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Where to buy plant food/ferts

Hi Guys,

First off great site you have here

I am based in the UK and I have a 2 year old 150 gallon planted discus tank. Up until recently everything was growing well. I then stupidly added some rocks which I discovered were lime/chalk based. This completely destroyed my water balance and I have got loads of algae problems. Having read up on here I now believe I have got the info to beat this. I will now be putting in a correct plant feeding regime and replant.

My problem and question, is what and where would you guys recommend buying the ferts I need. So far I am limited to my local fish shop and ebay and all I can find is the standard 250ml plant food products. The trouble is I will be going through a bottle of this stuff a week and at 3.99 a bottle this is going to get expensive!

Any help much appreciated.

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In my Guide I have links to some UK based sellers of bulk dry nutrients. Watch the prices though. Many times it's actually cheaper to buy in the US and have it shipped. As long as the seller is not gouging you on the shipping.
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Thanks Rex that looks really useful. I get the feeling this is going to be more complicated long term than I thought. I suppose lots of people say that

My only worry is Discus are very sensitive to hard water, nitrates and nitrites so alarm bells instantly start ringing when reading about adding them on purpose.

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Thanks Rex that looks really useful. I get the feeling this is going to be more complicated long term than I thought. I suppose lots of people say that

My only worry is Discus are very sensitive to hard water, nitrates and nitrites so alarm bells instantly start ringing when reading about adding them on purpose.

I shall be back with more questions

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Matt, don't worry. Lots of people are intimidated by all of this info at first. I know I was. Just keep reading and asking questions. It gets easier, I promise! Most people here will be very helpful. Welcome to the community!

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It's not that hard. You get the ferts and add them to the water. Do water changes and you are fine.

And it's not that Discus are sensitive to the normal nitrate levels we keep in planted tanks it that they are sensitive to the ammonia and nitrite and DOC that normally are the precursors to nitrate.

Adding nitrate shortcuts the normal biological process.
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It's not that hard. You get the ferts and add them to the water. Do water changes and you are fine.

And it's not that Discus are sensitive to the normal nitrate levels we keep in planted tanks it that they are sensitive to the ammonia and nitrite and DOC that normally are the precursors to nitrate.

Adding nitrate shortcuts the normal biological process.

Ah good some one who knows discus too, that will help when I get things wrong!!

I am more worried about getting the dosage wrong as discus are so sensitive to water changes and with over $500 worth of discus in the tank I don't want to mess it up.

I know this is cheeky but if anyone on here has a 500litre ish tank could you post up your feeding regime as to be honest I haven't a clue at the moment!

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There are stickies here with dosing suggestions. It's really not rocket science. It's much harder!
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There are stickies here with dosing suggestions. It's really not rocket science. It's much harder!
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