Hi all, it's been a while since I've kept a journal of any sort. Like many others, I found myself starting up the hobby again (thanks to COVID) after a long hiatus from keeping planted tanks.
It's crazy how busy life gets as you grow up and sometimes when I see the 10+ tanks sitting in storage I marvel at how I used to really have all the time in the world. I dusted off my 2.5 gallon tank as I've always loved the form factor and I wanted something "easy" to start off with especially since the light, filter, and some leftover seiryu stone a friend gave me was already all ready to go. Here are some specs:
2.5 rimless low iron Finnex tank (kit)
I believe the filter is an Azoo mignon 60 filter, though it seems this is a generic mini filter that multiple manufacturers make with the same features
Finnex Stingray LED clip light (JL-C18 4W LED)
Black sand (I think it's black diamond blasting sand + some seachem black sand) Plants
Alternanthera reineckii 'mini'
Frogbit + duckweed Livestock
1 horned nerite
11-12 blue dream shrimp
From the top, dealing with surface scum but sort of a lost cause at this point. I've found that it depends on my water level. It has to be just right for the filter outflow to break up the scum. I'm kinda over it at this point, but still open to any tips and tricks that don't involve a surface skimmer because there's no space
Previously there was a strip of mesh here with java moss since I wanted an instant carpet. I ended up taking it out and planting a few stems of monte carlo to see how they'd do. If I like the look of monte carlo more, I may just take out all of the java moss and switch to a monte carlo carpet instead.
Please excuse the diatoms. I had the timer set to 9 hours of light by accident for the past 3 weeks, but reduced it down to 6 hours this week and got a horned nerite to keep the shrimp company. Usually 1 nerite per 5 gallons is the general rule of thumb. Since this is a 2.5 gallon tank I'm going to refrain from scraping algae off walls as much as possible so I don't starve the little dude.