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Do I need to fertilize with eco-complete

Setup my 20 long with 2 bags of eco-complete, should I be worried about dosing with flourish once a week still or should the eco-complete plus the bioload from the fish, dwarf frogs and shrimp keep the plants going? I'm not using CO2, low light, so they are slow growing which is fine with me, but slow growing = less nutrients needed right?

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What lights are you using? If you are judging the light by a watts per gallon number, you may not have low light.

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1x6500k daylight t8 + 1 cool light 4500k t8 bulb in a dual fixture about 6 inches about the top of the tank in a 20gal long, on for about 10 hours a day.

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You probably do have low light, so you don't need to fertilize unless you also use CO2, which would speed up the growth rate. Then dosing NPK and traces would be very helpful to the plants.

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Ok, thanks Hoppy. My plants seem to be going ok with no CO2. Cardamine is growing good, already reached the surface and cut it in half and replanted. Diformia has been trimmed as well, some cut down, some tops replanted and bottoms discarded, all rooting good. Vals are recovering nicely, which from all my reading, most Vals will suffer damage anytime you first them, so the leaves are growing back after cracking and got nice roots. One had like a 5" root on it.

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