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Exclamation what fert do i need?

My hc is pretty much it a stall and a dull green color and covers 65% of my 46 gallon. I have flourish root tabs that have been in for a month and I dose 45 ml of nutrafin plant grow once a week.


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I see from another thread that you have good co2, and maybe to high of light. Exactly what kind of fixture and how many bulbs/watts does it have? What is your nitrate and phosphate reading?
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I have one twin tube t5ho 78 watt fixture and a t8 30 watt fixture, thats 2.34 wpg 18 inches above the substrate and my nitrates are always 5ppm or below, phosphates I have no idea.


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I think im gonna slow down on the water changes to get my nitrates up and see if that helps.


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You are going to have to dose NPK with that light and co2 setup. The T-5s alone put you in the high light range. Here are the ranges that are suggested:

Nitrates 10-20ppm
Phosphates 1.0-2.0 ppm
Potassium 10-20 ppm

Look up some info on EI dosing. After failing at planted aquariums for 8 years I have finally come to a place where I have, at least for now, defeated problem algaes. It has been done primarily by keeping my NPK where it needs to be.
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I ordered some npk all in one marco from root medic, i'll try this and see....thanks for the advice


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need micros too iron, boron, zinc, sulfates, calcium, magnesium, manganese,...
csm +b or flourism comprehensive seem to be popular choices

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The nutrafin plant grow has all the micros, I figured id keep using that


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