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What ferts?

Ok I am looking for some awesome ferts to use. I use the flourish ferts but most people seem to use different? I have seen people mention a Gregg Wattson? I tried googleing it with no luck. Also I have read people talk about "dry ferts" what are they and were can I get them?
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Some people decide to stick with a commercial product (Seachem line) while others decide to go with dry fertilizers. These are simply chemicals that add the required nutrients that plants require (i.e. potassium nitrate as the main source of nitrate, potassium sulfate as a source of potassium, potassium dihydrogen phosphate as a source of phosphates, etc)

I believe Greg Watson used to sell these chemicals, but no longer does; however, Rex Grigg has a store site set up here:

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

In essence, you will require several chemicals:

Potassium nitrate for nitrates
Potassium sulfate for potassium
Potassium dihydrogen phosphate for phosphates
And depending on your water hardness, you may or may not need the GH booster (I believe it's just calcium sulfate and magnesium sulfate (heptahydrate))

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thanks. I dose flourish excel, comprehensive, nitrogen and pottasium, but wanted some iron dosing and the flourish Iron only seems to cause algae?
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Greg Watson sold his business. It's now being run at aquariumfertilizers.com

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IMO Liquid ferts are somewhat easier to understand for newbies, especially if you follow a dosing schedule like is on Seachem's website http://www.seachem.com/products/prod.../Flourite.html

Dry ferts are much more economical with larger tanks, however.





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IMO Liquid ferts are somewhat easier to understand for newbies, especially if you follow a dosing schedule like is on Seachem's website http://www.seachem.com/products/prod.../Flourite.html ...
I believe that Laura Lee meant to post either of these two Seachem dosing schedules:
http://www.seachem.com/support/PlantDosingChart.html
http://www.seachem.com/support/PlantChart.pdf


Hi blazeyreef

Take a look to the following thread. It has some good info including the dosing chart that Laura Lee mentioned, an Excel based dosing calculator using Seachem's fert line that I wrote that is based on that chart, how to convert dry ferts to Seachem's macro ferts, etc. There's several links and if you get a chance, read them all.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ge...-medicine.html

Here's two different (but similar) dosing regimens that work really well while using dry ferts:
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/wa...-regimes_.html
http://www.barrreport.com/estimative...chy-folks.html

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