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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-23-2018, 07:27 AM Thread Starter
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New to Planted Tanks: Help

I just purchased a 2.7 gallon tank and I am planning on adding live plants. I’ve been doing a lot of research but a lot of the things I’ve been finding aren’t very helpful and are only giving me suggestions but are saying don’t always trust it...

-I would love help with substrate (I only have access to a petsense and a Walmart) I’ve owned big tanks in the past and they’ve done well. I had some live plants in there but the entire tank just kind of did it’s own thing since it was 25 gallons...

-I was going to add fish and then I read that the tank would be too small and the ammonia could kill them and such so I would also want help with snails and shrimp stuff. I was going to add shrimp but then I read they can breed really quick and multiply rapidly and so I don’t really know where to go from here. Any help would be lovely! Thanks so much

Please don’t think that I have done no research or know nothing because I am trying to do my best it’s just I don’t know where to go from here and I sought help from people who knew more than me. Thanks again!
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Welcome to TPT.

Here is a good place to start:

Unfortunately, small tanks can be hard to keep because small chages get amplified in small volume of water.

I would start with:
- sand substrate: pool filter sand, Black Diamond from Tractor Supply are cheap and don't affect your water
- a small HOB filter like - cheap and simple
- plants need light to grow, any simple desk lamp with CFL bulb like work. Table lamps with adjustable height are good as they will allow to control the amount of light
- most tropical fish need water temp in the 74 -84F range. Finding a heater to fit a 3g tank is almost impossible. Go without heater
- fish: check out Endlers, widely available, small, do fine without heater, and are fun. I would start with 2 (after the tank is cycled)
- plants: elodea, hornworth, Java Fern, a gazillion types of moss would be a start. Check out TPT's subforum and you might get a bunch of plants for $10.

Learn as you go, ask questions, and just enjoy.
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