First proper planted tank [Java Ferns + Moss]. How do I keep it healthy + happy.

hendr1x

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Hello everyone,
Just yesterday I setup/planted a 75 freshwater aquarium (photo attached). At this point I realized I really don't know enough to keep the plants them healthy and happy. I would appreciate any input but I had the following questions come up...

Background info : All plants are Java Fern except one crinum calamistratum in back. All moss in Java moss.

1) Lighting : I currently have a Marineland LED Strip Lights 34" [ML90614]. It was hard to be 100% sure but I THINK these are the specs : 468 Lumens, 120 Volts, 8.5 Watts, 7800K Light Appearance. Will this work for my setup?

2) Substrate : Currently I have basically none. The plants are in between rocks and stuffed into the drift wood. Is this acceptable?

3) Ferts / Nutrients : Is this something that is required with my setup? Can someone recommend a simple/cheap schedule for me to follow? I don't care about fast growth at all, I just want my plants to be healthy.

4) Silver Dollars : The question I don't want to ask. So I have 7 silver dollars that I absolutely love. I got plants that I heard they do not like to eat. Is there any chance that I can use them in this tank?

Thanks for your help, I appreciate it.
 

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Perfect with the way you planted the Java fern!! The plants you listed really don’t need much light or care in general.
I personally recommend Thrive liquid ferts. You can find them online, I believe it’s cheaper to order straight from their website. Since java fern feed off of the water column you will definitely want some liquid ferts to keep them happy.
Such a beautifully decorated tank!! You may experience some melt or die off at first, but don’t be discouraged. That is extremely common. However, you are definitely set up for success.
 

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Holy schnickes that is a beautiful piece of driftwood! Where did you obtain such a large and beautiful piece?
I just wanted to chime in and say that I love your tank! (I agree with veiltailking’s advice above)
 
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So I found it for sale on facebook marketplace and had to have it. I brought it home and it didn't fit in my 60g. So now you know why I just setup a 75g ;)
 

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