Tell me if this is a stupid idea.
Okay, I have a Fluval Spec V that's been set up for over 3yrs now. Started with a betta, then various shrimp, then when I failed miserably at those (RIP) I got 7 CPDs (down to 5 now though), some ramshorns and MTS, and a couple pond snails. I also have a zebra nerite snail (Mabel) and one amano shrimp (Phil) who have somehow managed to survive me for the full 3yrs. As far as plants go, I have a couple moss balls, a bronze crypt, a java fern, and anubias and a small clump of rotala something or other. None of the plants are thriving, even though I dose Flourish twice a week, Excel 3x a week and Flourish Trace once a week. Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, & phosphorous are at 0 across the board, always have been except for once when nitrates were around 5, several months back. I do a 20% WC weekly as well.
So here's my thought - though my tank seems fully stocked to what should be its limit considering its small size, the fact that there are no nitrates could allow me to add more fish, right? Like maybe more CPDs or some Pacific blue-eyes. Am I just asking for trouble doing this?
5 Gallon Spec
(Contains Mabel the zebra nerite, Phil the amano shrimp, many red ramshorn snails all named Louigi, and 5 ungrateful CPDs who see me as the enemy)
Mr. Aqua 12 Gallon Long
(it's becoming apparent I won't have what I need to build this tank for several months yet *sigh*)