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Should I fert my tank??

I have a 75g tank. I'm in the process of going from no fresh water plants to a full high-tech planted tank. I could'nt wait till I got the bigger stuff (T5 HO lights, CO2, etc.), so about a month ago I got 2 cups of Java Moss. Spread and tied down some on mopani driftwood and the rest on rocks. Then I got Frogbit and set it to floating in the tank. Getting even more impatient (cause I wont be getting the hardware for another 3 weeks or so) I got a 5" x 5" clump of Riccia and another decent size clump of an unknown plant (I think the seller just thru it in to be nice). I have them floating right now too, cause I dont want to put them in a perminant place until I finish the tank. This weekend I have the opertunity to get a nice Java Fern and attach it to another piece of driftwood.
With all of these plants in the tank now, with only 64w of light and no CO2, shold I be adding fets, or something, to the water to keep the plants happy and healty until I can put them in their new home? And, if so, how often should I add them? That probably depends on the type but I was hoping there was somekind of a general rule. Thanks.
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Ferts is never a bad idea it's just up to you if you want to do a brand name line (Seachem or Pfertz, etc) or dry ferts from places like [ ] or [ ] it sounds like your planning on jumping off the deep end of the hobby so if your going hi-tech you will end up buying dry ferts at some point for the bulk cost break.

The best way to do it is buy the basics from greenleaf or aquariumfert which is :

Trace (CSM+B or Pfertz "M")

GH Booster (for after big water changes)
Iron Chelate 10% (for extra iron)

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