Simply Fin Posted August 24, 2022 Share Posted August 24, 2022 Hello everyone, Have just started preparing to set up a 5-gallon tank aquarium. Yeah, it's a small start but that is all this senior can handle. Years ago, I had a Betta in a fish bowl and he lived for 5 years. I call that a miracle. Many years ago, I had a 10-gallon tank. I didn't have the knowledge then to properly care for my fish and learned the hard way. Now, I've watched You Tube videos, read various articles and rechecked to get a good idea of what would work for a beginner aquarist. I want to start with quarantined and disinfected plants. I've read how to do that and plan to use alum dip. Then I'll leave them in de-chlorinated water with plant light for around a month. Sounds good ...so far. I want to use plants that will be attached to rock, or wood because I want to use sand as my substrate. Yep, I saw the video on sand substrate and the importance of how to clean and stir the sand to avoid toxic pockets of gas. I plan on eventually putting pygmy Cory Doras but will wait and see how well my tank cycles, etc. I want to start with Phoenix Rasboras (hope I'm spelling that right). I want to know how many plants would be best in such a small tank. Want to use Java Fern, Anubias Nana Petite and a dwarf sword? I've never grown aquarium plants so I'm very nervous about this but I know how important they are to the aquarium. Any suggestions? I really want small fish because of the low bio-load. Any suggestions or ideas would be welcome, just explain things in a simple clear way, since this is new to me and I don't want to be overwhelmed. Thank you for taking the time to read all of this. Simply Fin 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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