I'm putting together an aquarium for my mom's office for christmas. Originally I was going to buy a Fluval Edge, or Chi, or an Eheim aquastyle desktop aquarium but I did some reasearch on almost all available desktop aquarium kits and found they aren't the best for what I'm looking at doing.
I was to make an almost completely planted aquarium (all gravel covered in plants). If there is one that can grow many plants, do let me know!
I have the aquarium (5.5 gallons), a glass vera top, some fluval stratum for plants, and a natural very fine gravel.
I'm not sure what filter, heater, or lights to get, thats the main thing I need help with right now.
I'm going to have a layer of the fluval stratum and cap it with the gravel. I want to have a carpet of some sort, but can't have something so high maintenance as HC. I was thinking some sort of moss, maybe christmas moss but I'm not sure if I'll be able to find any.
So my main questions: (Keep in mind, I am in Canada)
What filter should I get?
What heater should I get?
What lights can I get that will grow a wide range of plants?
Is there a desktop set-up that will work to grow many plants?
What moss will look best for a carpet and how do I make it a carpet.
Thanks in advance!