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As my tank is growing and filling in after a change in aquascaping, would it be better to fertilize on an increasing basis as plants grow, or to add some fast growing plants and fertilize accordingly for a heavily planted tank? I am working on a "lawn" with patches of dwarf hairgrass, microsword, and glosso. Also have a sword, anubias, and corkscrew val jungle. Suggestions for fast growing plants? Thanks, Brian :shock:

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I would suggest to fertilize based on test results (for NO3 and PO4) and on label instructions, if you use say Flourish.

Naturally, if there are few plants, they will use less nutrients, and as the tank begins to fill up with plants, you will need to increase amounts and frequency of fertilizer dosing.

I apologize if that doesn't answer your question... not sure if I understood correctly.


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hi wasserpest,
I am trying to encourage the low-growing carpet, so I don't want to shade it too much. I have seen some posts describe using "fast growing" plants to suck up nutrients while your slower growers are getting established, I just don't want it to slow down the development of the low growers. what about floating plants, too much shade or not a problem? thanks, Brian

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Well, floating plants are great nutrient hogs, but they also create a lot of shade, which would not be good for the low growing groundcover stuff.
Fast growers like Ceradopteris (Water Sprite), Wisteria etc suck up a lot of nutrients, while you can keep them from overgrowing and shading the cover plants.
I guess I am a little confused. Usually you'd use those plants to reduce excessive nutrient levels, but you want to keep them up... a little contradictory. In the beginning, when the tank is still unstable, I would add lots of plants, keep the fert levels low, and be patient with the covers. As the cover spreads and the tank becomes more stable, you can remove some of the faster growers.


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thanks for the info!

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