After a few years hiatus. I saw a Betta at the pet shop that told me he needed a home. I've had moderate short term success with planted tanks in the past and thought that maybe I can get some more experience with this tank for future projects. So here we go... a low light, non-CO2 Betta/Shrimp tank.
3 watts LED on a timer with a current 6 hour photo period broken into two 3 hour blocks with a 1 hour siesta.
Onyx sand substrate (with a little crushed carbon mixed in) capped with filter sand
4 Nerite Snails (the kids love them)
Cherry Shrimp (coming after stabilization)
Thai Micro Crabs (considering)
Lace Java Fern
L. arcuata (I know it's generally considered high light but I've had success with them in other lowlight tanks)
A. nana petite
Smidge of Marimo on the spider wood
Using the EI Lowlight dosing method as suggested by the Calculator.
KNO3 and K2HP04 in a 1ml solution dose.
CSM-B in a 1ml solution dose (I didn't add any DTPA Fe (11%), should I?)
This is what the tank looked like after planting.
A few days later and the plants have all perked up. The moneywort and Ludwigia are emerging from the water surface which is making me consider ditching the glass top. I've never had a problem with Betta jumping. A few shrimp might become adventurous however. Maybe I can DIY an open top that will allow emergent growth. I have extra C. parva, and L. mauritiana that I planted in an emersed setup so as not to waste them and I have several of the micro sword that I left in water that I'm going to use to fill in a few more of those bare foreground spots.
There's some bacteria bloom on the spider wood. Not unexpected. It should clear on its own. And if its still there when the shrimp go in they'll love it.
Not sure about the flow and circulation. In the first pic the water did visibly circulate around the tank but there was no surface agitation. In the second pic there is surface agitation but there is no visible circulation throughout the tank. Not sure which is the best way here.
What are your thoughts. I'm all about suggestions and input. I'm not entirely comfortable with the planted tank yet, lack of experience and past failures make the idea daunting sometimes but I'm constantly reading and learning and open to new ideas.