Chinese Biotope shrimp tank
So with the holiday season coming up I was able to convince me to let me get another aquarium for Christmas. I have been doing some research and to keep maintenance down on the tank I have decided on small desktop shrimp tank. I want to go with a plug and play for this one so I have decided on a Aquarium Kits & Desktop Aquariums: Fluval Ebi Nano Shrimp Habitat Aquarium Kit. Does anyone have any experience with this set-up. Also all my other freshwater tanks have been central or south american so all the Asian plants are new to me.
Would these potentially be suitable for this set-up
Tropical fish - Aquarium plants - Cryptocoryne wendtii
Tropical fish - Aquarium plants - Hygrophila polysperma - Dwarf hygrophila
Tropical fish - Aquarium plants - Marsilea quadrifolia - European waterclover
Tropical fish - Aquarium plants - Crinum thaianum - Onion plant
Tropical fish - Aquarium plants - Cardamine lyrata - Chinese ivy, Japanese cress
Tropical fish - Aquarium plants - Blyxa aubertii - Roundfruit Blyxa, Bamboo Plant
I only have some experience with two plants on your list. The Hygrophila polysperma and Cryptocoryne wendtii.
H. polysperma is illegal to ship across state lines in the US. If you can find it though, it's a very easy, very pretty plant. The crypts I had tried before, got annoyed with and got rid of. Funnily enough though I'm giving them another try in a different tank (going to teach myself some patience). I have the bronze and have just ordered Mi Oya and green gecko for my new tank.
The onion plant sounds like it might get too big for that tank.
Stems I've tried under low tech conditions and had success with. These are all Asian for the most part.
Rotala 'Yao Yai'
Rotala 'green narrow'
Hygrophila 'tiger' (This one is South American, but might be easier to find than H. polysperma)
Hygrophila corymbosa 'Siamensis'
Stargrass (South American, but easy and a fast grower even in low tech)
Currently I'm testing out Limnophila aromatica in a low tech setting...mixed results at the moment.
There's tons of other stems, but those are the ones I've tried and succeeded with. There's also plenty of other crypts. Mosses would probably be a good idea as both a hiding place and a grazing surface for shrimp.
Oh mosses sound like a great Idea... I love that kind of carpet effect any that you can recommend? I'm gonna try to get my hand on the H. Polysperma because it seems like a really pretty plant. it actually looks kinda like a plant in my girlfriends tank I've never IDed. So I'm thinking maybe I will do just like one stemmed plant grow a carpet of moss or some type of clover to the best of my ability and I'd really like to do some kind of floating plant. can you suggest anything that might fit that bill?
I've never had any mosses. I've ordered some peacock moss though. That should be here next week. I love collecting plants though and seeing what will work for me, so I'm likely to end up with some other mosses eventually.
Wisteria was the floating plant I had the best luck with. It would get so thick it would shade out anything below it. I know lots of people on here love water sprite. I didn't have luck with it though. Just one of those things were some plants just don't like a tank for whatever reason.
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