As far as testing, I am using Mardel test strips... I am waiting on my new Red Sea kits to be delivered from BigAls.
I really would like to get some of the Red Rotala... as that I really would like to add some more color to the tank... Even better if it starts to suck up the NO3. Unfortunately, I have yet to find any locally.
I've never mail-ordered plants, and I am bit worried about with the 12° weather here in Pennsylvania. I'd hate come home to find a UPS package full of frozen greens.
My first DIY Planted Tank:
4x & 2x ODNO Flourescent Lighting (2-6500k, 1-5000k, 1 P&A)
Homebuilt Pressurized CO2 Injection
Rena XP3 Filtration
Still using my original gravel substrate