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If i do water changes on Sunday mornings/afternoons, when would be the best time to fertilize? Does Seachem Prime (which i use) interact with fertilizer at all?
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Monday. Sunday water change day is a day of rest.

Plus Prime binds to something something metals? a more technically inclined user will explain it I am sure.
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If i do water changes on Sunday mornings/afternoons, when would be the best time to fertilize? Does Seachem Prime (which i use) interact with fertilizer at all?
I like to squirt in some fertz right after a water change. or right before the lights turn on.

gotta make sure the plate is full to feed the hungry kids. they come out to eat when the lights are on.
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What plants and lighting do you have? If you have strong lighting, then you'll need to fertilize and you generally do this right after a water change. If you keep low to moderate light plants and have a reasonable number of fish in the tank, you won't need to fertilize. Just feed the fish a balanced diet of low phosphate flakes, freeze dried and frozen foods. They'll do the job of fertilizing.

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What plants and lighting do you have? If you have strong lighting, then you'll need to fertilize and you generally do this right after a water change. If you keep low to moderate light plants and have a reasonable number of fish in the tank, you won't need to fertilize. Just feed the fish a balanced diet of low phosphate flakes, freeze dried and frozen foods. They'll do the job of fertilizing.

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My plants don't seem to thrive without fertilizer even though i have hard water, plus i am kind of understocked as far as fish so nitrates tend to stay low. Right now i have crypts, jungle val, anubias, windelov java fern (that's doing terrible and turning brown), hydrocotyle tripartita, moss, buce, and hygro. I'm getting a plant order tomorrow with water sprite, water wisteria and floating plants. I thought getting my fertilizer routine down would be good since there's some fast growers in that list. I would say my light is for low/medium light plants, aiming more towards the low end.
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