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Low tech heavy planted dosing?

Hey guys. been out of the tank game for a couple years, so Im a bit rusty. I just ordered a 10 gallon (apartment life *eyeroll*) and want to stock up on supplies. My question is related to dosing ferts. I used to use seachem flourish; i can't remember if it was just the flourish or a combination of excel and trace maybe?! ah, again I am rusty. Here's what i do know:

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Dennerle's scaper tank 35l (10g)
includes filter and led lighting (6,500K, 500 Lumen, 21V. 5.5W)
also ordered a bag of eco complete which i will top with fine black sand (hooray for cories again)
I will be going heavily planted, started with the regular stuff


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No CO2 so I'm assuming low to lowish medium light, "easy' slow growing plants? For a tank that small I would use something like Thrive and dose a couple of ml's a week to start with, along with a 50% weekly water change in addition to Excel if you plan on using it. Possibly having to increase the dose a bit depending on how things look.

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No co2, correct. I don't think the light it comes with would be considered low to medium, though. Everything Ive read about this tank kit suggests this would be more of a medium to high lighting. Im just worried that dosing with a higher light and no co2 will cause algae.

More so, Im not really set on any ferts specifically. Am just kind of wondering where i should start.
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I would be worried that no dosing and, even more so, no CO2 will contribute to algae with high light. The plants might look good for a while until their nutrient reserves are depleted, but then they start becoming unhealthy and algae sets in.
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My lfs has several of those on display with small tetras or Rasbora or Scarlett badis, crypt moss and buce mostly. They don't fertilize at all and they look great, but more fish than most people would keep in them.
The light is quite dim and well tuned to the tank size


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that is good news. Hopefully I can get by without dosing co2 then! thanks!


....Still no idea what ferts to buy :{
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that is good news. Hopefully I can get by without dosing co2 then! thanks!


....Still no idea what ferts to buy :{
Thrive S would be my recommendation, it's a bit on the light side for shrimps, and you won't be forced to do water changes as often if you keep dosing low and infrequent.


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