new 10g set up
Hi! I have had a 75gallon lo tech planted tank in the past, did well, but I moved and have downsized. I am now setting up an Innovative Marine Nuvo 10 gallon with a Kessil light. I am thinking of plants, maybe shrimp, tetras, dwarf cory or just a pea puffer. I have ordered Controlsoil substrate. My tap water is over 8 Ph and likely high GH (will test today when kit comes in). I am thinking of using all RO water or at least mixing to get better Ph and GH; I have always had algae issues in the past so hoping to minimize that plus minimize fighting Ph all the time. I recall that if I remineralize the RO water, set the KH and GH to 3 to 4 ppm and let the Ph be what it will I should be ok, right???
Also, I am thinking of trying CO2 this time around and debating between the Fluval (just to get my feet wet) and the C02 Advanced Forest (I don't want to do DIY).
So, question, should I get my water parameters balanced and cycle first then add CO2 or do it all at once? Any other comments or help!! Thank you!