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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-06-2015, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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New to plants, what fertilizers

Currently running a 75g with some PetSmart plants ( I know ). I'm currently only running a Current Satellite + and dosing Excel for Co2.

My plants are getting covered in algae and I assume this is from low light and lack of Co2.

I've ordered a Finnex 24/7 and compressed Co2 system.

I have no idea what plants I have so this is a hard question to answer, what ferts would be best for me to start dosing ?

I have a pool sand substrate, couple pieces of driftwood and about 10-12 plants at the moment. Stems still look good, but leaves are not looking so hot. So I assume their still salvageable but need to get it under control.

I've bee looking at at either Seachem Flourish line or GLA dry ferts. No preference for either, just don't know what to get.

I do plan to plant somewhere between medium and heavy.

Appreciate any direction.

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I highly recommend GLA ferts, you can get a years worth for roughly the price of one or two bottles of seachems diluted stuff. I personally use the EI dosing method from green leaf and have GREAT growth results.
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Yea with compressed co2 injection GLA EI dosing pack is a really great choice, and very cheap. If you have plants that are heavy root feeders (amazon swords, etc) then root tabs are a good idea. Post a picture if you aren't sure what plants you have and we can help identify them.
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Yea with compressed co2 injection GLA EI dosing pack is a really great choice, and very cheap. If you have plants that are heavy root feeders (amazon swords, etc) then root tabs are a good idea. Post a picture if you aren't sure what plants you have and we can help identify them.
It's embarrassing showing these pictures, but this is what I have right now. Hopefully the new equipment can help.









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Did my nasty pics scare everyone away ?
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Nope, didn't scare me. Been there, done that LOL.
Anyway, some of what I see appears to be brown diatoms which would be typical of a newly setup tank (i.e. 1-3 months old).
Given the requirements for discus, I would consider holding off on those until you get some of your other tank problems under control (water conditions suitable to fish & plants).
Question, how old is the tank setup?
Do you have an overall pic?
The reason I ask is that the PPS-Pro system of fertilizers MAY be better suited to your tank.


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Where was the petsmart you got those from?

I haven't had a problem with the ones in my area, really nice quality.
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I agree on the diatoms, tank is 4+ months old.

Petsmart High Point, NC
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