Originally Posted by fishenthusiast
Thanks for the info! I'll need to make a new batch here soon.
Nice thread. I glanced at some of it; when I get some free time one day I'll dive deep into it. I've always thought less is more with fertilizers. That's why I did not like Estimative Index when I tried it a couple years back in a high tech build. Eventually I got fed up with the fine tuning of fertilizers (and carbon dioxide) and went with low light. Now I'm not even dosing nitrate anymore.
When I was running high light, I did notice that the plant Pogo erectus would always rot at the bottom and die.
Thanks no problem.
Less is better I have no doubt. The problem is with ratios and how ions interact. Some plants need more boron, other need more zinc. But more Zinc might affect the plant next to it. I understand why you went low tech but I also do not think low tech mean low light anymore. You can actually run less co2
whilst increasing the light. Plants will just grow more slowly. You can run high co2
and high light and limit P. Again plants will grow more slowly but if you limit P and Ca
and increase zinc you may get a zinc toxicity or vice versa a Zinc induced deficiency.
Some plants seem to be resistant and highly adaptive to nutrient ratios and I believe that these happen be the hardier plants that are usually kept in low tech tanks.
Species like rotala, alternanthera are very sensitive.
I think less and less people will use EI dosing and leaner dosing approaches such as ADA and PPS-Pro will become the norm.