Planting my tank for the first time - need some guidance!
Hi everyone! So I've been doing a lot of research and looking around and decided to plant my betta's 2.5 gallon. Or at least add one or two real plants for the time being. I currently have national geographic white substrate (kinda like sand). I've had an amazon sword in there in the past that actually grew pretty well and the light is quite bright. My tank is also by a window and I normally keep a sheer shade over it, but I can adjust if needed. I don't have driftwood and I know a lot of plants aren't actually supposed to be "buried." I'm going to petsmart today if time allows and I want to get some of those plants in the tubes since I know they're snail free and would be a good start. I currently only have a marimo moss ball and 3 silk plants and a terracotta pot. I'll post a picture of my tank. I don't want to use dirt so I think I will try root tabs.
My questions are, what are some suggestions for plants I should look for? I know java fern and anubius are supposed to be good beginner plants, but will my tank have too much light/not enough? Do I need liquid fertilizer if I'm using root tabs? I'd love to get some feedback. How can I make sure that I only bury the roots and not the rhizome? Sorry this is a lot of random questions, I just know everyone here has AWESOME planted tanks and probably has a lot of good advice and input. My boy has been fin biting and I know he needs more coverage so I want to slowly/gradually work on planting his tank. And I plan on getting another tank in December/January after Christmas/my birthday and want to use Eco substrate and feel that my 2.5 will provide good practice!
Here is my tank currently:
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