My tank is currently entirely planted. No fake plants at all. Now that I have my lighting sorted out, all my plants I had already are thriving and I even had to snip back my moneywort and anacharis, making a new bunch of plants to fill my tank. Today, I brought home some clippings of chain swords and amazon swords, just babies our ones at work had grown. I took home some of the substrate tabs we had at work, AquariumPlants.com brand. I put it in the substrate near the swords, and I'm dosing with API LeafZone. When I run out, I'm going to try Tetra FloraPride. For my stem feeding plants.
My question is what do y'all think of this set up? Should I do anything else for the swords? I can't afford a CO2 diffuser, will they be okay without it? Whatever tablets I end up buying, I want to be as cost effective as possible. Any you would recommend?