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5.5 Gallon planted tank- first one

Well starting a planted tank for the first time, not very good at this in past attempts, but this time I'm doing a journal so maybe I can get some advice? , so in one of the pictures, you can see the future resident of my new tank and soaking my new tank w/ its sand, ornament, filter, and heater, as it used to be a salt water tank. I'm thinking I should add some add. substrate as there is not a lot of sand, I'm thinking regular topsoil on top of the sand, opinions? As for the plant, I'm going to add an Amazon sword and the member paulrw was kind enough to send me some dwarven hairgrass! planning on having it like a carpet, as those always looked so cool to me, as always, any additional help/advice is appreciated!
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If you want to put topsoil in the tank put it under the sand, not on top.
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OK, i got it, i will put it under the sand, and I just started washing my topsoil, looks incredibly muddy, letting it sit for a couple days, 1 thing I haven't thought of, CO2 injection?!?!?! how necessary are those? oh yeah and the filter I have has also a very strong current, it's an elite mini like the one seen here: http://www.petco.com/product/13796/H...er-Filter.aspx
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If the betta is going to be housed in a tank with that filter, then you will have to get a diffrent, filter with less flow. Good luck!

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so something like a whisper? with a waterfall type flow?
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If you want to go the topsoil route, try mineralizing it. Search "mineralized topsoil" here and you'll find more details.
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anyway to mineralize on a budget?
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No idea, I've never done it before. Did you check out the threads?
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Oh yeah, I didn't know that what it was called, but yeah, i am just washing drying, repeat, but i thought you meant buying those red clay things and sticking them in the substrate
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Sounds like you've got it pretty well figured out. Looking forward to seeing some pics when it's up and running.
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Thanks, stupid question here but... Do I plant the plants first THEN add water or vice-versa?
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Thanks, stupid question here but... Do I plant the plants first THEN add water or vice-versa?
It doesn't really matter, but most people find it easier to plant the tank before they fill it with water. When you do fill it, put something in the tank, like a bowl or small plate, to "break" the water so it doesn't stir up the substrate or ruin any slope you're trying to make.
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Thanks, stupid question here but... Do I plant the plants first THEN add water or vice-versa?
Depends on the kind of plants and your own preferences. I like to plant foreground plants either dry or with only an inch or two of water. For stem plants, I like the tank to be full to at least half the height of the stem so I can get a sense of what it looks like in the water before I stick it in the substrate. But I've planted stem plants while the tank was empty, too.

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Ahh, ok I see what you're saying, so like pour the water into the tank like onto the back of the spoon or against the wall or something similar?
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Hmm, what type of fertilizer should I use? Preferably one I can get at petco or petsmart?
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