Didn't end up using lava rock to create height. Decided to just add a bit more Azoo in the corners and spread it down toward the center of the tank.
Originally thought I wanted a more mountainous look in the corners but think the scale of the tank would be off if I had rock any higher than current, unfortunately. I think Bacopa root growth will help maintain some of the slope.
Since this is 100% for shrimp (maybe some Nerites and Ramshorns), I want background plants to grow bushy and taller than the rock so there's plenty of playground space. Also want to be able to keep the water level a centimeter or so from the rim to prevent shrimp from hopping the fence.
Have given nana vs. nana 'petite' quite a bit of thought. The smaller will look much nicer in this tank. Only have four or five of them. But have probably 15 standard nana… so if anybody wants to trade.
Other plants should arrive tomorrow so I hope to give plants a couple days to take root before flooding by the end of the weekend.
do you find that this tank is... spacious enough?
i may try to consolidate all my tanks into one. haha
i know it's only a 12G but given that it's so long, i'm wondering if it's not a bad idea.
ill be having crs, cpo, cpd, aru2 i'm looking to consolidate.
shrimp: Endlers were returned after reviewing security footage and filing a police report. From here on out, I'm using RFID tags that I use for work-related shipments. Not risking it again. (You'd think living in an upscale condo would... keep people from thieving your crap)
gnod: It's probably going to be more room than I could ever imagine for shrimp. The tank is much larger than you're likely imagining from photos and such.
Woah, too exhausted to deal with flooding the tank and setting up the filter after half a day of planting. Maybe I should wait to use the water from my new RO/DI filter that shipped today? My water at home is liquid rock and I want to keep some Black Tigers with my PFRs… so think it's probably best to wait on it.
Here's a rough photo:
Left front: baby C. parva. Right front: big C. parva
Between rocks: mixture of Anubias nana and nana 'petite'
Center & right center: Marsilea minuta
Rear: Bacopa australis, which is looking pretty wilty. Here's hoping it handles this well and perks up by tomorrow. Can't wait for it to get bushy.
This is more heavily planted than I anticipated but I am super-excited about it.
You aren't going to grow it emersed for a while?
I'd figure growing the Marsilea Minuta for a bit would allow the root system to establish a bit and help prevent it from floating when you flood it. Also the emersed growth should allow it to grow and fill in a bit quicker.
I do every tank I start emersed for a while. This may be the first I don't. Though, it'll have enough time to grow in until at least the weekend when the RO/DI arrives. Or maybe early next week if I'm lazy.