After moving my 21 yr old daughter's Betta, McDreamy, to a 10g tank, his little Marina Cubus was left empty. The Cubus holds just under 1 gallon of water. I decided to try to make it a planted nano based on the info in this article by Diana Walstad: http://www.atlasbooks.com/marktplc/00388Shrimp.pdf
There is an inch of Miracle Gro Organic Choice in the bottom, coverd by 1/2 inch of pool filter sand. I used a piece of Plastic Canvas to sift out the fine part of the soil.
You can really see the difference sifting makes.
I used clippings and plantlets from my other tanks. There are clippings of Rotala Rotundifolia, Limnophilia Sessiliflora, and Staurogyne repens Tropica 049. There are also Crypt and Java Fern baby plantlets.
I know these plants are probably all wrong for a nano tank, so please post suggestions on what plants would be recommended for this tiny nano, so I can be on the lookout for some more suitable plants.
I have it sitting on a south-facing windowsill. The window is 4'x4', so there is plenty of light, but it has 3 layers of glass with one frosted layer, so the sunlight is indirect. Will the natural light be sufficient for the plants? I thought I'd just leave the stock light off, since it doesn't do much for the plants.
Here's how it looks so far. The water is kind of cloudy from the planting.