Newbie Planted Betta Tank Setup Questions for Low Tech Tank

Quilterxx66

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Hi! I'm new here and new to planted tanks. Please help me chose items for my first tank setup.


I bought the ADA Mini M 5.5g tank but that's the only expensive item I can afford. So for now, it means no expensive high lighting or CO2.


I think I'll buy the Up Aqua Aqua Sand for its hardiness/resistance to turn to mud and because I don't want too many nutrients to contribute to algae in my low to low medium light tank. Is that substrate a good choice? Any better recommendations?


What affordable (the cheaper the better) LED lighting should I buy for my 14" tank? I want some low and medium light mosses, ferns, and some stem plants. I love swords and crypts. Will these thrive or even survive in my setup with my lighting and no CO2? I checked out the Finnex Fugeray+ but have concerns about too much light for mosses and ferns. What other lights, no more expensive and preferably cheaper, would you recommend?


I am planning the tank as much for a half moon Betta as the plants. What very, very quiet or silent and dead slow filters would you recommend for a 5.5g tank? I need a cheaper one but I prefer reliability over finances if there's a conflict. I want what's best for my fish and plants after all.


I had a Cobalt Neo Therm 25w on a previous Betta tank but I've been reading on forums about them exploding. Is this limited to larger models? I'd really like a shielded heater because past bettas tended to rest on them, and I don't want them to suffer any burns. So any suggestions?


Is there anything else I need to consider?


Thank you.


Looking forward to growing planted tanks with you!


Terri


PS - I'm thinking about Tropica tissue culture plants because I can't stand snails or worms, and I fear introducing baddies into my tank. Anyone have reliable sources for other clean plants so I could save money?


How many mosses, stem plants, etc. would I need for a 14L x 9D x 10H tank? Is driftwood recommended for newbies?
 
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