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Ryno's 5.5 Gallon

Hello everyone, I've been lurking around the forums for a few months now and I figured I'd start posting now that I finally got plants in my tank. I'm still in college so building this tank up will be a slow process. In its previous life it was a reef tank, but after five years of reefing I ran out of interest (and money) so I sold everything off and decided to go back to freshwater and give planted tanks a try.

Tank: 5.5 gallon AGA
Light: I forgot the name, but its that 27 watt light a lot of people use from Home Depot.
Filter: Whisper 10
Heater: Can't remember, its either 25 or 50 watts I think. Its enough to keep the tank between 76 and 78 degrees.
CO2: DIY yeast and sugar mixture in a 2 liter bottle fed in to the filter.

Plants: Micro Sword and Hemianthus callitrichoides

Fish: Crowntail Betta

I set the tank up in mid-November and added the Betta shortly after. I finally found the plants I wanted locally this past Wednesday. I know the HC should be separated as much as possible, but doing small patches in a full tank is a bit of a hassle, it keeps wanting to float away. I'll probably end up splitting up some of the larger patches though.

1. I want to swap out the filter for a canister filter to free up some space, Amazon has Zoo Med 501 filters for about $35. I've read some comments on here saying it is a fairly weak filter, but it seems like it should be enough for this small of a tank.
2. After I get rid of the filter I think I'll move the micro sword and the rock on the right side and put in a piece of driftwood with some sort of moss on it to try and make it look like a tree. None of my local stores ever have any pieces small enough that would work though so it will be a while.
3. Like my reef tanks I'd like to place an emphasis on invertebrates. In this case a variety of different colored shrimp. Anyone have suggestions of places that carry more than just two or three kinds of shrimp?
4. I plan on picking up a bottle of Flourish. Will this be fine, or would I be better off using Excel or some other additive or fertilizer?

Anyways, here's a few pictures. I'm surprised at how much easier it is to capture the true colors of a planted tank compared to a reef tank.
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looks great. one thing tho, maybe split up the hc and liliopsis some more and spread it around. itll fill in faster and more evenly

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That's nice scape with such a small space!
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