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Dry Fertilizing nano tanks

I'm relatively new to the world of nanos and will be setting up a Fluval Spec 2 gallon at work in the near future. I've perused the spec thread, but didn't find much in the way of dry dosing ferts.

I'm going to be using DIY CO2, weekly Flourish Excel dosing, and 2-3x a week small water changes. I plan on just keeping the stock light and not using any real demanding plants. Maybe I don't even need ferts?

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I would do either of two things/w that. Try the liquidfert on this link IF you have other tanks you can also use it on. or
Use Osmocote+ tabs also found on that link. Excel has a life expectancy of about 10-12 hrs so once a week is like not at all. It needs to be regularly used to be much good.
But if I dose at the directed amount I would need to reduce the amount that I use
and I only use 1ml. You can get 1ml Pipettes on e-bay dirt cheap. They are graduated in fourths and one fourth of a tube would be a large dose of just over 1.5 times the suggested doses. But at that usage a 250ml bottle would last you 6 months or more.
Actually theoretically 1000 days of doses for that tank. If you only use a light amount of ferts that would be enough without the DIY CO2.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...393&highlight=
The point of the liquid ferts is that you can regulate how much you are using much better than/w dry. Now that is this form of liquid ferts, not any from a pet shop.
All those are incomplete so you need to buy several kinds to make up the whole needed list of ferts from them and you are just paying them for mostly water.
The liquid ferts on that link are all the needed kinds in dry form which you mix the water into. Includes the bottles also. Go back to that section and ask just how good that stock light is. This will give you an idea as to how much,if any ferts you might need. Might help to tell them that this is why you are asking the question.

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I would do either of two things/w that. Try the liquidfert on this link IF you have other tanks you can also use it on. or
Use Osmocote+ tabs also found on that link. Excel has a life expectancy of about 10-12 hrs so once a week is like not at all. It needs to be regularly used to be much good.
But if I dose at the directed amount I would need to reduce the amount that I use
and I only use 1ml. You can get 1ml Pipettes on e-bay dirt cheap. They are graduated in fourths and one fourth of a tube would be a large dose of just over 1.5 times the suggested doses. But at that usage a 250ml bottle would last you 6 months or more.
Actually theoretically 1000 days of doses for that tank. If you only use a light amount of ferts that would be enough without the DIY CO2.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...393&highlight=
The point of the liquid ferts is that you can regulate how much you are using much better than/w dry. Now that is this form of liquid ferts, not any from a pet shop.
All those are incomplete so you need to buy several kinds to make up the whole needed list of ferts from them and you are just paying them for mostly water.
The liquid ferts on that link are all the needed kinds in dry form which you mix the water into. Includes the bottles also. Go back to that section and ask just how good that stock light is. This will give you an idea as to how much,if any ferts you might need. Might help to tell them that this is why you are asking the question.
I appreciate the insight! I misspoke, I was planning on dosing Excel 3x a week... don't know why I put weekly. I'll check out those ferts.

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