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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-10-2019, 01:42 AM Thread Starter
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Ferts & Schedule

Hi all!

The tank in my sig is doing pretty well. It's got some algae issues that developed during cycling, but I am getting those under control.

Substrate is flourite with root tabs. I have been dosing 1ml each of Excel and Flourish every other day and so far, so good. I am wondering, does this sound like a reasonable schedule? Is there something else I should be using along with Flourish or instead of Flourish? Perviously, I used Pfertz for my planted tanks, but I see they've gone out of business. Bummer.

Note that I will likely replace the microsword with a crypt wendtii. It is contained by those rocks right now, but I don't think I'll be able to easily keep it corralled.

As always, thanks for the help!

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Fauna: Pseudomugil luminatus, Habrosus corys, Honey gourami, Blue Velvet Shrimp, Amanos, Nerite

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1st you need to test your nitrate and phosphate levels. Flourish doesnít have those so if what your getting of those from feeding fish isnít enough youíll need to dose those in relation to flourish.

In a low tech non CO2 tank daily mild (probably half or less of manufactures recommended rate) dosing usually works best. Especially with low demand plants Iím seeing in your profiles tank pics. Take gal milk jug add 1.5ml to jug+to water and just top off for evaporation throughout week.
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I would look into an all-in-one NPK fert or the separate Flourish products of NPK like Flourish Potassium, Flourish Nitrogen and Flourish Phosphorus. Flourish by itself is essentially just trace nutrients. It has only a tiny amount of the main macro's NPK, not in the quantity that plants need to grow. If the main nutrients are lacking plants wont need the trace stuff because they wont be growing.
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Yep. It is starting to come back to me now. When I used Pfertz in the past, I remember that I had a bottle each of N, P, K and one for micros. I think I am going to try Nilocg Aquatics Liquid NPK+M. It's an all-in-one NPK plus a separate micro. I'll also order API's Phosphate test kit.

I know all this stuff is tucked away in this old brain somewhere...I just need to find where I put it all. LOL. Thanks for the reminders!

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I'll also order API's Phosphate test kit.
Note if you gove $50 you could get a Hanna checker for phosphates:
https://www.google.com/search?client...UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

If has a reading range of 0.1 to 20ppm with a digital output.
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