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Hello Steven and welcome to the forum.
Eco is a good choice , the part that makes me nervous is this...I want the tank to be low lighted, as it is allready.
Even low light plants need more then the stock lighting that normally comes with an aquarium. Since the tank is empty right now, your best bet is to look at some photos, do some reading here and a little research before getting started. You wont have to worry about CO2 for low light so that will help you out. Some plants that will grow nicely are ferns, mosses , crypts etc.

What is your current light setup ?
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If you could let us know what type and how much lighting you do have, it will help your choices in plants. If you are looking at a single florescent tube you will have barley enough light to get any plants to grow. Most stores just give you enough light to view the fish and keep algae growth down. Not viable to grow much for plants, but there are a lot of options out there.


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Welcome to the forum!!

and I agree with Buck
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Welcome aboard!

You'll learn alotta cool, neat, and informative things from everyone's experiences and feedback. Feel free to ask more questions as you progress along.

As for plants for low light, I suggest Anubias since they are fairly hardy, java ferns (you can attach them to the top of your caves if you want), and for foreground maybe some baby tears (HM). You may need co2 to increase growth, but you might do without it, but growth will be very minimal.

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i've done about 1.5 watts (CF) per gallon in a six gallon tank that was a really nice tank. Grew java moss, crypts, and anubias with zero problems. I didn't add CO2 and the only dosing was via fish food and the fish waste.
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I have run a 15 gallon planted tank in the past with a 14w t8 bulb. I recommend getting a new T8 with a better color temperature, say either 6500k or 10000k. available at petsmart for $20 which is pricey...try your LFS first. I grew anubias, lotus', and java fern all with no problems. I also had a couple crypts. I did add a capfull of flourish excel with every water change. and I ran flourite substrate, not eco. but both are top notch gravels. (i never mixed my flourite, iv had much better succes by using it straight.)

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