Thanks for the feedback folks, appreciated.
Will try to plant as heavy as I can afford. Start with all the cheap fast growers I can find.
If I move over my ceramic rings to my new filter and immediately put in some of my fish then I wouldn't lose the bacteria on the media is what I was thinking. The question I am still pondering is can I move my whole fish load over or should I parse it out over a period of a week or two. I suppose I'll move some and test water daily and if I'm not getting ammonia/nitrite I can move over the rest.
Was going to use root tabs for rooted plants, and order some of the liquid ferts that rootmedic also sells. Definitely want to get into dry ferts for cost savings eventually.
pH 7.4-7.6 (hard to pick between on color kit)
GH test wasn't working, but water report for my neighborhood converts to 5 degrees
No solonoid, running 24/7 with possibly an airstone at night. When I used to keep planted tanks solonoids weren't very common, I see they are more so now. I need to do some good research on them as I'm not familiar with the brands and any safety risks they may have.