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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-27-2012, 01:40 AM Thread Starter
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Beginner fertilizer help please

I recently started a 6 or 7 gallon planted cube tank with medium intensity LED light? I added 2 inches of Eco Complete and Anubias Bartei Nana, Anacharis, Dwarf Sag and Water Wisteria. Fish include a Beta, a few other small fish (soon to be added like cardinal tetras or CPD), and a japenese algae shrimp. I plan to add more plants.

I've tried to read a lot about fertilizers and I'm struggling with sifting through all of the information. I'm looking for an easy and relatively inexpensive approach that will have slow to medium growth since I don't want to have to trim my plants too often. I don't want to use CO2 but would be willing to use Flourish Excell, especially at first til my plants grown in more.

What are some good options for ferts for me? I would love to use the natural approach and use as few ferts as possible, especially after my plants grow in more.

Any help, resources, etc. appreciate.

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I would search the forum and Google ei or estimated index dosing, it's fairly straightforward and I found it pretty easy to follow, you just modify it a bit for non co2 tanks.

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You shouldn't try to control the growth rate of your plants by how you fertilize them. You need to control the growth rate by how much light you give the plants. If you now have medium light, you should reduce that to low light if you aren't going to use CO2. That would slow the growth considerably, and without triggering algae to start growing. is a good method for fertilizing, and the cheapest way to do it.

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