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I was recently advised to switch to dry ferts. I am currently using Seachem Flourish and the occasional root tab. Is there any difference between dry ferts and liquid? Should I switch?

Why i'm at it, what are the IDEAL Nitrate, Phosphate, etc. parameters you like to see for your plants?
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Dry fertilizers are cheaper, that's the main thing. WAY cheaper. They're also easier to customize concentrations and stuff to fit your needs, so if you have problems with say iron, you can add more iron, or if you have plenty of nitrogen, you can lower the nitrogen...
 

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Have to second what WallaceGrover said: dry ferts are so much cheaper it will blow your mind. Easier to customize, as well. Can use one of several nutrient calculators available online.

In most of my heavily planted tanks, I like Nitrates to be about 20-30PPM. But some hover around 10PPM. Just depends upon the plants in the tank, how quickly they're using certain nutrients, how much CO2 I'm pumping, how much fish waste there is, etc.
 

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Thank you for the responses guys.

Unfortunately in Alaska we have no stores that sell dry ferts. Unless lowes counts.. Haha. So if I order them online I have to factor in shipping to AK. Which might cut in to "savings".
 

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yeah, i haven't seen any either (im in ak too). i think i'm going to buy ferts from nilocg (another planted tank member) and he sells dry and liquid ferts.

oh and btw, if you havent been to alaska coral fanatics, you HAVE to go there. it is an amazing fish store in anchorage (i visited it when i was down there)
 

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Just check out nilocg's WTS thread with fertilizers.

Shipping to Alaska costs the same as coast to coast, no big deal. And most people use fixed rate boxes, so, it does not matter where in US you live anyways.

Problem solved.

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I will second online stores are better.
  • The good deals in local sotres you looking for are sold in large quantity, [email protected] 50lbs, [email protected]; unless you have a large garden/ tanks, or joining local group buy
  • save you time, you might end up running from stores to stores looking for all indegrents; One flat rate shipping box got all you need. irrc I ordered 4lbs of powder
 
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