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So I’m starting up a new freshwater tank and I’m probably gonna ask a lot of questions over the next few weeks because I haven’t done well with attempting planted tanks in the past. I want to do it right this time but there’s such conflicting information out there. Today’s question concerns anacharis plants, as that is the one plant I plan to have in this tank. I don’t want to put a lot of different plant species because I think it will be easier to just focus on the needs of one type. Anyway, my lighting I’m sure was a problem before. I’ve read that for anacharis you need at least 2 watts per gallon. With my five gallon tank, that means I need at least 10 watts. The problem is, the best affordable light I’ve found that would fit my tank is 8 watts. Can I get by with 8 watts, or should I aim for more than 10? The next size up for that particular light is 15 watts and may be slightly too big for my tank, but it can still probably be laid across the top idk. Btw the light has white and blue LEDs. My other question is about fertilizer. I’ve read stuff about NPKs but I’m SO confused about all of it. Is there an afforadable and effective plant fertilizer that provides all the nutrients the plants will need? Also keep in mind I’m not gonna put any fish in this tank until I’m sure the plants are thriving, so it needs to be a fertilizer that provides all the nutrients the plants need whether there’s fish in there or not. I hope this made sense. I really have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to plants. I think my failure to have a thriving planted tank is what caused my last fish to die. RIP Fancyson. Help me make conditions for my next betta better.