So, everything in my 37 gallon tank died thanks to an overfeeding incident when I was gone for 3 weeks on a trip, I got really ticked and dismantled my 40 breeder. And by dismantled, I mean I sold all the animals out of it and then the entire thing exploded as I shifted the tank to make it easier to remove rocks - dumping well over 200lbs of rock on my carpet.
I told myself I was getting out of it.
Then I walked into the fish shop to see my friend who now manages it. And there it was - a 2.5 gallon betta tank that was massively overplanted but I really liked the concept.
$150 later and I now have a 2.5 gallon nano tank waiting for a half moon betta that I ordered. It is currently home to a solitary cherry shrimp (and I'll be adding 2 more that are coming in with the betta - I got the only one the shop had with any decent color). There is about a 2.5 inch layer of red flint sand, with an inch layer of some black rock as the substrate. I figured for such a tiny tank, that would be enough for the roots to get nice and strong in. It certainly holds well - I had to do a half water change today thanks to my failed attempt to put in an air stone without sticking my entire hand in the tank (and I found that the air stone was too big so I need to find a less obtrusive option) - and I didn't lose one leaf or even manage to shift them much. The photo doesn't show it, but there is also now a small 2.5w heater that has the water hovering between 74 and 78 degrees.
I put in two bunches of a plant that was sold to me as hornwort - but is definitely not hornwort. In fact, after spending 6 months tankless, I can't quite tell what it is - maybe you could help me? It has fanned out nicely and is even showing some signs of growth after pruning even though it has only been in there for 24 hours.
I'm trying to decide what to carpet it with. I know I could do java moss, which I've done before. However, I would love to do some dwarf baby tears - but I know nothing about it and I'm not sure if the LED light I have is enough for it. I also have concerns about how I would prune it without removing most of the water from the tank.
The lighting is a Solar Flare mini (recommended by the guys at the shop) 3 watt 6700k LED. I'm already thinking about upgrading it.
Also - if anyone has recommendations for a very unobtrusive airstone, I'd appreciate it - preferably something with some weight to it so I don't have to dig into the substrate or use clips, if such a thing exists.
And, of course, I'd love if someone could ID the plant in there. Since it's already such a small tank, I'm hesitant to add a small piece of driftwood to the center of the tank but I do think it would look nice, and the shrimp would certainly appreciate it.