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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-23-2012, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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Going dirt... What to do with dry ferts?

So I have decided to use MTS in my new 125g. My understanding is that you are not supposed to do any water column dosing in a dirt tank. But, I have a bunch of dry ferts left from going EI dosing on my 55g. Should I hold on to them for any reason, or should I sell/donate them? Is there any benefit to mixing any of them into the MTS?
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That's odd that you heard not to dose. You should still continue dosing ferts based on plant requirements regardless of your substrate. As a comparison, ADA aquasoil is very nutrient rich, yet dosing is still used. I still dose recommended EI on my 10g dirt tank with no issues.


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I have sand over dirt tank 80 gal., No CO2 injection,low light,and I dose dry fertz albeit much less than full EI.
I just add daily amount of macros for 60 to 80 gal tank as per EI,, once a week or two, and micros twice a week.
Water change of 50 percent once a month.
Plant's have responded well to this .
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Thank you for the feedback. I could be crazy, but I swear I read a bunch of comments ranging from "be careful and dose small amounts" to "stop dosing altogether" I guess I will keep them on hand in case I notice deficiencies.
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Most likely you were reading about Walstad tanks, which, are extreme low tech tanks, no co2, sometimes not even a filter. In these tanks, dirt is the main ingredient, and dosing is not needed.
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