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Photographic proof that fertz make a WORLD of difference!!!

I started using fertz about 6 months ago, although skeptical, I was amazed with the results. I decided to do an experiment to illustrate how effective they are when used. I started with a dozen stems of rotala colorata around 5" long, taken from a low tech tank. (2bps c02, micro, and a 2 bulb t5 ho light.) Instead of the bright vibrant reds and purples you can acheive, I just got them to stay green in those conditions.

This is the tank that I took the stems from. You can see the rotala stems in the back on the right. They appear green as if they were rotala rotundifolia.




These are the stems in a cluster in a high tech tank. I dosed N, P, K, and Comprehensive fertz as well as c02 at 3bs. Its a 20 gal tank with two powerheads and 2 AQ 20's for adequate flow. The substrate is fluval plant stratum. This is the new growth beginning to form after only 3 days.



Day 7




Day 12




Day 20!! Notice the line between the green and red at the bottom of the photograph? Thats a time stamp of when they were replanted in the fert-dosed tank.




Hopefully this inspires some of you newbies who have toyed with the idea of using fertz, to get a high tech tank going. I will admit, it is a little more work than a low tech tank. BUT! For the reward, I think that extra 20-30 minutes a week is well worth it. Your scapes will never be the same! Hope you're convinced to get out and buy some ferts!

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This should be difference between high tech and low tech, ferts are not the only difference in this equation. Light, Co2, and ferts are different. Not saying this to be rude, but there is alot of other factors different in these two scenarios then just ferts which doesn't really make it a fair comparison to say that ferts are the deciding factor in these two examples

Plants look amazing though in your high tech! Keep it up.

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Regardless, looks awesome! I've got some R. Colorata coming soon, can't wait!

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That is amazing looking! I have some dry ferts coming in next week and I cant wait to see the results.
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Regardless, looks awesome! I've got some R. Colorata coming soon, can't wait!
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That is amazing looking! I have some dry ferts coming in next week and I cant wait to see the results.

awesome! this is the kind of change you can look forward to!!

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That's a pretty dramatic change! The difference going high-tech makes is pretty amazing.
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awesome! this is the kind of change you can look forward to!!
Oh, no. No change will be required. It's coming from Frank's 60-P!

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This should be difference between high tech and low tech, ferts are not the only difference in this equation. Light, Co2, and ferts are different. Not saying this to be rude, but there is alot of other factors different in these two scenarios then just ferts which doesn't really make it a fair comparison to say that ferts are the deciding factor in these two examples

Plants look amazing though in your high tech! Keep it up.
That's exactly what I was thinking.

Beautiful tank regardless.
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