Tank has been set up for approx 5 days. 3 of those with full light. CO2 running for a few days.
20 gallon high (12x18x24)
Eco-Complete as substrate
65 watts CF (10 hour photo period)
Hagen yeast CO2 with bubble ladder (currently 3-4 bubbles per minute)
Various crypts, vals, swords, cabomba, rotala indica, micro swords, anacharis, java fern, sagittaria, aponogeton
No fish (yet)
pH 7.5 (Hanna tester)
CO2 6-7.5 (using Chuck’s calculator)
I've read many of the basic guides over the past few weeks. Hopefully the questions asked won't be seen as a disregard for reading the 'starter' info. I’ve read that the tank should sit idle for approx 4 weeks before adding ferts. I have the Seachem products ready to go (Nitrogen, Potassium, Flourish). I don’t have Phosphorus, but it looks like my specs are okay in this area anyway. Eventually I will probably graduate to the GW ferts.
pH has dropped very slightly (-.10) over last day or two…probably due to the CO2 being added.
1) How are my current specs?
2) Do I need to try to measure the level of potassium, or just assume 0 and dose per instructions?
3) Not sure how the ammonia is in there, unless some of the roots/plant material is decaying. I do have the Sagittaria in which a few leaves are getting soft (melting). Should the ammonia level be of concern? Partial water change, or let it run the cycle.
4) Should I wait the 2-4 weeks as suggested before dosing?
5) What next?
Thanks for your time.
Edit: pics added, BE NICE!!!