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what ferts to choose.

Well with my new upcoming nano I plan on using liquids for ease and since they will be such small doses I'm not worried about the cost. Here are the options let me know which you would choose and why. I know this is an opinionated question but opinions help with choices.

1- ADA Series of Ferts. Step 1-3 and Special Lights, etc.
2- Seachem Series
3- Pfertz series
4- Wondergrow Series

LMK what you think. Trying to decide before I place any more orders.

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Might sound somewhat biased because I'm the source of the fertilizer
But here I go....

Wonder-Gro Macro and Micro (in a pair)
Pros: bang for the buck, ease of dosing (all in one, dosing pump), almost extra complete
Cons : less versatile compared to single element/source liquid fertilizer


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Big blast for the buck!! Buy dry ferts, KNO3 and KH2PO4, plus perhaps CSM+B, (or use commercial trace mix, like Flourish) and mix your own liquid ferts.

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Big blast for the buck!! Buy dry ferts, KNO3 and KH2PO4, plus perhaps CSM+B, (or use commercial trace mix, like Flourish) and mix your own liquid ferts.
Hoppy not worried about the cost just want easy this time. getting lazy now as we are expecting....
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Thinking I will go with teh Pfertz line as I can dose what I need indiviually.

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Here is a Seachem dosing calculator that was written using MS Office Excel 2003 if you need it.

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yeah I have that saved. thinking I will go for the Pfertz probably.

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Can't go wrong with pfertz!!!


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Does Pfertz give you a little pop for the buck?

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I like the colors Actually they are fish and invert safe as I plan on housing some kind of shrimps once the tank is extablished. Probably Orange eyed blue tigers. Also I sent them an e-mail this morning and they replied around noon my time so the customer service thus far has been great. Maybe they will send me a coke with my order though. Plus I can get 15% off right now.

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You will be happy with Pfertz. I believe they are quite a bit more concentrated than the Seachem and ADA lines.
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Good to know...

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I used Seachem fertilizers when I first started. It annoyed me having to read the label each time since the NPK didn't use 5ml the same way. It only took an extra minute or two, but it still drove me crazy.

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Seachem- relatively cheap but is alot of water compared to the actual fertilizer from what I've heard. I use it with good results.
Pfertz-I've heard great things from them and have seen great tanks on their customer's corner page including roybot73's.
Dry ferts-I've heard great things for them being so cheap but for some (me) the mixing rules get slightly confusing. Great prices usually.
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ADA ferts-great series but a little pricy.

I'd recommend getting the pfertz series and maybe some green bacter from ADA. You could also do a brighty step 2 or 3 for iron but seachem has pretty good iron too. My plants get extremely red when I dose it. That;s just my $.02

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