Blackwater themed aquarium

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    I was at one of my favourite LFS today and picked up an Eleocharis acicularis and Glossostigma elatinoides.
    I chose Eleocharis acicularis because it is South American and a low height growing plant.
    I chose Glossostigma elatinoides because although native to Australia, it is a plant known for it's nitrate uptake.

    Eleocharis acicularis (the grass growing on the substrate)
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    Glossostigma elatinoides

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    So I guess I'm going to have a blackwater themed aquarium that does not have the typical sand and decaying-leaf -matter-only-substrate, but I want an aquarium that will be a healthy ecosystem over the long run.
    I expect that the corydoras adolfoi that I will be adding will find this substrate/plant base an acceptable breeding ground.

    The almond leaves have been decaying the fastest. You can see the leaf skeletons only, after about 4 weeks in the aquarium. I'll be searching online for a bulk supplier for replacement almond leaves.
    I spent the whole day in Calgary today so I'm pooped. I'll do some water tests tomorrow. IMG_8177.jpg
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    The white rocks you see are from the ADA aqua soil package. I suspect they are pieces of zeolite and I'll just be pushing them down into the substrate, out of view.

    Enjoying this setup so far.(y)

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    DutchMuch Lord Of The Aquascapes!

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    if you are growing glosso & dhg you generally need pressurized Co2, and a heavy macro micro fert regime.Glosso also usually requires high lighting which the tannins disrupt. I wish you good luck on your high to low tech journey with them!
    p.s. (Important) get those chunks you put in there of the plants and carefully split them into about 6 plantlets. They wont grow as well in chunks as they will individual plants.
     
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    You could be right, DutchMuch.
    I already have a 60 lb Co2 canister, regulator and some ceramic diffusers from Greenleaf ready to go if needed.
    I've already done the co2, fert route plus a Walstad tank with this 600g.
    I think I have enough decaying organic matter that will provide the CO2.
    I'll just have to stay on top of the O2 levels.

    For lighting, I have 2 ATI hybrid LED/T5 on low power for now.

    We'll see.(y)

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    Can you clarify what you mean?
    I split the plants I bought into 4 sections and planted them from there.
    The ADA Amazonia Aquasoil I have is not a fine particulate size. I think if I went with smaller plantings, there would not be enough "suction" to hold smaller plantings in place.
     
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    Yeah, stop posting that stuff. You're going to give me an epileptic fit.
    i already have Old Spice in the cupboard. lol
     
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    Split those four into 2, plant them deeper (as long as there is still leaves showing)
     
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    Tangent- Tom Barr is speaking at the next Greater Washington Aquatic Plant Association meeting, topic TBD- suggestions?
     
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    Dutch aquascaping obviously ;)
     
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    How to set up a planted tank with the idea of long term sustainability and minimal intervention in mind.

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    Update MITCHM???????????
     
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    There's really not much that has changed.

    Nitrate 2
    Phosphate .25
    TDS 97
    Kh 89.5 ppm
    GH 35.8 ppm
    PH 7.4
    Temperature 24c/75f

    No water changes, no filtration, minimal circulation (150 gph pump)

    Angelfish are constantly spawning
    Otocinclus are healthy and active

    Daily feeding consists of a single algae wafer, pinch of dried bloodworms 2X/day, 6 shrimp pellets.
    The brown tint from the tannins has all but disappeared, almond leaves have completely decomposed, there are small growths of algae fuzz and java moss here and there.

    One thing I noticed is that if switch food from dried bloodworms to flake food, the water becomes slightly cloudy for a couple of days then I switch back to dried bloodworms and after a couple of more days the cloudiness disappears.

    I'm not getting too aggressive trying to bring down the PH or raise the temperature until I have more fish transferred from my planted aquarium that contain some neons and corydoras.

    This tank is even less maintenance that the Walstad style aquarium I tried previously.
     
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    What about the carpet plants? what I was more interested in, in this setup.
     
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    Minimal growth, if any.
    Probably due to low nutrient availability and low light conditions.
    They haven't died either.
     
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    @MitchM I cant take it anymore, give me an FTS or SOMETHING! lol
     
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    how to split 4 into 2 :D
     
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