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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-26-2011, 07:03 AM Thread Starter
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low maintenance fertilization question

Hey all, I will be going back to college, leaving my planted tank in my father's *cough* loving care. Therefore, I need to find a way where he doesn't have to fertilize often, if at all.

My tank is really low tech. My light has a lot of lumens, but not a ton of PAR, and I don't do CO2, so luckily the fertilizing doesn't have to be very heavy. I think?

Here it is:
- 10 gallon
- Aquaclear 30
- CaribSea Tahitian Moon Sand
- Marineland doublebright LED fixture 18"
- no CO2, however I will be dosing Excel up until I leave
- flora: mostly stem plants and floating plants, including wysteria, ludwigia repens, moneywort, pennywort, lindernia rotundifolia (sp?), frogbit, mini riccia, hornwort, guppy grass, java moss, pelia
- fauna: 6 neon tetras, 14 Endler's, 2 mollies that I hope are both boys or both girls, and a host of RCS
- autofeeder that feeds once daily

My thinking is to go the root tab route. I was originally considering using the Seachem tabs, but those are a little expensive and I will need more iron than what they will supply. I was thinking of using Aquariumfertilizer.com root tabs, but will those supply enough iron? Will the iron need to be dosed every week?

If you think there is anything else I need to address, please comment.

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Im sure that the majority of stems plants and floaters get their nutrients via the water column. Is there any way that your father can dose liquid ferts (such as Seachem Flourish) instead?

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I thought that stem plants also get nutrients from the substrate? Maybe I am wrong.

I have Flourish that I am using now. Does that contain enough iron for the types of plants I have?

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They do, but the majority of their nutrient uptake is through their leaves. I wouldn't be too worried about iron that much. I would be more worried about giving your plants the macro-nutrients they need (these being Nitrogen, Phosphate, and Potassium).

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Lol, fair enough.

I guess I'll stick with what I have. Maybe play around with NPK's.

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