I am thrilled to announce the 4th edition (2023) of ‘Ecology of the Planted Aquarium’. Print version (paperback, 225 pages) still at the distribution warehouse (Baker & Taylor Publishers) and won’t be sent out to Internet vendors for several weeks. BUT the eBook is available now! Fourth edition has the same low-tech, low-maintenance approach of previous editions, but it has new material based on science, experience, and hobbyist input. [Note: I have a few private copies of the 3rd edition (2013) that I am still selling as a ‘Combo.’]
Article on setting up small planted tanks for pet shrimp.
Small Planted Tanks for Pet Shrimp (9 pages) was written for people wanting to keep planted tanks. I show how to set up 1-gal bowls with small shrimp, which is an easy, inexpensive way to get started. Bowls shown at 1 month in photo were off to a good start and continued to do well. For hobbyists who want to try something a little different, I describe setting up small tanks with the Dry Start Method (DSM). With DSM, aquarium plants are grown emergent (in air) for the first 2-3 months before adding the water and the shrimp to the tank. Both methods involve using ordinary soil as a planting medium and keeping Red Cherry Shrimp, which are hardy, colorful, and cute.