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Store bought Ferts

I am not too keen on the idea of mixing my own plant ferts. Has anyone had good results by using any of the store bought stuff. I was looking at the Kent Freshwater Plant and Kent Pro Plant.

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I have been that route, the GW line is not at all hard to deal with and will save you a ton of money. Just get everything you need from GW at once so you only pay the shipping once, then go down to the dollar store and get a set of canisters to store it. I just use a plastic cup full of tank water to mix it and then dump it in the tank.
If your going to buy store bought go with Seachem, their products are much better for the planted tank. I use Seachems Equillibrium to raise my Gh, Kent's R/O Right contains salts that's no good for Plants. I also use Seachems Flourish for trace elements and Flourish Iron, Kent's Freswater Plant has more than Iron so its very hard to figure out just how much of every nutrient is going into the tank. Seachem's line is also derived from sources that work better in a planted tank and are delivered in the proper form.


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I am not too keen on the idea of mixing my own plant ferts. Has anyone had good results by using any of the store bought stuff. I was looking at the Kent Freshwater Plant and Kent Pro Plant.

JR

i still use those on one of my tanks....works great!

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The ferts you use depend on the tank setup. Most here are in the med. to high light catagory w/CO2 addition. This means the tank will consume more nutrients than the mixes can provide.

For low light tanks w/no CO2 addition they should work ok.

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For simplicity's sake, I use only Kent Botanica ferts. I use Nitrate+, Grow (micros), and K+ (Potassium). Those 3 take care of everything and I just add a couple drops of Grow and K+ each day. I add Nitrate+ at water changes.
I know they work great, because I recently tried stopping ferts to see what would happen. When I stopped adding Grow I got white leaves and when I stopped adding K+, I got yellow holes in my leaves. Turns out you really do need that stuff.
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Sorry about that I've have to admit, I've never tried their Botanical line. I still like Seachem.


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