I was inspired by Brian's 2.11-gal pico thread over on AA that I ordered the same tank. I have a meandering thread over on AA of this tank
, and various detours.
Aquarium: AquaTop 2.11G Pico Cube from TruAqua
Volume: 2.11 G
Substrate: http://www.amazon.com/CaribSea-Eco-Complete-20-Pound-Planted-Aquarium/dp/B0002DH0QM/ref=sr_1_3?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1381502729&sr=1-3&keywords=shrimp+sandDecoration: Seiryu stone
Light: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009P05DL2/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1Photo Period: 8 hours total (two 4-hour periods per day?) or as required
CO2: None, dosing Excel daily (2 drops)
Temperature: 77° F (or ambient So Cal)
Filter: Azoo Palm (Mignon 60)
Intended Livestock: Shrimp, for now H. Amandae & nerite snails
I had toyed around with a few different ideas but put the tank on hold to launch a new tank using most of the components of this one after I bought a bunch of Shrimp at a SCAPE meet in mid August 2013.
I'll start that thank journal soon...
Sick of looking at an empty tank, I threw this together in early September 2013 with stuff I had laying around
EC substrate and seiryu stone planted with HM and a dwarf amazon sword.
I was planning on a glosso carpet with B. Japonica, or Lilaeopsis novae-zelandiae, to accent the flats and perhaps some moss tied branches or rocks or something...
First I want to see if I can get the HM to grow under a single Dolphon LED fixture w Excel only (no CO2)
Sept 8th we planted 1 pot glosso and put a java moss disk in the tank along with some T. Amandae and started using this tank as a QT until our larger build is ready
I also threw a single stem of Ludwigia Repens x Arcuata
10 days after planting here is an update, looks like the glosso is growing up, not out
Day 16, looks like the glosso is dying off
Day 14, GSA takes hold and starts lining the tank walls so I picked up a pair of nerite snails
I also threw some Blyxa Japonica in there for grins and giggles
Day 30, well the nerite snails made short work of ALL the GSA on the tank walls in 2 DAYS and have moved inwards to the hardscape and plants
We also put a few stems of S. repens in and some floating rotala I got from a SCAPE member, the fish seem to like the cover the floating stems and leaves provide... no wonder.
Here is a shot before I trim the HM
And here is a post trim pic after replanting some of the HM I topped off
I'll keep this thread updated as I go, but would love to solicit opinions and advice from the more experienced community here!