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vitamins?

I will just like to know what vitamins do aquarium plants need to grow properly. thank you.

I have a 5.5 gallon planted
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Plants don't need vitamins - vitamins are chemical compounds that are beneficial to human health, not plant health. Plants need NPK and various trace elements.

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NPK = nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium
micronutrients = Fe, Ca, Mg, Mg, Mn, Cu, Mo, Zn, B

Most important are NPK. Then micros. Since you're using Floramax, you'd only need to add NPK but I don't know if it contains all the micros. Either way, adding micros to the water column is beneficial.
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Plants don't need vitamins - vitamins are chemical compounds that are beneficial to human health, not plant health. Plants need NPK and various trace elements.
No need to be sarcastic. I am pretty sure the OP when referring to vitamins was meaning ferts but was unaware of exactly what it was called or needed. You knew what he was trying to say without getting technical. Not a way to make our youth feel welcomed and educated properly to the hobby.


@Dustin - While you're on the right track, they are commonly referred to as ferts. I have noticed some like to flex their knowledge to demean others. So don't be discouraged to ask questions and learn. Reason why I don't post and just browse. Solcielo lawrencia gave you a very good explanation for what plants need which are supplied by ferts and what those nutrients are called. This can be accomplished several different ways. Through liquid store bought ferts like Seachem Flourish which basically only supplies your micro elements, trace elements and other nutrients. For macro element (NPK) fertilization, use Flourish Nitrogen. If you want some extra Iron in addition to what is included in Flourish (Micro) then you can use Seachem Iron. Lastly if you are not injecting CO2 then you can supplement your CO2 needs with Seachem Excel. There is also some products by API called Leaf Zone. Those are your popular commercial liquid ferts. Then you have your dry ferts which is the most popular method as it is cheaper and will last you a lot longer. You can dose these dry or make a stock solution like your commercial products which some like myself find easier but, you will be hard pressed finding much information on making a stock solution as most dose dry. There is also root tabs but if you use those you will need to alter your other fert dosing to compensate for what is being released by the root tabs.

In general you will need adequate lighting, CO2 or CO2 supplement, good fert regiment and make sure you are keeping up with your weekly water changes and your plants will flourish. A lot of it depends on the kind of plants you are keeping as well. Hope this helps and good luck!
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No need to be sarcastic. I am pretty sure the OP when referring to vitamins was meaning ferts but was unaware of exactly what it was called or needed. You knew what he was trying to say without getting technical. Not a way to make our youth feel welcomed and educated properly to the hobby.

There was nothing sarcastic about my comment. Many people have asked if it benefits their plants to dose Vitamin C, or D, or some other vitamin. There are even people selling aquatic plant food, which they claim is loaded with the vitamins needed by the plants. See http://www.aquavitro.com/products/envy.html for an example. I answered the question asked, using a minimum of words.

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Yeah, I also thought that the OP actually wanted to add vitamins since there have been some people adding it and even products being sold for it. But then I looked at his setup and thought he meant fertilizers.
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Thanks guys, and i did mean ferts sorry, because i bought fluval micro nutrients because i was only doing co2 which is obviously not enough and was goin to see whats best but there are no reveiws or comments about fluval micro nutrients so i just bought it cause i couldnt find any fluorish products in my area thank again guys

I have a 5.5 gallon planted
lighting 1 18" t5ho 6.5k bulb 15watts~i think
and a 13 watt cfl
small HOB filter
DIY co2
floramax subtrate
6 white-finned rosy tetras
1 ghost shrimp wih eggs
And im attempting to carpet Dwarf Hairgrass
thats my setup
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There was nothing sarcastic about my comment. Many people have asked if it benefits their plants to dose Vitamin C, or D, or some other vitamin. There are even people selling aquatic plant food, which they claim is loaded with the vitamins needed by the plants. See http://www.aquavitro.com/products/envy.html for an example. I answered the question asked, using a minimum of words.
Yeah, Hoppy was answering your question litterally because the question of using actual vitamins has litterally been asked.

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