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Old 02-09-2014, 08:03 PM   #1
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2 15 gallon low tech planted tanks: driftwood and plant jungle


Hi everyone, here are my two first tanks ever. Both 15 gallon. I'll start with the first:


I'll call it the "cory" tank as I plan to have 6 to 8 Corydoras Habrosus in this. I also want to add cherry shrimp.

As of now, I have about 10 Malaysian Trumpet Snails in them. Any advice very much welcome! It has been up and running since January 7th 2014.

The substrate is JBL Sansibar with Sera Floredepot under that, the lighting is a single T8 tube and the filter is an old Eheim 2008. I dose a little Ferropol liquid fertilizers weekly, and I do a 2 gallon water change every monday. The heater is an Eheim as well, and I keep the tank at 75 degrees.

My plan is to make this as self-sufficient as possible, with eventually only adding fish food for the Corydoras and have the shrimp and MTS clean up the leftovers and detritus.





















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My 2nd tank was set up last week. It has small gravel and lots of mopani wood. My plan is to make this a java moss and java fern tank, as a shrimp tank for lots of cherry shrimp. There's a small sponge filter in there, and the moss + ferns should arrive soon. The light is a 18 watt energy saving bulb. It is unheated and hovers between 65 and 71 degrees, should I get a heater for this as well?

Maybe I'll add two Cambarellus Patzcuarensis dwarf crayfish, or does anyone have any good fish suggestions? As you can see the water is stained with tannins from the wood.







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Can anyone suggest any easy, small and proper fish species for the 2nd driftwood tank to keep with shrimp?
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Can anyone suggest any easy, small and proper fish species for the 2nd driftwood tank to keep with shrimp?
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The tanks look great.

in the second tank, I would do a paradise fish, macropodus opercularis, macropodus ocellatus or macropodus spetchi. large enough not to be eaten, tolerant of cooler water temperatures, and interesting fish, too.
just one paradise fish though, they are more aggressive than bettas against members of the same species.
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Are you asking for fish suggestions to live with shrimp or instead of shrimp?
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I definitely want shrimp in the driftwood tank, but I thought it would be nice to have a couple of fish to go with them. Not sure which yet. I like Corydoras Pygmaeus, but I am not sure if they would be suited for the driftwood tank.

Oh, and I really like naturally colored fish, I think rainbows are for unicorns and little girls A Paradise fish looks too exotic for my taste. I also prefer several small fish over one big fish.

I don't mind buying a heater for the driftwood/shrimp tank if I need to do that, they are only about $25 anyway.

By the way, those Malaysian Trumpet Snails are awesome cleaners. I fed them two small boiled carrots and the carrots were mercilessly slaughtered over the course of just 4 days!

Would 8 Corydoras Habrosus be a good amount for the first, heavily planted tank?


For example, total stocking:

Tank 1 (planted, sand)

8 Corydoras Habrosus
Bunch of Cherry shrimp
Bunch of MTS


Tank 2 (small gravel, driftwood, java moss, java ferns

8 Corydoras Pygmaeus
Bunch of Cherry shrimp
Bunch of MTS

Would that be OK?

I am totally new to aquaria, so really any advice would be welcome.

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