Right now it is a 40 watt type A lamp, daylight, sideways, with a white reflector. I will get a timer to set.
I use RO water and test. Right now everything is right where it should be. Nitrate, Nitrite =0, Total Hardness =25, Total Alkalinity =120. and pH =7.2
I plan on testing every other day to make sure it all stays where it should be.
I was thinking of the leaves as a benefit for the shrimp but didn't know if they really like them or not. Some sites say they use them as a food source.
I like the idea of floating plants so I will need to order some. There aren't any LFS around here. All we have that is under an hour and a half away is Walmart so I will look online to see what I can find.
Does anyone have suggestions or good places to get shrimp or plants from?
Post some update pictures as the process furthers. I'm no aquarium expert, im learning, but i love following peoples tank process. I currently have a 2 gallon bowl with a betta and 2 ghost shrimp with some snails. I know its frowned upon but its just got an air stone for water agitation rather than a pump :\ with a desk lamp. Havent had any problems yet.
I will be happy to do that. I was going to do just an air stone too, but the filter was on sale and I thought I would try it. It actually works pretty well and it is super quiet. I am a little worried that the shrimp could get sucked up into the tube so I need to figure out how to cover it. I need to buy some pantyhose I guess.