New Plants: When To Start Fertilizing? - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-10-2014, 03:09 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: United States
Posts: 21
New Plants: When To Start Fertilizing?

I have just got a new order of plants to fill out my 20 gallon tank. They are all planted.

I have a PPS Pro Liquid fert kit, root tabs, and Excel ready to use. I know I can't do the root tabs just yet because none of my plants are very rooted yet so trying to push a root tab under gravel and keep the plants in place is near impossible.

Question: When do I start dosing the liquid ferts and the Excel? I know they get dosed before the lights come on but should I wait a week or so to let the plants settle in to my water chemistry?


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Graeme Devine is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-10-2014, 09:58 AM
Moderator
 
Darkblade48's Avatar
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Toronto/Singapore
Posts: 11,640
You can start dosing immediately.

There is no particular "best time" to dose the fertilizers; the more important thing is to remembering to dose them in the first place!

Anthony


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
and
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Eheim Pimp #362 - Eheim 2213 x2, Eheim 2028, Eheim 2217, Eheim surface skimmer and Eheim autofeeder.
Victor Pimp #33 - HPT272-125-350-4M
Darkblade48 is offline  
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-10-2014, 11:17 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
Zorfox's Avatar
 
PTrader: (5/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Gainesville, FL
Posts: 2,105
Quote:
Originally Posted by Darkblade48 View Post
You can start dosing immediately.

There is no particular "best time" to dose the fertilizers; the more important thing is to remembering to dose them in the first place!
+1

When do mother's start feeding newborns? Plants are little different.
Zorfox is offline  
 
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-10-2014, 11:39 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
PTrader: (33/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Gone
Posts: 5,994
All plants go through transplant shock to a degree based on that plant. Some like Duckweed bounce back very quickly, other like Crypts can take a few weeks to really adapt to the new environment.

I feel it's best to respect the natural responses of the plants, and not start blasting the plants with Ferts until they adapt to the new environment.

It's an aquarium not a video game
DogFish is offline  
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-10-2014, 01:23 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
micheljq's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Quebec
Posts: 963
I start dosing immediately but often dosing half the normal dose on the first 1-2 weeks.

My limmophila sessiflora adapts very quickly even good growth on the first week in a new tank.

Michel.

Plants and algae grower.
micheljq is offline  
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-10-2014, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: United States
Posts: 21
I'll try a mix of these strategies. I think I'll let them hang out for a few days and then start half or quarter dosing ferts and excel for a few weeks and then slowly ramp up and watch how the plants act.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Graeme Devine is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome