madness- thanks for the clarification!
Cookie- thanks for the tip on optimal pH for neos. I hadn't actually looked into the optimal parameters for these shrimp yet, but you are correct, aquasoil would not be ideal.
I actually have a professional water test on my tap water.
pH - 7.7
TDS - 421
Ca carbonate - 301 (translates to KH approx 17)
Mg - 14 (Ca carbonate + Mg = GH approx 18, its really slightly higher because I haven't added in S, Cl, and whatever else belongs in there)
So not too bad for cherry shrimp... Here's the problem though, nitrates are 11 ppm. Are those safe? I do have an RO system, so I can dilute with that, or just go straight RO and remineralize.
As far as lighting, the Finnex Fugeray is the cheapest LED I've seen for the light output and size tank I'm getting. I definitely want LED. I'm tired of buying bulbs and I like the sleek look.