I'm new here, and I'm here because I'm thinking about starting a 5 gallon planted tank. I tried before with a 10 gallon tank and got fed up with all the algae. If you can give me some advice on getting started, I'd really appreciate it so I can make an informed decision about this project.
Here's what I'm hoping for:
no need to add CO2 manually
pretty much low-maintenance - once a week trimming
not too expensive
Here's the infromation I need to know:
what species of plants should I choose?
what amount of lighting would be sufficient?
how can i avoid growing algae?
what fish (and more important, how many) can I house?
what non-fish alernatives can I add (not with the fish, it's either fish or something that's not a fish living in there)?
any recommended manufacturers of tanks?
is this all worth it?