I have an empty 5 gallon marina kit that I want to do something with:
I was thinking of trying out a planted tank
with some Cherry Shrimp
. I have kept bettas in them before but am too heartbroken over a death to get another anytime soon. As for plants I kept Water Wisteria and Red Ludwigia before, but my brother accidentally killed them because he left them in pitch black darkness for 3 days (not sure if that's what killed them but they were brown/melted when I got back...). They were planted in regular gravel.
For my new project, I'd like to try having sand or substrate instead of gravel. I'm deciding between:
Sand: Aquarium Sand - Black - 5 lb
Shrimp Stratum: Shrimp Stratum - 4.4 lb
Can anybody give me some advice for or against either one of these? Or a personal review/experience?
For my lighting, I've got this light already installed: AqueonŽ Mini Compact 50/50 Fluorescent Lamp - Lighting & Hoods - Fish - PetSmart
The only problem is that the design of the hood doesn't allow the light to reach the far left of the tank, which is fine, I just won't plant there.
I've also got a bottle of SeaChem Flourish and two Marimo balls that need to go in there.
My questions are:
1) What kind of low-tech beginner plants should I look for?
My LFS/LPS doesn't have a great selection so the more plants mentioned the easier it would be for me to look. Common names and/or taxonomic names are fine.
2) Are Red Cherry Shrimp going to be okay in a planted 5 gal?
I only picked them because they're colourful and don't cost me $12 each like Crystal Red Shrimp. If not, please advise on which shrimp would be better
3) Will I need my filter?
considering the low bioload and hopefully wonderfully growing plants, will a filter still be necessary?
4) How do you feed shrimp safely?
I know you're not supposed to leave stuff in there overnight because it will jack up the ammonia, yet I have no other fish in there to "feed" and let the shrimp eat leftovers. Do I just drop in a wafer for 20 or so minutes then take it out? I have some leftover wafers from my grandmother's pleco, it would seem like a waste though. (same idea with blanched veggies, I'd feel a little wasteful having to throw it out)
5) Is there anything I'm missing?
- I'm not really strapped for cash, but I obviously don't want to spend a gazillion dollars if I can help it. Anybody who can give me a potential budget would be amazing!