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Question Best Fertilizer?

What is the best brand of plant fertilizer in your opinion. I want one that has all the necessary nutrients. (I don't want to add potassium, calcium, phosphate, ect all separately) I need both liquid and root tabs.
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Hi fishyfishy101,

If you are doing high light with CO2 then DIY are your best choice. If you have lower light / no CO2 Seachem Flourish Comprehensive and Flourish Tabs have worked well for me.


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That's very open to interpretation. It's like asking what is the best car.
You need to describe your environment.

In my case, my fertilizer is fish food. For other it will be something else.


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Hi fishyfishy101,

If you are doing high light with CO2 then DIY are your best choice. If you have lower light / no CO2 Seachem Flourish Comprehensive and Flourish Tabs have worked well for me.

I have LED lights and will be doing no co2
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The best effective/cost combination would be dry ferts (macro and micro package) from green leaf aquariums. It's like, $30 or so shipped, and it lasts forever.

Mix the dose you want in a cup of water, and pour it in.
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That's very open to interpretation. It's like asking what is the best car.
You need to describe your environment.

In my case, my fertilizer is fish food. For other it will be something else.
I am turning a reg tank into a planted tank, so my substrate is only sand. I have ordered but not received - rotala colorata, stargrass, ludwigia repens, and multiple short grasses
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I am turning a reg tank into a planted tank, so my substrate is only sand. I have ordered but not received - rotala colorata, stargrass, ludwigia repens, and multiple short grasses
Ah such a lovely opportunity to start a dirt tank
My dirt tanks are dirt, go figure, capped with sand. No CO2, LED lights (Fluval full spectrum). I have Ludwigia repens, Rotala rotundifolia and others.


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+1 on dry ferts you mix yourself as the best option. Cheap, easy once you get your head wrapped around dosages and easy to adjust for the needs of your actual tank. There's a number of places that sell a fairly standard pre-mix of dry fert macro/micro's if you want it even simpler.

For premixed liquid, I've been very happy with Pfertz's macro, micro and potassium (my tank's a potassium hog-your's may not be) and their root tabs are pretty much equivalent to seachem's. I've only moved away from Pfertz due to the cost and need to fine-tune the mix as I've moved several of my tanks up to moderate lighting and added a variety of more demanding plants.
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Get the premixed dry ferts from nilocg on this site. Saves time and hassle of mixing/measuring etc and easier to dose as well. He has both EI and PPS Pro versions.
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I agree.... 4 small bags of dry ferts cost me maybe $60 including shipping, will last from 2-20 years.... Even factoring in the cost of the +/- 0.01g scales, still way ahead (and the old chemist in me loves making up the solutions).
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