Trying the Walstad method in new 30L tank

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    This is the first for me. but everyday you learn something new.[​IMG][​IMG]

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    added this black gravel on top of the soil[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    added white gravel in the middle, super glued Anubias to the rock and added water to the tank[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    added more plants but it looks a bit full.. maybe I will just keep the rock with anubias and HM. lets see how the plants grow in. hope I don't get a algae bloom. I've also added those bacteria stuff to start your tank faster.[​IMG][​IMG]

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    ANY suggestions will be appreciated. should I do water changes? when can I add fish?

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    Looks really good, i like it.
    I just would have gone a bit thicker on the gravel though.
    Just a word of caution, that vallisneria tends to grow like weeds and can get quite tall.
    What lighting do you have in there?
     
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    yes I know that's why I'm thinking of keeping just the Anubias and HM. but for now it needs to stay like that. I'm not sure about the light. all I can say is.. its an LED light. I bought the tank as a starter tank at Crazy Pets for R500. thought it was a good deal [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    I wanted to go a bit thicker but did not have any black gravel left.. added all of the 2kg to the tank

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    I did the same for my sons tank except I ditched that hood and light. Was not strong enough for plant growth. My tank is a bit overgrown but getting there. You can see how the valis grows.

    Good luck on yours. Keep us posted on your progress. [​IMG]


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    thank you for sharing. I will take photos in about a week again. How long until I can add fish after adding those bottled bacteria?

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    Time and patients.
    I only added fish after about 3 weeks. I never added more than 2 at a time and over a period of 4 - 5 days, just in case the water was not right.
    I do not know what additives you added so i honestly cant comment on that. If you have a good test kit, test the water and if the parameters look good then i dont see why you can add any. Maybe there is a more experienced member that would like to comment?
     
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    I will take a photo tonight of the added bacteria. thanks @Wazi for your input. much appreciated
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    Hi Paul, that is a bit expensive for my budget at the moment. Still need to increase my 300L lights also. as long as my plants stay alive I will be happy
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    Try Gu10 LED lights from builders. Cheap and crazy powerful
     
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    Gu10 LED's are pretty much useless when it comes to more demanding plants with a kelvin rating of only 2700-3000 been there done that got the t shirt and burned it. if money is a problem cfl's in the 6500 k range really works.
     
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    These floods work great too 6500k under 100 bucks a piece i use them on my shrimp tanks with very nice growth.

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    Ill take a pic of my light on my tank tonight. I bought 2 x cheap LED strip lights and 4 x 10000k LED chips.
    got it all running together and as you can see the plants are loving it. i get nice pearling even with no CO2.
    The total cost me R300 in total. cheap easy DIY
     
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    Builders has 6500k Gu10s and they work very well.
     
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    o boy here we go again i know you can get them in 6500 k too but it's still a crappy light when it comes to more demanding plants. my post should have read 2700-6500 apologies.
     

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