Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Sorry KevinC, but I'm going to disagree with you on not needing the ammonia and nitrite test kits. I would go ahead and get them because you will DEFIITELY want them when you experience mysterious deaths or other problems (lets face it, it happens to the best of us). Also, when you change out filter media you need to keep an eye on your ammonia and nitrites to make sure that you didn't get rid too much of the N-cycle bacteria.
My recommendation is the kit linked to earlier and phosphate. If you want to keep shrimp, crayfish or snails then get the GH and KH kits as well, because this stuff is important to make sure that they can form their shells properly. It may seem like a lot right now, but trust me, you will want them soon enough and you'll find your self making several trips to the LFS to round up everything. Plus, they're cheaper online and this way you'll only have to pay for shipping once.