Stupid new guy here....
I'm just getting back into freshwater for the first time in about 20 years. I've always done nano reefs, but after seeing some planted nano's on youtube, I figured I'd try this out. The tanks I've seen are breathtaking. Please bare with me, as I am totally uneducated in freshwater and planted tanks.
So here's my setup. I have a Marineland contour 5 gal that used to be salt that I just gutted and cleaned. Obviously I can't use my reef LED, so I need opinions on a good light. So far I'm leaning towards the Fluval Aqualife And Plant LED at petco, on sale thru 12/24 for just $60. I'm open to any other ideas, DIY, anything at all to save money. I'm a paycheck to paycheck kinda guy!
C02? I'm looking at this item on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0049RL3H4/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
At my LFS today the guy said I don't even need C02 for such a small tank and to use seachem flourish excel instead. Input?
Also, any good additives I need to add? I basically want a fully planted tank with a carpet on top of the substrate. Also, website with nice plants would be great. I don't have any shops here in Houston worth a damn in the live plant department.