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New 14 gallon tall w/ male betta

Howdy. I just wanted to throw this out on the forum, and see what kind of thoughts and advice I could get. To start with the basics, it's a 14 gallon tall tank. I used fluval spectrum substrate, and I haven't amended it at all yet. I have about two inches in there, but honestly after trying to put plants in today I wished I had more lol. Plants include s. repens, anubius, java moss on two rocks, bronze wendetti, cambomba, red tiger lotus and ludwigia repens. I had some hornwort in there at first but i yanked it out after it started shedding like a Christmas tree. For filtration I just have a aquaclear 30 HOB, and I muffled both the suction intake and the output "waterfall" to help keep currents under control. The lighting came from a Craigslist ad, not sure how old it is... both the bulb and housing are made by Current USA, and the bulb is 40 watts. Water conditions are still a little unstable, seeing as it's still cycling. But I use 100% RO water seeing as my tap water is disgusting. So my ph is usually around 6.5-7. Both GH and KH are routinely 0, which is kinda concerning to me, but I don't feel totally confident in my understanding of how these things work to actually try to change that yet. I do have a container of seachem equilibrium, but like I said, I'm too much of a noob to wanna use it.

So! I guess what I'm trying to get here is a couple of things.
1. Is my lighting sufficient for these plants, without being too strong to blast my Betta?
2. Do I need to start a fertilizer regimen sometime soon for these plants?
3. What should I do about the GH/KH? How do I use the equilibrium product? The instructions are hard to understand...
4. Do you think it's advisable to stock 2 otocinclus in the tank as well to control algae? I feel like they have lots of hiding places at this point!

And additional tips or info would be great as well if I missed something!!! Thanks everyone
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Did I post on the wrong thread or something?
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Otos would depend very much on your individual betta's temperament - some have no problems with other fish, and others will kill even snails that are added to their tank. It would be good to have a backup plan for where to put them if it doesn't work out well. I'd recommend more than 2 otos as well, since they are a schooling fish - maybe 5 or so?
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I wasn't aware that 14 gallons was enough space for that many of them, that's why I was limiting it to 2... also didn't know they schooled, thank you!
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