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i just recently started a planted tank, its fully cycled 0 ammonia, 0 nitrates. in my tank i have some amazon swords, java ferns, anubias nana, and jungle vals and tall grass. im just dosing with root tabs, and seachems flourish. ive been following the bottle of dosing once or twice i a week, with weekly 30% water changes. Is that enough to make sure things are good or should i be dosing more or use other stuff like excel as well?
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You can do what is called a Walstad style tank which is more or less maintenance free with slow growth. You can do a low tech tank use some ferts and excel, change water weekly/bi-weekly/monthly (pick your flavor) get better growth. Add CO2 to the latter of the two increase the ferts used and get explosive plant growth.

I would suggest you research the Walstad style tank (Diana Walstads book Ecology of the Planted Aquarium).

Also this thread is a great read on ferts for the planted aquarium. https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=517945

And deside which way you'd like to go with your tank.
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Flourish is just your micro nutrients, you will also need your macro nutrients.


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my friend gave me a small 10 gallon tank that she used for shrimp and it came with a bag of dry ferts which im assuming is the macro part of what you are talking about. I was on here a little bit ago and read about someone who was using the dry macro fert and it just threw his tank for a spiral and im kind of afraid of that considering that my tank just got back up and running from something that killed majority of my fish. what do i mix the fert in? a water bottle?
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It is perfectly fine to dose dry, I have been doing that for YEARS, with no ill effects as many on the forum have been doing the same.

You should have
KN03
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and then there is the micros which you have covered by the comp. unless there are some of the dry micros usually named CSM+B

Take a look in the fert. forum for the dosing for IE. If you are doing a low light tank, you will have more forgiveness in terms of how much, and how often you dose the tank.


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Aqueon® Colormax T5 Aquarium Light those are the lights i just bought about a 3 weeks ago, the plants seem to be responding well to them. What kind of dry ferts should i look into? i would like to see my plants do well considering how much those things are. do i mix the ferts in a water bottle or something?
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Aqueon® Colormax T5 Aquarium Light those are the lights i just bought about a 3 weeks ago, the plants seem to be responding well to them. What kind of dry ferts should i look into? i would like to see my plants do well considering how much those things are. do i mix the ferts in a water bottle or something?
I listed the macros and micros in my last post There are several places you can get them.

You just dump the required amount directly into the aquarium. Simple, takes only a few seconds per fert. Read the stickies in the fertilizer forums for the schedule. Its simple although in print it seems a bit more complicated.


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oh awesome thank you! ill see what i can come up with! would i be able to make like mixtures of pre measured ferts and just dump them in?
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I don't think that would be a problem.

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would i be able to make like mixtures of pre measured ferts and just dump them in?
Yes. In fact, for small tanks it's preferable since the dose of KH2PO4 is so small.

Dry dosing and Nutrient Solution Recipes
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Flourish is just your micro nutrients, you will also need your macro nutrients.
Is macro dosing necessary in a low light/low tech setup or will Flourish be sufficient?
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