Since my main (living room) tank is a low-light Walstad community tank, I wanted a way to learn about higher-light plants, LEDs, fertilization, etc. Also, wanted to be able to keep the non-communal male betta. And, turn a dead spot on the kitchen counter into a focal point.
It's been in operation just over 2 months, and so far is popular with visitors and the kitchen's owner (my wife).
Tank: Standard 10g glass.
* I used white electrical tape over the black rim, which actually looks better than any painting I could have managed.
* The bottom rim has stick-on felt pads to make it easy to pull the tank out from under the cabinet.
* Pump/filter: Hagen Elite Mini
* Backdrop: a painted glass cutting board, attached top & bottom with velcro. Not the background I would have chosen, but compromise is a critical in every part of this hobby, isn't it? I may add a backlight to see what that looks like.
* Substrate: a thin layer of white sand
* Lighting: 15w T-5 plus a 20w halogen hockey puck under-cabinet lamp. This is one area I want to experiment with, with LEDs.
* All planted in separate glass vases, to make adjustments and experiments easy. Soil topped with black gravel.
* Amazon sword (plugging along)
* Rotala Indica (growing moderately)
* Ludwigia Repens (growing moderately)
* Marsilea quadrifolia (stretching upward quickly)
* Sagittaria Sublata (hanging on)
* Dwarf baby tears (too early to tell, likely need to increase lighting)
* Anubias barteri (very slow)
* Porto Velho (?) (grew fast as a tall, thick stem, then a burst of new leaves after pruning, now very slow)
* Duckweed lemna minor, as a safety buffer.
* A male betta
* A Peppered Cory (lonely)
* An Oto (also lonely)
* A (fine on his own) Nerite Snail
* API CO2 Booster 1ml x 3 / week
* Monopotassium phospate, 1 mg / day
* Vacuuming and 50% water change one per week.
* This tank is naturally unbalanced, since it doesn't follow any of the standard methods. There's an algae that tints the sand green, and grows under the pots. It's under "control", though I don't know why and am afraid of it taking off.
* Eradicating pond snails. I support the local snail populations in my other tanks, but I find them undesirable in this one.