I need someone to explain the more scoentific side of things to me, and the chemical reactions that are going on in my 1 gallon tank.
As my betta is sick and in a quarantine jar, Ive been experimenting with his vacant 1gallon, as I know that I will be out of the country for a month soon, I wanted to prepare the tank to be as self sufficient as possible. not wanting to experiment with bettas, i bought two feeder rosy reds (figuring that Id be doing them a favor and saving them from being eaten) and used them as my ammonia source. My challenge was to have a barebottom planted tank work.
Plants in this tanks are
1 potted anubias
a couple strands of creeping charlie (forgot scientific name)
5 5-7in strands of elodeas
1 banana lily
1 stray java fern leaf that came with a ghost shrimp (is now sprouting daughter plants)
I have a table lamp on 12 hours a day which supply my other plants with light in the winter moths
there is also a ramshorn snail( probably wont last too long because of slightly acidic PH and two trumpet snails that came with a plant but seems to have dissappeared a few days ago.
this tank has now been on its own for about 2 weeks, Ive even been feeding the fish (althought they seem to do quite well snacking off whatever was in the tank)
one fish that came with a slight tail rot seems completely healthy now, leading me to believe that the water params are all good. The only thing I've done to the tank is to turkey baster out the fish's waste once every few days and top up iny amounts of water to even out what the turkey baster took out.
As I do not have any test kits(being too poor and all) can someone tell me
1. why the system is working at this point in time
2. what might cause its failure somewhere down the line
3. how I can improve the current set up?