I use liquid fertilizer such as seachem (buy a 500 mL bottle, they will last you like a year with a 3.5-5 gallon) I don't knwo if they expire or not k can check later. I also use root tab but i don't know if needed
You can see i run into some algae problem (on the rock and greenish water) because dwarf hairgrass is sorta slow on growing, so you definitely want some fast growing plants like java fern in addition to outbeat the algae growth. I Only have hairgrass because i am doing an iwagumi style so the only plants i use were grass like or carpet plants
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And here what my diy co2 looks like, not very attractive, cuz i dont have space to hide the bottle. Or if you could find some cool vodka or wine bottle (if you underage then no), you are set with style haha
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ive read its difficult to cycle a 3.5 gallon and to keep a stable cycle in them.. also if your adding alot of plants that can possibly affect the cycle too as the plants will be eating the ammonia and nitrates that the bacteria eat.im not expert by far,just something to look into maybe if your trying to keep the tank cycled.most people dont bother with cycles in smaller tanks,they just do a 50 percent and 100 percent water change every 3 days or so to remove all the stuff the bacteria usually removes in bigger tanks..
i think you should buy your fish now,its no fun lookin at an empty tank, just do your water changes regular,put your plant u have in,your fish will be fine
I've heard that too. I guess I won't, I kind of wanted the experience of cycling a tank but I imagine it will end up being more work than warranted especially for a tank its size.
As for the fish, you don't have to tell me twice :)
Surferjo: I ordered a small sponge filter, and I figure even if I don't cycle my tank, I can still use it. And it will definitely come in handy in the future when I decide to cycle bigger tanks for hosting BB.
jjposko: I need to update my account, but unfortunatey I moved away from OH. :( I live in NC now.
Squirt: I'll definitely invest in some of these things. I'd like to get into aquatic plant keeping as I continue to set up aquariums. :)
Okay so for my tank, I bought black gravel substrate. Should I return this and buy sand instead? I read that dwarf hair grass grows in a more carpet fashion when rooted in sand. Does anybody have experience otherwise?
Here is a tentatively finalized plant list (I won't get all at once, this is more of a continuous, ideal list of plants I'd like to eventually have) :
-anubias (attached to driftwood)
-java moss (to grow on driftwood - very scenic)
-marimo moss ball (just cute)
-java fern (to grow on rock)
I'm planning on getting some root tabs, seachem flourish, and a 26 watt bulb for desk lamp. OKAY. *phew* what do ya think?
You need some layer of soil below your sand as well.
It is a good list i think. But it would be slightly challenging for that many plants to grow in a 3.5 gallons. But it should be possible.
hahahaha goal in life: recreate pride rock scene. such an inspiration.
It does seem like a lot - I think I'll go for it though. See what happens. Like I said, I'll be adding a little bit at a time so if at any time I think the tank doesn't need anything more, I can always just stop adding things.
And I'll return the gravel for sand, and some soil. Regular potting soil? Or special aquatic soil?