Avi, thank you for the links!!! I will certainly do some reading.
Tank parameters are:
75g, 108 watts (I have 3 separate fluorescent light fixtures. 2 fixtures have T8 bulbs @ 5,000k, 1 fixture has T12 bulb at 6,500k).
Eco Complete substrate
Plants include amazon swords, red melon swords, red flame swords, bronze wendtii, florida sunset wendtii, hygro, tiger lotus bulbs, ludwigia repens, vallisneria, driftwood.
Ferts include: Macro on Sunday, Tue, Thurs, (I mixed dry ferts into distilled H2O as per PPS Pro instructions). Micro fert is regular flourish on Mon, Wed, Friday. Sunday through Friday I also dose Flourish Excel. Saturday is no fert day. I just started this schedule last week though.
No CO2 (although I have everything needed to do pressurized CO2 if and when I'm ready).
Thank you for helping me to understand this. So much needs to be considered w/ a planted tank. And I'm glad low nitrates won't effect my fish. If I HAD to choose between fish or plants, I would choose my fish. Their well being is my first concern.