A desktop planted tank
The company I work for is moving office in a few weeks, and I'm thinking of spicing up my new desk with a little FW nano tank. I had a betta once before, but thinking I may just go with a planted tank this time, maybe add a few shrimp.
I guess my first & biggest question is, do I need filtration for a planted tank? Do I need to cycle the tank?
I own a tank similar to this (Small Tank) which has a UGF but I found the power head far too strong for the small size of the tank. Would the flow be bad for shrimp?Would I need to run the UGF for a planted tank?
Otherwise I may purchase a tank similar to this (Small Tank) if filtration is required.
What sort of plants would you recommend? I'm thinking something along the lines of Amazon swords or similar.
I'd go with the second, a nice clean line glass tank. The only issue may be with no lid you will have evaporation and mineral deposit lines around the top... just needs a little more maintenance cleaning and topping off.
You don't need a filter with just plants and you certainly don't need to cycle it... even if you are going to add shrimp or a betta with the plants. The LED "bonus" may not be adequate for plants but this may be OK if there is enough ambient light already. Even just setting up a desk lamp with a 6500k CFL would be enough.
Low light plants would be best, crypts are my favourite. Swords woul be too large, 28l is around 7 gallons and change. You can get all sorts of sizes of crypts and colour variations, greens, browns, little reddish... a dwarf lily would be nice too... one of those ones from a bulb but it would have to be a dwarf.
Watch what you do electrically for this though. There is typically no GFCI on office outlets and if it is a floor outlet, this would be critical to provide. If it is a wall outlet, a drip loop would suffice.
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