I think my brain is going to explode. I am so confused. I plan to start my tank up densely planted (as suggested by Rex Grigg) with the addition of Bio Spira. Lights, filter, and plants are ordered and will arrive next week. First live inhabitants will be 5-6 danios, 3 corys, 3 otos. Some shrimp will come later when I'm sure the tank is stable. Tank is 20g high and I will have 1x65w Aqualight PC, DIY CO2 with Hagen ladder. My tapwater has pH of 7.0, zero nitrates and is very soft.
I read the Barr report on EI and thought I could just use the sample schedule he had in the report for 20g tank, but when I went back to the report to check on something I saw that he was talking about a tank with very high light and low fish load, which I won't have. I looked at Chuck Gadd's calculator, but that didn't help because I don't know what numbers to put in . . .
What I have gathered from the report:
*I will need KNO3, KH2PO4 for macronutrients
*I can use Flourish and Flourish Iron (which I have) for micronutrients
*I will use Seachem Equilibrium to raise the GH of my very soft water (I have), especially since I want to have shrimp in this tank
I see K2SO4 mentioned - is this the ingredient in Fleet Enema? I can get generic version cheap - do I need it and how do I know how much to use?
Do I wait until I have my fish in the tank for a few days and then test nitrates to see how much I need to add? But then Tom B said the whole point was NOT to be testing all the time. Geeze, if I had realized this was so complicated I would have been trying to figure this out sooner. I thought all I would have to do is measure out some Flourish once a week. Ha! If I can figure out how to do it properly, I think this daily dosing schedule will work well for me because I tend to be more consistent if I have a set routine.
At this point I think I've said enough. If any of you can help in any way, I will appreciate it very much. I want to order from Greg Watson as soon as I can, but want to make sure I order the right things. Forgive the rambling; this has been a hectic work week and I think my brain is ready to shut down.