First of all, forgive me for my inexperience/ignorance. I'm doing a lot of researching and reading, but there is soooo much to learn about planted tanks! I have a largish tank set up to grow anacharis to feed to my turtle, and it's got me wanting to set up a really nice planted tank. I can't afford to do it right on a big tank (nor do i have the space for yet another big aquairum) so i was thinking about trying a nano tank, as i have always been charmed by tiny things. So, before i jump in on it and start buying things, i thought it might be wise to run everything by the experienced and knowledgeable folks here. This is what i was thinking of getting:
A 3 gallon acrylic tank with a 3 stage 80 gph filter and 18w CF lighting fixture
It says "18W compact fluorescent perch-light fixture with 50/50 14,000°K actinic and 7,400°K daylight lamp" I'm thinking i could replace the 14,000 bulb with a more appropriate one, as i don't think this is quite right for a planted tank (am i right on this?)
A 25 W submersible heater
A box of "First Layer Pure Laterite"
An attractive little piece of driftwood
Now for the CO2 issue...i'm finding the whole injected CO2 concept quite intimidating, but from what i'm reading i feel like i need CO2, and a DIY fermentation type setup seems like it would just frustrate me more. I was thinking about the ADA CO2 system, as the website says "perfect for nano tanks". Do i need CO2 injection, or can i be sucessful without it? I really want to do this right!
As for plants, i was thinking (but not comitted to):
A few potted "micro sword" Lilaeopsis novae-zelandiae
Either a Ludwigia inclinata or Ludwigia repens
I'm unsure about the fauna still, i am thinking of a dwarf puffer but have a lot more reading to do.
Again, i apologize for my newness to this, and i really appreciate your help. Any and all suggestions are appreciated. I feel like if i get a lot of advice beforehand i won't spend as much money and time on stupid mistakes.