Looking for advice or insight on new tank
Completely new to the hobby! I was inspired by a beautiful tank I saw on reddit a while back and have been lurking a while since trying to absorb as much as I can.
Hoping that I am finally ready, here's what I have collected so far:
10lb co2 with diy 2 stage regulator, solenoid, nv-55 needle valve
Diy inline reactor
Fertilizers - macros and micros dry picked up from a hydro store.
Still to pick up/build:
Inline heater 200w? 300w?
DIY led lights (14- xml2 cw + ww, 3 ocw) (ordered from ledgroupbuy)
Controller for lights, co2, heater, ferts (ideally on network, pi or arduino, seen some awesome projects on here).
Fertilizer dosing pumps
I'd like to have a carpet, since that is what inspired me to pick up the hobby, so I picked up some hc Cuba that I'm tissue culturing in a dozen or so jars to grow out to fill in the tank once the LEDs arrive and I can assemble them. Also have some alternanthera and rotala growing out.
As for my water, I know I have hard water here, and have a NaCl softener in place but can access the unsoftened water. Have not tested either yet, but have been reading various opinions on softened water... Unsure what to do here yet. Waiting on my GH and kh kit to come in, already have the api master kit,
Any suggestions for other plants?
Anything I'm missing or overlooking?
Am I almost ready?