Well, I know I'm hooked now. I'm starting my second tank journal and will be posting my third very shortly.
I set up this quick and dirty Red Cherry Shrimp tank a month or so ago, in a spare 10 gallon tank.
However, it just wasn't much fun to look at. Anticipating a complete redo of my 38g tank in the weeks to come, I placed two plant orders this last weekend, with the shrimp tank in mind.
My 38g tank has a flourite substrate and I'm experimenting with a potting soil substrate in my 20g. So, I decided to give Eco-Complete a try in this tank. I'd only need one bag.
I'm really still a newbie, so ordering plants is something of a guessing game for me. Between my two orders, I had about 15 different types of plants arrive yesterday and today. I picked out some that would look nice in the shrimp tank and began to plant.
I'm really happy with the results. Now, to see if I can get these plants to grow in this tank. (NOTE: The floaters are left-overs that I plan to plant elsewhere in the next day or two).
The shrimp seemed very active and visible in this tank, with the plants and the black substrate. It was so much more fun to watch them this evening than it has been in the past. One of the females is clearly ready to have babies. I had not noticed this in the old set-up.
- 10 gallon tank
- Temporary Lighting = 27 Watt Compact Florescent desk lamp
- Air driven sponge filter
- Heater (I need to check)
- I plan to add DIY CO2 tomorrow
- Ferts - I plan to go with the Seachem liquid ferts for now (including Excel)
1) Any reason I can't stick with the desk lamp to light this tank?
2) Is DIY CO2 compatible with the air driven sponge filter - OR - is the sponge filter leaking all the CO2 into the air? Do I need to hook the sponge up to a powerhead?
Any comments or suggestions?