Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Hmmmm. If you can't do CO2 (gas method), then I would reccomend flourish excel. I've never used it, but from reviews from my friends, it makes a noticeable difference. Have you thought about Hagens CO2 system? This is something you would have to do once of month, but you could also just use flourish excel for CO2 as well.
Peat in the substrate... It would work but it would also be work. I would get some sort of plant substrate like flora base or flourite or something.
If you end up choosing not to do plants (b/c of work), then I would reccomend an african cichlid tank. Their colors are amazing, and if you want, some people are even making "fake reefs" with african cichlids. They put fake corals and a coral backround with white sand and actinic light with african cichlids. It isn't something I would do, but whatever works...
Tank in transition! 55 gallons, hard water.