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Old 10-04-2013, 05:44 AM   #1
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Dumb dry fertilizer question.


I was thinking about buying a pound of the micro macro nutrient mix from aquarium fertilizer dot com I was wondering if there was anything wrong with having everything mixed? Or is this too good to be true?

As of right now I have Osmocote plus tabs near my crypts, swords, and vals. I am treating 2-3 times a week with flourish.

As for the tank its a 55g with four 32 watt t8bulbs and pressurized co2.
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Old 10-04-2013, 03:48 PM   #2
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No flexibility. Using a mix eliminates the ability to target specific nutrient ranges. Furthermore, the mix does not contain any phosphate. I would look at greenleaf aquarium's estimative index package. It's separate nutrients and $10 cheaper than the mix. If you realize you need magnesium, pick up a bag of epsom salt.
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Old 10-04-2013, 04:45 PM   #3
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+1 for the GLA EI fert pack.

And yes the epsom salt is much cheaper bought at a grocery store and it is the same thing.
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Or PM nilocg - he has the cheapest prices and great service. Check out his WTS thread on TPT.

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Old 10-04-2013, 05:11 PM   #5
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++1 on the dry separate dry ferts idea. My tanks are not a stable item as they keep changing. With separate bags of the different items. I can adjust each tank to what I find it needs at different times. As plants grow or are changed out, the tank may need different amounts of ferts. Nitrate is the one which I need to adjust most often. I put this down to changes in fish and feeding which is where I get most of my nitrate.

I find there are so many different levels and stages of planted tanks that there really seems no way to have a workable mix for all the different folks doing this. The guy with forty plants and four tiny fish will have different needs than the guy with 20 large fish and 6 tiny plants!

Mixes might be good for a middle of the road estimate but I find adjustment is needed so I like it separate.
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Old 10-04-2013, 08:08 PM   #6
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I would like to cut nitrate out entirely as I am able to maintain a consistent level of that.

Although since I switched to the osmocote plus tabs my nitrates have gone up to 80+ I usually maintain them around 20-40.
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Old 10-05-2013, 05:23 PM   #7
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I find my tank does not like Osmocote for the same reasons. I also recommend nilocg!
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:22 PM   #8
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If I go the dry route I want to be able to make two stock solutions. I do a 50% water change once a week anyway. However the EI and PPS pro dosing schedules are a no go for me. I dont have a regular schedule and if I have to go away for a few days now and again the ferts will go neglected.

The flourish lines have worked well for me so far at twice a week, I was simply looking to cut cost. The Brightwell Aquatics line was recommended to me, and they are dirt cheap.
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:36 PM   #9
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I run low tech tank's ,and use suggested daily amount of EI for my size tank, once a week ,or every two week's.(plant's respond well)
Mix macro's in cup of tank water and toss em in, Done.
Next day,mix micro's and toss em in ,Done.
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^This is what I want to do. Although I would prefer to make a liquid solution.
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Quote:
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^This is what I want to do. Although I would prefer to make a liquid solution.
That's a perfectly acceptable method which works for many people. Just in case you weren't aware, the calculator below has an option for mixing your solutions.

http://calc.petalphile.com/
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