Restarting my 5 Gallon Low-Tech!
Hello all! It's been a while, but I've decided to completely restart my currently sad and overgrown 5 gallon tank. Unfortunately my endlers came down with some callamanus worms, and since fish deworming medications are not sold in my country, I ended up rehoming them to someone who had the means to treat them, and I'm taking this opportunity to tear everything down and rescape.
Due to the disease outbreak, I wanted to sterilize my tank's contents to prevent the sickness from being passed on, but I found so many conflicting reviews on what works and what doesn't for plants. From people's experiences, it sounds like hydrogen peroxide often isn't enough to even kill snails, and bleach can damage the plants. So I'm thinking I'll just wait at least a month and hope that any remaining larvae attached to the plants dies off.
I used miracle-gro capped with eco-complete for my last setup, but it's been extremely messy and difficult to plant in, so I decided to invest in some Tropica aquarium soil this time. It arrived today, and it looks great but it's a bit less that I hoped. I think I'm going to mix in some of the old eco-complete (baked in the oven first to kill the nasties).
I attached a sketch of my plan for the tank, let me know if you have any constructive criticism on my layout! I've always admired "island" style scapes, and I would love to have some emergent growth. I'm planning to eventually house a single betta in this tank.