Hadn't chosen a heater. Will the Hydor fit the hosing on the Rena?
Yes, you need the 5/8" model. Either Eth 300 In-Line Heater 300 Watt or Eth 201 In-Line Heater 200 Watt.
Any ideas where I can get a nicer real wood stand to support the tank.
This is all dependent on what you want to spend my friend. Stands can be as cheap as $100 or ranging into thousands.
'll also look for a diffuser.
I have been using water filter housing as a reactor lately and i must say its probably the best CO2 diffusion I have had to date (and I run it off my XP3 also). I am not a fan of the mist of co2 and like all that "stuff" to just happen with the filtration. Quiet, no bubbles or gurgling noises.
This will be my first totally new upstart in 5 years so I'm hoping I don't have the problems I've seen others have (green water and such).
Patience, water changes and good fertilization routine. Hold off on fish as long as you can and get the plants established. It just removes so much of a variable in my opinion by NOT having fish, but YMMV and this is only my opinion.
Should I add ferts from the start?
Fertilization in some capacity is a must IMO. Why starve them of food? Do you not eat when you do something new? Plants need nutrients to grow. Without them, you will