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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-15-2014, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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Best Combo of Ferts

Good Morning Everyone,

I have a planted tank with carib tahitian black sand. I am curious what combination of ferts would be best. I am currently dosing Seachem Excel everyday/every other day, i have a root tab for substrate feeders.

Would you recommend using any of the other Seachem ferts?

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depends on the complexity of your set up. if you have a low light tank, the photosynthetic process is not going at high speed and so the rate of nutrient uptake will be much lower. for high tech, fertilizers are essential--in most cases, you will need every single offer from the seachem line except for nitrogen.
i use Fe, P, and K daily, and add in the trace elements every other day.
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i have a 10g tank with a 15watt t-8 6500k tube for lighting.

i currently dose with excel and a japanese fert that my friend had.

for moderate growth, should i dose it all, or are there a couple main ones i can stick to?

i love my plants and want them to be healthy without having to prune all the time
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that's going to be a hard balancing act to achieve, depending on the plants you wish to grow. certain plants are slow growers and so minimum pruning happens, even under optimal conditions, such as anubias petite. general rule of thumb, most stemmed plants have fast growth rates. slower plants will include: anubias sp. and java fern, maybe Alternanthera reineckii 'mini'. if money is no problem, bucephalandras make great plants as well as cryptocorynes.

P, K, Fe should be done routinely. trace elements such as Mg, B, and Ca can be added once a week.
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I use API products, liquid CO2, liquid fertilizer, and root tabs. Has worked wonderful for my aquarium.

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I use PPS-Pro ferts it is a daily fert, and use jobes fer sticks as root tabs and metricide 14, it is basically the same thing as excel but a ton cheaper

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just out of curiosity, if my next tank is an NPT, would i need to dose any ferts? (outside of using co2)
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My 29 is pretty heavily planted, I dont dose excel because i have co2 but seachem ferts are wonderful and I find more comprehensive than most api versions. But only by a little. If anything I would calculate out what each plant likes and switch to dry ferts because it is more efficient usually.

As far as dosing or not? If you have co2 and High light (or even medium light) you want to dose ferts. Without ferts and weekly water changes, and especially in a nano you will end up with lots of dust algae, and lots of browning, holes or yellowing plants. The co2 makes the plants gobble up resources a lot faster.
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would having an NPT decrease the number/amount of ferts i would need?
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I use a dirt like substrate, with root tabs, excel, and flourish comprehensive.

I do very small doses since i have a low light tank. The plants grow very fast.

You should be fine with sand since you have tabs.
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