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Old 02-15-2015, 11:56 PM   #1
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First planted tank 2 gallon low tech and question?


Hi all,

New to the forum, just started my first planted tank.

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It has anubis, java moss, java fern and two other plants I can't remember the name of.

Tank volume is 8 litre or 2 gallons, heated to 26 degrees.

Live stock red cherry shrimp.

I want to get a small maybe catfish to clean algae buildup off the walls, any suggestions?

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Old 02-16-2015, 01:55 AM   #2
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Get an amano shrimp or a couple of nerite snails, no fish is small enough to be happy in that tank.
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Old 02-16-2015, 01:56 AM   #3
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Wouldn't snails breed and become rampant?
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Old 02-16-2015, 02:09 AM   #4
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Not nerites, the cherry shrimp will clean up the algae too. Nerites need brackish water to breed.
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Old 02-16-2015, 02:21 AM   #5
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Boraras maculatus would work I think and snails and two shrimp maybe?


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Old 02-16-2015, 02:26 AM   #6
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Thanks all for the answers and help, I have been given about 40 RC shrimp so I think between those and a snail it may be enough.

Another question can anyone point me to a thread with a diagram of a co2 system because I am interested and not sure if this tank will need co2 in the future.

I'm thinking with the quality of shrimp I may benefit from very small addition.

Btw tank is a dymax iq3 pico/nano aquarium.
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Old 02-16-2015, 03:39 PM   #7
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I don't know a lot about co2 use because I do all super low tech stuff, but I dont think you need it, depending on what the other plants are, anubias, java fern, and moss should all do fine without co2. I have never heard of co2 doing anything to cherry shrimp other than killing a couple if not used correctly. I just see it as difficult to keep the water chemistry balanced if I start adding stuff like co2 and ferts to a nano tank, but people do it successfully all the time.
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Sorry it won't let me edit my last post. Are the rhyzomes of your anubias and java fern buried? I can't tell from the picture.
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Yes they are planted so the rhizomes are in the gravel. With some of the plants it was hard as they are tissue cultures so some leaf is also under the gravel.

The anubis are micro species according to aquarium shop and the roots are quite short.

How come?
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I believe the rhyzomes will rot if buried, java fern and anubias grow attached to things like wood and rock. Sometimes it works with very large gravel though.
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Hi all,

Shrimps went in last night and went crazy cleaning the plants and driftwood.

I can't believe how many shrimp are hiding in such a small tank.

There are about 40 in there and I would be lucky to see less than half at any time
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You should always leave the rhizome exposed. I'm not sure how it is with gravel, but being buried will kill it with sand.

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I took the photo upright and uploaded it from my phone.

The medium is fine gravel about 2 mm diameter. I bought everything from one store that specializes in planted tanks I even took the aquarium in and we discussed the whole construction and planting. I'll post some more pics after I get my son to sleep.
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There's a pic including a cherry for size referance
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Old 02-17-2015, 02:31 PM   #15
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I would dig up the java fern and anubias that's pretty small gravel. When I was saying it was successful with large gravel I mean like the size of golf balls. I tried a while back burying java fern in gravel quite a bit bigger than that and they almost died. It's weird that the lfs didn't say anything
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