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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-19-2005, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Question I got my plants! :) - But now?

Hey guys, Thanks to everyone who has helped me with my tank so far!
Here is what I have:
-- 36 gallons -- eheim 2026 -- 96wtts -- fluorite sub --
Good portion of Java moss
12: Valisneria spiralis (italian)
40: Sagittaria subulata (Dwarf Sublat)
2: Crinum thaianum (Water Onion)

I asked two lfs about dosing ferts and here is what they both said.
"Use flourish, flourish iron, and flourish excel. Start off with only excel for one month then use all three once a week, with bi-weekly water changes"

I know nothing of ferts and I am not sure what the appropriate nitrate level should be. The tank has been established for 3 months with fish and weekly water changes. ( 0 ammonia -- 0 nitrite -- ph 7.0 )

I am just adding the plants now - and I was wondering what you guys recommend about how I should dose the fertilizers?
( I picked up the Flourish multi pack so I would have it on hand but I kept the receipt incase they gave me bad advise)
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-19-2005, 09:40 PM
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My understanding is that it is best to hold off on ferts. Let the plants kind of settle in first and get established, otherwise you are just feeding the algae monster...

That being said - I think the sag is a nutrient hog so if you are adding substrate ferts - now is the time. (Of course, that opens up a whole OTHER can of worms!) Please correct me if I'm wrong, y'all!

I'll defer to the experts on the WHAT of ferts!
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