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Question I need help with my first planted tank

I have a 55 gallon aquarium with a SunSun hw-302 canister filter, I am new to planted tanks, and the concept interests me, my tank falls under the low light category, and I want a very low tech setup. I want to know where I should start, I have a simple inert gravel substrate, and I don't plan to add any substrate, what are some plants that are good for these conditions, ibplan to get tetras and some guppies. I also want to know how i should plant the plants, because I have no idea what I am doing.
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Java ferns/moss, anubias and crypts are good choices for low tech tanks. More light = more options.

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Another one that you could try is water wisteria. Its a wicked tough plant. Cheap and readily available. What kind of light are we talking?

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Another one that you could try is water wisteria. Its a wicked tough plant. Cheap and readily available. What kind of light are we talking?
I have 2 18 inch Aqueon Floramax bulbs.
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Consider water sprite (it's a fern), guppy grass.
+1 water wisteria.
None of these 3 really needs to be planted.


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I also want to add that I don't want to fertilize or use co2 or special substrates
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I'd just recommend if you get bitten by the planted tank bug (and you will) that when you start buying stem plants plant heavily and dont go nuts on the light. But if you want to start slow, low tech with little maintenance what was suggested above are good choices.
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I also want to add that I don't want to fertilize or use co2 or special substrates
So you are saying that the only source of nutrients for your plants will be fish food?


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So you are saying that the only source of nutrients for your plants will be fish food?
And fish waste, but yes
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