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My first 10 gallon planted tank....

I would like to first start off by saying this is my first attempt at a planted tank. I have been keeping a 20 gallon FW community tank for over a year. After weeks of research and craming my brain with information, I decided it was time to make the jump. This is how I planted my 10 gallon:

1 Anubias coffeefolia
8 dwarf sag

4 java ferns
1 red wendtii

4 anachris

I also have 1 congenis and 1 ceylon that will be ready to pick up on Friday and I ordered some more fast growers (anachris) from My question is based on my lighting, (2) 15 watt compact flourescent screw-in bulbs, for a 10 gallon tank, will I need to use any chemical ferts or Do2/excel? I was trying for a low light-low maintence tank to start. Would it be better to use (2) 10 watt compact flourescent bulbs? Any help will be greatly appreciate. I added 6 gold tetras and Bio-Spira along with the plants.

After 4 days, my water parameters were as follows:


I believe everything is going well, although I feel that my brain is about to explode!! I have gather lots of information from other forums and have a wealth of information. I feel I am second guessing my own thoughts. I guess my main concern is the lighting issue and ferts. Do I need to add liquid ferts and/or flourish excel or should I wait until the tank matures? Now that the tank is set up and cycled, I feel a little lost when it comes to the next steps
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Yes, I will be buying a black background very soon. That is the least of my worries. After day 5, here are my water parameters:

nitrate= >5ppm

I bought some Flourish and Flourish Excel but haven't used any yet. I am just sitting and waiting. The plants look about the same as I bought them. Will I start having problems with the low nitrate levels? Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
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