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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-14-2013, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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If dirt, then no ferts?

I'm in the process of setting up my first "dirt" aquarium. If I use MGOCPM do I still need to use ferts? I know it'll be necessary over time, but will the miracle grow provide what's needed without ferts for 6-12 months?

Still figuring out my plant list, but will definitley include DHG, wisteria, annbis, ludwigia and cabomba.

The aquarium will have either 2 t8 or 2 t5ho bulbs for light. Not sure which lighting I want to use yet.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-14-2013, 09:05 PM
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Usings ferts will allow the nutrient in the dirt to last longer.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-14-2013, 09:16 PM
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Ferts in the water are always a plus, doesn't matter if it's low tech or not. If you're going to go with higher lighting then co2 and fert dosing is a must.

Ferts> co2> Light
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All on your list but the DHG are water column feeders, so using ferts will be a big help. The dirt is really good for things like Swords and Crypts that are heavy root feeders.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-16-2013, 04:03 AM
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If I use MGOCPM do I still need to use ferts?
You have plates and bowls, but you also use food, right?

Substrate is like a plate or a bowl. It holds ferts, but is not in itself a fertilizer.
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