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)?