Is Excel really necessary in a heavily planted, High Tech tank?
I'd like to know what the consensus is? I've been using it for a while as I did not have CO2 and I was using https://www.seachem.com/downloads/charts/Plant-Dose-Chart.pdf
Now that I'm researching alternatives, I'm going to...
Is 150PAR at the top of a tank and 40PAR at the bottom enough light for EI dosing? I want to start with EI as it seems to provide a good balance of nutrients and is way cheaper than commercial solution. I use flourish excel as a source of carbon for my plants at the moment, would EI dosing be...
I'm writing about a 20gal low tech Excel based planted tank thats been running for 3 years or so. The plants do OK. Not a ton of growth, but some. A good deal of leaf melting in older leafs. I've fought my share of various algae but seem to have it under control at the moment...
Recently my root tabs were depleted so I switched to dry dosing and my plant growth/health has improved in just a few days and algae growth has slowed.
KNO3 is the largest component of my dosing. I did a nitrate test about 12-16 hours after adding the second KNO3 dose and the test said I had 0...
I would really appreciate some more direction for moving toward a balanced, happier tank.
local river gravel substrate, sifted to 2-4mm (over a sprinkling of peat, clay, and osmocote)
Nitrate = 30
Nitrite = 0+ a teency
GH = 350
KH = 280
pH = 8.5
temp = 78
current lighting = 10w...
1) As I understand lighting, 1 27 watt bulb equals 27 watts worth of light. But 2 27 watt bulbs don't make 54 watts right? I mean it uses 54 watts of energy but still, the light output is still only 27 watts correct? It just spreads it over a wider area.
2) How often do I dose excel?
Another silly question guys!
If i dose excel, do i still need to dose ferts?
If so, what ferts should i keep on hand?
and what kind of small snails are plant safe (i was thinking ramshorns), and can be fed to a dwarf puffer?