So, I am buying a 5.5 gallon kit from Petsmart (link
) and I am really interested in planting. I have NEVER planted before, so I'm pretty clueless, but since I have lots of time to establish it, I figure I should get started by making sure I pick up what I need at the store when I go.
Do I really need soil (I have read mixed opinions)? I have gravel in all of my tanks.
What plant suggestions for beginner? I have swords, water wisteria, hornwort in my 5.5
How many should I try to get? Depends how planted you want your tank & the size of the plants you purchase. In my 5.5 I have, I think, 3 swords, 2 water wisteria & a sprig of hornwort from another of my tanks. I also put in a silk plant because my real plants were new & not as big as I'd like.
Masimo okay to have too? Yes, I have one in two of my tanks, thinking of getting a couple of more for my other tanks including the 5.5.
Do I need All-Natural Decor? Decor is your preference, just make sure its Betta safe, no rough edges & not holes too small for an adult Betta to swim through.
Suggested bulbs or what I need to look for on package (supports max 15w)? I have no special lighting on my 5.5, whatever came with it is what I use.
Food and other supplements I will need? I use a VERY small amount of Seachem's Flourish & Flourish Excel with my weekly water changes.
I am doing a fishless cycle w/ raw shrimp. Should I add the plants in before or after the cycle?
Decorate your tank completely, some BB will establish on everything in your tank. You can make revisions to you decorating later on if you should choose to.
Thanks for answering all my questions! If I forgot any important things, let me know them too!