after some study, I finally put together my first planted tank intented to sit on my office desk, potentially with some shrimps and/or betta. Reading threads in this forum helped me a lot!
Tank: 20l / 5 gallon Dennerle nano cube
Filter: internal Dennerle Eckfilter 150l/h
Light: Chihiros C2 - 15W / 1600 lm, currently set at 40%, 6 hours / day (I wanted to go stronger, to be ready for potential CO2 injection and to be honest, i like this minimalistic design)
Soil: Locally available japanese Aquasoil similar to ADA Amazonia, but not that nutrient packed
Wood: Red moor wood
Rock: Black lava rock (the white one on the photo is just to weigh down the red moor wood - its already getting waterlogged, so i will remove the rock in the following days)
Anubias nana mini
Anubias nana bonsai
The tank has been setup at 29. 12. Since then, I performed two 50% water changes, dosed Seachem Stability per instructions and after last water change I have addded underdosed Seachem Flourish. To the water for waterchanges I always added Seachem Prime.
The plan is to have a nice planted tank maybe with some cherry shrimp and a single betta (I know that they may not get that well along, but I want to try - I will add them only after the cycle is finished as first live critters so I hope that the plants will provide them a nice cover by then), potentially a neritina snail.
As this is really my first tank, on this forum I am looking for some advice or honest opinions, if this may work as planned/set up? Especially with the lighting intensity / nutrients and livestock (im looking for a fine balance - therefore i want to add shrimps / snail as algae eaters). Im also looking in a way to boost the tank growth - Im currently looking in either Excel or CO2 dosing via NEO CO2 kit (yeast based, should run for est. 50 days - for 20Ä it is a nice way to test its effects).
Looking forward to joining the community!
Thanks a lot!