Convert or no?
Hey all, I've introduced myself a bit in the Lounge section but wanted to make a thread here in order to get some advice and questions answered.
I have a 10G tank at home right now that is currently a graveled/plastic plants basic aquarium. I've always wanted to have a real nice aquarium but could never bring myself to setting one up and going for it all. Now I know I want to try and venture into the planted tank world but will admit I am a bit scared because I don't know what to expect. I've done some research and am familiar with what needs to happen, but am unconvinced whether I'd be able to do it or not.
So here is my real questions. Should I even consider a planted tank if I only have a 10G tank? I could get a 20-30 gallon for relatively cheap but would love to just convert my current tank over if possible. I also have in mind my tank setup consisting of white(find) sand and a few plants or maybe driftwood. Is that relatively possible with sand instead of gravel?
I should mention at this point that I am a full time college student and between work, school, homework, chores, etc. have some but not huge amounts of time on my hands. Does it take a lot of time throughout the day/week in order to create/maintain a planted tank? I find myself a bit lacking sometimes with previous aquariums..
With that in mind, I am also on a college budget as well...Is it much more expensive than a simple plastic everything tank?
Please advise and thanks in advance.