flourish and excel for low light?
I'm planning on putting in an order in today for just about all the equipment I will need to set up my old 10 gallon tank as a low light planted tank. I'm only going to be looking into simple low light plants (java fern, java moss, etc.) and using an incandescent strip with compact fluorescent bulbs. Substrate with be flourite black sand. To set everything up is going to be roughly $100, and that's a little steep for me. I'm wondering if flourish and/or excel are actually necessary for a low light tank or could I skip them? The only inhabitants will be one betta and possibly a couple of otos if it seems like the betta will get along well. Possibly a couple snails also, but I'm still unsure as to whether or not inverts survive in my water currently. Are flourish and excel needed? And if so do I just follow the instructions for dosing? This will by my first planted tank.