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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-22-2017, 12:52 AM Thread Starter
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First Planted Tank Low Tech 5 gal

I have a tall 5 gallon aquarium. I've never used a tall aquarium before I've always had the longer style tanks, I've also never kept a planted tank successfully. I tried some dwarf rotala last year but I think I planted it too deep and with too big gravel because the roots rotted and the plants floated up. So needless to say I know next to nothing.

My idea is kind of to use black sand/very small gravel and mound it up into the back right corner (the filter outlet is on the top left corner) and use some large river rock to keep it in place and look pretty. I want to use like spider wood or some other small low tannin wood and tie some kind of moss onto it to look like a tree in that back corner and then also add in some moss balls. So does anyone have any suggestions for the best woods to use that won't darken the water, and a moss that will take and kind of spread about the wood to look like a tree without adding CO2? (this is in a dorm room)

For stocking I'm thinking dwarf rasbora (3-5 I'll start with 3 and if the tank keeps good parameters add 2 more) and maybe 3 cherry shrimp.

So with that in mind. The water near me tends to be a bit hard and is treated with all kinds of stuff (city water) I filter it with a brita filter which softens it some and removes all the chlorine and what not. The tank I'm using (Marineland Portrait) has built in filtration and my boyfriend has been using his (he got me one for my birthday) for over 6 months with no problems with filtration. What can I do/buy that will set me up for a healthy tank that's different from plain fishkeeping, and can anyone recommend product brands, plants, or fishes that would work well for this setup?

I'm pretty new to fishkeeping as well I've only been keeping fish for about 2 years, but this is a whole new thing.

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As long as you can soak the wood before you put it in (could be a week or two, but mostly I've only ever needed to soak mine for a couple of days), any wood ought to be alright. I'm not sure what kinds of wood would have the look of a tree, since I've never had the luck to find them in person; sorry I can't help with that.

I think Java moss would be able to grow on the tree nicely, once it has attached properly. It's readily available and pretty easy to grow, unlike a lot of other moss varieties which are much harder to come by. Someone who has more experience with some of the other moss varieties may be able to answer more knowledgeably on that though.

Good luck and welcome to the hobby!
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I boiled my driftwood for about 20 min yo leach the tannins. Worked well for me.

Low tech doesnt have to mean no CO2. DIY CO2 is easy, relatively cheap, and effective.

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I have 2 nano tanks with no Co2, and they're thriving..

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