Do I Need Nitrogen?
I have a 7.9 Gallon Fluval Ebi with approximately 20 Cherry and Tiger shrimp in it and heavily planted. It is planted enough to fill much of the tank but not enough to eliminate nitrates. I want good plant growth so I can replant stems and fill the rest of the tank but I do not want to be trimming everyday. I dose with Flourish, Flourish Excel, and on occasion Flourish Iron, Phosphorus, and potassium. I never dose with Flourish Nitrogen as I do not want high nitrates to affect my breeding shrimp. My java fern has looked a little rugged lately and the plants haven't been growing as thick. I know nitrogen will assist but do I get enough already by feeding my shrimp? Is Flourish Nitrogen even necessary due to my feeding the shrimp and how much does it affect nitrate levels?