I currently have a 10 gallon tank with one betta, a couple of anubias, an amozon sword plant, and some java moss. Its been doing ok, but there has been very slow growth. In a few weeks I am going to set up another tank. I'll be getting the right lighting, fertilizers, co2, and hopefully it will fare better than the betta tank. I have a few questions:
Where I live all the rocks are limestone, so i cant use them in the aquarium, and my local pet store doesn't care much about fish, so they are not much help at all. I was wondering if there was somewhere online or something that i can get good rock from?
Rocks are heavy. (I'll bet no one else ever noticed that.
) Shipping rocks can get far too expensive than it is worth. However, you can ship things by priority mail in a flat rate box, and it isn't all the expensive if you do that. So, you might look for someone with a very good landscaping rock yard near them, and describe the type of rocks you want, and have them ship a box full of them.
Is there a good place online to get driftwood, or am i just going to do without it?
Yes, in fact you can browse the swap n shop forum here, searching for drift wood, root wood, manzanita, etc. and you will find at least one person who regularly sells wood. From what I read there, that person, if not others, always gets raves for the quantity and quality of the wood they send.
I am considering getting some shrimp for the tank. Now, this is probably a stupid question, but what happens to the old shell when they molt?
When I had some Amano Shrimp a few years ago I was always fretting over the dead shrimp in the tank, only to find it was just the discarded shell. I'm sure Cherry Shrimp do the same - just leave it for someone else to clean up. They never stay there for long, so I assume some fish eat the shells.