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Question Is NilocG Thrive suitable for low tech planted tank?

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Is NilocG Thrive suitable for low tech planted tank?

If the answer is yes:

According to the instruction, it's 2ml per 10 gallon. I have a 5.3 gallon tank.

Should I dose 1ml per 5 gallon ( once a week ) or should I dose less? ( 0.5ml? 0.75ml? )

I have multiple frogbit in my tank ( covers 40-50% of the water surface ), 3 anubias, and multiple dwarf sag.
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It is. For the plants you have, I would start with a tiny dose once every 2 weeks and see how it goes. You can test your tank to see if you need more or less at the end of the 2 week period.

Speaking of Thrive, does anybody know if it contains glut or not? I'm having crazy plant die off in my 10 gallon and I cannot figure out why. I treat the RO water that goes into that tank the same way as the 40.

I'll start my own thread later. I'm waiting for the mailman to deliver the GH/KH kit I ordered which should be here this afternoon.
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Thrive does not have glut in it. I use it in my tank and plants are going crazy. I would recommend thrive for high tech or a tank with a lot of plant mass.


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I currently am using Thrive in what I would call a heavily planted low tech tank, meaning for me only Carbon CO2 but with high PAR lighting. I started out dosing the recommended dosage twice/week and then after about a month uped it to three times/week. It is going to depend on your lighting, among other things, but I would start out on the low in and slowly increase until you start seeing algae or your plants react negatively. The smaller the tank the smaller that sweet spot is going to be.

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They make a specific version for shrimp tanks that's dosed for one pump treats 5 gallon, been using for a couple weeks with really good results

I have your same plants plus more

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I'm using 1ml 3 times a week on my 6g.
I've tried higher doses and lower but that seems to work the best for that particular tank.
It's a good easy to use product, you may just have to experiment a bit to find your best dosage.


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It is. For the plants you have, I would start with a tiny dose once every 2 weeks and see how it goes. You can test your tank to see if you need more or less at the end of the 2 week period.

Speaking of Thrive, does anybody know if it contains glut or not? I'm having crazy plant die off in my 10 gallon and I cannot figure out why. I treat the RO water that goes into that tank the same way as the 40.

I'll start my own thread later. I'm waiting for the mailman to deliver the GH/KH kit I ordered which should be here this afternoon.
When you say tiny dose, how much approx? ^^;

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Thrive does not have glut in it. I use it in my tank and plants are going crazy. I would recommend thrive for high tech or a tank with a lot of plant mass.


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Is my tank considered ' a lot of plant mass ' or no?

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I currently am using Thrive in what I would call a heavily planted low tech tank, meaning for me only Carbon CO2 but with high PAR lighting. I started out dosing the recommended dosage twice/week and then after about a month uped it to three times/week. It is going to depend on your lighting, among other things, but I would start out on the low in and slowly increase until you start seeing algae or your plants react negatively. The smaller the tank the smaller that sweet spot is going to be.
Hm... is 1ml per 5 gallon once a week a good start?

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I'm using 1ml 3 times a week on my 6g.
I've tried higher doses and lower but that seems to work the best for that particular tank.
It's a good easy to use product, you may just have to experiment a bit to find your best dosage.
Wow, 1 ml 3 times a week? Is your tank low tech or high tech?
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Is NilocG Thrive suitable for low tech planted tank?

Speaking of Thrive his thriveS any size bottle is 20% off. Good deal. Code is ThriveS


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One way to dial in your ferts is to increase them over time until you get nitrates above 20 ppm (or algae issues) then dose slightly less until you get it back just under 20 ppm. I would dose .5 ml 2 times weekly to start and see how that goes.
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Wow, 1 ml 3 times a week? Is your tank low tech or high tech?
Low tech for that tank. I do a 50% water change weekly.
If I do any less nitrate is really low at the end of the week. I dosed more for a few weeks but algae was starting to pop up and nitrates were a little high at end week.
That's just what works for me.
Start slow, test ,observe and adjust.


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How long has your tank been set up?
Do you have an inert substrate?


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One way to dial in your ferts is to increase them over time until you get nitrates above 20 ppm (or algae issues) then dose slightly less until you get it back just under 20 ppm. I would dose .5 ml 2 times weekly to start and see how that goes.
That made a lot of sense. Thank you!

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How long has your tank been set up?
Do you have an inert substrate?
I'm not sure what an ' inert substrate ' is, but I'm using eco-complete. Tank was set up about 2 days ago.

I had anubias and frogbit for about a week or so. I was waiting for the substrate, malaysian driftwood, etc to arrive, which is why it's only been 2 days.

On a side note, I was told that my kh & gh is high ( 10 kh & 14 gh )

Was it because of the substrate? ( my bag of eco-complete smelled sulfuric... )

Or maybe it's also because of Riverside, CA water quality?
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Depends on what you want. If you want the plants to be healthy and fill in quickly, use some ferts(just a little) but otherwise, probably not necessary.


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Depends on what you want. If you want the plants to be healthy and fill in quickly, use some ferts(just a little) but otherwise, probably not necessary.


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I'm going to follow Alf2Frankie's advice and dose 0.5ml twice a week and see how that goes.
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I'm going to follow Alf2Frankie's advice and dose 0.5ml twice a week and see how that goes.
I think this would be a good option assuming you have something that can accurately measure out half a ml.
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