Originally Posted by Sixlinewrasse
thank you for the advice Iíll move the java fern around... what do you recommend for ferts? I currently only have access to the flourish line being the only store near my college campus is petco
Depending on the area you live in, LFS's are pretty sparse in most US areas. I believe the most populated state with LFS's is california and then next would be Georgia specifically atlanta.
Online is the best way to purchase stuff for this hobby IMO, unless u have a reputable and very nice LFS nearby.
People will light me up for suggesting you this but i always recommend EI dosing (Estimative index dosing method) to new aquascapers. It's a good learning curve and experience. I recommend some reading up on that if your interested, Dennis Wong writes a very nice article on different types of fertilization methods including EI and PPS Pro in his 2hr Aquarist website (can find easily via google).
There is also a really good article on EI dosing under the Fertilizing sub forum here on APC!
It's well written and a very good read.
EI dosing is pretty universal as well which is nice. The main producer of it now is currently NilocG i believe. You can use it in Low tech tanks or High tech, its as simple as doing some math and getting your measurements right, which comes with pretty much all effective fertilization methods.
Hope this helped a bit.