09-09-2008, 05:42 PM
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I doubt that you will need CO2 if you get easy plants. I have a planted 15 gallon and I use eco-complete gravel, a 15 watt plant bulb, and flourish excel. My plants are doing great. If you like your gravel I would just leave it as it is (putting a little more won't hurt either), and maybe get some root tabs. My biggest suggestion is to do your research. Know the requirements of the plants that you are thinking of, and buy accordingly. Before I bought my plants, I researched which ones would be good in a low light aquarium (I don't have a great budget), and would require the least assistance on my part. All in all I am pleased with the results. Also, don't worry if your plants seem to "die" within a few days of planting. If you chose the right kinds of plants, they are just going through shock and will spring back just fine. You will just have to do a little more trimming than normal to make sure they don't gunk up the water. Also, make sure you have a good filtration system. Plants tend to dirty the water and you need a little extra filtration (at least I did).
Oh, and if you want to get good quality plants for a really good price, I suggest buying from www.bayleesfishees.com
Have fun with it!