Hi Everyone! I'm a first time poster and aquarium owner. I'm sure you guys will have lots and lots of feedback for me, but I'd like to share the progress on my tank so far, which has been a huge learning process not without its mistakes, but my current inhabitants are healthy and happy! I started my tank with 3 Guppies, 2 Ghost shrimp, Hagen plant growing substrate, some Red Ludwigia , 1 Marimo moss ball, and some Mondo Grass, which I later found out isn't a true aquatic plant. It's in a Fluvial Chi 5 Gallon tank with only the provided filter and light at first. As you can see, it's not a very appealing tank. It's come a long way since then, so bear with me. The shrimp did very well! But I found out that the ones I got were not just feeder shrimp but very, very large. This big guy was almost two inches long on just his body, and he died of apparently natural causes after a few weeks. All my water tests after running a fishless nitrogen cycle with plants and root tabs and a bacterial culture came back 0 and 0 for ammonia and nitrite, and under 3ppm of Nitrogen. PH at this point unknown, although my tab water is supposed to be 7.4 and that is what I've been using after treatment with water conditioner at at least 24 hours of aging. Over the next month or two I replaced the red Ludwigia, which just rotted away at the base, the Mondo Grass (not aquatic), and rearranged the tank. The new plant I put in, which I can't remember the name of, also did the same this as the Ludwigia, and rotted off at the bottom. It also clogged up the filter and left little leaflettes everywhere. The Java Ferns I had bought earlier, and they had begun to root and grow new leaves, but not quickly. By this time I had already gone through two heaters, a generic PatSmart heater that didn't work, and a much better 60 watt auto-shut off heater that kept the tank at a consistent 77°F. My girlfriend insisted on an African Dwarf Frog as well, and unfortunately the little guy didn't do too well. I'm pretty sure he had a fungal infection when we got him, and while he did get better over his time with us, in his final two days the fungal infection returned aggressively and suffocated him. I also picked up a couple of apple snails, both of indeterminate distinct species, but a golden one and a striped or zebra patterned one. After the frog passed away, I also had an unfortunate incident where the other ghost shrimp was sucked up in a home made tank siphon accident. By the time the water had cleared and he was found missing it was already too late. One of the very small Guppies, a leopard, that my girlfriend fell in love with and insisted we get, also apparently flung himself out of the tank one night. We found his dried up body the next morning. I think he was much too small compared to our other 4 Guppies and was bullied out of the tank after I accidentally left the lid partially open. After this initial uproar of roughly six weeks, I didn't introduce any more animals until about 2 weeks ago, almost 4 months into this aquarium. I did add some new white substrate on top of the very muddy red plant food gravel, change out my nasty weedy plants for some more attractive grasses (which my large snail proceeded to eat in their entirety, but they're growing back wonderfully), and replaced the somewhat large center rock piece with a locally sourced and properly soaked/disinfected piece of driftwood. I had done about six months if research prior to setting up this tank. I've owned fish tanks before, but just kid friendly rocks-and-a-bowl type stuff. My curiosity was actually piqued by a YouTube blogger my significant other watches, and I began learning about the nitrogen cycles, the microbiome in a tank, live plants and the different animals you can keep. I had initially aimed for a 30 Gallon tank, what I thought to be a good balance between cost and difficultly, but I got a deal on my Fluval micro tank I couldn't pass up. I didn't run the recommended nitrogen cycle length of a month or more, but my water was testing neutral after only a week, I think in part because the bacterial culture I added was for up to 20 Gallons, not merely 5, although the only negative affect I noticed was a cloudiness to the water that went away almost immediately after introducing fish. That brings us to my current point. I've set up a second light sources from a hydroponics store and mounted in a standard fixture. I do a 20% water change weekly with topups 2-3 times a week with treated and aged water, a feeding of daily flakes for the fish, and 2 out of 3 days 1/3 of a gram of frozen brine shrimp. I'm hoping to expand the inhabitants diet very soon. The current stocking of the tank is as follows: 3 Java Ferns, 1 full sized, 2 cuttings that are rooting and leading but still small 8-10 clusters of an as yet to be indetified aquatic grass. It appears to be thriving well, and new shoots are growing quickly. 1 Marimo moss ball about 2.25" in diameter. 3 ghost shrimp of undetermined sex, about 3/4" each. 4 male Guppies, two tequila and two fancy, all roughly 1" in size. 2 Apple snails, a 3/4" golden snail of indeterminate sex, and a 1" zebra apple snail, probably female. 2 African Dwarf Frogs, one male and one female, both about 1" in body length. They are a mating pair and have laid eggs at least once, but I have been unable to seclude the eggs before they are eaten by the other inhabitants. I know this tank seems overstocked, but my water tests all come back neutral and normal, and I think the balance is just right. The frogs are bottom and middle dwellers, the shrimp are bottoms dwellers, the snails don't bother anyone, and the Guppies keep to themselves. None of them show signs of stress, nipping, or disease. After the initial frogs death, I treated the tank for a week with a natural tree extract that has apparently done it's job. The only untoward this that happens is the more aggressive female frog will occasionally get excited at feeding time and bite off one of the larger snails antenna. He appears to be totally unphased by this and simply regrows it in a day or two. Anyway, I'd like everyone's feedback! I'm still very new, and though I've done lots of research I know I still have lots to learn! I hope you enjoy my journey through beginning a new aquarium.