Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Kitimat BC, Canada
Decided 4gal planted 56K
I was given a 5 gal tank a few years ago and it has been used as a betta tank, guppy fry tank, terrarium, etc But now I want to use it for a planted nano. I measured it and the volume came out to be 3.80. So I guess my 5 gal tank was really a 4; but I am going to count it as a 3gal.
Heres the issue:
The only gravel I can get is inert gravel... unless i want to get laterite in which case its $40 at the LFS for just a teeny little bag of it. So im stuck with inert gravel. Shipping fluorite or eco complete here is just rediculious for prices so unfortunately thats a no as well.
I have a desk lamp that I plan on using to light the tank. Previously it had no light whatsoever except what it received through a window (but that was in another house). I have seen mixed answers. Some people say 11watts CF some say 18wattcf and some say 23. Which is better for a tank this size?
To help out the plants I would like to keep... If i can find them are pearlweed, nana, and rotala rotundiloia (is that even the right spelling?? lol)
There is a filter, however there is no heater and currently the temperature stays at 65F. When I turn up the heat in the room a bit more the temp should rise more however I want to use this temp as my base.
So the questions are:
What light would work best? (its a curly flourescent bulb),
Would these plants be okay in such a cold temp (65F)?
What others could you suggest for such cold water if these dont work?
How the heck am I going to fertilize them? (no Co2) Would just liquid ferts be okay? I also have Jobes fern plant sticks would those be okay in such a small tank?
Oh just for future reference which I havent decided yet nor am I gonna get any time soon is fish.
I am looking at Zebra danio, and white clouds. Only 1 species for the tank and only 3 or 4 of them.
Thanks in advance
Last edited by skabooya; 10-19-2007 at 08:17 PM.