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    Thanks for the info, but did you add anything to the potting mix? Dustin usuallt adds iron, clay and a few other things IF my memory serves me correctly. Is adding those supplements necessary? Again, thanks for all of your help

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    Those are just added ferts. You can have a beautiful tank with just dirt. I'm looking to add some clay to my 10g with flourite. The only thing about iron is, if you add too much iron, you'll fry the plant and it'll melt and never recover from it. It's better to use just clay and dirt imo than to mess with iron. I'll let people like Dustin mess with the iron. No problem! Glad I could help a fellow dirt enthusiast out
    Empty 125g sitting in my shed
    55g Freshwater Tropical Community
    29g Convict Fry Growout Tank
    10g Freshwater Planted Tropical Community
    5g Freshwater Planted Dirt
    2.5g Ghost shrimp tank

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    This is very similar to the Walstad method, is it not? Diana Walstad has planted tanks that have a topsoil capped with gravel, direct sunlight, and no filter. She wrote a book about it, even. She frequents this forum: http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/forumapc/el-natural/

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    It is similar to the Walstad method except I'm still using a filter for mechanical/biological filtration as well as the plants. I like her book she wrote, its very precise and to the point about how dieter tanks work and function. I thought dirting a tank was stupid when I first saw it but now that I've done it, I'm a believer.
    Empty 125g sitting in my shed
    55g Freshwater Tropical Community
    29g Convict Fry Growout Tank
    10g Freshwater Planted Tropical Community
    5g Freshwater Planted Dirt
    2.5g Ghost shrimp tank

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    Cool, I like that idea. No filter has always struck me as playing with fire, but the die-hards all say that the filter would compete with the plants and throw off the balance.

    Now that I've seen someone use it successfully - perhaps I will drag out my potting soil.... :D

    Nice tank, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cassiopea
    No filter has always struck me as playing with fire...
    I feel the same way. The tank is still tinged a little brown, but I think it's because she rarely cleans the inside of the glass. I'll most likely do a water change for her so she can see exactly what she needs to do. Her Swords are starting to get there, leaves are a little wider than they were 2 weeks ago. I'll update this journal with a picture later when my dad brings his camera home
    Empty 125g sitting in my shed
    55g Freshwater Tropical Community
    29g Convict Fry Growout Tank
    10g Freshwater Planted Tropical Community
    5g Freshwater Planted Dirt
    2.5g Ghost shrimp tank

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    Well, the filter on this tank had no media, it was simply used for injecting CO2 and moving water... funny, I never got burned, and still haven't after 4 natural planted tanks. It's all a matter of understanding the processes involved. No fire involved.
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    Considering a Marine Aquarium? A Breakdown of the Components, Live Rock, Cycling a Marine Tank

    "The capacity to learn is a gift; The ability to learn is a skill; The WILLINGNESS to learn is a choice." - Unknown

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    Hmm... that's sweet. I like that tank a lot. And you said you used your filter for movement & co2? Hmmm... nice. Then again your plants are your filter, that's why it's planted heavily and stocked lightly. Nonetheless, great tank
    Empty 125g sitting in my shed
    55g Freshwater Tropical Community
    29g Convict Fry Growout Tank
    10g Freshwater Planted Tropical Community
    5g Freshwater Planted Dirt
    2.5g Ghost shrimp tank

  9. #39

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    Lightly stocked? lol A single betta is a 2.5gal tank is fully stocked. LOL
    Considering a Marine Aquarium? A Breakdown of the Components, Live Rock, Cycling a Marine Tank

    "The capacity to learn is a gift; The ability to learn is a skill; The WILLINGNESS to learn is a choice." - Unknown

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    I mean as opposed to 5 Neons or some microfish. The plants can "filter" the bioload of the Betta alone. Especially the more you plant it.
    Empty 125g sitting in my shed
    55g Freshwater Tropical Community
    29g Convict Fry Growout Tank
    10g Freshwater Planted Tropical Community
    5g Freshwater Planted Dirt
    2.5g Ghost shrimp tank

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