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Fertilizing an emersed tank

So, what does everyone use for fertilizer in an emersed tank?

I'm going to use miracle grow potting soil, but those nutrients won't last forever!

I'm looking for something to put down as a base layer of nutrients under the soil as well as something like a weekly fertilizer.


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I found that water mixed with a little CSM+B works wonders when you use a spray bottle to mist the tank.
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How much CSM+B to how much water? Thanks!


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I just fill my sprayer bottle with tank water that has had ferts added to it.

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I just fill my sprayer bottle with tank water that has had ferts added to it.
That's what I've been doing, but was not sure if this would be enough for long term.


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I just fill my sprayer bottle with tank water that has had ferts added to it.
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That's what I've been doing, but was not sure if this would be enough for long term.
If you dose EI, on your water change day, can you use that tank water to refill your spray bottle?
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If you dose EI, on your water change day, can you use that tank water to refill your spray bottle?
Not sure,I don't dose EI.


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Anyonw else have input? My acrylic top for the 40 breeder is being made tomorrow, so I need to finalize my substrate decision.

What about putting a layer of osmacote on the bottom or maybe some dry ferts..


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Osmocote Plus should be used in small amounts - definitely don't add a layer. It'll break up far too quickly. You could add a few granules or a gelcap near your rooted plants, though.

If you're mixing dry ferts with water, just divide the standard EI dosing amounts by however much you need to fill your spray container. You won't have to get things 100% but you'll get pretty close. Since you won't have critters in the tank, a little extra probably won't hurt much.


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i used organic osmocote soil in my 10 gallon shrimp tank capped with 3/4 inch gravel, and underneath the soil is 1/8 inch layer of peat moss..

EXCELLENT plant growth

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Thanks for the advice, HD. Do you think this would work just as well in an emersed tank?

I'm considering some granular ferts that are for garden plants for the base layer... not sure how it would work.. I'd probably get an organic version .


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def get an organic version. and should work great!!!

if u are going to put livestock in it.. give it 3 weeks to remove ammonia.. it leached very fast in my tank... i had lots of floating plants that controlled it very well during the process.. i did a 50% wc and dumped in my shrimp.. they are still doing great

note.. i used seeded filter media to start the process


edit: dirt has a high CEC which means it can exchange and hold nutrients very well. one of the reasons why dirt is the foundation of most horticulture.. nature uses it for a reason

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def get an organic version. and should work great!!!

if u are going to put livestock in it.. give it 3 weeks to remove ammonia.. it leached very fast in my tank... i had lots of floating plants that controlled it very well during the process.. i did a 50% wc and dumped in my shrimp.. they are still doing great

note.. i used seeded filter media to start the process


edit: dirt has a high CEC which means it can exchange and hold nutrients very well. one of the reasons why dirt is the foundation of most horticulture.. nature uses it for a reason
Thanks, HD! I think that is what I will do. I have access to lots o' different fertilizers for a good price..

This will be an emersed tank, so it won't have any water. Which means no livestock. Pretty much just a plant holding/ farm tank.


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Dirt. Just add a top layer occassionally and nothing else. Works well. I have thought about adding aquarium water when I top off the water, though.

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Dirt. Just add a top layer occassionally and nothing else. Works well. I have thought about adding aquarium water when I top off the water, though.
Thanks, Sara! I've been misting my little containers with tank water, and it seems to be working well. I never thought about just adding new dirt....


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