OK so I recently upgraded my betta to his 5g tank...and I've been playing with the idea of adding some live plants other than his moss ball...Truth be told, plants scare the crap outa me...God knows they never fare well in my care....but I've never tried aquatic plants....and I'm willing to give it a go....nothing crazy...just a few...
My tank kit came with a 9W florescent 6500k bulb, it's pretty bright but there will be no natural light getting to my tank where it's placed.
So question #1 ...is this adequate enough lighting and if so, what kind of plants would do well with it?
I've seen them advertised as low, moderate or high light...but I honestly haven't the slightest clue as to what kind of light my set up gives lol.
Question #2 Plant ferts...The only occupant is currently my betta...is his tiny bioload enough to feed the plants (again maybe 3 varieties at most) or would I require some kind of fertilizer? Of course I want the plants to do well...but I also don't want an overload of nutrients left over that would likely cause an algae problem (or so I've read lol). OR for a lightly planted tank would getting him a tankmate snail or two be a better choice? OR BOTH...you tell me!
Question #3 (sorry guys but you're dealing with an ignoramus here!
) If I do go the tankmate route...is vacuuming the gravel weekly still recommended...wouldn't that get rid of the snail's and plant's 'food'...or should I feed him a little something extra recommended by the pet shop?
OK...I think that's everything for now...LOL Thanks guys!!!! Oh by the way...the substrate is just plain white gravel....as stated the tank is new and of course uncycled...haven't found a proper filter baffle yet and I'm considering leaving it unfiltered and just monitoring the water hoping the plants will help out a little in that dept....we'll see, cuz I really would prefer a filter....