I really want to add real plants to my 5G, but I'm not using the filter. I would love to cycle it, but my sister would freak out with the noise the filter makes (we share a room). She's going away to college in August so I'll probably cycle the tank than. The tanks sooo heavy to carry to the bathroom even though I take out half the water before. Are there any live plants I can use that don't need to be in a tank with a filter or cycled tank?
Even if you aren't technically "cycling" the aquarium, there's no need for you to be doing 100% changes on a 5G. I'd do 50% changes every three days. And then a 75% change every third scheduled change. It's only a matter of time before you drop that thing, and NONE OF US would like to see that happen to you!
Lol, I'd just turn the filter on one day and see if she notices it's running! If not, just leave it on. :)
But I'd say your easy plants would be okay. I have java fern and anubias nana in my 2.5 that's uncycled, and they're doing fine. Although I am about to start the cycling process. Java moss would be good too.
I'm not worried about dropping it.lol I don't mind doing water changes on it, but i would rather just have it cycled. I would try that, but she would literally flush Zeus and throw out my tank. She's come to like my fish, but she's a light sleeper so any noise would wake her up. She's a pain, but I have to accept that it's her room too. *rolls eyes* I knew I should've gone off to a college that had dorms instead of commuting.lol
I have moneywort, bacomba (sp?) and val in my uncycled five gallon. They help with the water parameters and I do a 70%-90% change once a week. I have a good light from Home Depot to help them grow and they're doing great.
Oh right, I need a good light for the plants to grow right? I have to cover up the light because my sister was complaining that it was too bright. Than I guess I'll have to wait until she goes off to college...I'll be counting down the days!haha :P Ugh, this is so annoying! I totally forgot about lighting.
If your sister does not like the noise of moving water from a HOB or airpump, I would consider an internal power filter. They will filter, move and oxygenate the water with very little noise. I love java fern and diferent mosses.
I have an internal filter on my 12 gall and I'm a VERY light sleeper but this doesn't disturb me in the slightest, its really peaceful =) as for plants, Java Fern, Java Moss, Christmas moss, anubias, crypts. These are hardy plants and don't require a lot of light to grow =)