40G – Wormstrate – After 3 Months

October 4th, 2008

It’s been almost three months since I tore down my 40G aquarium, and restarted it with a substrate based on earthworm castings produced from my kitchen scraps. From the beginning I experienced great growth, but I also had a huge outbreak of hair algae. I’m still not sure whether this was leftover algae that came in from the previous setup, or whether it was spurred along by the earthworm castings. Either way, it’s gone now, and the tank it doing great.

40G - 3 Months Since Setup

40G - Click picture for larger view.

The aquascape has changed a fair amount, as I’ve pulled out a significant amount of the hardscape I originally placed, largely to find room for a smattering of new plants that I needed to house. The Ranalisma rostrata has just about filled in the foreground. The right side of the tank is basically just a growing out space for various stems including Ludwigia sp. ‘Araguaia‘, Rotala sp.Araguaia’, Blyxa alternifolius, Rotala sp. ‘Mini Type I’, and a Limnophila species. Due to all of these plants, I don’t envision this tank ever becoming a cohesive aquascape unless I’m able to setup a farm tank to transfer some of these out. The main thing, is that I’m quite impressed by the substrate sustained growth, with zero dosing. Comments welcome!

4 Responses to “40G – Wormstrate – After 3 Months”

  1. Patrick Says:

    I think those Bluespotted Sunfish have died and gone to heaven!

  2. guitarfish Says:

    I dunno, they’re probably used to more algae and Hydrilla! 😉 They’re cool fish, and definitely recognize me. They follow me around whenever I’m in the room, waiting for food. 🙂

  3. Nathan Says:

    Thats a brillant idea with DIY substrate wanted to know did you tried any Co2… and what is the temp. of water and light setups.


  4. guitarfish Says:

    Nathan, yes I’ve only used it was pressurized CO2. No idea what the exact temp is, but somewhere in the 70s is likely. The lights over top are two 96W PC bulbs with AHSupply reflectors, which one of them only on for a couple hours midday. The other runs about 10-12 hours.