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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-01-2014, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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Which Flourish Products for 55?

I have a low-tech 55 with Current Satellite lighting. My java ferns are doing well, as is my Anubia, and the Amazon Sword is holding its own if not prospering. Honrworts started great but got stringy and brownish at the base and are not prospering as they did at first. I plan on getting Flourish root tabs for the root plants, but which of the Flourish liquids would be best: Flourish, or the Flourish excel? They also make a comprehensive 3-pack as well. I know dry ferts are economical but I haven't researched them all that much and want to give my tank a boost in the interim. I use about six to seven hours timed on full spectrum; will algae increase with these supplements? All comments appreciated!

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They all have different uses

Seachem flourish is a micro nutrient blend
Seachem excel is a liquid carbon source
Seachem potassium is a macro nutrient

I would go with all 3 of those.

The animal waste in the tank should supplement the nitrate and phosphorous macro nutrients enough that you may not need extra.

Seachem iron is probably not needed unless you are growing red plants.
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I know you mentioned you did not want to use dry ferts yet but check out the GLA PPS-Pro dry ferts. This set is extremely easy to use. It comes with 2 500ml bottles, they give instructions on how much to add to each bottle. Dry Ferts are not as daunting as you think. Its about $30 for the set and it will last up to a year or more. If you do not have it I would recommend a gram scale to measure the amounts ($10 to $15 on amazon).


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