I'm anti Excel period. With proper maintenance & planning it just is not needed in a low light tank. Too many collateral damage plant deaths don't justify it's use. Especially since Amano shrimp and Ramshorn snails can handle the on going algae maint.
If you want execrated growth (more pruning) and high light demand plants go CO2.
If you're supplementing carbon (regardless of whether its gaseous or liquid) then it isn't low tech. If you want easy maintenance then just forget about it altogether, reduce lighting if needed and adjust your plant list slightly if there's anything very demanding on there.
HC (one of the plants you listed) and vals melt with gluts.
If you are wanting less trimming why would you go with one of the smallest foreground plants? I remember taking 30min to trim all the HC in a 55g can only imagine how long it would take on a tank of that size. I would go with glosso instead. It will look just as amazing in a tank of that size and less work in trimming than HC
Guys im still confused if i take the hc out the list, can the rest of my plants thrive without co2 and just the light i have plus fertilizers?
What i mean by thrive is not crazy growth but slow and steady growth but healthy and colorful plants.
Im not sure if i should do co2 or metricide 14 or no carbon at all.
Someone organize for me...