Current Tank Statistics (Updated 5/26/13)
- Hydrocotyle (a carpeting clover stuff)
- 1 baby water sprite (snagged from my boyfriend's WS)
- 1 young Crypt Parva
- 1 Japanese Moss Ball (about 2 maybe 3 inch diameter)
- 1 tiny sprig of Dwarf Hairgrass (broke off my bf's cluster and the roots were too tiny to stay in the gravel in his tank but sits just fine in my sand)
*and a plant I ~think~ is Cabomba that we got for my BF's tank but it kept unrooting so we tried to plant it in mine since I use sand not gravel and its currently floating around because it was dislodged due to having no root system. I have a feeling it's just dead.
Fauna (Labelled as sold to me in "" if I am not 100% sure of ID)
- 1 "Trapdoor" Snail (Name: ?)
- 1 "Black Mystery" Snail (Name: Kitten)
- 1 Tiger Nerite Snail (Name: ?)
- 1 Red Cherry Shrimp (Name: Fidget)
- 1 White "Wild" Danio (Name: ?)
- 1 Galaxy Danio (Name: ?)
- 1 [very shy] Pygmy Gourami (Name: ?)
- LED that came with the Marineland Crescent 3
- Fluval C2 (Any suggestions on what to put in the Carbon Basket?)
*Slightly modified with untreated sponge/filter material inside the intake tube to make it shrimp/small fish friendly
- Not currently using one since I am actually having trouble keeping my tank from overheating.
- Assorted Rocks (Both Wild-Found & Polished "Gemstone" - All Boiled Before Use)
- 3 Terra Cotta Pots
- 1 Large [for the tank size] Driftwood (need plants for this just can't afford yet)
- Super Naturals Sand
*Will also be getting a shipment of Weeping Moss that a friend ordered me for my birthday
So, I have fibromyalgia. It's a PITA, but I handle it. When my boyfriend and roomie both had tanks, the bug bit me to make a planted tank of my own. I did a lot of research (though apparently not enough as I keep finding things out I did not know before) and finally settled on a 3g Planted Betta/Shrimp/Snail Paradise. I wanted to make something that looked like all those vibrantly green tanks I kept seeing. But I wanted it to be small and manageable for me to care for as a first tank. Because I wanted to be able to care for something and watch the beauty. It really does help on days I am feeling particularly down or owee, to just sit and watch it for awhile. It's still a work in progress, and I am still learning a lot. I have even joined a facebook group for a planted tank group in my area.
I made this thread to keep a personal record. What I learn I will be using in my next planted tank. But I also want to see how far my tank has come from the beginning, and hopefully get advice about where to go next!
What I never expected was to fall in love with the Shrimp and Snails as much as I have...I love them so much! They are a joy to watch.
Currently, my tank is where it will be for awhile. I am in the process of moving to Texas right now from Pennsylvania, so my money is really tight. What I have gotten for it so far was all birthday gifts! Yay Birthdays! :3
The tank, lighting, and filter are what come with the Marineland Crescent 3 Kit. I am getting a new filter - my friend ordered me the Fluval C2 for my birthday.
What I Currently Have In My Tank:
~ 2 Red Cherry Shrimp (I want more of these!)
~ 1 (Black) Mystery/Apple Snail
~ 1 Crowntail Betta
~ Carpeting Clover (I've been told this is called Hydrocotyl)
~ 1 Crypt Parva
~ Cuttlebone for my snail(s)
~ Driftwood & Stones
~ 1 Marimo
~ Super Naturals Sand Substrate
I have a Tiger Nerite Snail that has not moved since I got it home 3 days ago from the LFS. Will be returning it soon for a new one.
Suggestions I Would Love:
~ What I can do to plant a dense background?
~ What plants run shorter so they don't end up making my tank look too small?
~ What is your favorite type of moss?
~ What would you recommend to add to my driftwood? It looks sorta bare and unnatural compared to the rest of my tank.
~ Any other plant-friendly snails that would mesh with the rest of my tank?
Things I Have Considered:
~ Moss Wall Background - but not sure if my tank is too small for this to look nice.
~ Camboda - for my background plants. I love how fluffy they look
~ Water Sprite - to float on my tank top. My boyfriend has one so I could nick a baby when his makes one.
~ Salvinia minima - Have been informed this is illegal in Texas
~ Java Fern & Java Lace Fern - for my driftwood. Maybe combined with Java Moss?
~ Narrow Leaf Chain Sword - have been told this probably will not survive in my current substrate and without CO2. Suggested alternative is Pygmy Chain Sword
~ Crystal Red OR Red Tiger OR Blue Tiger - to go in with my Red Cherry - and I still want more of those. I told you I have fallen in love with Shrimp.
~ Heater - but my tank stays at 78-80 according to my thermometer so not sure I actually need one...
Here is the pictures I took of my tank during different stages of setup: