So quick summary!
About 2 weeks ago I noticed some really bright red cherry shrimp at the pet store, I couldn't resist. I bought two. I had always gotten ghost shrimp for my beta's 2.5g , but that's because it's all they ever had! Would you believe my surprise when I got home and found out that one of them had eggs!
After putting the two (Cherie and Peppermint) into beta-land, their lives were immediately very stressful. My beta (pirate) started nipping at them. I was not about to lose my two beautiful shrimp so I went to Walmart and picked up a temporary little cube to put the cherrys in while I figured out something else.
About a week in, the eggs hatched! What luck, right????? Now I have about 10-14 little baby shrimp and the two adults in this horribly small cube! I had to act fast. After a bit of research I decided to do something I've always been interested in...create my own planted tank! This is what I ordered off of Amazon:
- 6-gallon Fluval Edge w/ 21-LED light
- CaribSea Eco-Complete 20-Pound substrate
- Fluval Mini Pressurized 20g-CO2 Kit
- API Leaf Zone Aquarium Plant Food
- Fluval Edge 25W Compact Heater
Everything came in today and tomorrow Ill be setting it all up!
For plants, I'm thinking some dwarf baby tears? Would that work as ground cover? I'm not sure what other plants to get, but tomorrow I'll see what they have at several different pet stores. Any suggestions?
Here are some pictures of the little ones:
This is the sad little box I placed them in for now.
This is the cube about a week after getting it (so pretty recent). I've been leaving on a very bright LED light on top of it every day to encourage algae, and as you can see, there's a LOT of it now! I know shrimp love to eat algae and it provides dissolved oxygen, so I've let it take over the cube. I hope I won't have so much in my planted tank x) (can you spot the babies??)
So! What do you guys think? Advice?