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Dosing Regime For Dry Ferts

Okay so i have a 55 gallon tank and i am dosing as seachem stuff excel, iron, k, p, trace, PO4 and i go of of the odsing regime off their website and i am going to switch over to dry ferts here pretty soon. I was wondering how you guys dose your dry ferts. How many times a week for each fert, how much to get the concentation i need for good plants growth and any other information you would deem valuable. And what are the advantages of dosing dry fert besides the cost. I hear people say that they dont have as big of a problem with algae when using dry ferts, why is that. Any info would be greatly appreaciated. Oh yes and i have DIY Co2 for now and for lighting i have coarlife 4*64watt but i usually have 2 of them on so that gives me around 2.5 wpg or i could have close to 5wpg.

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Here is a link to some dosing regimes. Or do a search for EI (estimative index)
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/wa...-regimes_.html

This site explains dry ferts very well
http://rexgrigg.com/

Just a heads up, with that much light, DIY co2 is gonna be tough to maintain, especially on a larger tank like that, which can lead to algae.

Ferts help prevent algae by providing the plants with the nutrients they need to grow. However, they also need a consistent source of carbon (co2). If any of these is limited, algae can take advantage. Good plant growth helps prevent algae.

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Oh, if I were you, I wouldn't run more than 2 of the bulbs unless I had pressurized co2. The more light you have, the more demand there is for co2 and nutrients

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i have looked on some of the regimes that you guys suggested and i noticed that they only use iron 3 times a week and on the one i am using from seachem it tells me to use it every day. Another thing i here is dosing macro and micros together, i hear not to do it, but which is which i use Seachem Iron, Excel, Potassium, Phosphours, Trace, and floursh(i guess comprehensive the dark colored kind) which are macros and which are micros, so that i dont dose them on the same days? Sorry for all the questions i am just trying to learn before i buy more ferts thanks
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Steve Hampton wrote a good article about macronutrients and micronutrients and what most of them are used for:
http://www.aquariaplants.com/nutrientsfertilizers.htm

Here's a list of the macronutrients and micronutrients from his article:

"There are 17 essential elements that aquatic plants need. They are broken down into 2 main groups, macronutrients and micronutrients.

There are nine Macronutrients as follows:
Hydrogen
Oxygen
Carbon
Nitrogen
Potassium
Calcium
Magnesium
Phosphorus
Sulfur

And there are eight Micronutrients as follows:
Iron
Manganese
Chlorine
Zinc
Boron
Nickel
Copper
Molybdenum

Hydrogen and Oxygen are easy to supply and should be pretty self explanatory."


You might want some information about nutrient deficiencies and toxicity too: http://www.aquariaplants.com/plantdeficiencies.htm

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The reason people say not to dose them together is the Iron will bind with the phosphate and precipitate out of the water (basically turn into a solid).

Also I would suggest not dosing macros using the flourish as it just gets to costly to dose enough. Dry ferts are much more concentrated and way more cost effective.
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