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Anyone use ferts in planted shrimp bowls?

Have 1.50g dirted shrimp tank, square not bowl. Dirt is miracle grow set up 11/15/12.

Anubias and java fern only plants not in dirt. Shrimp and snail occupants.

Is it safe to use ferts in such a small amount of water? I change 1/2 the water once per week. Or is it even needed since low light?

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Same thought has gone through my mind to?

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very safe as long as you dont dump huge amount into the tank.

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What kind of ferts would you use? I use topsoil capped with black diamond and there is 4 root tabs down in there. I was thinking about dosing with flourish once a week. What were you planning?

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What kind of ferts would you use? I use topsoil capped with black diamond and there is 4 root tabs down in there. I was thinking about dosing with flourish once a week. What were you planning?

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Not sure. I have dry ferts I can use or an all in one formula. My main concern is the anubias.

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Neither of those plants really need ferts. They are very low maintenance. I wouldn't bother with it.
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Check my 3 gallon egg out. I add very small amounts of dry ferts in there a few times per week, there is also Osmocote+ in the substrate as well. It's inhavitants are all perfectly happy.

Low light plants like you mentioned can probably live on snail/shrimp waste though. Just keep an eye on your plants, they will tell you if they are lacking anything.
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I have a 1.25 gallon tank with a couple shrimp in it and I use an eyedropper to dose 3 drops of Flourish Excel daily and 2 drops of Flourish twice a week and change 20% of the water every week. It actually done better for me than any of my other tanks, and got really overgrown really quickly. To a fault. Haha.

If you're only planning on keeping Anubias and Java Fern in the tank, I wouldn't bother with any ferts. They're going to grow slow no matter what you put in the water, so it's just extra hassle to try dosing.
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Raan I literally clicked on this thread to ask that question. Thanks. I'm gonna try with the excel and flourish

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Glad to hear it was of help. Just keep an eye on it. Plants can easily get out of control in a tank that small. I just tore down/re-set up the one I mentioned for that reason.
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The anubias and java are the only non planted plants. The rest are stem plants in the dirt where they have nutrients.

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Today I noticed a new leaf on the anubas and it was an odd color, light yellowish green.

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That can, from my experience be completely normal. Full coloration will be seen as the new growth matures. If it does not then you may have a deficiency. Don't over think things and try to let everything go with the....flow?
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The dry fert calculator can be set to grams and the size could be set 1 gallon for the volume I have in my bowl right?

I picked up a digital scale that goes down to 100th of a gram to treat planeria meds but could also be used for extremely tiny amounts of dry ferts?

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Ive been trying like i read from another thread 3 drops of excel daily and 2-3 drops of flourish 2x a week. Ill see what kind of results i get in a week or two. But already with the new light and dosing the bacopa in there will be growing out of the water today or tomorrow.
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