Ep.10 Strawberry Betta Tank (It Smells So Good) No filter, No CO2, NO ferts Nano Tank Kartoffel is a wild betta species called Mahachai betta. Cat grass stopped growing so I tried strawberries. I was pleasantly surprised how well they did. Strawberry plants are very hardy it seems. I never knew fresh strawberry right off the plant would smell so good.

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I bought the strawberry plants from a local gardening store. If you want to try it and can’t find it locally, you can get live roots here:

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Clay pebbles (hydroton) https://amzn.to/2XfxEU3


Making Brine Shrimp: https://youtu.be/qpU8Mwvb-FQ?t=239

Brine shrimp eggs: https://amzn.to/2L0Y4rG
100% deep sea salt https://amzn.to/2YVeiFd
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Neodymium Magnet: https://amzn.to/2QkFABu

(*The most important part is the salinity and temperature. At room temperature and above, it’ll work fine. Higher the temps, the faster they’ll hatch. They’ll continue to hatch upto 48 hours. If it’s winter, try this method: https://youtu.be/dU5izzyxqeA?t=168 )
(*For salinity, I’m going by the 1 table spoon per liter rule. However, depending on the size of the table spoon, you might want to try 1 table spoon, or 1 1/4 table spoon…and so on. You might want to experiment and see how much salt yields the best result. The brine shrimp will live for 3~4 days max. You can just siphon out only the amount you want during each feeding.)


Favorite Kartoffel food:
Freeze dried blood worms https://amzn.to/2ISrbek
Frozen blood worms
Frozen brine shrimp
Frozen mysis shrimp
Live brine shrimp (eggs) https://amzn.to/2L0Y4rG

INDOBETTA Pellet Monster #2 – This might be difficult to find. Very few stores import this I think. I bought this at a LFS. Every betta is a little different with different pellets. I feed Kartoffel with several different kinds of pellets and this is his favorite.


Other easy to find pellets for betta:

Hikari Betta Bio-Gold https://amzn.to/2ByRG3h
New Life Spectrum Betta Formula https://amzn.to/2R36fWA
Ocean Nutrition Atison's Betta Food https://amzn.to/2RZBYF8
Fluval Bug Bites Betta https://amzn.to/2S0sBoJ




How I made the auto top off: https://youtu.be/Im9lDTRTAOk?t=269

Episode 9 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLy9svjiIu4
Episode 8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAt1w3Y-ACE
Episode 7 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpU8Mwvb-FQ
Episode 6 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ047sn5bFs
Episode 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYHmSM87dno
Episode 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkuFdnurFHM
Episode 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7LEkEBvR68
Episode 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUp2-DqEfOE
SETUP video of this tank: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-ZWMGdKxJo

Light : Osram 14W CFL 6500K – duration 11 hours a day.
Temperature: 26°C (79°F)


Aquarium Siphon: https://amzn.to/2Hya9Ct

Gravel VAC:
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Desk lamp (I used the clamps to mount it) http://amzn.to/2svkS9s
GE CFL light bulb (14w 6500K) http://amzn.to/2tAPVQo
Philips CFL 13W T2 Daylight 6500K, 4-Pack http://amzn.to/2H67BrI
Almond leaves https://amzn.to/2S3B8Hn
Hornwort https://amzn.to/2srT6HY
2~3mm gravel 20lb bag http://amzn.to/2gJ5tOl
2~3mm gravel 5lb bag http://amzn.to/2y3e3ih
15pcs diamond hole saw https://amzn.to/2DGGXqL
Magnetic thermometer https://amzn.to/2LRCrXd
Mini Algae scrubber https://amzn.to/2MHbOHJ
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seiryu stone https://amzn.to/2K5rVuX
Inline Switch (I use them for pumps and heaters during water changes) https://amzn.to/2L05ozT


This video was shot with:
Camera:
LG V10 https://amzn.to/2JrwD4C
Clip 3 in 1 lense photo kit. I only use the macro lens http://amzn.to/2HPggiF

Edited with Vegas Pro 15 https://amzn.to/2Hwu5C5


Music:

Liszt - Consolation No. 3 - Played by neemiasteixeira / edited by me
30th Month – (RED CABBAGE Feeding Frenzy) NO filter, NO CO2, NO Ferts 5 Gallon Nano Tank This is the 29~30th month update of this tank. Loomster is a sparkling gourami.


