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lf easiest cheapest way to fert low tech

From what I've read on other posts, and info I have received on some other questions I'm probably gonna get hate mail for this lol but I have to ask.

Tank details: 3 , 23 watt Cfl 6500k bulbs in reflectors sitting 15inches off substrate which is sand in a 29 gallon. I have about 3 inches of sand. I have good water movement, using an powerhead and a fungal 305 canister filter with no carbon. I dose recommended amount of excel daily and my lights are on for 9 hours a day. I have mollies for live stock and the plants are (please excuse the spellings)several crypt wenditti brown, several crypt green gecko, several bacopa monneri, several hygo Corymbosa, a couple java fern, a larger sword, a bunch of crypt Spiralis and some kind of grass (just one 3 inch stand)
I have some kind of liquid fert I got for free that contains a few things but seems like not a lot of what's needed. Everything is going okay but I am going to run out and would like a cheaper, decent all in one fert (along with my excel) is there a diy way like a certain miracle grow or something from Walmart I could use? I'd not what do you suggest. Cheap, easy all in one. Doesn't have to be perfect, just keep the plants growing and healthy and not cause massive algae blooms. Thanks.
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I'd suggest ordering dry ferts online and making your own macro and micro fertilizers. It's pretty easy and has been explained a few times on the forum (just search EI liquid mixture - or something related). Order some KSO4, KH2PO4, & KNO3 for macros and order CSM+B for micros and mix separately. Otherwise you'll spend tons of money (comparatively) on premade all in one fertilizers - such as seachem comprehensive and trace. But, since you're just trying to keep your plants alive I'm sure you're not going to be dosing a lot, so perhaps a comprehensive is right for you and will last a while (in that case go with seachem as they're readily available).
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http://www.theplantguy.org/PlantGuys...ros_p_137.html

Like that? Is that a good choice? Pretty cheap and in my country.
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http://www.theplantguy.org/PlantGuys...ros_p_137.html

Like that? Is that a good choice? Pretty cheap and in my country.
Yes that will do - has all the compounds I stated and separated them into micros and macros. The good thing is your micro mix will have iron in it as well.
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http://www.theplantguy.org/PlantGuys...ros_p_137.html

Like that? Is that a good choice? Pretty cheap and in my country.
I wouldn't go the poor man drop route. There is not a lot of room for change. Instead, go with the EI pack. I would suggest you read a post I recently made, EI concept explained. It will explain the basics of nutrient management. Once you understand the basics it will all make sense.
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