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Hi! I have a Fluval Chi 5 gallon tank. I just bought the Penguin® 75 BIO-Wheel® Power Filter along with the elive led grow light. I also have a Tera heater that is for 5-15 gallon tanks. I am wanting to focus on moss and ferns to do a low tech tank. With no animals what so ever.
But I have no idea what type of substrate is good, if I need any fertlizer and if so what kinds are good, do i need water conditioner still, and do I have to wait to set up to the tank? Any advice? And will these two be good enough for my tank?
I'm sorry for all the questions. I'm only a college student but doing this really interests me and I eventually want to go bigger. I appreciate any answers.
 

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If you need fertz, I recommend EI dosing and you can find a good seller at this link, very cheap and will last you practically forever depending on your dosing regime: DIY EI Liquid Fertilizer| Premium Aquarium Fertilizer | NilocG Aquatics
As for substrate I recommend ADA aquasoil Amazonia Normal. Use water conditioner still yes, im not sure what you mean by do you have to wait? sorry.
 

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Hey thanks for the advice! And by waiting I meant one of the guys at the aquarium store said I had to let my water cycle and such like I did when I had fish before I put plants in. Do I still do that?
No you don't have to cycle a tank for plants.
It's actually easier to plant everything then carefully fill the tank with dechlorinated water. If you go with a substrate that has nutrients like aquasoil, having the plants already will help with limiting algae.
 

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Picking a good enriched substrate is a good way to start the tank, as mentioned by BettaBettas, ADA Amazonia aquasoil is a good one. You can try EI dosing, I use osmocote + root tabs and Excel myself. My plants' growth isnt the fastest but it filled in
 
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