Hey everyone. I hope you are all doing well and your tank problems are nonexistent.
I had to scrap my old tank because we moved to a temporary residence until we get our house. Haven't posted on here in months. Wanted to thank Byron for all the advice. New tank will be Corydoras with a sand substrate.
Read a lot on here about play sand being an excellent choice and inexpensive. I was just wondering what plants to use that will survive the fish because Corydoras dig for food.
I won't be individually planting strands of Micro Swords with tweezers again and adding Corys, for example.
Tank set up is easy enough due to size but won't happen for a few weeks so I figured I'd get a head start.
10g, sponge filter, probably 2" or so of play sand, maybe 5 corydoras, no species yet.
Will use - 6700K 15Watt bulb - prob 10 hours per day depending on plants.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
BTW, Byron - if you read this - I had 5 Amazon swords in my old tank, 1 each Rotala Indica & Magenta, 1 Baby Tears or Pearl Grass (Hemianths Micranthemoides), and 2 Micro Swords and some Water Sprite I think was the floater. After the second fish died, I was a bit bummed and didn't get any more. Just changed the water once every three weeks or so. I even stopped adding fertilizer. For like a year.
I think you did an "experimental" type of tank with only daylight and no filter, if I remember correctly. But you had fish and used good fertilizer.
The Ramshorn snails stayed at a consistent amount (about 5-10) and the plants were fine. I'm talking no filter, no fertilizer, no fish. Only 10 hours of light from the above-mentioned bulb and snails for food.
The Micro Swords sent out runners to each other and formed one huge net under the gravel and a killer vibrant green color. The Amazon Swords were way too big for the tank so i had to trim them, but they are tough and the big sweeping leaves were really cool. The Water Sprite grew like a weed and I had to trim that once every week and a half or two weeks. The Indica and Magenta grew sideways and wrapped themselves around the big Swords and my driftwood, as well as the Water Sprite.
It was a little messy, but kinda cooler for the effect, y'know? Well. Your advice helped me through a ton of stuff and now has given me no fear when it comes to planted tanks. Thank you.