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Using the Walstad method
Old 08-09-2014, 12:36 PM   #1
 
Using the Walstad method

Hello! I am looking to start a second tank, a spare 10 gallon ans was considering doing the 'Walstad' method and housing some shrimp. Do any of you have advice, tips or experiences to share? I have her free downloads (shrimp tank, plants vs filter, mycobacteriosis) and am looking into getting her book also. Thank you!
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Old 08-11-2014, 01:04 PM   #2
 
anybody?
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Old 08-11-2014, 02:38 PM   #3
 
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I did it twice. First time was good. Than the second time i did it with another tank. It killed all the fish. Fungus was EVERYWHERE. But i think it was just a very terrible bag of dirt. Check out DustinsFishTanks, he does all dirted tanks, and explains a lot. He will teach you a lot.
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Old 08-18-2014, 06:29 AM   #4
 
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Hello! I am looking to start a second tank, a spare 10 gallon ans was considering doing the 'Walstad' method and housing some shrimp. Do any of you have advice, tips or experiences to share? I have her free downloads (shrimp tank, plants vs filter, mycobacteriosis) and am looking into getting her book also. Thank you!
I've got a 4.5 litre bowl on a window sill that uses this method. Been up for 10 months now, shrimp reproduce slowly but steady.

Ehh... light is important, get plants to match what you have. Soil is another one. If you're in the USA insist on organic potting product and when it doubt use a thin layer and cap with sand or gravel.

Use some material from your current tank on the new setup to kick start the bacteria.

Most importantly, let it mature and settle before interfering. First few weeks do nothing except dealing with evaporation and replanting whatever happens to work itself loose.
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Old 08-21-2014, 05:29 AM   #5
 
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I tried once. The tank smelled bad. So I removed everything and cleaned the tank.
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