Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Cape Coral, Florida
Low tech - can I just do Flourish and ignore the rest?
Just learning, have a 45g tank lightly planted with fish, fresh water, with ecco-complete + gravel bed, no CO2, moderately hard water (though am using more RODI because my tap water is 8.6ph). Light with Satellite LED+ 4 hours x twice a day. It just completed its initial cycle.
Plants: Jungle Val or maybe Sagettari spreading quickly, and some have grown to about 16" high, one Annubis growing slowly but lots of new leaves, and one crypt wendtti also looking healthy but slow change. Added a Amazon Sword a week ago, it's nice and healthy looking and two new leaves already. Two sets of java fern just turned brown and I removed them.
At the LFS recommendation have been using Flourish Comprehensive (1 cap per week), Flourish Iron (1 cap per week), and Flourish Excel (1 cap twice a week).
Long lead up to a short question:
What's the practical minimum effort I can put into fertilizer regime that is likely to still be successful?
I know every tank is different, but how important are the kind of extensive testing and fine adjustments that people appear to do?
Do I really need to be testing iron, hardness, phosphates, etc. regularly? And adjusting?
Is there a "practical man's guide to minimal effort in fertilizers"?
PS. I realize that buying bulk is cheaper than these pre-made products, but in this case I'm not asking a cost question so much as a convenience one.