I have been keeping planted tanks for the past four years. I moved a few months ago and sold off most of my tanks, and have had the rest of them broken down in the storage room waiting until I had time to start them up again. Well this week I decided to try to get a couple of them going again. I decided to do a southeast asian biotope with this tank because I have never attempted a true biotope before and I thought it would be fun to try something new. Here are the specs:
Tank: Mr. Aqua 7.5g Bowfront
Substrate: Mix of black sand and EcoComplete
Lighting: Hampton Bay 27 Watt Desk Lamp
Filter: Marina S10 Slim Filter
Heater: None since I live in SoCal and temps don't drop very low here
Hardscape: Ghost Wood
Ferts: SeaChem NPK and Equilibrium
Temp: 74 degrees
6 pots of C. Parva
Unidentified crypts in the back right corner. If anyone knows what they are please let me know.
10 Boraras Brigittae
I am planning on eventually adding a pair of chocolate gouramis and a group of shrimp (possibly crystal reds, though not decided yet). I need for the tank to get much more established first.
I added the rasboras yesterday and they are not colored up completely yet, but are doing well and are eating and swimming actively.
I am still trying to decide what background to add to the tank. I usually go with black, but I am afraid that the chocolate gouramis will just blend right into the background when I add them. Any ideas?
I am thinking of adding some java fern (needle or windelov) to the driftwood that I have floating in my 40 breeder that is acting as my holding tank for fish and plants right now. I would like some opinions on this. Also just fyi, that big rock is in there to hold the driftwood down, and will be removed in a week or so once the wood stops floating.
Anyways, please let me know what you think. I am very open to suggestions and constructive criticism.