Potential 5g build

Jojo205

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This will be my first ever planted tank, i don’t really know a lot of plants but i drew up the basic idea of what i want my future 5g betta tank to look like whenever i get around to actually building it!
the brown thing is driftwood, most of the driftwood in my area looks like that (i live right by a river so hopefully i’ll be able to find and cure (is that the right word ? lol) my own instead of paying a ton for a spider wood driftwood at the lfs)
the rocks are river rocks, again i’m hoping i can get my own instead of buying them :) the driftwood will probably be anchored to one of them.
the green on the rocks and wood is some sort of moss, i haven’t decided on what type i want - it’ll probably end up being java moss.
the plants in the back left are big feathery plants (probably cabomba, hornwort, water wisteria, or something similar - again, i don’t rly know very many plants lol but i like the look of cabomba hornwort and water wisteria)
back right is java ferns glued to a small river rock, i already have that in the tank currently.
front right is anubas nana ( i’m not totally sure what size it will be lol i’ve never seen it irl only in pictures!!)
im hoping to use some sort of carpeting plant on the bottom, maybe dwarf hair grass?
the big green balls are moss balls i already have.
also, sorry about not being able to see some things, i was too lazy to change the shade of green a million times LOL
please give me any advice for planted tanks that you have because im completely new to them and have never made one before! and let me know any changes i should make ! i’m super excited for my first ever planted tank! :)
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Jojo205

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forgot to add: the big feathery plants are hiding a sponge filter, that’s what the big white bubbles are lol
 

Jano8120

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Jojo205 said:
forgot to add: the big feathery plants are hiding a sponge filter, that’s what the big white bubbles are lol
I like your drawing, that is a cool idea.
I live along the Snake River and did a similar thing earlier this year in a 5g bowfront.
I found a couple pieces of driftwood to piece together to make a cave/shelter. Btw they were far more buoyant than I was expecting, those rocks are barely enough to hold it honestly...
As far as the 'curing' I just scrubbed detritus off, rinsed and let dry.
There is a small anubias that does alright and the hornwort grows really fast, I already trimmed it a couple times for other tanks. The carpeting plant is a marsilea I believe and the 3 cherry shrimp love it, but I like your dwarf hairgrass idea more.
 

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Jojo205

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Jano8120 said:
I like your drawing, that is a cool idea.
I live along the Snake River and did a similar thing earlier this year in a 5g bowfront.
I found a couple pieces of driftwood to piece together to make a cave/shelter. Btw they were far more buoyant than I was expecting, those rocks are barely enough to hold it honestly...
As far as the 'curing' I just scrubbed detritus off, rinsed and let dry.
There is a small anubias that does alright and the hornwort grows really fast, I already trimmed it a couple times for other tanks. The carpeting plant is a marsilea I believe and the 3 cherry shrimp love it, but I like your dwarf hairgrass idea more.
Thank you!!
 

AcornTheBetta

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Jojo205 I would suggest going out and getting your own rocks and driftwood for this tank. It can save you a lot of money. Of course, if there is something specific ur looking for then go buy it.
 
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AcornTheBetta said:
Jojo205 I would suggest going out and getting your own rocks and driftwood for this tank. It can save you a lot of money. Of course, if there is something specific ur looking for then go buy it.
That’s what i’m planning on doing :)
 
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