02-24-2012, 02:01 PM
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I have decided to get new shrimp. So I’m going to move forward with the tank. I will buy everything tomorrow, paint the tank tomorrow and have it setup by Sunday. It will be a plays and substrate, and I will be moving over some sand from my 10 gallon. I hope not to move over any MTS. I would like to have them in this tank, but I don’t know if they will produce too much waste that will unbalance such a small tank.
I will have the sponge I buy operating in my 10 gallon for a day or so to start the bacteria buildup. I will also be adding wood from my 5 gallon. I will plant with java fern and java moss, a moss ball, salvania and pygmy chain sword. The shrimp will be in Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. I will start with 6.
I have two questions. My LFS has a light strip that fits on this tank. I believe it’s incandescent. Either way I will have a 6500k bulb, so I expect some evaporation. With only the shrimp and plants, will water changes be necessary or can I just refill the evaporated water with new conditioned water? If I do water changes I won’t even mess with a gravel vac but I assume just removing a few cups of water is all I would really need to do, correct?
Also will this type of heater work? Obviously space is a concern in a small tank so if this heater won’t bother my plants roots I would like to use it. My place is around 72 degrees,