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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-18-2017, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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CO2 vs. Dry Ferts

I need a recommendation on either getting an aqua tech complete setup 5 lbs pressurized co2 system used for $100 or getting an EI based dry fertilizer with chelated Iron and GH booster for $28.

My main question is which would be more beneficial to plants? Will I have good results without dry ferts but having good substrate, co2, and medium lighting.

The plants I am looking to adding on to my aquarium are- I already have some beginner plants.



Green Temple (Hygrophilia corymbosa)

Telanthera Rosefolia (Alternanthera reineckii)

Ludwigia Peruensis (Ludwigia peruensis aka Ludwigia glandulosa)

Hygrophila corymbosa Angustifolia

Blyxia japonica

Glossostigma (Glossostigma elatinoides)

Baby Tears (Hemianthus micranthemoides)

Hygrophila corymbosa 'Kompakt' Pot



Are there any plants in here that will not do well with the medium light I have?
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I do not have an answer for you but I do have experience with the angustifolia and it grew in my tank with low to med light and dry ferts.

I was wondering what light it is that you have? I have a current freshwater Plus and it does okay for what I need.

I just got pressurized CO2 system and just bought some guy dosing first so we'll see where that gets me

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Adding co2 would increase your plants needs for fertilizer, so I would choose the fertilizer first if you can only afford one at the moment.
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