Hey guys. So I had some Red Cherry Shrimp in my 10gallon who were doing great, untill I added 2 new Sparkling Gourami's, who saw them as food
. So I decided to set up a small tank just for them. Sadly I was not fast enough with the new tank and I dont think any of them made it, but I have new shrimp on the way.
I first bought a standard 2.5 gallon rectangle tank, and realized that those things are almost impossible to work with. you need to take the light and the glass off everytime you need to feed and its hard to fit airline and cords through the plasitc. Also I could not find a small enough heater and songe filter that would work well in the tank. Well today at my LFS I found the Marineland eclipse 3 gallon on sale and decided to go for it. Here is my quick setup log:
First, I painted the black back. I used Latex Enamel and a small foam brush. I have done this for a 10 and 5 gallon and found it to be quicker and eaiser than spray paint (at least on smaller tanks).
You will see brush strokes after the first coat and thats OK. I do the first coat very light, and use a fan to dry the tank. Im ready for another light coat in about 15 mins once it is dry to the touch. I did three coats. Not saying this method will work for everyone, but it works for me:
I modified the Eclipse filter with a utility knife. I removed the plastic that held the carbon and dumped that. I then could fit the "bio rings" (i think they are fluval brand) from an established tank where the carbon was.
I used a fluval edge pre filter over the filter intake so I dont suck up any babies:
I filled with black sand and Planted. Added a heater (tetra 15watt)
Wood is from established tanks.
Pygmy Chain Sword ( can anyone tell me what the "web stuff" is on the leaves" Hair algae?)
Im debating if I should add some MTS or not. I guess they would eat food the MTS would eat wich would keep my RCS population low.