Hello! This will be my 2nd aquarium and I'm only about two weeks into the hobby. After doing almost everything backwards and rushed (didn't cycle tank, plastic plants, etc) I now want to do a proper, but small, tank. I currently have a 4-gallon Marineland aquarium from PetSmart with two fancy guppies and one mystery snail. Regular HOB filter, no heater, just water changes at this point. I have the API test kit and water's looking decent.
I feel in love with that little 6 gallon tank from Petco after seeing SaltyNC's thread here
. I have the perfect spot for it. I went to purchase it today, only to find out it's no longer stocked my Petco. So, I ordered it off of amazon.com and it should be here this week.
I've been giving myself a crash course in aquarium-keeping and have been reading almost non-stop for days now. I still have a lot of newbie questions, but I've also come to know what I want/don't want.
I've read all the way through the low-tech stuff and a lot of the planted nano stuff. I don't know all the acronyms yet, but I'm getting there.
: Simple. Low-tech. Small. I don't want to spend $100s of dollars on a setup. Though I have the money, I don't have the space or desire. I want happy, comfortable fish and a nice-looking aquarium. I want to grow things, and I want to watch my fish enjoy their space (is that even possible?).
Do not want
: Co2. Fancy, expensive fish. Huge tank. Lots of money tied up in additives or ferts. If possible, I want as few things put into the tank as possible, additive-wise.
So, with the tank on the way and plenty of time to do further research, here are a few of my questions.
1) Is it possible to do a planted tank substrate with just something like flourite or do I *have* to use something underneath like Aquasoil?
2) Can you do a planted tank without dosing ferts?
I have no decent local options for aquatic plants, so I'm off to see if someone here can build me a plant package. Any recommendations for low-light, easy-to-maintain plants would be great. I currently have a water wisteria, nana and narrow-leaf java something.
Thanks for reading. I'll update soon! Pic below of currently setup.