The low ph 2.5g planted tank experiment
I was rummaging through my closet last week and came across a 2.5g tank that I had forgotten about. I immediately hatched a plan for a small experiment, and would love some feedback and ideas.
I have a couple large cycled freshwater tanks already, and could pretty easily get the 2.5 seeded and cycled in a week or two. But instead, I'd like to see if i can achieve a similar result from using low ph water, a male Betta fish, and a variety of plants that efficiently process the nutrients in the water.
I have access to 6.0 PH well water, and theoretically the acidic levels will convert the basic ammonia into fish-harmless ammonium. If my understanding is correct, the plants can still utilize the ammonium for food. And ammonium shouldnt raise the ph by itself. Its unlikely beneficial bacteria will form in the acidic water, but the plants should be keeping the very small bioload produced by the Betta in check. I still expect to do water changes, but I'm hoping this project will produce a decently stable tank.
Redsea nano filter
Mini Pump & airstone
Diy CO2 if needed
Driftwood & seashells to stabilize if needed
7.5w heater and thermometer
Fluorescent full spectrum strip light
Tomorrow I will be going to pick up an assortment of plants, and a betta. So first off, can someone advise me on the best selection of plants for this project? The requirements are:
-Thrive in low ph
-Efficiently process ammonium & nitrates
-Hardy, low light
Any advice? Thanks!