hey guys, another newbie here! i am a couple moths in the hobby now and im starting my second tank (hi-tech). EI dosing sounds like a lot of work so im looking for an alternative recipe for a 16 gallon tank!
Why would you doa hi tech tank if you do not plan to ample work to keep it? Ferts are perhaps the easiest aspect, they all require adding things and doing it regularly, they are no harder than any other method, the REAL work is balancing CO2 and light. Good upkeep and routine care trimming etc.
Ferts, you add them.......no way around that.
Ferts are a fairly minor aspect.
Good frequent large water change routines are hallmark from myself, Amano, Oliver Knott, Fish breeders, good general care. If you want to avoid water changes, automate them, or go non CO2 and slow things down.
As far as simplicity, EI is about as simple as it gets.
Add ferts 2-3x a week with teaspoons, do water changes.
Then focus on the real issues: light/CO2, good general care.
You can modify it to suit fairly easily.