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5.5G.. i need help.

I am setting up a 5.5 G planted tank and i have some questions. I like low carpeting plants with some high climbers in the background. I bought some nice Hardscape DW and rock.

1. should i add CO2 or is in to small of a tank?
2. should i add ferts???????? and what kind???
3.what kind of plants and finally..
4. what kind of lighting should i be using?
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1. If you have high lighting and really want your plants to flourish then diy co2 is a great option. you can find some REALLY affective diffusers, where people have claimed and PROVED that their plants grew two inches in a day! And looked greener.

2. You should have the minumum ferts. Add flourish once a week or every water change. And if you decide not to go with the co2 then the excel is a must. Dose that every 1-2 days.

3. Best thing for your skill level (assuming your a beginner) would be some moss tied to a flat rock. I know this doesn't sound good. But trust me, once it grows, and you press the rock into the ground it will be a nice carpet. you could do it with any kind of moss, or riccia. If you are really motivated you could try hairgrass. It is pretty hard to grow I wont lie. I had some in a 3.6 wpg and with diy co2 and it died in 2 weeks. but I didn't have the best ferts, actually I didn't have any.

4. I am getting two 2.5's in a couple days, and what I plan on doing is getting some desk/architecture lights from home depot and replacing the incandescent lights with cfl's. I cant think of what that means at the moment, but they are the spirally flourescents that claim to save energy in natural daylight color.

Note: Make sure to purchase some root tabs to. Gives the roots a little extra boost!

Hope this helps.
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Yeah that all is very helpful information. I bought one of those moss balls thinking it is cool and wheni got home i was unsure what to do with it. Could i unravel it and tie it to some hardscape.??
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It depends, if it is a pure moss ball, then no, thats just how they are. But alot of times it will just be a ball of java moss. If so that would work. Best way to tell, is if you can get little strainds/stems off of it. If is is smooth (never touched a moss ball) or doesnt have anything come off, then no. But a cool thing to do would be to tie it to a rock and let it float above it. So it would look like it was suspended in mid air.
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haha yeah that could end up being pretty cool.

Themoss is dark green and little tiny strands that dont pull apart. I dont think its java but imnot sure what type it is.
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quick note on the moss ball;

where did you get it and does it float or sink?
If you got it at a chain pet store, it's probably moss wrapped around a ball
I got my marimo balls from a friend and (before they got destroyed) they were easy to pull apart into smaller balls and would naturally sink, even the really tiny ones

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yeah they are marimo moss balls. do they spread??
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You can slice one in half and over time, the two halves will round up.
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