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Question New planted tank

I just recently decided I was tired of my fake plants and took them out and replaced them with real plants. I made the mistake of buying an aquatic plant combo and ended up throwing them away because they weren't truly aquatic. I then did some research and ended up with an anubias coffee plant, an amazon sword plant, and an unknown plant that came in the aquatic combo but looks somewhat like a sword. I know nothing of CO2 setups or substrates. Will plants survive in just gravel with the fish? Or is CO2 and substrate a necessity? Also I have a picture of the mystery plant up and was wondering if anyone knew what it was.
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Lots of people start out with gravel and stock lighting. The anubias and the amazon sword should do alright in that situation.They may not grow fast, but they should survive. CO2 isn't a necessity at the start. At the beginning you can pretty much just plant the plants in the gravel and sit and watch.
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You could at least try to get some plant fertilizer tablets. You can get them at most pets stores, online.... You just bury them down in the gravel. They slowly melt, feeding your plants. They last several months. Make sure that you choose low light easy plants. The anubias and sword plants fit the bill well.

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I just set up a no CO2 tank for my wife's office. It is Eclipse-5 with 8watt kit light. Eco-complete was chosen as substrate. After a couple weeks, new leaves already started to grow out on anubias, which is a really easy plant.
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