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Hey guys, setting up a tank in my dorm room and since its so small and easy I think I am going to make it alittle more high tec then I normaly do... I am a complete noob with any kind of fert or whatever else someone would dose...
Id love if someone can give me a symple dosing regement.
Things to think about...
1. I wannna just be able to pick the stuff up from my local fish store.
2. Dont want it to be crazy!


About the Tank
1. 2.5gal aquarium
2. 13W 6500k desk top light
3. Soon to be DIY co2 with nano defuser
4. Flourite Black substrate
5. Growing HC and DHG
6. Must be shrimp safe. plan on keeping blue pearls.
 

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I know that it may blow it out of the water because of your requirement of "picking it up at the LFS" but have you dosing a combo mix? I mean the ability to mix and dose each macro and micro at a 1-to-1 rate could greatly lessen the complexity and attention your nano shrimp tank needs. All of the fertilizer that I have gotten from aquariumfertilizer.com has been shrimp safe and if you would like a testament to their work then look no further than my tank journal. Not trying to push them out there as your ONLY choice but their ability to deliver macro and micro fertilization powder that is easily mixed and administered has superseeded any other vendor that I have dealt with.
 

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Oh by far, the site is here and I got to be honest I use them because they make my huge tank look like I dose dry ferts when in reality its an easily administered mix that provides 1 part each of Potassium Nitrate, Potassium Sulfate, Magnesium Sulfate, Plantex CSM+B. I take it that they know more about what they are doing than I do. Now if you have plants that need speciality doses like iron or whatnot you will have to look for something more.

I hope this helps.
 

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DIY is awesome and you should do it because it's not as hard as it sounds and is pretty cool. (And cheap!)

But if you want something really easy, have you considered some of the liquid fertilizers sold by say RootMedic or PFertz? With such a tiny tank that dollar goes a lot further and this way it doesn't have to be "crazy": just pump a few times and forget about it for a day or three.

Also, I think NY has some clubs. Maybe one of the members there can help out or measure out a mix for you that you can dilute in, say, a 2L bottle, then dose a bottle cap every other day or something.

Just ideas.
 

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+1 on diy dry ferts. I go mine from bobs tropical plants. Best part is you can mix em however you want. I mixed all mine separate, and dose 5 ml of every solution daily. I use the estimative index method. Word of warning though, don't mix phosphate and iron (micro nutrient mix) together, it creates a dust that isn't as usable for plants ( apparently).
 
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