10g dwarf puffer tank...planted. Questions.
I have been cycling my 10g tank fishless style for 6 days now. Another week and i should be ready to add fish. My question is though, what course of action to take on the plants. I want real plants and i thought i planned accordingly. I have Eco-Complete in the tank as a substrate and purchased a cheap incadasent strip light and paced to 20w CF colormax bulbs in it.
Well, i am hoping to keep it a low-tech tank, as my primary objective is to keep my dwarf puffers happy. Second objective is to provide a lush aquascape for them to explore.
So as of right now, i am looking at 40watts of lighting over ten gallons, which i have been told should be enough(as the WPG rule doesnt apply to a tank of this size).
Will i need c02? I already have an order of plants that should be here tomorow.
Cardamine Creeping Charlie
i tried to stay low tech as possible, but i know wisteria and i think the corkscrew val may be alittle unhappy, ofcourse i dont really have any knowledge of aquarium plants, so this is a learning experience.
I also picked up a bottle of Flourish. I dunno whether i will be needing it, but for 5 bucks, i thought i might.
basically, i'd like to keep the plant side of the tank as easy as possiblle considering puffers themselves are a handful in the feeding and care department.
Do i have to much lighting? Will ineed co2? Will i benifit from bulk ferts?
Also, i am running on a linux based computer, and the nutrient calc is only for windows it looks like, isnt it? I also, i think i may need to do a DIY reflector because the one in the light strip is quite small only covering 1/2 of each bulb.
Any help would be ver much appreciated.