I've kept tanks for years now, but i never really got into live plants until now. I feel adventurous and feel like taking the plunge into live plants. however, i like to get my details straight before i get in over my head. i have been reading around, so it's not like i dont have any information.
i guess i will be starting with my 5 gallon betta tank before moving on to my bigger tanks. the tank is new, not yet established. the betta is currently in a 1gal tank. when i get the new tank set up, it will consist of mostly new water, mixed with the roughly 1 gallon of existing water in the tank. gravel substrate. normal light that came with the tank. i will most likely be upgrading to one of these before i add any plants: http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2753932
(most likely the 10 watt, which would be 2 watts per gallon, which from my understanding is adequate lighting for most plants)
as far as co2 goes, would this be a good system?: http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2754083
now, as far as the 5 gallon goes since thats where i plan on starting, will the light listed work well for what i am wanting. I'm not positive if the 50/50 is a good plant light, but i was aiming to use it for the crisper light than the normal incandescent lights put out. i want a light that will nicely display the bettas colors.
is the co2 necessary for the 5 gallon or is it overkill at this point? would the listed system work well or would you suggest something else?
as far as fertilizers go, would you suggest the type you mix into the water or the type or another type?
Please let me know your thoughts/concerns on the matter, thanks!