Tank: 5 gallon
Date Started: Nov 11, 2010
Substrate: Black fluorite
Lighting: 1 bulb Twister CFLs, 21 W 6500K mounted sideways 9 inches above substrate. No reflector
Filtration: Elite Hush 10 (1 pot scrubber, 1 bag of carbon (temporary))
Decor: Drift wood x2
- java fern
- Ammania gracilis
- Alternanthera reineckii 'roseafolia'
- Ludwigia 'ovalis'
- Heteranthera zosterifolia (stargrass)
- Azolla filiculoides
- eleocharis parvula (Dwarf Hairgrass)
- asian water grass
- staurogyne repens
- Ranunculus Inundatus
- Fissidens fontanus
Fert Regime: EI, a bit heavier on the potassium.
Changes: 50% weekly, 5.8 GH, 3.5 KH (tap water here sucks,<1 degree gh/kh)
Carbon Suppliment: 1 mL metricide / day
I started this tank on November 11th because i felt the bedroom needed some life to it, and i needed temporary placement for my wifes guppy fry. This tank will become a shrimp tank once i find a home for the guppies (or a fish to feed them to).
As i normally i do, i wing it, i don't plan too much. Only things i planned were the tank size, the foreground plant and the substrate colour. After that i searched for rock or driftwood that would give me decent planting zones and allow me to hide the filter a lot better.
I started with the right driftwood, attatched the plants, the next day i grabbed the substrate from the LFS, then started planting the clippings i had around the house in vases. The day after that i grabbed the second driftwood as i wanted something more textured and low on that side of the tank. I let things be until sunday, then i was able to get eleocharis parvula from another plant junkie in town, and he threw in Heteranthera zosterifolia and Azolla filiculoides with it, oh, and couple plantlets of some other kind of rosette grass.
Plans for now, let it grow in. Then i'll be reducing the amount of ludwiga repens, clipping another piece of ammania gracilis to place next to the current stem, theres a perfect place for it. In front of the ludwiga on the left side (dont see that side in the pics) i'll get a taller foreground plant to soften the corner. The space in the center back i haven't decided whether to leave it be, or plant a more bushier midground grass (or crypt) there.
The last thing i need to do is give my wife back her scrapbook board behind the tank and get a real background. i fear an addiction for nano tanks may be starting.