I planted my tank about two and a half months ago, but didn't provide anything other than lighting for them so they slowly died. I'm going to replant and take better care of them this time.
I have about 2.5wpg of lighting, I'll be adding liquid ferts weekly, and dosing Excel daily. (I am flexible about this, though). I'm curious about DIY Co2 and it sounds like less work than Excel, but I've heard that you can kill your fish if you mess it up.
I am planning on using gravel, but if there's a better option for $20 or under, I'd love to hear it. (it's a 10 gallon tank)