Cheapskate 5.5 gallon Journal
I am getting ready to set up my first (real) planted tank, right now I just have a 2.5 gallon bowl with some java moss.
So far I have no fertilizer, substrate is fine black sand, which is clogging my filter, but is easy to unclog.
Tank- standard 5.5 gallon
Filter- 10 gallon whisper in tank filter with a bio-bag
Lights- none yet, plan to do clip on light with a 10-
12w compact fluorescent... any suggestions here (think cheap).
Plants- I want some moss (taiwan moss or anything attractive, not java)
Might even end up doing a moss wall for the background.
Also i want some hair grass and some Marsilea Minuta (common
Heater- none planned. I am going to do cooler water fish, but i might end
up getting one just to keep the temp constant at about 72-
Air pump- 10 gal air pump
Fish planned- 2 cories and 2 fathead minnows
and a handful of shrimp
and 2 mystery snails or some galaxy rasboras
Not going to add any fish until all plants and decor are arranged and the tank is properly cycled.
Questions- With my planned lighting setup how many hours should I run the lights? I realize without C02 I should keep it to a minimum and find plants that will do well in medium light.
Do the plants I have chosen do well in lower light conditions?
Am i overstocking here if I use the fish I am planning?
If I do cories and rasboras do i need a heater? If so what is the best (cheap) heater I can get for a 5.5 gal?
After my tank cycles should I start by adding the cories? that was my plan.
Thanks for any help anyone wants to give.
I will put pix up tomorrow.