I have a mini bow 5 betta tank that has been up and running for a year. The kids completely lost interest, so I'm going to make it mine. I have been reading a lot, but I have never kept any plants before.
What I've done sofar:
Ditched all the colorfull "kid" gravel and decorations.
Replaced with about 2" of fluorite dark. (I still have 1/2 bag left)
Replaced the bulb with a 13w 6500k daylight twisty bulb.
Added a small piece of driftwood that I boiled and let sit in a bucket of water for a day.
Put in a plant order for Moneywort bacopa, bronze wendtii, and Vesuvius sword.
Put in another order for a 24w cfl, base, and suport clip. (Looks like itl easily fit in the hood) ill DIY the balast from a 24w twisty cfl I have.
There is already some duckweed in there. The petstore people said it would clear up the algae. And it helped a lot.
So I don't have any real questions at the moment, but I am open to any input that might help me out.
What a mess this fluorite made.