So, as some of you know I'm transforming my 46G into a planted tank. As of now everything is emptied out, fish are in a bucket, old gravel is in another, and then today after work I need to scrub the tank walls down. Then, I will begin with the substrate. I will use the Diana Walstad method; top soil mixed with crushed coral lightly covered with pool sand. I won't be using any CO2
- the kits are expensive and I feel if I make one myself I will risk dropping my pH and possibly killing all of my fish. It seems a lot of work to keep up with the DIY version anywho. I know I may have ordered some plants that require CO2
in the system but, we shall see how things pan out. I was also thinking about purchasing the Saechems Equilibrium and Flourish Excel. I know the Walstad version means not adding a thing and you don't have to do a water change for about 6months. I most likely won't be adding the fertilizers everyday, more like bi-weekly. Now, since I'm adding ferts does this mean the water changes will have to drastically increase?
Another method of planted tanks is the Greg Watson and using dry fertilizers (KNO3 KH2PO4 K2SO4 Plantex CSM+B FE
)and mixing them yourself which saves a crapload of money vs. purchasing the Saechem brand. Although the person that mentioned this method to me didn't inform me of the 50% weekly water changes. I know I wouldn't be able to keep up with that. Does anyone know what the dry fertilizer substitute is for the equilibrium and flourish excel? Is there anyway I could just add smaller amounts of fertilizer so the water wouldn't have to be changed as often?
Is there some happy medium between 50% water changes weekly and water changes every 6months? I just don't want my plants to die off from lack of nutrients when I first start either. If anyone has some suggestions it would be greatly appreciated. Here are some websites that I have already visited relating to this topic:
Dosing Dry Fertilizers
Aquarium Plants and Aquatic Plants - Greg Watson's Guide to Dosing Strateges
Walstad method - The Aquarium Wiki
Goldfish and Aquarium Board Article-Setting up a Walstad Natural Planted Tank