I have a 55 gallon tank I wish to plant. I read so many things online about it then I get side-tracked and end up way off course. So, I decided to join this forum to get all the answers in one place as I have never planted a tank before, but have been reading on it for several months now.
As I'd mentioned, I want to plant my 55gal. Have decided on my layout and have a few plants in mind. So, my questions will revolve around proper substrate and appropriate plants (and, of course, the types of fish that can peacefully co-habit with one another, including the plants).
I will be using Miracle Gro organic potting mix, (need clay? CO2 system?), also, I don't expect to ever have to change the potting mix, but would like clarification. How much mix would I need to effectively dirt a 55g? I would hate to buy several bags to find that I only needed 1, I am on too fixed a budget to purchase un-needed materials.
Wisteria, anubias and HC for starter plants, plan to throw a few shrimp in there as well. I would like to know if there is a complex process that had been proven to work as far as dirting, shall I simply lay down a layer of potting mix and then apply the gravel, position the plants and then fill the tank, cycle and then add fish? Can it truly be as simple as that?
Any info regarding this topic would be greatly appreciated.