27th~28th month https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TthFfkwGqNs
25th / 26th month https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RdEdr7K6Os
24th month https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptR7ngChDqs
23rd month https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEGTEhmVH60
22nd month https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw9e2M_BxE8
21st month https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSsg17QrYP4
20th month https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHySlQ1QIck
19th month https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbFCmMwmUrM
18th month https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8mmYEp4-9s
17th month https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzER27ZfKX4
16th month https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bEJXEZFft8
15th month https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-Z_b5qvutQ
14th month https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkLJ26sEl0k
13th month https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftcTO_Wzujg
12 months update https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VuDVhCpJyA
11 months update https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsUkQGY8vR0
10 months update https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8ZAWAVwlSU
9 months update https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im9lDTRTAOk
8 months update https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLh-4Tzc-2M
7 months update https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyftwc1NLyU
6 months update https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rpi4CcHQHTg
5 months update https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU5izzyxqeA
4 months update https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtdkRe6VjSs
3 months update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xut0YAvE8eQ
2 months update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBGcPGQvO9Y
The setup video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvmGJuquuLE

NO filter, NO CO2, NO Ferts Planted Tank Series:
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This is a Walstad Method tank. The credit goes to Diana Walstad for publishing the organic soil substrate method.

Check out her book in the link below if interested.
The book I read to make this aquarium:
Ecology of the Planted Aquarium by Diana Walstad(Hard cover) http://amzn.to/2tB4xiZ
Ecology of the Planted Aquarium by Diana Walstad(digital) http://amzn.to/2svT0Sy

4.6 gallon low iron rimless tank http://amzn.to/2yKTWST
5.4 gallon low iron rimless tank http://amzn.to/2y5YZeO
50W heater http://amzn.to/2tAQOsy
Heater cover so plants won't get burned http://amzn.to/2sw42ap
Tiny thermometer http://amzn.to/2tAwFmg
Magnetic thermometer https://amzn.to/2LRCrXd
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Mini round shape magnet scrubber http://amzn.to/2zx6k8D
Miracle gro organic choice potting mix http://amzn.to/2tyHm9g
2~3mm gravel 20lb bag http://amzn.to/2gJ5tOl
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TetraMin Flakes (gourami and shrimp food) http://amzn.to/2Gouypo


Camera: LG v10 / V50
Clip 3 in 1 lens photo kit. I used the macro lens for close up shots. http://amzn.to/2HPggiF

Edited with:
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Shrimps:
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Chocolate Shrimp https://amzn.to/2P83jDv
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The Best Growing Plants in this tank:
1. Ceratophyllum demersum (hornwort) https://amzn.to/2srT6HY
2. Duckweed https://amzn.to/2sl3G4p
3. Hemianthus glomeratus (pearl grass) https://amzn.to/2LIIPA5
4. Najas Guadalupensis (guppy grass) https://amzn.to/2LLN8L8

5. Bacopa caroliniana https://amzn.to/2LIPFpj
6. Dwarf hairgrass https://amzn.to/2sjG2W1

The rest:
Egeria densa (Anachris) https://amzn.to/2LJCUuO
Didiplis diandra https://amzn.to/2LJj4j2
Rotala rotundifolia (indica) https://amzn.to/2JbzLFF

Music:
Franz Liszt

Liebestraum - No.3 Played by brianbarberrr
No Filter, No CO2, No Ferts Bowl - 6 Months Growth (My first ever) Bubble Bowl BEST ONE! (around 10gallonish) http://amzn.to/2sgcPsZ
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GE CFL light bulb (14w 6500K) http://amzn.to/2tAPVQo
The exact bulb I used (osram 14W coolwhite) I can't find it...sorry https://goo.gl/75Ri9j
Philips CFL 13W T2 Daylight 6500K, 4-Pack http://amzn.to/2H67BrI
miracle gro organic choice potting mix http://amzn.to/2tyHm9g
2~3mm gravel 20lb bag http://amzn.to/2gJ5tOl
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The book that I read to make this aquarium:
Ecology of the Planted Aquarium by Diana Walstad(Hard cover) http://amzn.to/2tB4xiZ
Ecology of the Planted Aquarium by Diana Walstad(digital) http://amzn.to/2svT0Sy


This was my very first attempt at Walstad method setup right after reading her book - first hearing about the book through one of Dustin's Fish Tanks videos.

I actually did this bowl around 2 years ago. The videos are taken from my other youtube channel that was about this bowl. It’s kind of abandoned now, since I don’t have the bowl anymore. I put together all of the videos and decided to put it here, so I could share my experience with all of you. Hope this helps.

Walstad method setup is great when it works. However, as I have mentioned in my previous video, it can be difficult and time consuming for the first 2 months or so, until the plants establish themselves.

After 7 months or so, vallisneria took over the entire tank, and there were hardly any space for my betta to swim around in. Also, the bowl just looked way too overgrown.

I trimmed the vallineria, and it didn’t recover very well. It mostly turned brown from the tips and started to melt.

So, I decided to move my betta to the 5 gallon one that most of you have already seen :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYrqG3ORTGo

The above link's tank has all of the details about light, substrate, plants list, and everything else in the description.
It is the same setup as this bowl - 50W heater with heater cover so the plants wouldn't get burned, 14W CFL coolwhite, light duration, organic soil, 2~3mm cap gravel...etc.

For the CFL, I'm going by 2~3 watts per gallon rule. that's only for fluorescent. anything higher will most likely cause accelerated algae growth.

