Sorry for the delay in responding, work has completely taken over and I haven't had time to reply, but here we go...
Originally Posted by DeathFromBelow
I like Seachem and their stuff works, but it seems like everyone (myself included) makes the same mistake. Flourish [Comprehensive] is not an 'all-in-one' fertilizer in the same sense as Thrive, its a baseline fertilizer with micros and a tiny amount of N/P/K. You generally need to use it with their N/P/K/Fe/Trace products on a schedule
. Advance (plant hormones) and Excel (algaecide, makes some carbon available for plants) are optional. I wouldn't use excel in your tank since Vals are sensitive to it, though they can be slowly acclimated.
Dosing everything separately is a pain, but the idea is that you're maximizing the bioavailibility of each nutrient and can adjust the individual dose to constantly maintain desired levels, whereas with all-in-ones you're overdosing ferts to ensure the plants get what they need and then doing a large water change every week to reset the water chemistry. Both methods work fine.
Your Discus are gorgeous.
Thank you very much for the clarity! It was extremely helpful in guiding me to make the decision to purchase some Thrive S fertilizer. I think the "all-in-one" approach will work well for me for the time being while I learn more about maintaining proper levels for my plants. I also felt comfortable with it because I do regular water changes 3 times a week for the discus and as you said the all-in-one's need that too.
How much water change/maintenance do you do and how often?
What are ph,gh,kh,nitrate and phosphate readings? What are those readings on your change water source after letting water set in bucket for 24hrs.
How much and how often are you dosing?
Looks like a complete deficiency of a lot of the mobile nutrients.
White fuzz is thing that shows up on new wood and will go away on its own in time, maybe unsightly but nothing to worry about. Just leave it alone and suck off what you can with water changes. Do not run it under hot water etc, that is only restarting process that causes white fuzz to begin with.
Now, to answer your questions:
Water change/maintenance schedule: 3 times a week and replacing 40 - 60% of the water every time. I do this to keep proper Nitrate levels for the discus
Readings: I know that I need to get a kit that will show me all of these readings, is there one that you recommend?
ph - 6.5
gh - not sure
kh - not sure
nitrate - never above 5 ppm
phosphate - not sure
Dosing: As I mentioned above I got Thrive S fertilizer last week and started with 3x a week, always 24 hours after a water change.
Now some updates...
Last week I got a rubber lip pleco and he has definitely helped with some of the algae, especially on the glass, and the white fuzz has pretty much gone away. Most of my plants started to completely die and I had to remove them.
Right now I'm just left with:
- Jungle Val, which is doing great and already creating three new shoots from each plant
- A little bit of the Pennywort that I was able to get the algae off of and I think the pleco has been keeping clean too
- The plant in the center of the tank which I think is Java fern but I'm not entirely sure
The main issue is my diatom issue has become ALOT!! I think that one of the main causes is that we are getting more direct sunlight in the room, and possibly on the tank itself. This is also one of the reasons that I got the Thrive S because I think adding some larger Amano shrimp might help with all of my issues.
Any are appreciated!! Thank you!!