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Good fert

I need a good fert for the live planted tank any suggestions ???
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I guess that would depend on the type of plants you have (plan) on having


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http://greenleafaquariums.com/aquari...rtilizers.html

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And how would I use this fert during water changes ????
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Some people dose ferts daily, some bi-weekly, others not at all. Some people use liquids, others dry dose. Good write up on ferts and how/why to use them.

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There are tanks which do not use/add ferts. There are a couple of different types
of fert/water change scheduals/plans like PPS Pro and EI ferts. They use different water change scheduals but you add ferts after a water change any time you do one and you use fert because the level of ferts in the tank is lowered when you do the water change.
Not that any fert plan can't be used by any tank, but they usually go/w certain types of tanks. The EI for example is most often used by tanks/w a full amount of plants
and higher lights. These tank also usually have injected CO2 and are designated "high tech" tanks.
"High tech"= weekly water changes and other maintenance including trimming of plants.
They have fast to very fast plant growth.
"Low tech= fewer water changes, less maintenance, less cost, different types of plants(mostly) and in a few cases no added ferts. Lower level of lights also.
The types of plants used and the lower level of ferts and lights results in slower plant growth.
You need to read up on these to help you decide which you would prefer before going
any further with buying ferts/plants as buying the high light plants would require you
to get everything that goes/w them if you want them to grow correctly.
Try reading some in the low tech section of the forum. It can give you ideas about those type of tanks to see what you think about that type.

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Plants need over a dozen elements to live.
Many of these are supplied in the water and fish food.
Some are in short supply in these sources, or else the tank has a lot more light, so the plants need more fertilizers than are supplied that way.

The fertilizer program needs to be geared toward supplying what the tank is low in.

Can you tell us more about the tank and the water parameters?

What kind of light? including the name and type of bulbs.
How long you run them.
Tank size and shape.
Water test results for both tap (if that is how you fill the tank) and the tank (right before a water change):
ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, GH, KH, pH and any other test results you have.
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