Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
VJM's DBP 3g
Hi everybody! I finally (after 3 previous attempts) have a tank I am really pleased with, so I thought I better start a journal to keep track of how things go.
I just started keeping fish in February, and only got excited about it when I learned that you could have plants. I am now happily addicted, and having a great time. The learning curve is pretty steep, but I am slowly getting a handle on things.
Tank: Deep Blue Profession Betta 5 (around 3 gallons, depite the name)
Light: Deep Blue Solar Flare 115 clip on
Substrate: Mr. Aqua Aquarium Soil (saw at my LFS, research told me it was OK, so I decided to give it a try. I am big on trying things).
Hardscape: dragonstone from TPT member Davesfish. Can't say enough about the stone, and about Dave. I explained my project and the challenging tank dimensions, and he sent a bunch of awesome stuff.
No co2, minimal fertilization once weekly with Flourish, Flourish Trace, and the API version of Excel. Any more ferts and I get mad algae, at least for now.
crypt parva (more coming to make a full carpet)
dwarf hairgrass from Petsmart (grew it in a one pint glass on the window sill because it was left over from another tank)
Pogostomon helferi from Petsmart
Staurogyne repens from Petsmart
erio cinerum from hn4. Not happy about being moved.
dwarf water lettuce
10 yellow shrimp from SoothingShrimp arriving soon!!!
1 zebra nerite snail
looking at adding 3 male least killifish after the shrimp get settled