I was hoping you guys could give me a little bit of much needed advice.
I am currently in the process of setting up the Aqua Nano One 40 (55L) for a single male Betta fish. I am planning to use live plants with C02 and I'll be using Columbo Flora Base as a substrate.
I need your help on the following:
1) Do I need to use gravel/sand with Columbo Flora Base or is it okay on it's own?
2) Would I be required to siphon the substrate when doing water changes? I figured siphoning could damage the plant roots and possibly uproot them altogether?
3) What IS the best way to carry out water changes in a planted tank and would I be required to remove my Betta fish before doing them? Also, how often and how large a water change?
I realise it sounds like I haven't done any research here, but believe me I have. There's just SO many contradicting posts/topics out there that I've completely confused myself.
Thanks so much!