Do I need fertilizer? I really don't like the gravel I was thinking about Eco complete but that's a bit too expensive, maybe some day. Any cheap alternatives?
Weather you need ferts depends on your light, water and plants.
My favorite set up that gave me great growth was:
1st layer red bag kitty litter from Wall-mart.
2nd layer Scott's top soil with potassium sulfate, calcium sulfate and organic charcoal
3rd layer river sand
I added ferts in soil for my tap water has very low minerals. The organic charcoal has to be crushed. Made easier by soaking over night. The top soil I had to sift the mulch out. Read that True Value hardware store has a brand with very little mulch. Now instead of organic charcoal trying laterite. Next time getting the organic charcoal, which I got at ACE hardware store. If your ph is high sphagnum moss in dirt helps balance it.
If you decide to get root tabs, my favorite is API. Get them here
for cheapest and no shipment cost.
How do I add pics?
Upload pic in flickr. Then click on picture
Actions > View all sizes > size wanted > right click > copy image location > click on box above with mountain > paste.