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Dry Ferts 60 Gal help

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I am looking to setup my 60 Gal and I want to use it as my plant growing tank so I want to do it right laying down ferts in the substraite layers. Can you please give your advise on what you do and what has worked well for you? thank you... oh I will be using a Corallife 48" CFL with 4 65watt 10k bulbs... so lighting will be more then sufficiant... I will most likely only have shrimp in the tank to make sure the plants are alright... getting ready to start growing for my ADA adventure in the next 6-9 months... want to have the plants ready though! anyways thank you very much!
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There's a slow release fertilizer called Osmocoate plus. You can put down an inch or so of substrate down and very lightly (5 grams per sq. ft.) sprinkle the fertilizer evenly. Cover with a couple of inches of substrate and you're good to go.

You can put the grains of Osmocoate plus in gel caps or freeze them in small ice cubes and insert them around and under plants several months later to supplement.

You should be able to search for Osmocoate and find a bunch of info.

There's a member named OverStocked here that sells a similar fertilizer he's developed in gel caps. You can find him in Sponsors And Power Seller Specials section of the forum.

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There's a slow release fertilizer called Osmocoate plus. You can put down an inch or so of substrate down and very lightly (5 grams per sq. ft.) sprinkle the fertilizer evenly. Cover with a couple of inches of substrate and you're good to go.

You can put the grains of Osmocoate plus in gel caps or freeze them in small ice cubes and insert them around and under plants several months later to supplement.

You should be able to search for Osmocoate and find a bunch of info.

There's a member named OverStocked here that sells a similar fertilizer he's developed in gel caps. You can find him in Sponsors And Power Seller Specials section of the forum.

Awesome thank you very much I will do some more research... seems like it would be good... just need to remember to keep soil movers out of the tank... haha
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Hello,

I am looking to setup my 60 Gal .... oh I will be using a Corallife 48" CFL with 4 65watt 10k bulbs... so lighting will be more then sufficiant...
You will probably have low light, depending on how high the tank is. If it is 20 inches high, you will probably barely have enough light to grow plants. Those Coralife lights have very poor reflectors.

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Wow thanks hoppy... thats a pretty big let down... I thought that running that much lighting would be more then sufficiant... guess I will have to get all techy and build a monster light.

So running 4 21" 65 watt 10000 coral life bulbs on basically a 55 gal is low light... well I will show these plants who they are messing with... going to be busy this weekend with a DIY project... stay tuned.
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