Alright. So, just in case some of the people who viewed my last thread are reading this one.......... I'm getting a new tank for my betta! I convinced my parents (apparently by "new tank" they thought I wanted to add another tank rather than upgrade the tank for my betta. We have serious communication issues. lol.) Anyway, I cleared a spot in my room, the tank still needs to be small (no bigger than 6g) I'm looking for something streamlined, I like tanks that have the filtration media tucked away so that I can just enjoy my fish and plants. I've been eyeing the fluval edge 6g and more recently the EHEIM aqua style (either 4g or 6g not sure yet). Anyway I'm very open to suggestions from you guys. I would like suggestions on plants, substrate, tank, lighting, and anything you think I might need. I am willing to spend the money to buy something that I will really enjoy and that will be dependable for the long haul (When Jasper goes to fishy heaven I will definitely get another fish) and that will make my fish vibrant and happy. Let me tell you what I like and you can suggest away:
Tank: Streamline, filtration media hidden, all glass (I don't like black edging), 4g-6g
Plants: Something that carpets (I heard that I need CO2 for this. Can I whip up some homemade CO2 and only apply it until I get the plants to carpet or do I have to continue to apply even after I get them to the desired carpet?) If you think that's a bad idea, give me other suggestions! I really like the look of dwarf hairgrass even if it's just in little clusters. I already have marimo balls. I like how java moss looks on driftwood and stones. I really like a zen look when it comes to plants.... more like a field than a jungle.
Substrate: Something black. I don't know if I just need the soil or if I need to top it off with black sand or something.
Lighting: WTF I don't know what I'm doing
Basically I know what I like as far as looks (very natural and zen) but I don't know what I need to accomplish it. Like I know hairgrass needs high light but some other plants need low light and I don't want to buy a bunch of stuff and for it to not work together as an eco system.
Also, extra things that I might need. I already have a heater. I have aquarium salt. Anything else?
Oh! I love shrimp! Can I get a couple? ..... or will that be too much for the bio load?
Okay. I think you have an idea of what I like. I am willing to do some extra work and invest the money to get the look I want so don't be afraid to suggest away!!! This is my first planted tank and I have no clue what I'm doing so thank you SO much in advance. All advice is appreciated. (sorry I'm such a rookie)