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1st time fert user need advice on liquid fert...

I found this liquid fertilizer in our local LFS, since I never used ferts before, is it safe for the fishes? I forgot the name/brand of the liquid fert. but I remember the dosing: 5ml per 10 gal once a week...

I just need an advice/suggestions on using such fert; don't want to hurt my fishes. I can't find any dry ferts in here.

for my tank spec, I got a 20gal, with DIY CO2, 2x18w lighting, flora (cabomba, Rotala indica, Italian Val, Cryptocoryne crispatula), fauna (tiger barbs, platys, blue moon, guppies, pleco)

any help is highly appreciated. thanks in advance.
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Without the name/brand of the fertilizer solution I don't know how anyone could tell if it is safe for fish. I think any fertilizer solution sold for use in a planted tank would be safe for the fish, but it might not be adequate for the plants.

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I'm purchasing the liquid fert after an hour since it's affordable.I'll post the name/brand of it later. thanks for the reply Hoppy
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ok, just brought a 100ml bottle of Sera Florena.

so to follow-up my query, is this safe for fishes? and when will I apply this fert? right after WC? or I'll wait a couple or 3 days after WC?

any inputs are appreciated. thanks.
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as far as i can tell this is just a watered down fertilizer like seachem flourish, depending on your plant/light/co2 load this may help, but i doubt it's a "complete" package, you may need some other macro's for higher dosage


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I'm not looking for that "complete" package. I just want to try this fert and try using ferts as I've got no experience using such.

and as for my above tank spec, how much or how often would I dose? and this is the only fert (liquid or dry) available. been looking throughout the city for alternatives but nothing.

if anyone has or still using sera florena, any recommendations on dosing?
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From the Sera website, "Plant fertilizer with iron, minerals and trace elements for all aquatic plants. sera florena is free from nitrates and phosphates, and ensures healthy and lush plant growth." If your tank is a low light, non-CO2 tank, this product may be of some benefit, but it will do very little good in a high light tank unless you also dose nitrates, potassium and phosphates. If you use the recommended dosage it shouldn't affect the fish at all.

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As for safety, I know the Sera product line has a good reputation, but is not used much here (USA)
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Thanks for all the inputs. I'll post updates after 2 weeks time maybe?
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