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General Purpose Fert Recommendation

Can anyone recommend a good general purpose fertilizer for a tank being setup with low to moderate light, CO2 and "easy" plants?

Flourish? Thrive+?
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Hi @mourip,

If you are just starting out I suggest Thrive (not Thrive+ unless you have a pH lower than 7.0 and CO2). It is more concentrated than Seachem Flourish.

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75 Gallon, 2X55W AH Supply CF 8800K, 1X 59W Fluval Plant (3.0); 45 Gallon Tall, 1X 46W Fluval Plant (3.0); 30 Gallon Long; Fluval F&P 2.0; 20 Gallon, 1X26W AH Supply LED; all with CO2 & (Calcined) Montmorillonite Clay
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+1 on regular old Thrive (not +). Flourish is not really that comprehensive.

Maybe even look at ThriveS, if you are concerned about high Nitrate readings and or you cater to shrimp?

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+1 on regular old Thrive (not +). Flourish is not really that comprehensive.

Maybe even look at ThriveS, if you are concerned about high Nitrate readings and or you cater to shrimp?

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Thanks a lot for the input!

About 15 years ago I ran a 75 gallon heavily planted tank with CO2 for about 5 years . I have CO2 for this new 25 gallon tank also. Things have changed so much in our hobby that I feel like a beginner again! So many choices and refinements available now.

I just put in substrate and plants yesterday. I got the plants from a local aquarist who was breaking down a tank. They should help with the cycle and are accustomed to our nasty DC water. I will be doing fishless cycling and will wait a bit before adding ferts. I will probably get my CO2 tank filled next week.

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