I recently moved some fish around to some of my other tank from my 10 gallon tank and decided to convert it into a planted shrimp tank.
The tank is a 10 gallon tank bought from petsmart about a year ago with a HOB filter with some cotton gauze covering the filter intake so no shrimp get sucked up.
I changed the substrate from plain gravel to some eco complete so hopefully my plants like that more.
I had two incandecent lightbulbs on a light fixture before this but I didnt like it becuase the lights were sort of yellowish, so I am putting my desk lamp over the tank right now. Right now there is about 3 Watts of light per gallon for this tank.
I added in all the plants to the tank about a week ago and some of it is sort of growing in...
I found this piece of driftwood at my LFS and thought it looke sorta neat. Does it need to be moved around anywhere? Would it be better in the center or is it fine where it is right now?
Here is what is is my tank right now:
Anubias coffelia or barteri (im not sure which one, can anyone tell me which one it is?)
Red Tiger Lotus (its very tiny now and is behind the driftwood so you cant see it)
Aponogeton natans? (again it is very small and is behind the driftwood, it sprouted from a seed that was made by a plant in my 29 gal tank)
Amazon Sword (very small)
Java moss (tied to the driftwood and a chunk floating around for the shrimp)
I am planning on taking out the Crypt since it is way too big for the tank and I will fill in the empty space with something else, but im not sure yet...Any ideas?
4 Red Cherry Shrimp (1 male 3 female)
Two of the females recently became berried last Sunday, so hopefully I will have a lot more shrimp filling in the tank pretty soon!
Two pictures of the Shrimp:
and one of my berried females
I do not have any CO2 injection right now, but I am considering setting up a DIY CO2 system. Would this be safe for the shrimp or would it be better if I jsut did nto inject any CO2 into the tank? Also I am not dosing any ferts right now because im not too sur eif it will be safe for the shrimp or not.
That is it for now with this set up and hopefully some of the plants will grow in and stuff. I will gladly take any feedback about my new setup so it can be improved in any way.