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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-03-2017, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Which NilocG Dry Fertilizer should I use?

I have a 30 gallon planted tank that I've had running for a month. My plants started well but took a hit when I only used root tabs as fertilizer with nothing in the water column. Once I detected the problem I started dosing SeaChem Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium and things are looking better.

Based on some forum conversations I've decided to investigate using NilocG dry ferts but when I look in their website/product list there are so many different choices that I have no idea what to pick.

Dry Fertilizer | Aquarium Fertilizer

I would really love just one bag/type of fertilizer to use rather than mixing and matching and adding this or that based on this or that. I just want to dose on a regular basis based using simple instructions. If anyone could clue me in I'd be very grateful. Here is my plant list:

Ludwigia Repens x1
Echinodorus 'Kleiner Bar' x1
Cryptocoryne Undulatus x1
Hydrophila Difformis x1
Egeria Densa x3
Cryptocoryne Petchii x1
Bacopa Caroliniana x1
Marsilea Hirsuta x4

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Are you injecting CO2? What king of lights to you have on the tank? How often do you or are you willing to do water changes?

The answers to these questions can also help make the decision. Colin has just about anything you will need for any dosing method but again, the answers to those questions will help.

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EI based NPK + CSM+B - NilocG Aquatics

Thats the basic EI fertilizers
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He's got an all in one premixed liquid called Thrive, never tried it personally


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I've been using the EI package on my low tech tanks,but I'm just doing a 1/3 dose.I find it very convenient,and it was the first ferts I started with,so I got it to keep it simple.

DIY EI Liquid Fertilizer| Premium Aquarium Fertilizer | NilocG Aquatics

it's lasted so long the price has changed.
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I've been using the EI package on my low tech tanks,but I'm just doing a 1/3 dose.I find it very convenient,and it was the first ferts I started with,so I got it to keep it simple.



DIY EI Liquid Fertilizer| Premium Aquarium Fertilizer | NilocG Aquatics



it's lasted so long the price has changed.


+1. Super easy. Pre mixed macros and micros. Just put one micro packet in one provided 500ml bottle and fill with RO water and same with one macro packet in another bottle. Then just dose on alternating days up to 3 times per week. All you need.


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What would happen if someone mixed tap water with the chemicals?

I have bought his liquid micro and macros before but it is expensive when buying it mixed already. I have been thinking about buying one of the kits that you linked to or I was going to buy the dry ferts to does the dry stuff directly into my tank. Any thoughts or opinions on this?

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If you don't use RO water for your tanks, you can just use distilled water to mix the ferts with to keep from any possible issues with mixing with tap, but I don't know if any issues that could have.


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Tap water contains minerals etc. Depending on your tap water you may not be able to dissolve all of the ferts as it may become saturated resulting in an imbalance of nutrients. That's is why distilled water is recommended.

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Tap water contains minerals etc. Depending on your tap water you may not be able to dissolve all of the ferts as it may become saturated resulting in an imbalance of nutrients. That's is why distilled water is recommended.

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Dan is right. I used distilled water and it still took a couple of days to fully dissolve the powders into solution. Works well and is a bargain IMO.
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Perfect, that actually just answered my question too on the RO water.
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What would happen if someone mixed tap water with the chemicals?

I have bought his liquid micro and macros before but it is expensive when buying it mixed already. I have been thinking about buying one of the kits that you linked to or I was going to buy the dry ferts to does the dry stuff directly into my tank. Any thoughts or opinions on this?

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i think most here dose dry ferts. i do. premixed solutions have the potential to grow mold and algae (especially if not refrigerated).
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i think most here dose dry ferts. i do. premixed solutions have the potential to grow mold and algae (especially if not refrigerated).
So you just dose straight into aquarium?
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I think what I might end up buying is this...

http://nilocg.com/ei-based-npk-csm-b/

And just buy some measuring spoons to dose it right into my tank. I already have some th booster but I haven't used it much.

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Or just put the water in a large pot and heat it up to just about boiling temp and mix in the salts. Much more easy!
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