5g Aquascape help
Hey guys, so long story short, I have zero skill with planting plants in good locations. My tank looks like something at a pet store where people pick their plants and take them home.
I just got a bunch of stem plants from a guy on kijiji, and I've never actually planted plants that don't already have a solid root system. I took the leaves off the bottoms and nicked a little of the stem itself in the hopes that will help it with new growth? Any advice on them is appreciated. I think the ones I have are water sprite (left), ludwigia (mid) and then something else on the right in front of my amazon sword. I have some anubias, several crypts, and then that other weird long-leaf plant in the front right.
Bottom line, I need serious advice on how to properly aquascape. If anyone has some ideas could they lay them on me? I want to make a nice tank for a betta, (because that's really all I can have in a tank this size, I believe. Though if ya'll have successfully kept anything else HAPPILY in a 5g, please let me know.)
I realize a lot of the roots are out of the substrate, I've only got about an inch of it in there. I've got more waiting to go in after I decide on permanent plant placement.
Also, and sorry if I'm asking a lot, I have a lot of stems left over and I wondered how I can care for them? I've got a bucket I could put them in, but I have no idea if the natural light coming in my window will be enough for them and I don't have another light. If there isn't a way to care for them I'll just give them away to someone who can, but ideally I'd like to grow them just in case, or to sell.
5g (eventually!) planted.