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controsoil, do i need to fertilize?

new at this, have controsoil substrate. do i need to add fertilizers?
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Yes. Contrisoil will "absorb" (more accurately hold closely) nutrients such as Ca, Mg, Fe, etc. It does have some micros, but it's not enough to run a long time without dosing even micros. Beyond that, it definitely does not provide macro nutrients such as K that your fish and food you feed them will not provide.

Just dose regularly and let the soil provide what it provides. The plants will choose to uptake through whatever method they prefer.
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@natemcnutty Would it be a good idea to add a little bit of GH booster to new Controsoil?
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@natemcnutty Would it be a good idea to add a little bit of GH booster to new Controsoil?
Depends on the water you are putting in. Since this is a buffering substrate, you really should be using RO at which point you will need GH booster.

If keeping shrimp, you'll be using remineralizer, and if you are doing it right, you'll be letting the tank mature before adding shrimp. By the time that happens, the soil will be "charged" and will stop pulling noticeable amounts nutrients from the water column.
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Depends on the water you are putting in. Since this is a buffering substrate, you really should be using RO at which point you will need GH booster.

If keeping shrimp, you'll be using remineralizer, and if you are doing it right, you'll be letting the tank mature before adding shrimp. By the time that happens, the soil will be "charged" and will stop pulling noticeable amounts nutrients from the water column.


This will be going into an established tank, capped with BDBS for the sifters. I use tap water but itís very soft for tap, has about 100 tds and even the tap needs Equilibrium added otherwise the plants become deficient.


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