Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: The Netherlands
What's the verdict on liquid fertilizer in a low-tech set up?
I have a question about liquid fertilizer in a low-tech (no CO2) set up. I read that there is no need for liquid fertilizer in a low-tech set up. I went by this and did not use liquid fertilzer until my last two water changes. I've actually noticed my plants perking up and growing new shoots. What's the verdict on liquid fertilizer in a low-tech set up? Use it, don't use it, use it sparingly...?
Tank: 33 gallon (almost heavly planted, not there yet). No CO2 not even liquid. European water (pH 8.0 to 8.3 out of the tap). Tank pH 7.6 to 7.9 (depending on time of daylight period). KH 7. Dupla Root substrate fertilizer. Two 59 cm long tubes (one daylight, one warmlight) with reflectors. The Juwel-Rio 125 light canopy comes with water proof end caps and light fixures so that the bulbs can safely sit just two inches above the water.
Plants: Anubias nana, Althernanthera sessilis, Bacopa aquatica, Bacopa monnieri, Crypt. wendtii, Crypt. walkerii, Crypt x. willisii, Hygrophila difformis, Nomaphila agustifolia, Java Fern and Java Moss.
Live occupants: 13 adult Guppies, about 20 dwarf blue shrimp (adult size 3/4 inch), 5 young (3 or 4 month old) Guppies, Many guppy and shrimp fry and of course the tiny snails (hope they're the good ones).
Tank is 9 months old but some of the plants are only 2 or 3 months old.
Thanks! comments welcomed.