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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-05-2007, 01:51 AM Thread Starter
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5.5 gallon renovation... where to start?

Hi everyone. I'm new here, so if i sound like I don't know anything it's because I don't. I've tried reading as much as I can, but don't really understand a lot of the lingo you're using.

I have a 5.5 gallon tank right now that has some a few fancy guppies, some wild guppies and a few hybrid babies. I'd really like to make their habitat as natural as possible. Right now they are on a mixture of rock and aquarium gravel. During the summer I grabbed a few plants from the lake for the tank. Some did very well, some did very well for a while and died off rapidly leaving a disgusting mess (hornwort), but most just seem to barely survive. I have one flourescent light that's 11 watts that I turn on in the morning and turn off at night. I'm using a filter that hangs on the side.

I'd like to change the substrate to something more plant friendly. I love the look of sand. Is this feasible?

I'd also like to stay away from having to use CO2. What can I do to help my plants thrive and grow without getting too technical and without risking my fish.

What are some good low light, easy to grow plants for a small tank (I have java fern and java moss from a friends aquarium)?


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Hornwort will grow almost anywhere, are you sure it was hornwort?

Java ferns, hornwort, guppy grass and anacharis are all good for low light tanks with no CO2 in my experience.
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co2 is just one of the needs of plants. you can do without it by going low-light.

Here's my low-light low-maintenance 10g

Here's a good read for non-co2 setups http://www.barrreport.com/estimative...2-methods.html
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