Pictures from Day 1:
Tank: Aqueon Evolv4 (estimated capacity, 2.5 gal)
Substrate: Flourite Black
Light: SolarFlare LED (2 x 6700k, 2 x 10000k, 2 x 460nm [blue]), not sure how many lumens it's putting out
CO2: None for now, but may eventually do a bottle setup
Heater: None, but I'm seeing temps 79-81 degrees
This is my first attempt at a planted shrimp tank and my first nano tank. I wasn't sure if I should try to give the plants a few days (or weeks) to grow in the substrate before I added the water. Ultimately, I decided to just add the water immediately to hopefully get through the nitrate cycle more quickly. The tank is currently day 7 into its cycle.
In terms of plants, two are from the edge of a pond near my home. I'm not sure if they'll survive fully immersed but they seem ok so far. The rest are from my LFSs.
We have pretty hard water around here, so I added distilled water and then 1/4 tsp of a product called Continuum Basis KH recommended by the LFS, which after testing brings me to around 100ppm of KH (6-degrees) and a pH around 8.0-8.2. The pH feels a little high to me but maybe someone else can chime in as this is my first planted tank.
*blank values indicate the test was not performed
date (day) pH ammonia nitrite nitrate
8/26 3 8.2 (evening)
8/28 4 8.0 (morning)
8/29 6 8.0 (afternoon) 0 ppm 0 0
8/31 8 8.0 (afternoon) 0 ppm 0 ppm 0 ppm
9/2 10 8.2 (morning) 0 ppm 0 ppm 0 ppm
9/5 13 8.2 0 ppm 0 ppm
9/6 14 0 ppm
9/7 15 0 ppm
9/8 16 0 ppm 0 ppm
9/9 17 8.0 (afternoon) 0 ppm 0 ppm 0 ppm
9/11 19 0 ppm
9/12 20 8.2 0 ppm 0 ppm 0 ppm