Originally Posted by Blue Ridge Reef
Welcome to the forums. Most carpeting plant seeds are scams and just seeds of terrestrial plants, sorry to say. Here's a Reddit rundown of a few YouTube videos time-lapsing their growth and subsequent death. https://www.reddit.com/r/PlantedTank...pet_seed_scam/
If you haven't put those in your tank yet, please don't until you can confirm what they are. I would not dream of cycling with shrimp, they are just too fragile to handle substantial ammonia loads and produce too little of it on their own. I've heard of people putting a dead piece of shrimp (like the kind you eat) in tanks to rot and create NH4, but I've always gone with household ammonia.
Oh geez, that's a very good tip! i shall not ruin my tank with those seeds then.
I've decided with fishfood - as ammonnia isn't too readily available here unfortunately.
i'd love to go with dead shrimp. but the smell and sight of a decaying shrimp.. won't be too pleasing to my daughter..and worse - the wife who approved the tank.
What are other alternatives to carpet a tank though? do i just buy them in squares? Also, if i lay the square mesh down.. would they contrinue growing to other part of the mesh ? like on to the gravel and such.
Welcome and a fun first post. If you can negotiate with your wife then you will go far in the business world. I'm currently trying to "trade" some tanks for a new puppy.
Same as plants, fish have their respective requirements. If you want a decent school in a 10g, then you are looking for the little guys. Ember Tetras and dwarf cories are my personal preference. This is a good fish reference:https://www.seriouslyfish.com/
Dry start: I just don't have the patience and I want something swimming sooner then later, but to each it's own.
Have fun and keep posting!
You trade some tanks for a puppy.
You then let it grow up and trade the dog for 2 monkeys.
You get them to mate and have more baby monkeys and trade them in for an elephant.
And that, my friends, is how you get an elephant in the room 😃
in the process of setting up/ cycling the tank now. and I'm reading each and every day on proper stocking of a 10 gallon tank. Trust me, i've gone to writing notes, punching my calculator. I swear I'm doing more calculations on gallons:fish ratio now more than my sales figures.
I'm looking to stock the below for a 10 gallon tank. would you guys think it's a tad bit much? or would it just fit nicely? i hope to get them in batches so as to not screw up the cycling of the tank.
- Neon Tetras - 5 or 10 ? or maybe ember tetras?
- Dwarf Gourami - 1
- Shrimps - 3-5? and one tiny snail
I hoping to build a mini community in a mini tank. i'm not sure if that is possible..
I seek wisdom again from the enlightened of this forum.