Yeah I am new to this. I dont want to get a larger tank until I am settled and quit moving around. Eventually I want to add one nerite snail to help with the algae. My original plan was to just add one live plant. Let that one establish before I fully switch out my fake onesHow many live plants? A classic combo would be a ( live plants now) a Sword plant in the center,Vallisneria in back,and small Crypts in front. Simple,hardy plants. A five gallon is pretty small. You might go Java fern in center,dwarf sword plant around it. I can't promise success. When you are new? You have to take a few lumps on the learning curve. It can be a fine line between thriving and dead plants.