Hi, guys :)
I'm thinking about changing my 5.5 gallon to a NPT with sand and all the works. But I've only had tanks with gravel and silk plants. I tried one plant and it died within 2 weeks. I didn't bury the roots right and it was just an ugly mess. This is going to be a super long post, and I'm going to have some very amateur questions so bear with me here XD. Anyway, let me show you a picture of what I currently have.
Decorations are a little moved around and I have a lid now, but as you can see it's very fake. I like it, and it works well for Dumbledore's needs but I wish it looked a little more natural so it goes with the kitchen better.
Right now the light I have in my tank is an 8 watt bulb. I don't know anything more about it. It's what came with the hood. If it helps I can post a link to the hood I have and all its specifications. I'm looking for a low maintenance plant anyway because I don't exactly have a green thumb
. How I've kept my Marimo alive for this long, the world will never know. Filter wise I am using a Fluval U1, baffled with filter foam. If you aren't familiar with it:
Which leads me to my next question, where can I get plants from? My Petsmart no longer carries them and Petco isn't in a good part of the neighborhood so if I do go I take my fiance with me and getting him to actually go to the store with me is like pulling teeth. And the last time I got one from Petsmart it didn't look very good to begin with. I'd like some rooted ones, some floating ones, maybe even a small piece of driftwood to tie some down. But doesn't driftwood affect the pH of your water?
I want sand. Sand, sand, sand, sand, sand. I have no idea how to rinse it, I know that sounds dumb. Do you just put it in a bucket and fill it up with water, dump the water out and repeat? Sounds like you'd be wasting a lot of sand. How do you know when it's clean? I know Petco has nice sand, and I can order that online. Anyone have experience with the sand that is full of BB and you just add it in? If so, please share. I love white sand, but not sure how that would look in an earthy kitchen. I like my little vase/pot that's in there so I'll probably keep that, even though Dumbledore doesn't even pay attention to it.
I've heard of people using soil to plant the plants in and capping it with sand. What kind of soil do you guys use? I heard it was 1 inch of soil and 2 inches of sand, but I could be wrong.
I'd like to get a nerite snail, too. But that's not really the point.
I think I've asked all my questions. Please feel free to add anything that I missed. I'll probably be asking more questions in the near future. Thanks! :D