Ok, I'm pretty sure that this should go here.
Hi all, getting a fluval ebi/flora for the holidays. I'm still undecided but I'm leaning towards the flora because of the c02 system (if it's cheap enough though I might go with the ebi and just buy the c02 system seperate) and I have a lot of questions. This isn't my first planted tank, but it's definitely my first with c02, so anyone who's had an ebi/flora could help me out on this:
Inhabitants: bumble bee shrimp, (crystal black shrimp) I found a really good deal from a lfs and love the look of them. Can someone link me to a good care article? I know I want pH of 6.5, temp of 73, no nitrates, etc. but not much else about the actual shrimp. I have a 10 gallon planted that's booming with cherries, but I know bees are very delicate.
Plants: For certain, all I know is that I'm going for a dwarf hairgrass carpet. I really like the look of it. And want to add small rocks to give it a mountainous quality. I also want to add some downoi if I can find it anywhere, it's really pretty but it might not work in the tank. If I keep the stratum, lighting, etc. that comes with the tank, will it support plant growth for dwarf hairgrass and maybe downoi hopefully?
The picture below is my absolute most optimistic outlook; often my aquascapes change completely depending on the rocks I find. I don't assume it'll look that good but it's basically the effect I want my dwarf hairgrass to have.
Substrate: I want the ebi stratum for it's ability to lower the pH into the 6.5 range and because everyone who's used it says it supercharges shrimps. However, is it easy to plant in this substrate? I want a dwarf hairgrass cover. The flora stratum is on par with that of ADA aquasoil, so I might use it instead of the ebi substrate or just mix them together.
C02: I'm pretty sure I read that I should set the c02 to one bubble every two seconds and that I'll have to switch out the disposable c02 canister for a paintball one because they're supposed to only last a week each
Is that a good bps rate?
How's the light for the ebi? It's 13 watts for an 8 gallon so I think it can support hairgrass but maybe not downoi.
Thanks a lot, any info at all on bumble bee shrimp or the ebi/flora will be GREATLY appreciated.