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Question Good water column ferts?

I am currently in the process of upgrading my 55 gallon low-tech tank to a high-tech high-light tank. I ordered a package of RootMedic Complete root tabs for the substrate, but what are some good products you guys recommend for dosing the water column? This tank will have CO2.
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I am currently in the process of upgrading my 55 gallon low-tech tank to a high-tech high-light tank. I ordered a package of RootMedic Complete root tabs for the substrate, but what are some good products you guys recommend for dosing the water column? This tank will have CO2.
read about the EI dosing on the sticky.

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EI? Does that mean Element/Iron?
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EI? Does that mean Element/Iron?
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/fe...-regimes_.html

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"EI" = Estimative Index. That is a method for dosing that allows you to relax and dose plenty of fertilizers, then do big regular water changes to prevent a buildup of excess fertilizers in the water. No testing needed.

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Thanks, but I'm more looking for reviews/testimonials for certain packages or products.
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Thanks, but I'm more looking for reviews/testimonials for certain packages or products.
Most commercial products rely on the same exact compounds found in Estimate Index and other DIY fertilizers. For example, Seachem uses KNO3 as their source of nitrogen, K2SO4 as their source of potassium and K3PO4 as their source of phosphorous in their products. All these can be readily found in large quantities and for cheap.

Only difference is that they charge you extra for the water and fancy bottling.

EDIT: As for micros (Fe, Mn, etc.); Seachem Flourish fits the bill.
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Thanks! That's good to know.
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Seachem products, Pfertz, ADA, Rootmedic and Yamato Green are all good fertilizers. Some I've personally used such as Seachem, others I've just read a lot of reviews on. They are more pricey than dry ferts, but they do have the convenience factor built in.

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