I did give it some controlled amount of direct sunlight. I have blinds and the window is facing west, so whenever I had time, I would let the bowl get 1~2 hours max of sunlight. It was not every day, just whenever it was sunny or maybe weekends. It's not a requirement to give it sunlight. It did not cause more algae growth. It actually made the plants grow faster. But I think you should give sunlight only when the plants are already established and thriving.

WATER CHANGE: I didn't do water change for the first week. then I couldn't wait and put in my betta. that was a mistake. It takes average of 2 months for this kind of setup to get established. Only then, is the water "safe" for livestock, IMO. The plants are the filter. If the plants aren't doing well, the livestock won't do well.

So, after putting in my betta, I did water changes often. nearly daily of 5~50%. but also, I put such a thin cap gravel, which was another mistake, the soil leached out too fast. so I had to add more gravel.
I did 5% when there was surface bio-film. I did 50% when the water became too brown. I rarely did 50%. the usual daily water change was around 10~20%. after 2~3 months, I only did weekly water changes of 10~25%.

While all this was going on, my betta did get fin rot, b/c I put him in too early. He did recover completely, but it took a while. I should have put him in around 2 months mark. maybe even 3 months.

IF you don't put any livestock, you don't need to do daily water changes. Only do water change if the water becomes too brown. maximum of 50%. If your cap is thick enough, water should get too brown around once a week. if your water gets too brown in 2~3 days or earlier, you cap gravel size is too big, and/or it's too thin.


This bowl's diameter is about 39cm or 15 inches. around 7.5 gallons, or 30 liters. I got it at a local gardening store.




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(Setting Up) NO filter, NO CO2, NO Ferts 5 Gallon Nano Tank How to setup No co2 planted nano tank.
This is a Walstad Method tank. The credit goes to Diana Walstad for publishing the organic soil substrate method.
Check out her book in the link below if interested.

I made a full tutorial of how I did it. Hope this helps.

11 months update https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsUkQGY8vR0
10 months update https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8ZAWAVwlSU
9 months update https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im9lDTRTAOk
8 Months Update https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLh-4Tzc-2M
7 months update https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyftwc1NLyU
6 months update https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rpi4CcHQHTg
5 Months update https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU5izzyxqeA
4 Months update https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtdkRe6VjSs
3 Months update https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xut0YAvE8eQ
2 Months update https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBGcPGQvO9Y


Here are the links to similar materials if you're interested:

4.6 gallon low iron rimless tank http://amzn.to/2yKTWST
5.4 gallon low iron rimless tank http://amzn.to/2y5YZeO
50W heater http://amzn.to/2tAQOsy
Heater cover so plants won't get burned http://amzn.to/2sw42ap
Tiny thermometer http://amzn.to/2tAwFmg
Magnetic thermometer https://amzn.to/2LRCrXd
(I'm using the tiny thermometer with a small rubber band to hold it in its place.)

Mini round shape magnet scrubber http://amzn.to/2zx6k8D
Miracle gro organic choice potting mix http://amzn.to/2tyHm9g
2~3mm gravel 20lb bag http://amzn.to/2gJ5tOl
2~3mm gravel 5lb bag http://amzn.to/2y3e3ih
The book that I read to make this aquarium:
Ecology of the Planted Aquarium by Diana Walstad(Hard cover) http://amzn.to/2tB4xiZ
Ecology of the Planted Aquarium by Diana Walstad(digital) http://amzn.to/2svT0Sy

The light is an obscure brand Klarmax light. 35cm (14inches) long. It came with a 24W PFL compact florescent light. I changed it to an 18W one. It takes 4 pin compact florescent light, and I couldn’t find a light that was lower than 18W and daylight color, or 6500K.

You can use any kind of florescent or compact florescent. For a 5 gallon tank, 12~14 watt should be plenty. You can go as low as 10W.

The wires and clips and sleeve are picture frame hanging wire and accessories.

This setup is the same as my previous tanks: the 7.5 gallon bowl and the 5 gallon tall.
The only difference is that I will not be starting out with any livestock. Only thing I would like to have done differently is the 18w lamp. I think the wattage is too high. I usually go for 2~3 watts per gallon rule. Hopefully the height adjustment works out.

I’ll be documenting the progress of this tank more in detail until the balance is achieved.


The plants I used:

Eriocaulon cineteum
Dwarf hairgrass https://amzn.to/2sjG2W1
Ludwigia Sp. Mini Super Red https://amzn.to/2J0SAfu
Bacopa caroliniana https://amzn.to/2LIPFpj
Didiplis diandra https://amzn.to/2LJj4j2
Egeria densa (Anachris) https://amzn.to/2LJCUuO
Rotala rotundifolia (indica) https://amzn.to/2JbzLFF
Pearl Grass - Hemianthus glomeratus https://amzn.to/2LIIPA5
Rotala sp Nanjenshan
Hemianthus umbrosum https://amzn.to/2LIIPA5
Mayaca Sp.
Najas Guadalupensis (guppy grass) https://amzn.to/2LLN8L8



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