5 Gallon Shrimp Tank: Help/Advice Needed
I have an empty 5 gallon marina kit that I want to do something with: http://www.amazon.com/Marina-Style-Glass-Aquarium-Kit/dp/B0035HBFWM
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: Aqueon® 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!
I've had the same idea but don't plan on doing it until I get my planted tank finished - I'd like to get yellow shrimp from knuggs on this forum and get a pygmy chain sword carpet going and a nice piece of driftwood with peacock moss on it. I've been told that if shrimp are alone in a tank with no predators they will come out at feeding time to eat whenever you drop food in and they will eat anything you give them, in my eventual shrimp tank I'll just feed them the NLS pellets I feed other tanks
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