Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Detroit Metro area
I say just go for it! Low tech tanks are pretty easy to get set up and maintain, as long as you stay within your means. My biggest problem with low tech in the past has always been wanting to grow more difficult plants than my tank could accommodate. My latest low tech setup(after some learnings) is a 10 gallon with a current USA LED and an Aqueon 30 HOB filter. I keep anubias mini, hydrocotyle sp, java moss, and pearlweed. Aside from the moss i don't get much growth, but it all looks fantastic. If you want to keep it simple at first i would skip the dirt. You'll be fine with an inert substrate. I've found that with most plants in a low tech tank, the limiting factor for growth is the lack of co2. Keep a short photo period at first, something like 8 hours per day to limit algae outbreaks (you're sure to have these at some point). Don't worry about fertilizers, shouldn't need them in low tech.
Don't be intimidated, not a lot can go wrong in low tech. You'll be fine.