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Iron dosing- do my plants need it?

All my tanks are low tech, low light and pretty much have the same plants as I spread everything around when it's cutting time. They are: water wisteria, anacharis, crypt wendtii "green", anubias coffeefolia and needleleaf java fern. I know all plants can benefit from it, but would any of my plants greatly benefit from it? It's Flourish Iron, by the way.
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Probably not. The reason is that in order for Fe to be used, other essential nutrients must also be present. Even in low tech tanks, it's important to have a consistent fertilization regimen.
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Probably not. The reason is that in order for Fe to be used, other essential nutrients must also be present. Even in low tech tanks, it's important to have a consistent fertilization regimen.
I dose Flourish weekly, for what it's worth.
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Flourish contains Fe. You can dose Flourish more than once/wk to see if that improves growth. If it does, then keep increasing until it doesn't. If it doesn't, then that means it's limited in some other factor, most probably CO2.
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Hello Strange...

I don't dose commercial fertilizers in my low tech tanks much any more. They can really mess up the water chemistry. I feed my fish a variety of flakes, freeze dried and frozen foods and the fish produce all the fertilizers the plants need. If your plants really aren't doing well, you could add a little Seachem "Comprehensive". Just dose according to the instructions and after a large water change.

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It's definitely helped, my java fern plantlets exploded with growth and roots when I added Flourish for the first time last week. Since Flourish does contain some Iron, i'll just keep doing what i'm doing.
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