I have a 4ish gallon vase that's just taking up space and I want to turn it into a shrimp tank.
I found a really nice piece of driftwood:
The vase is not really big, about 10 inches diameter, 13 in tall.
I'm thinking about making it an island configuration with large river pebbles around the edges and a sort of valley in the middle with planted substrate, maybe attach some plants to the top of the driftwood and have them grow emersed.
Suggestions on plants I should use?
For lighting I'm using a Marineland double bright that I ended up not using in another tank. Substrate wise I'll use some aqua flora I bought but just in the middle part in a sort of hole/valley outside I'll just leave pebbles to avoid plant growth. Not a huge fan of sand.
I'll use a 10G rated internal filter creating a circular flow. Not sure if it would be better to do a dry start or just dose high CO2 during the first few weeks to jumpstart growth (it will not have permanent CO2, it's going to be fairly low-tech).
What do you think guys? Any suggestions on plants I should use? As anyone used rotala on a dry start method?
What would you put on top of the driftwood emersed? do you know any plant that looks good emersed with nice flowers?
Thanks for reading! looking forward to your suggestions.