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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-30-2014, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
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Hello all

I'm a little confused on all these chemicals and additives. I recently went from a fish only tank(tetras and discus) and started adding a few plants (swords and a val). In the past i've only added Seachems neutral regulator to keep a 7ph and tetras black water extract. Should i be using fertilizers or salts or root tabs?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-31-2014, 07:20 AM
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It is hard to say whether you need fertilizers or not; it really depends on what kind of lighting you have.

In general, adding chemicals such as neutral regulator (to maintain pH) is not required, as fish will adapt to a wide range of pH values. In fact, by adding such chemicals/additives, it can cause wild pH swings, which can be much more stressful for fish.


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With sword plant's which are nutrient hog's in my view,and crypt's... No CO2 injection, or supplement's like excel, I would were it me (and it ain't)..use root tab's under each sword/crypt and appropriate dose for your size tank of Flourish Comprehensive by Seachem.(use once a week day after water change).
Root tab's I use are called Osmocote"Pot Shot's" and only need replaced about every three or four month's.
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Sorry more info... I have 4x54 T-5 current lite however i only run 2 of them for 8 hours a day. The PH on tap water is 7.4. i will layoff the PH chemicals... What about the black water additive? Im new to live plants, how would i tell if they are in need of fertilizers? I have no objective to adding fertilizers or root tabs. I do not have the money for a CO2 set up right now i would like to learn more before i get that involved.
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