Another First Planted Tank: Seeking Advice
I have been reading a lot and finally have most everything I need for my first planted tank. It is a 10 gallon and I will be planting mostly ferns, mosses, and liverworts, maybe some crypts. After it is cycled I would like to get some RCS. This is what I have:
Aquaclear 30 filter (will put sponge over intake)
2 18" 15w fluorescent strip lights
I am considering Seachem Excel or DIY CO2
My main concern is to (hopefully) avoid major algae issues. Even after searching the forums, I am still a little confused about lighting. If I understand right, I will need to add CO2 with this lighting setup. But will it be really necessary for the type of plants I want? Or would I be better off using just one strip light with them?
I have read that it is best to begin with a large number of fast growing stems to avoid algae. Should I do that and gradually remove them? Maybe floating plants instead?
Also, would water sprite look out of place in a 10g if I kept it trimmed? I have only seen pictures, not in person so it is hard for me to tell.