Hello everyone! I was recently trying to decide what to do with my 5 gallon tank, and in the process found this forum via this thread: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...urnal-r-i.html
I kept several aquariums when I was younger, and always wanted to try keeping live plants. After reading that I was inspired to finally try doing so, since it looked possible to do so even in a small tank.
First, a brief history of the tank. Before this recent re-do, it had been established for about 4 months. A friend from work had told me about some sort of "cleaner shrimp" that he had bought to add to one of his community tanks. It killed a few of his fish on the first night, so he quickly realized that he had something else on his hands and wanted to get rid of it. I volunteered to take it in to save it from being flushed
. I didn't really want to spend a lot of money and take up a lot of space at the time (didn't want to upset the wife by moving furniture around,) so I got something that would fit on my desk- this little 5 gallon tank. Well, when he brought me the shrimp and I started to look up some information, I quickly realized that it was a juvenile Macrobrachium...and they get big. I successfully kept him in the 5 gallon tank for the 4 months, but unfortunately he pretty quickly out-grew the tank and passed away. This left me with a cycled tank that just needed some cleaning.
I vaccumned the gravel and did a good-sized water change (about 75%) two weekends ago, and added some plants. Last weekend, I added fish. I'm using the filter system that came built into the aquarium, I have a 25w heater, and I changed the cruddy incandescent bulb with a 10w 5500k CFL from Marineland. For plants, I have Anacharis, Red Ludwigia, and Moneywort. For animals, I have 3 Glofish, 1 Oto, and 5 glass shrimp. The tank is probably a little small for the Glofish, but i'm hoping with some good aquascaping they'll be comfortable (and after all, my wife wanted them.) I'm still using the same plain gravel as a substrate, which I know now after reading isn't optimal, but I'm hoping the get away with it. I'm fertilizing with API Leaf Zone, which is the only liquid fert I could find locally. The Anacharis and Moneywort seem to be doing well. I had to trim and re-plant the Red Ludwigia last night because the bottom parts of the stems were rotting (these were also the only plants that I didn't trim the bottoms off of before I planted them because they had a few small roots...so they may have already been rotting slightly.)
I think I want to place some plants on the front left, something that will stay fairly small. I'll move some of the smaller pieces of Ohio flint to the right to make room. One of the Petsmarts near me has some Anubias Nana on small lava rocks that don't look too bad, so I might get one of those. I'm also looking for suggestions for other plants that will do well in this sort of tank, and which would be good for a newbie to planted tanks. Some sort of ground cover would be great too. Here are some pictures, tell me what you think!