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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-05-2004, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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My dad wants to setup a planted tank, thing is though he's a total noob (only at plants). He needs easy, uncomplicated ferts. Preferably something that is all-in-one, but seperate ferts are OK. Definately nothing that has a high risk of creating algae blooms. Iron is a must since the water treatment plant has removed it all. I think the phospates are rather high so won't be needed. The water is very hard so it has plenty of Mg. - will post accurate results of the parameters in a few days.

The key here is EASY. Something that won't discourage him out of the hobby and cause complications.

I feel I left out some critical info, let me know if you need more.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-05-2004, 05:02 PM
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Seachem's Flourish Line is probably is the easiest to use. It is complete and balanced and has good instructions for use. Regular Seachem Flourish will take care of iron and traces, and Flourish Nitrogen can be used to keep NO3 in balance with your tap water's Phosphates. Then Flourish Potassium can be used to maintain solid levels of K.

The downside to using all these easy-to-use products? A bit more cost. Eventually replacing Flourish with Plantex CSM and replaceing Flourish K with some K2SO4 powder will cut down costs but will require careful calculations for dosage.

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I agree with Sam, go with the SeaChem line first...get a hang of it, then try to save your money with other chemicals
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-06-2004, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Actually I won't be postin my parameters. I'm going to get some ferts from the fluorish line, thanks.
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