If you are on a budget, API liquid carbon is the most expensive item in your line up. Ditch it for this tank.
I have a 4 gallon tank. I dose nothing but fertilize with Osmocote as Raymond says. I put some in the substrate then a bead or two on top the substrate so it can get into the water column.
Stock cheap LED light that came with the tank,,,narrow leaf Java fern and tenellus growing very well.
You don't need all the fancy stuff to have a nice tank, you just have to pay attention to the limitations of the setup and match the plants to it. In your example, you are combing two plants on opposite ends of the spectrum. Java fern can grow in near darkness and you about can't kill it with a stick. Pearl weed is on the opposite end of that.
So you have a choice, setup for the most demanding plant, high light, CO2, ferts, etc.
setup for the least demanding and stick with plants that fit that category.
Like all things in life,,,,you can't have your cake and eat it too!
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