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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-07-2019, 01:04 AM Thread Starter
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So as someone who has only ever done terrestrial gardening, where the heck do I find info on ferts for a low tech tank? I know a lot of it is "each tank is different, experiment" but I'm looking for basic theory.

I see there's the dosing thread with the plant calculators. I don't know what half of that means. How should I know what target levels I want if I don't know what the target levels are? I think my googlefu is seriously failing. so any good suggestions on where a beginner can look to get info on approximate optimal numbers on macro and micro nutrients? An intro into different schools of fertilizing? What do the nutrients do for my plant? what happens if i have a deficiency/excess (besides algae)?

I'll take anything you can give me!

P.S. I am working on getting access to the planted tank guide to use as a resource. I'm looking for supplemental resources, whether it is online or book form to help until we figure out the problem. <3<3
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In a low-tech tank, I wouldn't focus too much on nutrients. The plants aren't going to consume much w/o CO2.

This site is a great guide to getting on the right track:

I'd recommend bookmarking it and using every article as a reference.
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