I decided that I wanted to make a very low maintenance Walstad inspired Non-CO2 tank. I have no idea if this will work on such a small tank because the total biomass will be pretty low but what the heck. And I am sure I will make tons of mistakes as I haven't really done much research on how to do it, but we will see how it goes haha.
I also want to try a glosso carpet to make things more exciting
along with some traditional higher light stem plants.
I derimmed a petco 2.5 gallon tank
Prepared it for spray painting
the result was a nice mirror in the noon day sun haha, I also spray painted a hanging light.
I added an inch of top soil. Lots of sticks and fertilizer balls, this is probably my first mistake.
Wanted to do a stump as usual, but I wanted a nice intricate one, so I added this piece and then capped it with sandblasting sand. Hopefully the sand will be thick enough to keep all the soil in place.
Here is a close up of the stump. Lots of intricate textures and caves. I am planning on housing shrimp so this should keep them entertained.
Here is the FTS with the light and no water yet. I am using a 20 Watt Spiral CFL in the fixture.
And the desk that it is sitting on. That shelf poses a bit of a problem for the light haha, so I think I will have to find another place for it. The beauty of the nano is that they can b easily moved!
As for planting, I am thinking of doing a glosso carpet, with blyxa japonica in the back. And some stems, not sure what yet. I also want to add a moss, but that is also undecided. I have always used boring java moss just because I always have tons, but this time I think I want to class it up a bit
I think to start though, I am going to plant the glosso fairly dense in the front and have a ton of sunset hygro in the back to keep algae at bay, once it looks like things are going well, I will slowly take out the weed and replace it with blyxa and other nicer stems.
I was also thinking of possibly doing a dry start for the glosso, but I have no idea if that would work. Any opinions would be great!!
I will probably put some mountain minnows to start, and then down the line I want to add some shrimp. Probably just RCS.