Dirting my 5gallon betta tank
Planning on dirting my 5 gallon fluval chi for my betta. Currently it just had gravel, a fake plant and decor, heater, sponge filter, and the filter the tank came with. So here's the plan:
Substrate: -Miracle grow organic potting mix
-Either fluval stratum or plain gravel cap
Filter: Will either continue to use my established sponge filter, or buy a small internal or HOB filter with established biological media (Will not continue using filter that came with the tank)
Lights: Small clip-on desk lamp with 13W 6500k CFL clipped on to where the Fluval Chi filter normally goes (these have worked well for my plants in the plants, plus they're very inexpensive for me. Can't be bothered getting anything fancier for a 5gallon betta tank)
Heater: I'll continue to use my current heater for 5-10g tanks
Plants: Glossostigma, jungle val, various crypts, java moss, rotala bonsai, dwarf sag (this is my initial idea based on what plants I have in my 29g). Hoping to plant around a nice intricate piece of driftwood.
Ferts: Probably not going to dose ferts and let the dirt do it's job. Maybe the odd dose of Flourish. However, I'll probably at some point try a small diy co2 set up.
Let me know what you think of this setup. I'll post pics when I get around to setting it up. I also wouldn't mind some other opinions on plants to put in that are good with medium light and for a nano tank, as well as small tank mates for a 5 gallon with a betta (thinking cherry shrimp and a snail. If there's a good small schooling fish that would work too that'd be awesome).