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Where to buy dry ferts?

I am looking to buy dry ferts and was wondering where you folks get yours. Do you use dry ferts just because they are a lot cheaper than liquid ferts? Are there pros and cons to either of them? Thanks for the help.
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I get my dry ferts from Greenleaf Aquariums.

Pros-
a lot more fert for your $ - depending on tank(s) size, the fert package from GLA could last up to a year for the cost of 2 liquid bottles that may last a couple months

Cons-
you have to measure each dose with a gram scale depending on tank size and ppm desired. There is a sticky in the Water Params giving general instructions on how much to dose. I made a chart and kept track of my measurements and ppm readings and adjusted accordingly.
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I get my dry ferts from Greenleaf Aquariums.

Pros-
a lot more fert for your $ - depending on tank(s) size, the fert package from GLA could last up to a year for the cost of 2 liquid bottles that may last a couple months

Cons-
you have to measure each dose with a gram scale depending on tank size and ppm desired. There is a sticky in the Water Params giving general instructions on how much to dose. I made a chart and kept track of my measurements and ppm readings and adjusted accordingly.
+1 to all that. Well put.

I usually get mine from www.aquariumfertilizers.com.

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Has anyone tried the pfertz line?
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Has anyone tried the pfertz line?
I'm sure it works fine. I have not compared the cost but I imagine it's a lot more expensive vs. buying dry ferts. You can then use your own water and pump bottle. Or just dry dose right into the tank. Or put the dry ferts into a small tupperware container, dip in your tank to add some tank water, close, shake, dump it in.

Every morning I do the latter. On macros days it's 3/4 t. of N, 1/4 t. of P and 1/4 t. of P into a small plastic tub. Lid on. Shake for 10 seconds, open and pour it right in. On micro days it's the same with 1/4 t. of CSM+B or 10ml of Flourish. Sometimes I add 1/8 t. of dry Chelated Fe too on micro days.

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I am currently using the Pfertz line and I really like it. I am using it mostly due to convenience.
For cost though, dry is much better and can be found at any Hydroponics store.


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I am looking at it more for convenience myself. Have lots going on and think it will just be easier with liquids.
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I have been talking with Orlando from GLA and now he has me thinking of using dry ferts. He has been very helpful.
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