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Chemicals for planted tank?

Does one need to dose chemicals like API Stress Zyme and Stress coat in planted tanks?
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It depends, those 2 products are for fish, not plants, I does both of them when I am shipping fish/shrimp though
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I dose Stress Zyme sometimes, but all this product does is introduce facultative bacteria that break down mulm and keep your gravel a bit cleaner. It does not provide bacteria that participate in the ammonia->nitrate cycle.

I don't use stress coat, but for the most part that's just a dechlorinator with some other stuff in it to bind polymers to their slime coat, which is IMHO not well proven to benefit fish, and potentially hazardous to fish. I use prime as a dechlorinator, and let my water quality stimulate the fish to produce a good slime coat on their own.

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Would eco-complete count as gravel? I guess it's not really necessary in this case?
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I use eco-complete, and consider it to be a form of gravel... Gravel based on small chunks of volcanic rock with little pores everywhere, but gravel none the less.

I don't think stress zyme is really necessary for any tank... it can be beneficial (IMO) for overstocked tanks... beware there's a lot of controversy over this product due to many folks reading a bit more into the MFG claims and expecting it to provide nitrifying bacteria... (They claim it helps the cycle, but only by breaking down stuff that gets in the way of biofilm forming on your filter.)

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