Originally Posted by Vpaw
I do want to add more plants, I might wait onit for a little bit first. I'd really like some java fern, but I herd they're fragile. I mean... My bulb is pretty old.. I'd think it'll give out eventually..
Btw, do you see the pictures? I tried putting those in there...
I saw the photos. But I missed a couple things from your initial post, sorry about that.
I still say a sponge filter or the Fluval U1 is sufficient, no powerhead; with those fish you do not want strong water currents. Nor for the plants either.
On the light. Do yo have a fluorescent tube, or is it incandescent (screw-in bulb sockets)? We can suggest adequate lighting when we know what we're dealing with, either will work fine with the right tube/bulbs. Tubes must be replaced regularly, usually 12 or so months is it, as they weaken considerably as they age.
On the plant food, the first fertilizer to add to any planted tank is a complete liquid. Most of us here use Flourish Comprehensive Supplement for the Planted Aquarium
. Brightwell Aquatics makes a similar, called FlorinMulti
. Both are basically complete, and you use very little so long-term they are much less expensive than the cheaper brands which are not complete anyway. Liquid fert is first because some nutrients are only taken up via the leaves from the water. Second fert in some situation can be substrate tabs, but this is only necessary with larger swords, aponogeton, tiger lotus and such which are heavier feeders.