Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Champaign, Illinois
Another 5G low tech betta tank :)
This is my first tank in several years. I used to have a 10 gallon low tech betta tank. The most I ever did was tie some java moss to drift wood, so I'm quite excited to delve a little more in the world of planted tanks.
-The tank is a Marineland portrait 5 gallon
-Filter is stock with a couple modifications
-Aqueon pro 50W heater
-Aqua soil amazonia, splurged on the powder type
-Wavepoint 12" LED
1. flame moss
2. vallisneria nana
3. lilaeopsis mauritiana
4. anubias nana petite
5. cryptocoryne wendtii red
6. cryptocoryne undulata (I think)
7. cryptocoryne parva
Plans for livestock:
1.one male betta
2. one nerite snail
3. a couple of amano shrimp
4. possibly a variety of other shrimp
Whew! This tank is harder to work with than it looks! I'd be a little surprised if no more than a couple plants die, I think I really mangled some of the anubias and vals.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Still a lot of work to do. Need some more plants for the back left corner. Flame moss didn't exactly turn out as I imagined. Hopefully it'll get more of that nice vertical look as it grows out. ATM it just looks kinda unruly.
Really liking the cryptocoryne parva, not too sure about the larger cryptocoryne wendtii.
Ammonia is reading 2ppm right after filling.
Bump: Day 2
Water is clearing up. Ammonia was reading 8ppm! Did a water change and brought it down to 2ppm. Thinking about filling the background with more vals. Feedback is appreciated!
Bump: Here's another day 2 pic, the last one looks a little funky.