6.6 gallon planted setup advice
So I was gifted the 6.6 gallon petco bookshelf aquarium for my birthday. I have a few tanks and all of them have live plants that do very well but I decided that I would like to finally make a proper planted tank with this one. I have a rough plan but would like your guys input as you are the experts.
Tank: Petco 6.6 gallon bookshelf
Substrate: Eco complete or flourite. Is one better than the other? I dont know alot about either. All my other tanks either have normal gravel, play sand, or black diamond blasting sand in them.
Light: It comes with a hood that has a 15w bulb. That puts me over 2w/gallon and I imagine that since the light will be so close I should be good. I am going to replace the bulb with a power glo bulb.
Filter: Looking for suggestions on this for sure. It comes with one that I imagine will be fine but if there is a better option I'm open to suggestions.
Heater: Not sure yet but probably one of the preset little tetra submersibles.
Plants: I have only previously grown swords, and other super easy plants so this will definitely be an adventure for me.
Carpet: Dwarf baby tears
Background: Dwarf hair grass
Other: Really want some blyxa japonica in there and I will need to decide on a moss
Scape: Going to be trying the whole bonsai tree look. Gonna go for a light hill and maybe a few rocks. If I do rocks I want them pushing out of the green hard.
Fish and stuff: Havent nailed down the fish yet but fish will be the very last thing that goes into the tank after I have looking the way I want but I guess its pretty important to decide on the fish in the beginning.
Options I'm interested in(of course taking suggestions)
Cory cats (they ok in carpeted tanks?)
Neon or cardinal tetra
had horrible luck with borraras briggatae but might give a cheaper option a try. $60 dollars worth of fish all mysteriously dead in a species only 30g.
I enjoy breeding things if that helps with any suggestions.
CO2: Heard about some DIY options here. Really just want the EASIEST option. If that means dropping an extra 20 bucks its worth it. If DIY is just as good but more than 50 dollars cheaper I would rather just go with the DIY
Really appreciate any help you guys can give me here. I am very excited about finally setting up a proper tank