01.08.2015 - 2 Month Update
This is my first planted tank, well, aquarium for that matter, and I was a little impulsive this weekend and bought a lot of things for this 4.5gal tank that I found in my parent's garage. I think it was my mom's first tank too.
I really want to keep this filterless but I'm beginning to see that I may AT THE LEAST need a sponge filter.
I also have an order of RCS coming in for an office half gallon jarrarium. So when that comes in, i'll have java moss to throw in.
Onto the Good Stuff
HC (not sure this will grow)
Anacharis (Egeria densa)
Cambomba (Cabomba caroliniana 'Silver-Green')
Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus)
Banana Plant (Nymphoides aquatica)
Melon Sword (Echinodorus osiris)
Spiralis (Cryptocoryne spiralis)
Ludwigia (Ludwigia glandulosa)
Marimo Moss Ball
Rotala sp Green
2x Neon Tetra
upcoming 5x RCS
3x Ghost Shrimp
4x Strawberry Rasbora
1x Aamano Shrimp
16x Red Cherry Shrimp
Organic Potting soil
Black Gravel I found on sale
and sand from my backyard (rinsed as to take out the smaller particles)
3W clip on light from Amazon. (Soon to be replaced with a 7W desk lamp at 5500K)
I havent gotten a filter yet, but I have been doing 25% water changes daily.
Heres what it looked like the last couple of days.
Day 2 - threw in the tetra & added black posterboard found from old art school displays.
Day 4 - Water cleared up!
and light came in with a crummy thermometer. Naturally, I threw that in.
I'll probably keep this going throughout the life of this cube.
oh yeah, my JD 1.75L Shrimp Jarrarium -
Before all the comments, I want to reiterate how impatient I was when adding the shrimp and fish. My original plan did not include the tetra, but I saw them and impulse bought them...
I got my plants in and I changed the big rock to a smaller more porous one to promote bacteria growth.
I also got the new light in but I dont like the color temperature on it but I think I'll get more growth out of it. 7W vs 3W.
Here's what the cube looks like today.
So, after rescaping and adding the new plants, all the fish died except for the nerite. Hes now sharing the Jack Daniels Bottle for now with a TINY assassin. (we'll see how this goes...)
I got a Aquatop IF-201 stuffed it with Fluval Biomax media, widened the holes of the sprayer and added a piece of air tube to reduce flow a bit more.
I also started dosing Excel .2ml every other day and added a cheapo betta heater keeping water temps at 76-78°F since the cube is on the wall next to the window.
and here is where the cube sits.
All questions and comments welcome!