I just bought Suki a new 2.5 gallon tank. I really really reallywant to plant it! :)
The tank will only be getting sunlight.
Substrate wise I will use either gravel or the fluval special plant substrate.
I was thinking off adding some anubias, amazon sword, a moss ball and some duckweed. :)
Is this a good plan?
The sword will need a bit more light (imo) than just sun will give you. Also, I really really do not recommend just sun. Even in my tanks (which have buttloads of snails and water column feeders) still get it when theyre in the window.
If you have a 2.5g, either use a hood light or a light from a small. cheap desk lamp with a 6500k florescent bulb for about 6-8hrs a day.
The sword will need at least 2-3-4 (3-4 ideally) inches of substrate and should have root tabs.
For the substrate Im going to use Fluval Stratum Shrimp or Plant Substrate.
My plan is to place the anubias tethered to a rock in the center of the tank. The anacharis will go in a back corner. The lucky bamboo will be in the other back corner and the duckweed will cover half of the tank. Eventually, the trimming of the tank will be planted all over.
I dunno, that might be a lot of plants for a 2.5 gallon. I wouldn't choose lucky bamboo unless you're planning on not having a lid for the tank (which is not recommended). Since the bamboo leaves can't be in the water or they'll die.
Other than that, you won't need special substrate for these plants they're fairly low-maintenance, just remember that anubias is not rooted it can be but don't bury the rhizome. Don't let the duckweed overun your tank.
I have a topic going that is named "2 gallon experiment" or something... I currently have anarchis, java fern, lucky bamboo, a moss ball, and duckweed. I have no additional lights (hence why it is called "experiment"), it is in a full sun window. However, it hasn't been set up long enough to determine if this will work or not.
Personally I don't feel the need for a lid with the duckweed. It covers enough of the surface that I don't feel as if she will be likely to jump (but still has breaks for air). Choose what you want at your own risk.
Since you use syran wrap you could technically still have bamboo if you wanted. Just have it sticking out the back. I am not sure what I think of it yet, it is okay, but I don't really notice it, even though it turns my tank into a riparium. If it doesn't make it I won't be too fused, even though the orange roots look pretty in the water.
Uh... I didn't quarantine it. I haven't with any of my plants. They have come in with every critter under the sun. I think I even had micro shrimp in there until I got my girl. They might still be in there, but they are very good at hiding or she will eat them. I have one pond snail (I know there will be more...), some worm things, planaria, copepods. The list goes on, and I can't identify half of them. I personally love all of the little life, but I also don't know if they might be dangerous. When I first got the duckweed I let it set for a couple of days in an empty tank to look for hydra, and when I didn't see any I put it in with my boys. Then that empty tank sat with extra duckweed for about a month, growing all sorts of life until I started my experiment and added a betta and other plants.
You might not want to take that risk. Some people do a bleach dip (emphasis on DIP) to kill off all of the little stuff. Just quarantining them won't kill all of that stuff though. OFL said she just does frequent water changes for a little while to reduce their numbers. Just just have to decide for yourself what you want to do.