New at planted tanks - water question
My name is Becky and I am going to be getting my very first planted tank (and first any kind of tank for 30 years) set up next week. My starter tank will be a 20g high with DIY CO2 using a Hagen ladder, 65w Coralife Aqualight, Eheim 2213 filter, Eco-Complete substrate. I have tested my tap water with these readings:
pH = 7.0
Nitrate = 0 ppm
Nitrite: = 0 ppm
Ammonia= 0 ppm
Then I tested for KH/GH, using 2 different kits
GH = 40 mg/L
KH = 40 mg/L
Aquarium Pharmaceuticals results:
GH = 53.7 ppm
KH = 53.7 ppm
I have read many posts on different boards, but I'm still confused about fertilizing. I was planning to use Rex Grigg's method of cycling, and have a lot of fast growing stem plants ordered to arrive next week (ludwigia repens, water sprite, Braz. pennywort, hygrophila polysperma, foxtail, cabomba, ambulia, etc.) along with a few slower-growing plants. I decided to start with Flourish products until I got used to the fertilizing process and then buy the powdered ferts to mix. I ordered Flourish, Fl iron, Fl trace, and the root tabs to start (for my sword plant and crypts), but it looks like I should also have other elements.
This tank is going to have some corys and otos, but will mainly be a shrimp tank and I would like at least one snail (not plant-eating!), so I know my water is very soft and will probably need some calcium and I don't know what else. I have read a lot of different posts and info about proper fertilization, but I'm confused . . . Since I plan to start another tank (29g) next month, I would like to do this first one right. What will I need besides the Flourish products that are on their way?
Any advice will be appreciated.