29 Gallon Planted Tank Journey
Hello everyone! Iíve been keeping fish on and off for about ten years now, but Iíve got an itch to venture into planted tank territory. Iíve never attempted a planted tank, but Iím excited to start! I have two bettaís currently that are around 2. I donít plan on starting the tank until they pass, although given the variability of betta life spans that may change.
Iíd like to document my journey for myself to look back on, as well as to allow other plant newbies a place to learn. That being said, I have no idea what Iím doing, so any and all help is appreciated! To start, I have a 29 galleon top fin aquarium kit. Iíve had it sitting empty for a good amount of time. Iím unsure if the light it came with is enough for a low-tech tank? I know the 29 gallon is on the deeper side so perhaps Iíll need a stronger light.
I have no idea what plants Iíd like. Hardy, forgiving plants of course, but Iím at a loss as to which plants fit that bill. Iíd like a nice carpet plant as well as some taller plants for variability. Iíd like the tank to look like a lush jungle when Iím done. Weíll see how that goes!
As for stocking, Iím a bit conflicted. Iíd love to get a red cherry shrimp colony going (sticking with neocardina- for now). I intend on heavily planting as Iíd like to encourage breeding. Iíd love to add some corydoras as well. I know that runs the risk the shrimplets getting eaten, but Iím hoping the aquascape I create minimizes this. Anyone have success with this?
If possible, I wouldnít mind adding some fish. Iím completely open to any and all suggestions. If the consensus is that I cannot add fish while keeping a decent colony of shrimp, I will nix the fish.
Lots of info, I know. Iím essentially looking for any and all tips for starting a planted tank, and owning shrimp. I intend on getting a shrimp substrate. Recommendations? I am confident in my ability to keep fish, so Iím not starting from scratch. As I progress in my journey, I will update! For now though, Iíd love some advice and for people to follow my planted tank attempt!