I would like some help coming up with a plan for a low-tech, low-light setup. I am primarily confused by all the information out there on fertilizing. I don't want to over-fertilize, but I don't want to under-fertilize either. I know the amount of fertilization needed varies with lighting, plants, and fish. So here is my current or planned setup (waiting on the actual tank to arrive in the mail--long story). I would like to take advantage of the fertilizers and equipment that I already have, if it all possible. 3 Gallon Tetra LED Aquarium Kit
-Provided lighting replaced with the Finnex Stingray LED 10" (already have)
-Provided filter replaced with AZOO Mignon Filter 60, Filter media: Aquaclear Foam inserts, Seachem Purigen, and Seachem de*Nitrate (identical to Seachem Matrix, just smaller grain size; already have) Substrate
: Caribsea Eco-Complete Black Gravel (do not have); small shell gravel, river rocks (already have) Fertilizers I have
: Flourish, Flourish Excel, Flourish Iron, Flourish root tabs Plants
: Anubias, Java Moss, Cryptocoryne lutea, Cryptocorine wendtii, water sprite (already have some of them) Decor
: Driftwood, ceramic house Fish
: 1 male Betta splendens (already have) Source water
: tap water Heating
: set to 78 degrees CO2
: no added CO2 Water changes
: You tell me how often would be best, but I've been doing about a 30-50% water change once per week.
A note on the lighting: I have a nearby CFL desk lamp that is 27 watts and 6500K. Should I use this to supplement lighting?
Should I use the fertilizers I have and in what amounts? Are there other fertilizers I should use and in what amounts? Water Parameters of Tap Water
: 0 ppm Nitrite
: 0 ppm GH
: 150 ppm Chlorine
: 1.0 ppm KH
: 0-40 ppm pH
: 7.0 Ammonia
: 0 ppm Backstory
I've been keeping tropical fish for about 10 years. I am ready to take on the next challenge: aquascaping a planted nano aquarium. After taking a break from my fish-keeping hobby for about 5 years, my sister has tried to help me launch back into it by gifting me a small setup and Betta for Christmas. So, I currently have set up the 1.5 Gallon Tetra Cube LED Aquarium kit with one Betta. I am using the Finnex Stingray LED light instead of the provided lighting. I am using the provided filter right now. I have added a heater of course. I currently have anubias, java moss, cryptocoryne lutea, and cryptocoryne wendtii bronze (which melted, so now it's just roots, which I can dispose of and replace). I have been dosing Flourish, Flourish Excel, and Flourish Iron according to the instructions on the bottles.
I really appreciate you taking the time to help me start on the right foot.