Are you saying I shouldn't use Excel when I have Java Moss and HC?Kunsthure said:Excel doesn't agree with some plants, like mosses, some crypts and some vals. I've never used it, I go the DIY CO2 route.
Fertilizers aren't to make plants grow faster, they're to give the plants the nutrients they need. Without those, the plants will suffer. I just happen to have this link open in another window and it's very informative: https://www.thekrib.com/Plants/Fertilizer/nutrient-deficiency.html
I use Flourish tabs and they're ridiculously cheap at Petsmart, even compared to Amazon.
DIY CO2 is fairly easy, especially for you to set up right now since you have no fish to protect from pH swings. We'll be happy to help guide you through it.
Oh, and Flourish Comprehensive and tabs are invert safe, the amount of copper is not enough to harm them. There's a good article on shrimp and ferts over at planet inverts.
From Seachem's own website, they admit that Excel can have negative impacts on some plants, and suggest dosing every other day.https://www.seachem.com/support/FAQs/FlourishExcel.html said:Q: I've been using Flourish Excel for the 4 days, and I've noticed that my Anacharis seems to be dying, while my other plants are doing fine. Why is this?
A: Anacharis is a particularly sensitive species (known to be sensitive to high temperature, trace copper, formaldehyde etc.). It is also sensitive to Flourish Excel. If you have Anacharis in an aquarium in which you are dosing Flourish Excel we recommend using Flourish Excel every other day rathter than daily.
Assuming the formula hasn't changed in the last few years, there's a nutrient analysis taken off a bag of Eco-Complete found here:Nate McFin said:Regarding adding ferts to Eco complete-
Does anyone have nutrient info for Eco? I don't believe they publish it so we have no idea what it is in it.