great tank i am currently cycling mine should i add excel or anything to help out plants
It does help some. Mainly it's the lighting hat really drives how fast the plants will grow. More light, more uptake of nutrients. I'm going to be upgrading to the Fluval 13 watt powercompact light.
This is very true. If you're running low medium light plants you can suppliment once a week with excel. However, higher light plants with more lighting will need CO2 injection or excel to supply plants with organic carbon. If you're talking about your shrimp tank Deano37 I would get excel in case of algae bloom, but not really use it unless you must.