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90 Gallon Natural Planted Aquarium -- Walstad NPT fish tank

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Uploaded on Jan 12, 2012

I've been wanting to do plants in my aquarium for a long time but really wasn't sure how to go about getting decent results and somehow came upon the Walstad method of a natural planted tank. The general idea made sense to me and it was so easy to get started. It's been Ten days since the soil,plants and fish were added. There are about 45 community fish, 3 tiny crawfish and a ghost shrimp I can find every now and then. 5 different types of live plants like hornwort, lily pad and parrot feather. Running a 2217 Eheim in the tank with the spray bar attached and the fish seem to like that small bit of current. Using two 6500K - 30 watt compact spiral lights that are rated 2100 avg lumens with a CRI of 82 All Plants were obtained from a local natural pond along with the crawfish and grass shrimp. Going back to the pond later this week to get more plants since all seems to be living fine in the tank. Starting with an empty tank, I picked up a $1.25 bag of generic topsoil and spread it about 1 inch or so along the bottom and capped the soil with inexpensive used "Chiclid Gravel" from my LFS. Looks like the gravel is loaded with crushed white shell pieces. Lights on when I wake up and the lights go off when I go to bed. They say feed the fish and the extra food that falls to the floor along with the nutrients in the soil will eventually feed the plants. No heater used. The temp of the tank stays in the green on the cheap floating thermometer. No ferts and no co2 added -- just the soil, some gravel, lights and some eheim flow so lets see how this turns out in the next few weeks.

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