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Recently I have started up a 10 gallon aquarium which is home to my Betta fish Sushi, as well as two nerite snails. It is bare bottom, with an aqueon quietflow 20. I also have two 10 watt fluorescent bulbs that are on approximately 10 hours a day. All I have is a piece of driftwood, some marimo balls, and some asian decor. I just went out to the pet store and saw that they had some plants on sale. An anubias, anacharis, bleheri, and a wisteria plant. I basically just stuck them into my aquarium. Now I have no substrate at all. Should I get some eco complete? Do I need fertilizers of any kind? Any advice would be great as I am new to this planted aquarium hobby

And yes it is heated to approximately 78 degrees. I also use water conditioner and stress coat with each water change which is 10% per week.

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Hi Nazasaki,

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Yes, you will need some sort of substrate. Here is a thread I did on a low tech 10 gallon with 2X10 watt CFL's You can do a nice planted tank with your equipment.

10 gallon; no co2; 2X10 watt CFL

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Thank you! I will check out your thread
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Does it matter what I use on top of the substrate? Gravel or sand or leave it as dirt? Or it is up to my personal preference?
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Hi Nazasaki,

It is not necessary to use dirt in a planted tank, nor is it necessary to use layers. All of my tanks use just one substrate - it is easier to clean and re-use that way.

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I found a very informative thread on Fishlore about low tech planted aquariums. This person said it is possible to just use gravel with plant tablets and the occasional ferts.

http://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/co...nted-tank.html

Does this plan seem like it would work? I know I don't want a very high maintenance/high tech planted aquarium. I want to keep it as simple as possible starting out.
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For what you want to plant, yes it will work. Just make sure to rinse the gravel out thoroughly prior to use.

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Thank you for all of your help and insight. Wish me luck
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