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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-28-2012, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Fertilizer Dosage for Low Maintenance Tank

I would like to use a complete fertilizer, either Tropica or Aqua Rebell. However I'm unsure how much I need (daily dosage), and if I actually need just the micro nutrients or both micro and macro. I previously used one that included both but I've changed my tank to a more low tech or less maintenance setup.

Tank Volume: 50G
CO2: Pressurized, drop checker green.
Lights: LEDS giving 30PAR at bottom of tank (nothing seems to grow at all when i lower it below 25par)
Filter: External Eheim 400G/hour
Temperature: 25c
Substrate: Cosmetic sand only + lots of bogwood
Fish: 6 pencil fish, 3 dwarf ciclids, 5 dwarf chain loaches, 10 pygmy corys
Plants: Bolbitis heudelotii, Mosses and a couple of other rhizome plants. No rooted plants at all.

My Tap Water:
PO4: 1.8ppm
NO3: 10-15ppm
KH: 12
GH: off the scale..

Any advice greatly appreciated!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-30-2012, 02:02 AM
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Those plants should be growing already at 25 PAR. Perhaps your GH is too high. I would get a High range test kit and find out just how off the chart it really is. There is such a thing as water too hard for plant growth. Are you on well water by chance?


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GH test kits are very inaccurate if they are too old. I would get a new GH test kit, making sure the date of manufacture was less than a year ago.

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It's very hard water were I live, it's chalk land. I would guess it's around GH15-18. The plants I have are growing fine, had them for 6 months. But I've been using a lot of fertlizers, more or less the same amount as I used when I had a fully planted tank with ADA substrate etc.

I've always had a big issue with diatoms, since I ever started with planted tanks 2 years ago. No other algae problems. And I was hoping by having a low maintenance, low fertilizer regime it might help a bit (light seems to have a big impact on it's growth, the lower PAR the less diatoms).

This is why I wanted to find out if I need to dose with or without Macro's, if I can dose much lower when I have these type of plants and setup?
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