Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Canberra, Australia
Basic Aquascape Ideas for Shrimp Tank?
I am starting up a tank for red cherry shrimp and I'm a real beginner aquarist.
The extent of my planted tank experience is a fully cycled 16L containing a single male betta fish. It's filled with some java ferns, java moss, and anubias on driftwood. I fertilise with Flourish occasionally and have only gravel as substrate. I use no CO2, and I have only a basic Imaginarium LED light (red, blue, and white). I'll add a photo in a moment.
I'm looking to aquascape a similarly low tech shrimp tank. I have the same 16L tank for shrimp ready. I bought goldvine driftwood for it and moved some plants from my betta tank to this one. I really want to incorporate the java moss for the shrimp fry when they start breeding. I'll add a pic soon.
I've seen lots of very nicely scaped tanks, some smaller than what I have, and I don't know how to go about doing this. I've seen Iwagumi style, moss trees, and scapes that give the illusion of a landscape with sandy paths and grassy hills, all in nano tanks too!
I'd very much like to try and achieve a similar look if possible, though I don't mind if it just turns out nicely planted with my goldvine as a centrepiece.
I'm planning on using black small gravel/sandy substrate to bring out the colour of the red in the shrimp.
I have a question about what kinds of plants I could use if I only want gravel substrate and don't want to invest in root tabs (I have a HUGE bottle of Flourish that I'd rather use if I can). I know hornwort, anubias, java fern, java moss, and floaters (duckweed, frogbit, etc.) are water column feeders, but I am unsure as to whether I can scape nicely with these plants. I'd like a plant carpet if possible but this likely involves substrates. I was thinking about maybe doing a moss carpet, but I don't know how to do this even after reading up articles on the Internet, and am unsure how it'd look with the goldvine centrepiece.
Does anyone have any advice regarding how I should proceed? I haven't even figured out a proper design for the tank yet.
P.S. Would my tank be too small to add a Bristlenose Catfish in with the shrimp?