I am making this journal to keep track of the progress and evolution of my tanks over time. Hopefully some of y'll find it useful, please comment and join the discussion/conversation.
To begin with, I have dabbled in keeping fish and planted tanks for well over a decade now. I am very busy with school, and due to lack of time (and funds) I sold off my reef aquariums. With how frequently I will be moving in the future and a busy schedule, I wanted to set up several easy to move low maintenance systems. Previous to these builds I had no real experience with planted nano tanks.
I started with a standard Petsmart 2.5 gallon that I had bought to use as a top off reservoir for my reef tank. Over time, I picked up a nice light, filtration, and eventually picked up the second 2.5 gallon for free when a local aquarium club member was having a garage sale.
The first 2.5 gallon was "setup" - aka thrown together as a holding tank for some malawa shrimp which I was given for free. I must have started with over 20 adults in this tank:
Title: The Crypt Forest
Tank: 2.5 Gallon standard
Filtration: Azoo mignon HOB
Lighting: Finnex Furgeray Planted + (Old Model) rotated with CFL bulb in worklight fixture every week
Substrate: Sphagnum peat capped with "cichlid sand" (very similar to PFS, just a more natural color)
Plants: Bronze crypt, "Java" moss (I suspect other mosses are mixed in), Crypt spiralis, Crypt Flamingo, and Duckweed
Shrimp: Somewhere between 35-60 Malawa shrimp
Here are a few pics of the evolution of this tank to where it is today:
More to come soon....