I personally don't agree with any kind of "over fertilize" approach. My first high-tech tank I was doing PPS ferts and was super-strict about dosing, water changes, etc. I was thinking of it like the saltwater SPS tank I had at the time where I was running a dosing pump, etc.You sir have a blue and green thumb!
I am having a tough time with deciding how often to dose fertilizer. I am leaning towards an all in one with thrive to keep it simple. George Farmer is an advocate for dosing everyday in high doses. This is of course for high tech tanks. He doesn’t believe that the extra nutrients will effect freshwater like it would for saltwater. He doesn’t believe that an excess of nutrients will cause algae issues as long as you have a healthy planted tank. He believes that you are much better off oversupplying ferts versus starving your plants.
Your tank looks amazing, what is your take on ferts? I know it always depends on what’s in your water.
What did I end up with? An algae farm that frustrated me to no end. These days I'm quite the opposite, I try to do as little ferts as possible, especially on a new scape!! I figure the substrate is leaking nutrients and the tank is in a wonky period at first as everything settles in, cycles, etc. I do 0 ferts for about the first month and slowly ramp up ferts over time when I start seeing subtle signs of deficiency. And I also don't "panic fert" which is tempting to do when you start seeing signs of deficiency - I stick to small changes and waiting about a week for results before adjusting further.
Is this the right or best method? Who knows, but it works for me and keeps algae and frustration levels to a minimum.
I did see that Farmer had some algae issues in his Scaper 1200 recently but I didn't really track it closely enough to understand what the cause of his issues were.
Yep! Got all my UNS from ADG. If I didn't have access to them locally I would have ordered from Buce. I love the 120P format and wish it was an option when I got the 90, it would be fun as heck to scape! I'll keep an eye out for yoursIt took me a second to realize that you were refering to ADG as the UNS dealer. I got most of my UNS tanks from buceplant with the exception of my 120P. I just finished setting up my 120P and hope it'll turn out as nice as your 45cm and 90U.
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