I was thinking about buying a pound of the micro macro nutrient mix from aquarium fertilizer dot com I was wondering if there was anything wrong with having everything mixed? Or is this too good to be true?
As of right now I have Osmocote plus tabs near my crypts, swords, and vals. I am treating 2-3 times a week with flourish.
As for the tank its a 55g with four 32 watt t8bulbs and pressurized co2.
No flexibility. Using a mix eliminates the ability to target specific nutrient ranges. Furthermore, the mix does not contain any phosphate. I would look at greenleaf aquarium's estimative index package. It's separate nutrients and $10 cheaper than the mix. If you realize you need magnesium, pick up a bag of epsom salt.
++1 on the dry separate dry ferts idea. My tanks are not a stable item as they keep changing. With separate bags of the different items. I can adjust each tank to what I find it needs at different times. As plants grow or are changed out, the tank may need different amounts of ferts. Nitrate is the one which I need to adjust most often. I put this down to changes in fish and feeding which is where I get most of my nitrate.
I find there are so many different levels and stages of planted tanks that there really seems no way to have a workable mix for all the different folks doing this. The guy with forty plants and four tiny fish will have different needs than the guy with 20 large fish and 6 tiny plants!
Mixes might be good for a middle of the road estimate but I find adjustment is needed so I like it separate.
If I go the dry route I want to be able to make two stock solutions. I do a 50% water change once a week anyway. However the EI and PPS pro dosing schedules are a no go for me. I dont have a regular schedule and if I have to go away for a few days now and again the ferts will go neglected.
The flourish lines have worked well for me so far at twice a week, I was simply looking to cut cost. The Brightwell Aquatics line was recommended to me, and they are dirt cheap.
I run low tech tank's ,and use suggested daily amount of EI for my size tank, once a week ,or every two week's.(plant's respond well)
Mix macro's in cup of tank water and toss em in, Done.
Next day,mix micro's and toss em in ,Done.