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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-21-2007, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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Dry Ferts

I currently have a 29 gallon aquarium with a corralife 65 watt light and DIY
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I know I need to dose it with dry ferts and was wondering where you guys would reccommend getting them. This site was reccommended to me I was just wondering where any of you got yours.

http://www.bestaquariumregulator.com/ferts.html

I have also read through the estimative index article several times and I am still having a little difficulty in understanding it. Could anyone link me to maybe an easier article to understand in terms of dosing or explain something I am missing maybe?
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I havent ordered from Rex but I will in the future, price is cheaper and I know how to get in touch with him.

As far as dosing, get your ferts and follow this guide
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/wa...-regimes_.html


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I have ordered from Rex and his "combo pack" is the way to go for limited # of tanks.

Re: EI dosing ... try this one ...
http://www.barrreport.com/estimative...chy-folks.html

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if ya dont order from rex here is the other place to get them

http://www.aquariumfertilizer.com/

I ordered from them a couple weeks ago and they have seem to fix all the problems that were experienced from the switch over from when they bought it from greg watson. I paid 5$ for shipping and 11$ for my order. not to bad for a year and half worth of ferts.

I been using the PPS method for fertiilzing. I Like how the plants are moderate to slow growing and show no problems. Both ways work nice I just prefer the lower maitance of the PPS system.
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you should note that the PPS or PPMD (whatever its called) is *different* than the method that Tom Barr and Rex (and 90% of the people on this forum use)...the pre-mix from Greg Watsons new group have different nutrients in them than the combo pack from Rex. Don't be scared about not having a "pre-mix" I know in the beginning you are looking for ways to keep it simple, but really the pre-mix won't allow you to experiment w/ ratios in the later days, and one of the nutrients listed in the PPMD pre-mix isn't suggested/required in the EI method...

Read the EI article from Tom's forum (link above), its a really neat method for getting away from the daily water testing using equipment that doesn't even work accurately, LOL. It seems complicated at first, but in the end EI is going to be simpler. I do 2.4 wpg, EI, pressurized CO2, Rex ferts per the recommended dose/schedule that most everyone does here, and have a tank w/ hardly any algae at all these days (I would say "no" algae but just yesterday a very little green on the glass )...

The thing to learn, that I've been learning, is its a "balance" between fish load, plant load, fertilizers, light and CO2...if something is way out of balance, you'll have algae or worse. If low-tech w/ no CO2, then lower fertilizers, b/c you won't want to do a water change every week (algae respond to changes faster than plants). If high-tech w/ 30ppm CO2 (which I doubt you get w/ DIY CO2?) then higher ferts and weekly water changes... the EI method just ensures that you don't overdose the ferts, yet ensures that a lack of ferts isn't a limiting factor on plant growth. Finding out what the "balance" is, that's apparently the hard part, the EI method is like a shortcut until you know more about affecting the balance.

NOTE: To do a *SEARCH* and get the answer you want, its often best to go to "Advanced Search" and search in the title only.
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ps, www.rexgrigg.com if you haven't read his site before there's some good info, just follow the directions on how to order the combo pack pretty easy...

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I have ordered from Rex and his "combo pack" is the way to go for limited # of tanks.

Re: EI dosing ... try this one ...
http://www.barrreport.com/estimative...chy-folks.html

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Where is this "combo pack"?
I have been clicking around that rex site and can't seem to find it.

Other than that thank you all for what you have posted. I kind of get more of a gist of what I am going to need to dose.
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http://www.bestaquariumregulator.com/ferts.html


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Combo Pack. 1 lb KNO3, 1 lb K2SO4, Ĺ lb each of KH2PO4 and Plantex CSM+B - $13 Shipping on the Combo pack is $5.10
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O duh...thanks a lot guys.
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