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Should I use "PFertz" or dry ferts?

I like the idea of simply dosing with pfertz but if I can save money with dry ferts I would rather do that, just wondering which one to use and if dry what is the easiest way to get a hold of important ferts in california? any help appreciated, also for a high light tank if that helps any.
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dry ferts will definitely be cheaper! especially with a high tech tank.

i would get them from GLA you can get a package that has everything you need and its only about $20


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and how long would it last dosing 20g a day would you think? I'm going to check it out as its about the same price for two years of pfertz or it might be 6 months for my setup not sure.
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dry should definitely last alot alot longer than pferts. but i havent had a high tech setup to even estimate. for my lowtech 10g i dose
on sunday, tues and thurs
1/8 of a teaspoon of (kno3) and 1/32 of a teaspoon of kh2po4 (phophate)

on monday wed and fri
1/32 of a teaspoon trace (usually csm+b)


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I'm not so tuned into chemistry so the scientific labels are random looking to me however I'll look around for the dry as I'd love to save some cash to use for a better co2 setup, are there any dry ferts available at hd lowes osh or any nursery?
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me either, i just copied that info from what i was instructed to dose.. for 10G. KNO3 is nitrogen,kh2po4 is some kind of pottasium i think, and csm+b is micros.

i dont know of anywhere that isnt a LFS to get them locally...


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I'm not so tuned into chemistry so the scientific labels are random looking to me however I'll look around for the dry as I'd love to save some cash to use for a better co2 setup, are there any dry ferts available at hd lowes osh or any nursery?
most stores do not cary what we need, but if your lucky some hydroponic stores cary some of the ferts we need, but are usually sold in 50lb bags. 50lbs of ferts will last you over a decade. its much cheaper, and easyier to buy online.
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and how long would it last dosing 20g a day would you think? I'm going to check it out as its about the same price for two years of pfertz or it might be 6 months for my setup not sure.
If you bought the NPK, CSM+B combo from GLA, it would last you well over a year on a 20g tank. Going the pfertz route might not be to bad for that tank either. Dry, of course, will save money in the long run...

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Ah Clint what were you dozing for the blyxa they're starting to yellow as my co2 is down to about a bubble a minute hopefully fixed it I really appreciate the plants, was more like a roak
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