Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
New to plants. I plan to move into medium lighting and get a little deeper into freshwater plants. I have an empty 20gallon long and plan to get a Finnex planted+, 30". It will have all nano fish. I currently am gaining experience with plants in a 29 gallon low-tech, low light tank with anubias and java ferns. It will be a few more months before I set up the 20L, but I have begun doing my research. Here is my understanding of the types of fertilization necessary for success (and I am asking for critiques/feedback):
carbon - can be done with liquid dosing (products like excel or metricide 14) or DIY pressurized CO2 or commercially available pressurized CO2 machines. My slant here is to go with liquid dosing, but that is because pressurized CO2 sounds complicated. But I can be convinced otherwise if there is a real advantage here.
Macros (phosphorus, nitrates and potassium) - can be done with bulk level dry ferts like potassium nitrate, potassium sulfate and monopotassium sulfate. These are dosed according to EI concept. Involves testing of nitrates and phosphates and appropriately timing water changes. I understand that there are calculators online that help with this dosing, but this concept is completely new to me and I guess something you just have to do to understand fully.
Micros/trace - can be done with a commercially available product like flourish comprehensive dosed according to the label instructions.
Please let me know if I have the broad concepts correct. Thank you.