This is 6 months update. The fish are called Sparkling or Pygmy gourami.
The Amano shrimplets probably will not do well b/c they require brackish water to survive.

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
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:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2155euLw9DN6EU2zBTlDj8-q572aZv7w


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 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

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

Aquarium scissors http://amzn.to/2BXY1GW
Aquarium Tweezers http://amzn.to/2EWyAZe
TetraMin Flakes (gourami and shrimp food) http://amzn.to/2Gouypo


Camera: LG v10 (manual mode) stock app https://amzn.to/2JrwD4C

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


The Best Growing Plants in this tank:
1. Ceratophyllum demersum (hornwort) https://amzn.to/2srT6HY
2. Duckweed https://amzn.to/2sl3G4p
3. Azolla imbricate (mosquito fern) https://amzn.to/2LapS8z
4. Najas Guadalupensis (guppy grass) https://amzn.to/2LLN8L8
5. Bacopa caroliniana https://amzn.to/2LIPFpj
6. Ludwigia Sp. Mini Super Red https://amzn.to/2J0SAfu

The rest:
Hemianthus glomeratus (pearl grass) https://amzn.to/2LIIPA5
Egeria densa (Anachris) https://amzn.to/2LJCUuO
Didiplis diandra https://amzn.to/2LJj4j2
Rotala rotundifolia (indica) https://amzn.to/2JbzLFF
Dwarf hairgrass https://amzn.to/2sjG2W1



Erik Satie:

Gnossiennes no. 1 played by Edward Rosser
Gymnopedie no.1 (Harp arr.) played by Peter J
Gymnopedie no.3 played by Kevin Macleodmore