04-24-2017, 08:31 AM   #4
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Looks good Nano...my wife does planted FW too.
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Old 04-29-2017, 01:01 AM   #5
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nice! im strating to see the addictive qualities of both sw and fw and now i have a second tank to stare at too
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Old 04-29-2017, 02:18 AM   #6
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Check this out! I found a (bad) pic of my old 180G walsted tank, this was before I converted this system to SW. This tank did use CO2 injection, but only very little. It was 1 bubble per second on a 180G tank. This is when I had a school of about 200 tiger barbs.

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Old 04-30-2017, 12:51 AM   #7
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Wow! nice size walstad.. im kinda jealous haha. tiger barbs are fun.. used to have a 55 when i was younger with tiger barbs, red pacu, and iridescent shark.. but wasnt a planted tank.. kinda wishing i still had that tank all dirted up today
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