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Fertilizer Needed?

About to place order for Fertilizer, was going to get all dry. Was going to get 1 lb of each. Adding dry is that the cheapest way? On tight budget. This is for 125g tank with 55g sump.


Do I need anything else?
Mono Potassium Phosphate - KH2PO4 - P
Potassium Nitrate - KNO3 - N
Potassium Sulfate - K2SO4 - K
Plantex CSM+B
Iron Chelate

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About to place order for Fertilizer, was going to get all dry. Was going to get 1 lb of each. Adding dry is that the cheapest way? On tight budget. This is for 125g tank with 55g sump.


Do I need anything else?
Mono Potassium Phosphate - KH2PO4 - P
Potassium Nitrate - KNO3 - N
Potassium Sulfate - K2SO4 - K
Plantex CSM+B
Iron Chelate

Thanks
I don't think you'll need iron chelate for a low tech tank. I would get 2 lbs of kno3 because your mixing ratio is usually 2:1 on kno3. You can get away without using K2so4 since you'll have k from kh2po4 and kno3. You'll only need k2so4 if you need the extra k.


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Thank you for the info. I had the Iron listed as I thought with swords I would need it? Also have bunch root tabs on my list to order.

Here list of plants, I plan to order as well.

Dwarf Sagittaria - 60
Narrow Leaf Sagittaria - 60

Dwarf Amazon Sword Plant - 6
Rosette Sword Plant - 8
Amazon Swords - 4
Red Melon Sword - 3
Vallisneria spiralis - 60
Anubias barteri v. Nana - 4
Anubias, Barteri Broad Leaf - 4
Tiger lotus red – 3
Tiger lotus green -3
Micro Sword (Lilaeopsis Brasiliensis) half/square
Uruguayensis Sword- 4
Red Rubin Sword - 4
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Thank you for the info. I had the Iron listed as I thought with swords I would need it? Also have bunch root tabs on my list to order.

Here list of plants, I plan to order as well.

Dwarf Sagittaria - 60
Narrow Leaf Sagittaria - 60
Dwarf Amazon Sword Plant - 6
Rosette Sword Plant - 8
Amazon Swords - 4
Red Melon Sword - 3
Vallisneria spiralis - 60
Anubias barteri v. Nana - 4
Anubias, Barteri Broad Leaf - 4
Tiger lotus red – 3
Tiger lotus green -3
Micro Sword (Lilaeopsis Brasiliensis) half/square
Uruguayensis Sword- 4
Red Rubin Sword - 4
For low tech, I don't think you'll need the extra iron as you're not putting your plants on co2 (steriod) so they are not going to consumed all the nutrients that quick. The CSM+B and root tab should have plenty of iron for them.

Like I said on the other post, I would agreed with Frank (Dogfish) on your plant selection. I would keep it simple.


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I have seen awesome scapes with only 4-6 types of plants. Amano does it all the time. You don't need to have a jungle to have a nice looking planted tank. simple is sex!


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