|Re: Walstad-Type Natural Planted Tanks|
Subject: Re: Walstad-Type Natural Planted Tanks
by Dataguru on 2009/4/29 12:51:27
It's very low maintenence. no water ferts and no CO2. I pull plants monthly for the club auction and top it off. that's about it except for 3-4 water changes a year. Fish food, mulm and micronutrients from the soil feed the plants. Fish and bacteria produce carbon dioxide for the plants and the plants help produce oxygen for the fish. a little ecosystem. It's MUCH less hassle than my big normally filtered goldie tanks which take weekly maintenence.
It's a perfect setup for livebearers with all the plant cover for the young and all the little critters, etc for them to eat. and in this context with the snails and corys, there's no worry with the extra feedings the young would get in a grow out situation. Given how fast Endlers reproduce, I put the angels in as population control. and I feed the surplus of snails and hair algae from the sunny side of the tank to my goldies.
I have a couple of articles up on how to do it
Setting up a Walstad Natural Planted Tank.
Step by Step: Setting up a Walstad-Type Natural Planted Tank
Diana runs the ENatural forum on APC, so she's readily available for questions there.