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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-05-2014, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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Ready for dry ferts. Specifics help?

Alright guys you are all right. Liquid ferts are getting expensive. Excel I can handle but flourish and tetra flora pride are running high.

For root tabs I'm using Peabody paradise RuTabs, boost tabs, and osmocote tabs.

So for dry ferts, I would like for anyone to direct me to exactly what I need to buy, how much, and how much to dose. I'm completely new at this still and am rather lost.

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Tank is 55g with 110 watts of 6500k light CFL. Plants are wisteria, Water sprite, Amazon sword, Java Fern, cabomba, and a little bit of Java Moss.

Will I still need root tabs with dry ferts? I would like to just pour directly into the tank as well. Much appreciation to anyone!

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Can't be much help as far dosing(still figuring that out too) but as far as ferts kno3, kh2po4, k2so4, and csm+b are considered standard. This is what I got http://greenleafaquariums.com/aquari...rtilizers.html
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Dry ferts are macros and micros correct?

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Yup the macros are kno3 (adds nitrate and some potassium), kh2po4 (adds phosphate and some potassium), and k2so4 (adds potassium and some sulphur). Micros is csm+b which provides iron and other micro nutrients. There many other micro mixes but csm+b seems to work well and is easy to obatin
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Got my ferts today from nilocg ;-)

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=589241
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Dosing fertilizer is heavily dependent on lighting and co2. The more light and co2 you have the more nutrients your plants will use up. So if you are a high light tank with compressed co2 your dosing regime could be quite heavy. You could dose macros 3 times a week instead of once. All depends on the setup.
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See https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=21944 for tables showing how much of each chemical to dose for various size tanks. If you have low light you can reduce the amounts dosed by a factor of 2 or 3, dosed once a week instead of 3 times a week.

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