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Any experience with the UNS all in one fertilizer?

I have been using this fertilizer for a couple weeks, but I realized that it was not meeting my needs. Each pump adds 6.5ppm NO3 per 10gal, and although my rotala is flourishing, I am not seeing the vibrant reds that I so desire. Any thoughts on these "all in one" type fertilizers?
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all in one premixed fertilizers are great if you want to be lazy. but they're made for the general hobbyist who doesn't want to go through the process of mixing their own fert solutions. Not sure what you're already using, but if you want to have more control over your NPK levels, then DIY solutions are the way to go. Otherwise, it'll just be a matter of picking and choosing til you find a pre-mixed one that meets your needs. Generally, each one will give you a breakdown of what they provide per standard dosage. Based on that you can figure out which one meets the needs of your plants best and just roll with it.

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I have been using this fertilizer for a couple weeks, but I realized that it was not meeting my needs. Each pump adds 6.5ppm NO3 per 10gal, and although my rotala is flourishing, I am not seeing the vibrant reds that I so desire. Any thoughts on these "all in one" type fertilizers?
What kind of lighting do you have? Any idea of PAR?

The vast majority of color in plants is related to lighting. Changing ferts not likely to help at all.
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What kind of lighting do you have? Any idea of PAR?

The vast majority of color in plants is related to lighting. Changing ferts not likely to help at all.
Not sure on PAR values. I have the Twinstar 360E on my UNS 5N and although I have come across a lot of good feedback regarding their lights, I have not been able to find any resources regarding their PAR data.

I agree, it is also a CO2 issue no? However I am also aware that NO3 limitation plays a key factor in producing red coloration in certain species of plants, such as rotala h'ra. I am sure this does not apply to all situations haha
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