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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-03-2016, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Fertilizer noob.

Hey guys, I know this has been asked before, but the more I search these forums, the more confused I become. I have a 10 gallon dirted high tech tank, and I've noticed my plants have begun to yellow somewhat. I don't want to do dry ferts, but I'm totally lost as to what I should get. I'm looking for a liquid fertilizer set that has macros and micros. Any suggestions?
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DIY EI Liquid Fertilizer - NilocG Aquatics


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High tech tanks usually require the addition of nutrients to the water. If not to begin with, then eventually. Your dirt might have given out of nutrients.

You could put some of the capsules of osmocote into your substrate.

You can buy dry ferts and mix your own liquids. Can be a little confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's a breeze. I get mine and the dosing bottles from Green Leaf. I didn't look but I suspect the site Guppy mentions above has the dosing bottles also.

You can buy Seachem liquid fertilizers. Great stuff but cost prohibitive for many. However, you have a small tank. Might be something that you can get quick to get you back on your feet, and then switch to something else if you want.

On second thought, my osmocote suggestion is probably not a good one for the short term at least. Your plants are already turning yellow. They need something now. Osmocote is a longer term slower solution.

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This is pretty much exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for the help!

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High tech tanks usually require the addition of nutrients to the water. If not to begin with, then eventually. Your dirt might have given out of nutrients.

You could put some of the capsules of osmocote into your substrate.

You can buy dry ferts and mix your own liquids. Can be a little confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's a breeze. I get mine and the dosing bottles from Green Leaf. I didn't look but I suspect the site Guppy mentions above has the dosing bottles also.

You can buy Seachem liquid fertilizers. Great stuff but cost prohibitive for many. However, you have a small tank. Might be something that you can get quick to get you back on your feet, and then switch to something else if you want.
I just started this tank a few months ago, so I don't think the dirt has given out just yet, but everything is growing so quickly that I think my plants just need a little extra "oomph." Some of the slower plants seem to be thriving, while the faster growing plants are starting to yellow a bit. I'm hoping EI dosing the water column will help these plants.
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The yellowing is likely because those plants aren't receiving enough potassium. It will yellow and then holes will form. Ei dosing will eliminate the nutrients as a possible problems not doubt but ei dosing may be challenging with over the counter liquid ferts unless they were already mixed for ei dosing.
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Yeah, I bet the light and CO2 are making the plants exhaust their Potassium supply. I dose Potassium Nitrate, Potassium Sulfate, Potassium Chloride and Potassium Bicarbonate. As recently as two weeks ago I got some holes in leaves after reducing Potassium Nitrate for a while trying to fight some algae. Usually the Potassium dosed in Potassium Nitrate and Potassium Sulfate are enough but I would say just enough.
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I started EI dosing and I swear I already notice a difference in how green the plants are. Maybe its just the placebo effect Thats making think they are greener.

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I took your suggestion and used the NilocG ferts

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