Planted tank without soil or artificial light?
I am a newbie to keeping planted aquariums. Currently I have a 5.5 gal betta tank with three anubias sp. and a small Java fern. The tank is near an east window, and I am constantly battling algae even tho I partially close the blinds and use rocks to provide additional shade. (are algacides safe to use with bettas???)
I would really like to go for a heavily planted tank, using easy to grow plants, driftwood, and rocks but without soil substrate (just sand) and without artificial light.
Is this possible to do without creating an algae farm or am I just dreaming?
I could block the natural light and go with artificial, but that seems to be a waste of energy....any recommendations for setup and plants would e greatly appreciated!