Is oscomote+ a plant food? I just googled it and using that in a tank worries me
When used in 00 gel caps they are used to supplement heavy root feeders, just push them deep into the substrate so that when the gel caps dissolve the pellets don't work their way to the surface, or they can wreak havoc on the water column. I've been using them for around a year now with no problems, nilocg sells them in his sales threads and on his web site
A recent post got me reading and reading about this subject and I thought I would throw in my conclusions. First is that dry fertilizer is a lot cheaper to purchase and will last much longer as a result.
Second, unless there is reason to do so I would just add dry directly to the tank rather than making a solution.
That's what I do, I put a 1/4tsp each (N,P,K) 4x a week, and 1/8tsp CSM+B 3x a week in my CO2 injected high light 40b.
In my low light no tech 29gal tank I put 1/4tsp each N,P,K day of WC, and 1/8tspCSM+B day after WC. If my WC goes more than 14 days I dose that regime again.
On a side note, I did order from nilocg. I was considering greenleafaquariums, but ended up with nilocg instead. Either one is fine (or others I am sure), but I liked the EI package from nilocg better since the proportions seemed to fit.
I have a 40 breeder and one EI package will last a very long time. I highly recommend that instead of things like Flourish. Now Flourish Excel on the other hand is something that is totally different and comes recommended by a lot of people without CO2 (and some with). I am using Flourish Excel FWIW.
1 pound of everything will last me a little over a year.
Root tabs are good too and I would say that if you don't have the top substrate then they should probably be used in addition to EI dosing, but I am not an expert by any means.
Even if you have the really expensive substrate with heavy root feeders there comes a time when you should supplement the nutrients as substrates tend to "burn out".
ETA: In terms of dosing dry ferts, I like the suggestion of putting the amounts into a weekly pill box (with multiple compartments for each day to keep things separate).
That can work, I have done it that way but got tired of filling all the little compartments every week, every other week, once a month....
I found some small lidded containers about 6oz (?) or so at the dollar store, I fill these up every few months and have the tops marked with what they contain. I have one sitting empty and on my N,P,K days (some days I also add baking soda and a gH booster) I just scoop what I need into the empty and take that to the tank and dump it right in. On CSM+B days I just take the 6oz (?) container to the tank with my 1/8tsp measuring spoon, scoop and dump. My iron I dose (I have red plants) is in a pill bottle and my tank gets 1/8tsp day after WC, that bottle I just take to the tank with the CSM+B container and again just scoop and dump.
Originally Posted by LonghornGardens
Whoa... Thanks FatherLandDecendent. Cool name by the way.
Your welcome, it's FLD for short... And Thanks