FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2011
For a more recent publication "Ecology of the Planted Aquarium" by Diana Walstad is very good for understanding the science behind it, how and why a dirt substrate works.
There is a lot of information available both online and in books so this is not going to be any sort of tutorial. It is just a journal of my personal experiences.
29 gallon tank. I sifted Miracle Gro Potting Organic Choice Soil through a wire sieve to remove large wood pieces. I am airing it out to let it out gas before adding a cap to keep it from just making a tank of muddy water.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2011
I painted the outside back of the tank with black acrylic. I used to have a piece of black foam board behind it but like it better painted.
Next I will begin planting with what I have leaving space for more that I ordered from one of my favorite sellers on Aquabid. They will be here in a few days.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2011
Plants in the tank so far...
Lindernia rotundifolia, Variegated Baby Tears
Bolbitis heudelotii, African Fern
Microsorum pteropus, Java Fern
java moss, Vesicularia dubyana
Lobelia cardinalis, Small Form
Rotala rotundifolia, Roundleaf Toothcup
Ammania species 'Bonsai', now known as Rotala indica
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2011
I like this a lot better.
Since I do not have any Malaysian trumpet snails to aerate the soil I carefully poked it with a chopstick just before doing a water change.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2011
FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2012
As you can see some of the plants did better than others. I think this is because some needed higher light. Sorry this post is so long. I figured it would be better to put this all in one post than a bunch of little ones. If You have seen my art blog you know I usually never write long posts.