Okay Guys! Got a plan for a 5gal, low-tech planted, lemme know what you think!
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:34 AM   #1
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Okay Guys! Got a plan for a 5gal, low-tech planted, lemme know what you think!


Heya folks!

This is the current plan/shopping list I have developed in order to set up a 5.5 gallon (16.25" x 8.5" x 10.5") low-tech planted species tank, which, in the end, will hold 2-3 Dario dario for sure. Other fish are on my wish list, such as Hara Jerdoni, but those are not certain.

It will be medium-high light (1.5-2 watts per gallon), temp between 73-78*F (22-25*C), PH approx 7.0, Medium Hard, ferts added but no CO2 as of now.

Anyway, I know it's a long read, but I'd really appreciate it if you guys could check it over and let me know what you think, as I finalize this phase of my plans.

Later, I will post my tentative purchasing schedule of everything.

(BOLD indicates the most likely option, if there are options to choose from)

-
Fauna
o Dario Dario
-> 1M:1F ($8 + $9)
->
1M:1M($8 + $9)
-> 1M:2F ($12 + $9)


- Optional Fauna
o Sakura Shrimp/Painted Fire Red (NEOCARIDINA HETEROPODA)
-> Min 6, Price?
o Sparrow Rasbora (BORARAS UROPTHALMOIDES)
-> Min 8-10, $2.50 ea.
o Mini Moth Cat/Asian Stone Cat (HARA JERDONI)
-> Min 3, $3.50 ea.

- Fauna Foods
o White Worms, $5-$15
o
Grindal worms, $5-$15
o
Frozen Brine Shrimp, Frozen Cyclops, Frozen Bloodworms, $5-$20

- Flora options
o Java fern (MICROSORUM PTEROPUS)
o
Dwarf Water lettuce
o Anubias nana (ANUBIAS BARTERI VAR. NANA)

o
Baby tears/Pearl grass (HEMIANTHUS GLOMERATUS)
o Hornwort (CERATOPHYLLYM DEMERSUM)

o
Creeping Jenny (LYSIMACHIA NUMMULARIA)
o Java Moss (TAXIPHYLLUM BARBIERI)
o Four Leaf Clover (MARSILEA QUADRIFOLIA)
o Amazon Frogbit (LIMNOBIUM LAEVIGATUM)


- Hardscape
o Driftwood, ($15, purchased)

- Substrate
o ECO-COMPLETE, 20 lbs., $20

- Fertilization/Plant additives
o SEACHEM FLOURISH EXCEL, 250ML, $7.41
o SEACHEM FLOURISH, 250ML, $8.53
o
SEACHEM FLOURISH TRACE, 250ML, $9.51

- Equipment
o SEACHEM PRIME, 50ML, $5.57
o
MARINA S10 POWER FILTER, $12.81
o
10 WATT MINI FLUORESCENT AQUARIUM BULB, 6500k
o API FRESHWATER MASTER TEST KIT, $19.21

o
API GH AND KH TEST KIT, $8.99

- Maintenance schedule (post cycling)
Sunday
-> Flourish Excel
-> 25% Water Change
Monday
-> Flourish
-> Flourish Excel
-> Flourish Trace
Tuesday
-> Flourish Excel
-> Test Water Parameters
Wednesday
-> Flourish Excel
-> 25% Water Change
Thursday
-> Flourish
-> Flourish Excel
-> Flourish Trace
Friday
-> Flourish Excel
Saturday
-> Flourish Excel
-> Test Water Parameters


-
Current Pricing/Main supply list
o Fish
->1M:2F Dario Dario, $4 ea.
->3 HARA JERDONI, $3.50 ea.
->Shipping, $9
=> $31.50
o Plants
->Extra Java Moss = $5-$10
->Four Leaf Clover = $10-$15
->Anubias Minima = $10-$20
->Anubias Nana = $5-$15
->Amazon Frogbit = $5-$20
=> $35-$80
o Substrate, Ferts, Equipment
->ECO-COMPLETE = $20.99
->FLOURISH = $8.53
->EXCEL = $7.41
->TRACE = $9.51
->PRIME = $5.57
->MARINA S10 = $12.81
->MASTER TEST KIT = $19.21
->HARDNESS TEST KIT = $8.99
=> $93.02
o Live Foods
=> $15-$50
o TOTAL
=> $170-$250
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