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Should I Fert?

I have a low tech 55 gallon planted tank with low light, dirt substrate, good water filtration and water movement. I want to do something to spark new plant growth, but want to keep in low tech in that it is rather undemanding. I do a water change once every month or two. I have Flourish "comprehensive supplement for planted tank," and Flurish Excel. Should i use these as directed? Or will it that require me to do a bunch of other things?
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Hard to say. Plant growth can be limited by various things, and micros (Flourish Comp) or carbon (Excel) are two of the possibilities. So, you could add some and see how your plants react. Might improve things if those are missing, or not change a thing, if something else is the limiting factor.


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I recommend doing a 25%-50% water change a week or at least every 2 weeks. I also suggest going with a more complete fertilizing regiment, since you're going with SeaChem's flourish, I'd go with the complete line of Flourish products, like potassium, nitrate, phosphorus, iron, etc......

And get into a dosing regiment with dosing products every other day. You can base your dosing regiment to that of EI dosing

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/fe...-regimes_.html

This should give you an idea of what ferts to dose on what days

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Really no need for EI level dosing on a low light tank...


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I fert all the time...oh wait, that's different.

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I want to do something to spark new plant growth, but want to keep in low tech in that it is rather undemanding.
add some Co2?

Technically that will make you not low tech, but it certainly will cause some growth. In a 55 gallon, just add like 2-3 bubbles per second...like a little nudge of Co2. Shouldn't make the undemanding nature of you tank anymore difficult unless you crank it up to such an extent that your plants grow faster than you can feed them. The dosing probably isn't necessary in a low light tank with out Co2 provided you have some critters in there. Dose all you want, the plants will only take what they need, and that isn't much in a low light non Co2 tank. Once you add the Co2 though, you may find you need the ferts on a regular basis.

That's what I do with my low light 90, I don't have a drop checker or anything. I just add a little bit of Co2 and things have really taken off.
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Really no need for EI level dosing on a low light tank...

No, I was suggesting it as a reference for a dosing schedule, since it has a suggested dosing schedule. As in

you know this 3x week, that 3x week, etc......


Didn't mean as he should go with EI dosing lol

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