So i've lurked for a while and I've decided I want to stop messing around and get a planted tank. A little history first though.
I started off with a 3 gal plastic tank back when I was 15ish that I filled with probably too many fish but it still thrived. Plants were plastic and it had just plain gravel as substrate. I did my weekly water changes, etc. I eventually wanted a bigger tank so I could have more fish. I purchased a 20 gal and with help from my local aquarium store stocked it with probably around 12 fish, right at about the limit. Unfortunately, due to some questionable fish I bought, disease and infection set in and I was unable to stop them from basically killing my tank.
Fast forward to today and the lone survivor (my Khuli loach) is back in the 3 gal I re-purposed. Since I have plenty of room in my 3 gal, I went ahead and bought a betta about 2 weeks ago, so currently I have two fish. While I was buying the beta, I saw they had a sale of their 5.5 gal tanks, so I went ahead and bought the tank and cover.
I've recently found out about planted tanks and the idea appeals to me because it's so much more natural for the fish.
Basically want I want is a planted 5.5 gal tank, populated with probably around 5 cherry barbs (or neon's, etc), my betta, and my khuli loach, as well as an Olive Nerite Snail (don't reproduce in freshwater!).
What I need advice on is the type of lighting I should buy (or bulb), substrate, plants to buy, and fertilization techniques etc.
- For lighting, the aquarium store I bought my betta has a flourescant lighting housing that is about 35 bucks made for that 5.5 gal.
- I saw this post on substrate, seems practical? https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/su...mts-aaron.html
- I've uploaded a picture of how I want my tank to look from the top down.
- I'm also attaching some videos/pictures of cool plants I'm interested in.
Thanks guys for all your help! If there are stickies I didn't see that answer some of my questions, please direct me towards them, and then i'll update this thread
Here is a video of a really cool carpet http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=Hk1_NhdDJvg
These rocks are really cool (what type!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYto2...eature=related
I want my driftwood to look this with the plant growing off of it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNVNL...eature=related