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easiest and most complete fertz to use

I'm setting up a 10g highlight/Co2 with eco complete substrate and need a quick and complete line to use. I just dont like the idea of measuring out a lot of powders, just a few pumps and be ready to go. Hey i'm lazy and have other tanks to attend to as well. I was looking at the wonder-gro pro set http://www.greenleafaquariums.com/aq...r-gro-set.html

also the pfertz high tech as well. First off I'm new to the planted tank world so are these lines all i would need for for dosing purposes and if not what else would i need? So that being said would you recomend the pfertz or wonder-gro? And also what else would be needed
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I'm using pfertz on some tanks and dry ferts on the others. pfertz is easy to use !
haven't tried the wonder gro set but once the pfertz runs out I will get it. the wonder gro seems cheaper and I think is the same thing !


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i think liquid fertz are the most complete and also the most expensive and convenient ones to use.
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Personally, I'd grab some dry ferts and mix up a liter of each macro and a liter of the micro trace. Then use dosing pumps. Voila.

Cheap and easy. Emphasis on the cheap.
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IMO ADA liquid fert's are probably the easiest since they provide a step-by-step dosing program and you only really have to add 2 different liquids (Brighty K and Step 1,2 or 3). Probably also the most expensive and least flexible option (since they're all-in-one based on the levels Amano believes are optimal). But with a greate resource like this site, mixing up your own dry ferts probably isn't much harder?
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if i did buy the dry fertz and pre mixed them, how long would they last already mixed and can you have more than one mixed together in the same bottle? Also which ones would you suggest using, not the brand but the chemicals themselves. It seems like there are alot of powders that u could use.
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if i did buy the dry fertz and pre mixed them, how long would they last already mixed and can you have more than one mixed together in the same bottle? Also which ones would you suggest using, not the brand but the chemicals themselves. It seems like there are alot of powders that u could use.
Once you figure out how much of each you need to dose, you could theoretically combine all the macro ferts (KNO3, KH2PO4) into one bottle and the trace (CSM+B, Microplex, etc..) into another bottle. Or buy the macros dry and buy Tropica TMG to dose your micros.

How long would they last? Long enough for you to use it all.

The NPK plus CSM+B/TMG would be your basics. Depending on your tank, you may need to dose other chemicals, but again, those are easily made into solutions.
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Personally, I'd grab some dry ferts and mix up a liter of each macro and a liter of the micro trace. Then use dosing pumps. Voila.

Cheap and easy. Emphasis on the cheap.
Ditto.

You still need to READ instructions, and pump the ferts.
With a small 10 Gal and CO2 and high light, you really are not saving any work, brain power etc dosign DIY vs brand names, if you want to spend more for water*(they still add the same NO3, NO3 is still NO3), that's your choice.

For a few$, you get a lifetime supply.

You can even ask folks here or use a dosign cal to make up a solution for ferts.

This is not brain surgery, it's not some insurmountable laborious chore.
You add a few grams to a few mls of water. That's it. You do it 1-2x and then it's old hat. At this day and age, I see no logical reason to use a commercial brand. All the work on dosing and making solutions has been done.

Would you send me 50$ and I'll make a few mls for you?
Then why do it for the commercial brands?


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