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Old 07-27-2013, 10:10 PM   #1 
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2.65 Planted Tank Advice?

Hello Everyone!

So this is my tank set-up so far:
2.65 Gal
Gravel Substrate
Tom Aquarium Mini Internal Filter (45gph)
Marina Betta Mini Heater (Temperature fluctuates between 76-80 degrees)
1 Double Tail Male Betta

It's been like this for about 3 months and I'm really interested in getting some live plants for the tank. I'm wondering, what kind of plants would be best, if I should change the substrate (to sand or soil?), do I need to re-cycle the tank if I change the substrate? I've heard that sand is easier to clean than gravel is, so I'm kinda interested in switching the substrate anyway.

I would appreciate any advice since I'm pretty new to this! Thanks!
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:50 PM   #2 
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A good plant would be some hornwort which is a floating plant. Sand is fine. Umm I don't know of many planted plants to use as I have nothing on the bottom of my tanks.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:59 PM   #3 
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I have gravel substrate. Plants are usually fine in them.
The thing is lighting, do you have proper lighting? If not,
anchoring plants like Anubias or JavaFern to ornaments works really well.
They are low light and very easy to maintain.

Also, if you're set on changing the substrate, what I'd do is mix the sand with the gravel for a while, in the tank, to allow the BB to
colonize in the sand. After a while, get a strainer and take out the gravel pieces.
Also, there's BB in your filter media, so you should be fine.
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:00 PM   #4 
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I'm a big fan of java fern, I haven't managed to kill mine yet (which is saying something as I have it in two tanks). I'd also suggest a moss ball! They're the easiest things in the world and great to have in a tank~ I also have some anubias in my ten gallon and it's doing alright, though it kinda went downhill when I didn't have proper lighting at first. I took a chance with some amazon swords... I can't say they're doing very well, though.
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:06 AM   #5 
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I don't have proper lighting, but I keep the tank on my desk in the living room and the light is usually on. Are there any floating plants that don't require proper lighting?
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