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Does anyone use this fertiliser?

I have recentyl purchased a bottle of JBL ferropol liquid fertiliser, and was wondering if anydody else uses it?

I have a 15 gallon tank and I add 1 cap full each week.

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I have recentyl purchased a bottle of JBL ferropol liquid fertiliser, and was wondering if anydody else uses it?

I have a 15 gallon tank and I add 1 cap full each week.

Feedback apreciated

I am personally not familiar with that particular fertilizer, but through a quick Googling I found this which states that it doesn't contain either nitrates or phosphates. That means that it is a micro or trace fertilizing solution.

Is that the only fertilizer that you use? Do you have a low-tech tank with low-lighting levels or something more advanced? If your setup is low-tech, and you have a suitably enriched substrate, you may be fine in using just that. If, however, you are running a more demanding setup, you will need to look for a source of macro-fertilizer elements as well.

Here is some good reading about fertilizers:

Rex Grigg's Ferts Page
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Hey thanks for the reply.

I have a 'low tech' tank i belive, because it only has one bulb and no C02. I have plants such as java fern, java moss, anubias and some other types of plants that i'm not too sure what they are. I have just average relativly small gravel.

So what do you think about my set-up? Overall i have about 10 plants in my 15 gallon tank.

Thanks for the help

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I have a 'low tech' tank i belive, because it only has one bulb and no C02.
Yes, that would be considered low-tech approach. And for such a setup, your choice in fertilizers is appropriate. You may want to get some sort of fertilizer tabs to help enrich your gravel for your plant's roots.

Good luck!
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Thanks for the help

So if i buy these tabs do i just push them down into the gravel?
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Thanks for the help

So if i buy these tabs do i just push them down into the gravel?

Yes, just put them in the gravel.

Be careful starting down the road of fertilizing your tank, though. You will like the results!! Pretty soon you'll be buying more expensive lighting, adding co2, etc. It's a full-on addictive hobby, as evidenced by this forum.
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LOL. I'm really starting to like the planted side of tanks

I was just wondering, at my LFS they have these mats of riccia, that holds it down so it makes a carpet. Would it do well in my tank?
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Riccia is tricky. It is best cultivated under high lighting with co2. It'd probably not grow very well in a low-tech setup.

See? You're already looking for the next step!!
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LOL yep, may just go out and get the full Co2 set-up! Maybe i could do a DIY Co2?

I really like the look of riccia, would it grow at all in my tank?
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LOL yep, may just go out and get the full Co2 set-up! Maybe i could do a DIY Co2?

I really like the look of riccia, would it grow at all in my tank?
It's hard to say since I don't know how much light you actually have (wattage, type of light).

If you are going to delve into co2, take your time and read about it. Decide how you are going to dissolve it (diffusor, reactor, etc), and what other things you will need if you begin co2 (macro ferts, increased lighting).

Good places to learn more:
Rex's Guide
Chuck's Articles
DIY co2 Treatise
and of course, the Search function here on this forum!
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Yep, Ferropol is what I use. You can see the results in my plant adventure picture thread here and judge for yourself.

I use it as a weekly micro nutrient source. Because it doesn't have any nitrate or phosphate in it, I can dose those two macro nutrients separately and so more accurately.
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Sparrow:

Here is the lighting that i have:

http://www.juwel-aquarium.de/en/monolux31.htm

What would you say with the riccia?

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I had a look at your thread, looks great
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What would you say with the riccia?
I would say that 15 watts of light over a 15 gallon tank isn't going to do much for Riccia. You can of course try it, but I suspect it will either languish or perhaps get "leggy" instead of carpeting. IMHO.
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O ok, thats cool. I think it may have a reflector built in, not sure....

Could you recommend some other cool plants for me to try?

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Could you recommend some other cool plants for me to try?
Offhand, I'd say Anacharis, red-spot Ozelots, Dwarf Lillies.
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