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Ferts for EI/Non-CO2 55 Gal

I've been away from most planted tank discussions for several years ... looking for advice on WHAT to use to fertilize a 55 gallon moderately planted tank with crypts, java fern, barcalaya, and a few stem plants ... NO CO2 ... eco complete substrate; currently fert with every other week water change 30-40% using dry chems. I have a 2 bulb 48 inch T5 HO light (Finnex I believe), 10 hours per day.

Recommendations on fertilizing and where to purchase. Thanks
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Anyone? (Beuller? Beuller?)

Clarify ... I have a 48 inch AquaticLife t-5, 108 watt light
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buy dry ferts, dose small amounts to begin

look up EI dosing for tank your size and start with like 1/3 of that. pics of your tank will help. adjust as needed based on response from plants

search online should give you plenty of options on where to buy

no one 'correct answer' here... obviously if your tank is packed with fast growing plants you will need more ferts vs if you have less plants / slow growers...
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buy dry ferts, dose small amounts to begin

look up EI dosing for tank your size and start with like 1/3 of that. pics of your tank will help. adjust as needed based on response from plants

search online should give you plenty of options on where to buy

no one 'correct answer' here... obviously if your tank is packed with fast growing plants you will need more ferts vs if you have less plants / slow growers...
Thank you for taking the time to respond ...I have searched out several chem providers, but it's really annoyingly confusing to figure out what chems I should buy ... I get that I need macro (KNP) and micro, just not sure what the actual product I should buy. I will get a picture of my tank and attach, maybe you can offer some specifics ("if it were me ...")
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NilocG.com would be a source for ferts.

And dosing info here Dosing Instructions

Lo-tech dosing of 1/3 recommended EI should be fine.
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Growing is not that difficult.
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they are all the same
KNO3, KH2PO4, K2SO4, CaSO4, MgSO4, CSM+B, Chelated Fe, etc...

not much diversity in dry ferts. those are the ones you will likely see across the hobby. find a nutrient calculator to determine how much you need to dose / of what and plan accordingly. again, start with a fraction of EI levels


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NilocG.com would be a source for ferts.

And dosing info here Dosing Instructions

Lo-tech dosing of 1/3 recommended EI should be fine.
That is what I was looking for ... many thanks

Nice guppy, btw
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Grean lead aquariums have a dry frets for a great price and all you need to do is mix the solution in the bottles they provide. I would also suggest getting root tabs because eco complete doesn't have much nutrients in them. All it is is gravel with liquid ferts which go in the water column anyway.


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You might give this calculator a try.

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Fish poop.

Even when I had explosive growth in an extremely densely planted tank, I had no issues with straight fish poop and tap water. Maybe I was lucky with my previous tap water, but I wouldn't dose unless you see deficiencies in the plants. Without CO2, you have a limit already. I'd just go for good looking plants and dose based on what they lack.


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