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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-02-2011, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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Ferts!

I am now ready to buy ferts for my system. Whats the best?
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As long as you have the basics (N,P,K + trace), anything will work. If you're asking what's cheapest, dry ferts definitely are, by a massive amount. They take slightly more work (you actually have to measure and mix), but by "more work" I mean maybe 2 minutes - at most - per day.

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Thanks, Kevmo!
How are the Flourish Tabs?
I also plan to get the entire flourish 'line' of chems. Should I? If not which ones should I get?
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I used the flourish line for a year and they work great, i recommend them for sure. The flourish tabs are alright in the way of root tabs, they're mainly trace and iron.. RootMedic's are better if you're looking for a more complete root tab..

if you wanna save money, get dry ferts, like kno3(mainly nitrogen, lil potassium) k2so4 (for potassium) kh2o4 (phosphorous/potassium) CSM+B or Millers microplex (Trace) and Iron Chelate. greenleafaquariums and aquariumfertilizers have them for sale.

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I would first use the Seachem line of products, and after you learn more about fertilization by reading and seeing the effects it has on plants, slowly dive into dry ferts, because it is much much much cheaper in the long run. Especially for bigger tanks.
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Ok, I will get the flourish tabs and the entire line of products for now then I will move into dry ferts. Thanks everybody!!
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Dry ferts aren't that hard: just look at the sticky at the top of this forum. Of course, you can deviate from this if you find it better for your situation. I would get:

KNO3, KH2PO4, GH booster, trace mix (CSM+B or miller's microplex or other), iron chelate (optional) and K2SO4 (optional).

Dosing iron is good for the plants, and K2SO4 is good to have on hand in case you find that your tank's stock already produces enough nitrates by themselves for your plants. K2SO4 will then allow you to dose potassium without having to dose nitrates or GH booster.
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Rootmedic tabs produce better results over store bought brands, they are cheaper and last longer. Flourish lines are good but pricey if you are planting heavily. Within a month or two you will want to swop to dry EI, might as well start that way...

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Depending on the size of your tank dry ferts are no more difficult to use than flourishs line if you have the right spoons since you would be using the flourish bottle caps for measuring doses in the same capacity as the spoons. The pinch, dash etc spoons like this are great for tanks under 20g.

Here is a quick google search for the micro spoons. Found these on amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000E8...453055-1719406


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