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Fertilizer Question

Im looking at ordering some ferts now but im a bit restricted in terms of ordering such large amounts so i was looking at

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and also pfertz products can you tell me what you suggest?
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Depends a bit on your situation. How big of a tank, how much light? CO2?


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55gal, pressurised co2 and T5 Lighting 54Wx2
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I've never used there fert package but dry ferts are going to be allot cheaper in the long run for a tank that size and I don't buy into there market-speak about the evils of water column dosing vs fert pellets.

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If you have access to the dry fertilizers (KNO3, K2SO4, KH2PO4) that would be the cheapest route. Nurseries use that stuff, agriculture, not sure what you have close by.

Personally I am not familiar with Pfertz, but if you can get them, they might work for you. Same with Seachem's line etc. All of these liquid fertilizers will cost more than the powders.

Besides NPK, you will need some micros (trace element mix). I am using Seachems Flourish, others use stuff from Tropica, or CSM+B dry mix. They all work just fine, and it depends what you can get.


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ok hmm i will check some plant nurseries i have another question to ask not associated with ferts my co2 i have is conected to 1 redsea 500 reactor is that enough to spread around this tank or should i need a power head?
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Depends on overall water circulation. If your filter(s) mix up the water well, the reactor should be sufficient. Placing it at a good spot (close to the filter outflow) also helps to distribute CO2 evenly.


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ahhh i thought so i have just found that my growth hasnt been that much and well last week my regulator went so im in the process of getting a new one im also having some issues with BBA so i have to work on that asweel i understand excel is the shot for that.
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Good, consistent CO2 levels and a lot of patience will help with BBA.

You can kill them with Excel, but that doesn't address the root causes.


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Thanks for the advice guys
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