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API plus Thrive, yes or no?

I have been happy with the way my plants are doing apart from one. I have been using Thrive (now at the correct quantity) and things are doing good lately.

Recently I was gifted two unopened bottles of API CO2 booster they are still sealed with the silver foil, I wondered if it was a good idea to use this as well as Thrive or should I use the old adage "if it ain't broke don't fix it"?

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Do you have pressurised or DIY CO2 in your tank? If yes, then you dont need to add API co2 booster, if not then it will certainly help as your tank has insufficient co2 if you are dosing thrive at recommended dose plus good lights. TLDR: Thrive is a fertiliser, API co2 booster is a co2 supplement, they serve different purposes, both necessary.
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Do you have pressurised or DIY CO2 in your tank? If yes, then you dont need to add API co2 booster, if not then it will certainly help as your tank has insufficient co2 if you are dosing thrive at recommended dose plus good lights. TLDR: Thrive is a fertiliser, API co2 booster is a co2 supplement, they serve different purposes, both necessary.
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Your plant growth will be limited to the level of its most unavailable resource. If Co2 and fertz are good, but there is no light to match and keep up with the capacity provided by Co2 and fertz, then growth won't be at it's potential. If you then increased light to match the requirements/capacity provided by the Co2 and fertz, you would see growth increase until it's reached terminal growth for the resources provided.

A lack in nutrients, co2 or light will inhibit growth, so swap out any part of the equation for another part and you get the same result. (Good light + good fertz + poor Co2 = sub optimal growth, etc, etc, etc...)

So if you don't currently use any Co2, just be sure to dose appropriately and I'm sure things will take off!

That's how I've always wrapped my head around it. The "growth chain" is only as strong as it's weakest link. Haha.

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