Setting up first low tech planted tank
Thank you for your time.
I'm trying to buy everything to setup a low tech planted tank for my husband for Christmas. He's kept fish for the past 16 years and has wanted to get into planted tanks for a few years. I know only the basics from hearing him talk so I'm reading what I can find to figure out everything he will need to get started. I've read through a few different, what seem like contridictive, sites I'm confused and obviously don't want to ask too many questions of him.
If someone would please take a look at the list I've compiled and tell me if I'm at least on the right track I would be very grateful.
This is the tank I found it's said to be a good starter plus he wants rimless Ehein 9g Aquastyle aquarium has a good light for low tech.
He likes Seachem products:
Neutral Regulator for ph conditioner and obviously he already uses prime.
API Freshwater Master Test kit and API GH and KH test kit.
I was a little confused. I'm getting the Caribsea Eco-complete and the Caribsea Floramax sand. Will these work well together? Neither of us really like the look of gravel. Do I still need a fertilizer or will time tell?
Yesterday while looking for products for macro and micro nutrients I found these.
Seachem plant pack enhancer NHP for nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium and Seachem plant pack fundamentals for Flourish, flourish excel, and flourish iron.
Then of course there is the question of do I need co2? I've read the flourish excel is a good alternative in low tech tanks.