Long time lurker and first time poster here. Great community, so much great info and inspiration. Just wanted to share my first stab at a planted tank. I've been wanting to set up a nano aquarium on my desk at work for some time now, finally started the project and have had a lot of fun/ frustration/ fantastic learning experiences already. Follow along for some laughs as I stumble through this.
- A planted nano tank with a small shrimp population (most likely cherries), possibly with a fish or two. Heck, maybe even a snail!
- A glosso carpet! Without using pressurized C02. Whassa? Crazy talk, probabaly, but heck I'll give it a try. Legends tell of brave souls managing to pull this off in a really small tank with Flourish Excel. I know I'll need to be cautious when mixing shrimp and excel, will air on the side of under-dosing.
- Some other plants that don't instantly die... maybe even show some new growth! Anubias and Java moss seem pretty bomb proof, should help balance out the annoyance of glosso.
Wow some drunken fool had the bright idea to plant the glosso in giant clumps jammed into the substrate. Terrible idea! Too much driftwood + anubias = cluttered mess.
Ahh, properly re-planted glosso. Painstaking to pull all the runners apart and replant them, but way easier now that I've added a layer of powersand. Removed some driftwood and, set up a dedicated moss zone in the back left. Neons in, seem to be ok.
Woot, things are happening. Glosso sending out new runners, java moss has tons of new growth
Day 11 Glosso runners
Stoked. Totally worth the effort of replanting.
Day 11 Java Growth
Pumped there are so many new shoots showing up on the Java moss.
So that's where its at for now. As of Day 7 I've added a small light with a full spectrum CFL because the stock LEDs don't quite cut it. Will eventually throw on one of the fluval 13W CFLs. The two neon tetras in there now appear happy and healthy. Cycle is going pretty much as planned, will continue cycling and letting the plants get going before moving the whole setup into work!