First, thank you for taking the time to read this and provide whatever guidance is possible. I'm new to TPT and planted tanks and am still working through the learning curve.
I finished testing my water sources this morning. Still trying to decide my options. I was hoping that between my well water, RO-only water (for drinking and ice cubes) and zero TDS RO/DI (Reefs) I would have something close to what I needed for this tank. In looking at the results, I'm not so sure...
Water Parameters - API Liquid Tests
------Well----Sink RO----RO/DI (aged)
Gh --< 1---< 1----------0
I'm interpreting this correctly, it looks like my best option will be to buffer the RO/DI? I was hoping I'd have an out-of-the-tap option
I've been trying to come up with a shrimp plan, and after reviewing the individual species needs and pairing down what I like - Initially I thought I would target 7.2~7.4pH, 4~5KH, 6~8GH. It appears that would that will provide for the greatest options in shrimp species BUT - It appears that most plants including my intended hc carpet need lower pH levels. Am I better off targeting lower pH and going with CRS like values?
I'm hoping others can provide some advice and offer up recommendations as to specific products or processes. This is a 12long, high light, pressurized CO2 using ADA recommended substrate (Aquasoil, powersand, ADA additives...) Complete info on the build is in my Journal liked below.
Thanks again for the help!