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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 06:13 AM Thread Starter
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New to fertilizers- where to start?

The title says it all. I have a lightly planted 55g that I would like to heavily plant. Right now my plants are growing, then wasting away. Today I added pressurized co2 and will be getting some t5's soon. Where do I start with fertilizers? What kind, how much, how often? Will certain kinds be harmful to fish? Thanks for any advice!
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For water colum dosing, look up PMDD or EI dosing, or Pfertz (liquid pre-mixed).

For root tabs, check RootMedic (capsule).

If you want to do it yourself, PMDD or EI is the basic water column ferts, and you can buy gelcaps via Amazon or Evilbay and fill them with "Osmocote Plus" (usually only available through Amazon or Evilbay), that you can insert into the substrate. I apologize if I've missed any of our sponsors.

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If you are interested in Osmocote Plus (on its own, not in gelcaps), PM me, I have some. But agree with the above. I would use dry ferts over stuff like Flourish Comprehensive and such. It's much cheaper and lasts a longer time too. GLA sells it as do members here. I don't think ferts will harm fish but if you mix macro and micro ferts together on the same day or within too short a time, they will precipitate so make sure if you do EI they are on separate days


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