So I'm taking the plunge into my first live-planted tank and am hoping to keep it as low tech as possible. I've picked out Java Fern as my starter plant (maybe some Anubias Nana later, as it seems to favour similar lighting/substrate conditions), and I'm hoping to not add any special supplements or fertilizers or new lights, if I can get away with it. My tanks currently have compact fluorescent lights that came with the tank hoods (they're Marineland Eclipse tanks, but I don't know the light specs offhand...) Anyway, here's my question:
To those of you who keep java ferns, have you simply planted them in gravel, or have you added a special substrate, like Fluorite or Eco Complete?
I'm not entirely opposed to Fluorite, as it doesn't seem like it could have any negative effects on the fish or the water conditions (except that it's quite sharp, and my betta's sometimes like to dig at things in the gravel... I don't want them to injure themselves on it!!
) My tanks currently have gravel only in them and I'm hoping to make as few changes as possible when adding the java ferns without setting myself up for failure.
Your input is so greatly appreciated! Thanks! :)