Thank you. There are many members here with more knowledge than I have, and collectively we must have quite a lot to share--and obviously we are happy to share. We want you to be successful too.
I know the people who design those programs mean well, but fish compatibility is very complex. If you have plants, you have more fish space--but don't go overboard with that idea
. You can also get away with less water changes--but the fish load (type of fish, number) in relation to the volume and the plants determines this.
Don't forget to check your tap water for nitrate, just to know. Another thing with plants, is lower or non-existent nitrate. I have 5 ppm in my tanks, Kymmie has zero, all due to the plants.