Self-Sustaining Aquascape with Inverts
So I am wanting to create a self-sustaining planted tank with shrimp, clams, and snails. The tank size I would like to have is ~10 gallons. Any feedback is appreciated.
What I was thinking the purposes of the species could be:
Shrimp - clean the algae from the plants/gravel
Clams - clean the water from microparticles
Snails - clean the plants/gravel/walls of the aquarium
I know the tank would have to be heavily planted to provide enough oxygen for the shrimp/clams/snails(unless there is a species that will surface to breathe).
The plants I was thinking of using were a few species of anubias, monte carlo, some amazon swords, duckweed, moss, and if there are any that are known for growing slow or producing oxygen faster please let me know.
Light --> Plants/Algae --> Oxygen/Food --> Livestock --> Carbon Dioxide/Nitrates (which then repeats to the Plants/Algae)
Will mystery snails crawl out of the water?
How much algae can a livestock eat?
Will the livestock produce enough carbon dioxide for the plants?
Will the plants produce enough oxygen for the livestock?
Will floating plants reduce evaporation?
If the water evaporates, is there anything that will decompose the metals in water before adding it to the tank?
Also, I would be open to adding daphnia magna if it helps at all.
Last edited by cjimpa; 05-12-2018 at 08:36 PM.
Reason: changed my mind on tank size