I've got a 2.5g tank (this one
, specifically) that I will house a betta or shrimp in. The silicone is pretty messy, so I'll probably be razor blading the excess off soon.
Here's what I've got so far (actually more questions then plans...)
Substrate: fluorite and maybe a top later of sand
Lighting: I will probably be setting up the tank near a window so it will receive some natural light. If I don't go this route, what kind of lighting should I be looking for?
Filtration: I've heard about sponge filters being used in small tanks, but are they good for planted tanks? I'd like this tank to be relatively low maintenance, so should I stick with a small HOB? As for filter media, is activated carbon the best way to go?
Plants: Since I do have such a small tank, I'd really like to use plants with small leaves and stuff to create a sort-of "miniature world" look. I'm thinking about a nice moss or small grassy type plant and a plant that will float on the surface to create a filtered light effect. Low to medium light plants would probably be best if I want to avoid expensive lighting, right?
I've heard that fast growing plants help combat algea growth, so I will definitely look into that. Are there some that people recommend for small tanks or is one fast growing plant just as good as another at keeping algea away?
Dosing and maintenance: I've heard it's best to give the plants time (4 weeks?) to establish themselves before using fertilizer - is that true? I have some API brand liquid fertilizer that seems to work pretty well - do you think it will be enough for the plants? As for water changes, would a changing 1/4 of the water once a month work?
Sorry for all the questions, but I really want to start this off right rather than having to start over later. Thanks!