Goal: To make a place inside a 10g tank where scuds, seed shrimp, and blackworms can live without being eaten....while allowing them to drift/swim into the tank to be food for the Elassoma. Theoretically, I'll only have to feed the "food" every once in a while.
I'm hoping this will make the Elassoma happy and more likely to breed.
I added a bunch of moss to the divider to help make the back wall not as ugly and provide some more cover and places for fry and food to hide:
Dirt substrate capped with black sand and I also added rocks from the farm instead of driftwood. Planted Crypts, Anubias, Bruce, red myriophyllum, and dwarf sag.
Seed shrimp are ordered, I have a culture of scuds I can add, and I'll get the blackworms from the LFS.
I plan on letting this grow in 2-3 months and the "food" get really established before purchasing the Elassoma. I'm still torn on which strain I want since I can't have the endangered Elassoma boehlkei.