Originally Posted by Wö£fëñxXx
This is what you should buy:
Plantex CSM+B 1lb. Price: $8.59
KN03 Potassium Nitrate 1lb. Price: $2.17
KH2P04 Mono Potassium Phosphate 1lb. Price: $3.42
K2S04 Potassium Sulfate 1lb. Price: $2.17
Iron Chelate Price: $8.59
PMDD is ok for smaller 5gal maybe 10gal tank's, if you need to dose a certain ingredient because of an abundance of another, then PMDD does not allow you to do this!
Dosing individual fert's allow's for better control over what one is dosing.
PMDD contain's 1 part Potassium Nitrate, 1 part Potassium Sulfate, 1 part Magnesium Sulfate, 1 part Plantex CSM+B.
There is no Potassium Phoshate in PMDD which is much needed, these ingredient's are much better dosed on an individual basis for much better control.
Fill the tank up with plants and get these fert's... then we will see you again once you have that in order
I disagree Wolf. I think that Syndicate should start off with a few flourish products to get the hang of ferts and dosing before going big time. I am new to the hobby, (nov 04) and have yet to buy fro Greg as I think that you need a bit of time to get a feel for what each fert does, and what signs of defiencies are. It really takes a month or 2 for a tank to start booming anyway. Plus, I do not think that we know the size tank here. Using the flourish line on 20 gallons or less really is not that expensive.
Syndicate: Here is my advise. I random order
1. Read, read, read. Read everything that you can on this forum, and check out some of its memeber's personal sites.
2 Don;t be a cheap skate. Don't skimp. Buy quality substrate. Get some nice lighting.
3. Dont get Jiggy. This means start simple and do not try to over compliate things before you are ready. Don't try to jump into compressed c02 unless you have a huge tank. 2 diy 2 liter bottles as doing fine on my 55gallon.
4. Don't be affraid to make mistakes. You are going to make them anyway. Plants will die, so will fish, shrimp will go missing.
5. Plant heavy. get lots of plants and shove them into your tank. Start with lot of stem plants like Anacharis to help suck up nutirents and keep algea at bay, Remember you are going to have a lot of light and algea will come for you if you are not prepared (hell, it will come for you anyway, but not as bad)
6. Don't get crazy with the fish. Keep it simple. Have a light bio-load. Don't try to keep hard to keep fish with plants, (yet). Do not have fish that are not proven to be plant friendly. Do not have fish that are going to make taking care of you tank harder than it already is.
7. Tinker. Invent creative solutions to small problems. Not all your answers are in the local fish store.
8. Patience: Let you plants grow. Do not move them everyday. Let the roots get established.