I had this 3g Mr. Aqua tank in the attic for the last year and figured it was time to do something with it. I actually bought it with the intent of doing a Cardinal Shrimp tank a while ago. So I didn't have to buy any new equipment. I had a half bag of Nile Sand that was perfect for this size tank. I added a bottom layer of crushed coral to raise gh and kh. My tap water is 8ph, 4gh, 6kh, 180TDS.
I am planning on getting the Cardinals local. He is keeping them in straight up Houston tap water and having success so I prob won't doctor the water up much more than what the crushed coral will do. I will see what the params come out to in a couple days.
So now I just play the waiting game. I need the tank to cycle (I will add a bottle of SafeStart tomorrow to give it a kick start. I also need a nice layer of algae to grow on the rocks. They are very pourus so they should be ideal for the shrimp to pick at all day long.
I added some nana petite, singapore/weeping moss, and trident java. I am not really expecting them to do well in here, but we will see. There are some small manzanita branches soaking underwater so they will sink. I may add a couple to the rock pile to give it a different look.
Mr. Aqua 3 gallon bowfront
ADA nile sand with crushed coral base layer
27 watt Hampton Bay raised over a foot over the water surface
I am excited to finally try these shrimp. Now that the price has come down a little and hearing that they are much more forgiving than they used to be, I am hoping to breed them. I know 3g isn't ideal for a breeder tank but hopefully I can keep a small colony of 30 or so happy.
There isn't many Sulawesi tanks on the forums nowadays. What happened to their popularity? A couple years ago they were everywhere. I guess the fad wore out... Oh well, I love their look and for once I won't have to use an annoying cooling fan on top of the tank!