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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: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/8-...ml#post1960797

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 https://www.amazon.com/AZOO-AZ13097-...ds=Azoo+filter - cheap and simple
- plants need light to grow, any simple desk lamp with CFL bulb like https://www.homedepot.com/p/EcoSmart...450K/205487810 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 https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/156-wtb-raok/ and you might get a bunch of plants for $10.

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