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auto dose ferts

I have been trying to find a basic fertilizer like Seachem flourish to use with my auto dose system. The problem im having with flourish is it gets gunky and clogs up the pump. Does anyone have any experience with this and if so what do you use instead of flourish?
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It will be MUCH cheaper to buy dry ferts and make them into a liquid to use. Many threads on this throughout the forum.

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I've seen people recommend using some flourish excel n their fert mix to cut down on algae/bacteria growth which may be what you are referring to as gunk


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I have the fert bottle in the dark under the tank inside the stand, so i dont think its algae but at the bottem of the bottle it seems to build up slime. I know flourish recommends you keep it cool or in the fridge after you open the bottle. The flourish definitely changes to a more milky look when it sits out it the warm house verses the stuff that i keep in the fridge.

Do they make a dry fert that is a an all in one fert like flourish? or do i have to buy and mix it all myself. I only want to run one dosing pump on this tank.
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You buy the individual ingredients and make your own.

Seachem Flourish Comprehensive may look like an 'all in one' but it is pretty low in the macros, and Seachem claims (at their web site) that it is good to add more macros when using this product.
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You could do this:
One dosing pump = N, P, K.

Once a week water changes, and dose traces (CSM+B) just once a week, when you do a water change.
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what is (CSM+B)? sorry im a noob =)
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what is (CSM+B)? sorry im a noob =)
CSM + B is a trace mix.

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have you used it with an auto dosing system?
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No Ive got macros and micros with two pumps alternating days.
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what kind of ferts do you use or do you mix dry?
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The problem with an 'all in one' blend is the phosphorus fertilizer can combine with the iron can make an insoluble precipitate. This is why the macros (N, P, K) are usually mixed and dosed separately from the micros (including iron).
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oh ok so i have the N P K in one jug now and than i will add the CSM + B on water change day nad i will try that for a few weeks. Thanks guys n gals =)
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