View Full Version : Brand new to planted tanks!!

05-17-2015, 01:35 AM
Hey everyone!! I picked this aquarium up Friday off of craigslist, it is a 3-5 gallon plexiglass planted tank, mainly got it because I wanted the plants and the 20-25 rili shrimp. It also came with the fancy guppy. I couldn't pass up the deal. Anyways I am brand new to plants, the tank has perfect water and everything looks great. Is there any advice a "newbie" like me needs to be successful with the plants. I know the plant in the front in moneywort but Im not sure about the plant right under the guppy it had bigger leaves and a think stem. Anyways thanks in advance.


05-17-2015, 03:33 AM
Watch your parameters. And don't over feed. It looks like a good set up. And here it comes, shrimp poop a lot. Watch the plants but you should not have to add fertilizer to this tank. And remember to change out about two gallons of water weekly.

05-17-2015, 09:09 PM
Thanks I hope it works out good!

05-18-2015, 12:42 AM
Can you identify my plant lol bought off Craigslist I'm pretty sure the one is moneywort idk what the other one is.


05-18-2015, 01:04 AM
I think it might be this. Water hyssop, here as a link to info. http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/myPlants.php?do=view&p=41&n=Water_Hyssop_Bacopa_Bacopa_monnieri

05-18-2015, 01:14 AM
The tall stuff with small leaves in the first picture is moneywort I think but in the second picture it has bigger leaves and an almost bamboo looking stem idk what that is

05-18-2015, 01:34 AM
I think the first picture is bacopa and the second pic is this http://www.aquahobby.com/garden/e_Ceratopteris_cornuta.php. but it is hard to tell

05-18-2015, 09:40 PM
Heres some more pictures




05-18-2015, 10:06 PM
Water wisteria not water sprite I think for the second one.

05-18-2015, 10:15 PM
I did some research last night and Im pretty sure the tall plant is moneywort almost 100% on that one and I think you're right dwarfguy I think the other one is water wisteria

05-18-2015, 10:20 PM
Now I want to get some willow leaf hygro and maybe some Cryptocoryne wendtii

05-19-2015, 01:09 PM
Yes that little plant is water wisteria.

05-19-2015, 04:20 PM
So with this 3-5gallong tank Im not sure of the size, you guys think it'd be ok to add maybe 3 neon tetras I know it's an inch per gallon but i've read somewhere that with good filtration and the plants you can get away with maybe one or two more fish than normal.

05-19-2015, 04:36 PM
Tetras do best in larger groups, 10 or more....personally, the only fish I'd try (in a 5 gallon) is a single betta....if it's smaller than 5G, I wouldn't put fish in that tank.

05-19-2015, 04:53 PM
Yes that little plant is water wisteria.

Yup, be careful with it, it will grow into a monster if you let it, very little right now though...

I agree with Mr. Slap, too small for tetras and if its under 5 gallons then no for a betta. 3 gallons is good for the shrimp, and they are a lot of fun too, just got some recently am not sure why I waited so long.

05-19-2015, 05:31 PM
It's got rili shrimp and a guppy in it right now thats how i bought it. i'd like to get a 10 gallon but idk if it'd be a good idea to move everything over

05-19-2015, 05:53 PM
You can move it over if you want, or you can just start a new tank and add to your collection. If you move it over I would recommend a fishless cycling the new tank first so that the new filter has the bacteria already stocked, then you just add new fish and the old shrimp (or not depending on the fish you get).

05-19-2015, 11:29 PM
If I buy say a 10 gallon tank and a filter that will take the already established cartridge I wouldn't have to wait long for it to cycle right cause I'd just be putting all the BB in the new tank. I have a tetra whisper in the 3 gallon but if I went with the marineland 75 I thinks there's enough space to put the new cartridge and the old one

05-19-2015, 11:46 PM
For hang-on-back (HOB) filters, I wouldn't spend money on anything but an AquaClear

Ditch cartridges, and use media that YOU choose

05-20-2015, 12:58 AM
If you can find them any of the Dario species would work. They stay around one inch with a personality like a cichlid. One or two would work I would think. I have very little experience with them but they didn't seem difficult.

05-20-2015, 01:21 AM
I was looking into the aquaclears but to get the BB off the old cartridge and on the the filter media could I just stick the cartridge in there and let it run for a week or so or would I have to start from the beginning again

05-20-2015, 01:37 AM
No, you wouldn't have to start over with your cycle, if that's what you mean.

I started off alot like you have in the hobby (see my 10G journal in my sig)

My cartridge in the kit filter I bought was nothing more than a plastic frame with sponge material...I pulled these cartridge(s) out of the filter, and put them into a bit of tank water in a bowl, so that they didn't dry out, and kill my BB (beneficial bacteria)...filter media must always stay wet

Of course, this was after I had cycled the tank, with fish (newbie)

Set up the AC30 on my 10 gallon, ready to go with the sponge and media it came with...then, carefully cut away the sponge section of my cartridge from the Tetra filter, and added it to the media basket of the AC30, below my bags of ceramic media

Turned the filter on, set the correct temp for the tank, and all was well...the sponge material seeded my ceramic media, then after about a week, I ditched the sponge and used only ceramic media for my BB

05-20-2015, 02:08 AM
OK thats what I might do I have a buddy that has a 10 gallon Im going to try to lift off of him haha and Ill buy an aqua clear and put the wisper filter in it