Dry ferts?

Discussion in 'Plant Fertilizers' started by AquaticBrandon, Jul 20, 2014.

  1. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    I want to try out dry ferts. Which will you guys recommend for some low light plants? I have liquid ferts but it comes pretty expensive because I have a large tank And I will need to buy them more often. Where would I be able to buy them?


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  2. Marie1

    Marie1Well Known MemberMember

     

    A little goes a long way with dry ferts. I would look around this site and see what is out there. I would just use the Macro Micro nutrient mix.
     
  3. matsungit

    matsungitWell Known MemberMember

    You will save a ton of money by using dry ferts especially for low light. I assume you have a general idea of what and how much to dose? It will depend on the type of plants you have and how much.

    Some sources:
     
     
    And of course ebay and amazon.

    Powders I use:
    CSM+B (micro ferts for trace elements)
    Potassium Nitrate (I use only when needed)
    Potassium Phosphate (I use only when needed)
    Potassium Sulfate
    Calcium Carbonate
    Magnesium Sulfate (for hardness and also for keeping calcium from precipitating)
    Sodium Bicarbonate (for KH because I use RODI)
    And lastly liquid Flourish Iron
     




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    AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    Thank you. I have plants such as: amazon swords, Brazilian Pennywort, moneywort, dwarf sag, crypt wendtii, crypt Balansae. What ferts would be great for these? And how often do you guys dose the ferts?


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  5. Marie1

    Marie1Well Known MemberMember

    I dose daily. But I also have high lights and CO2. I would stick with the Macro Micro Nutrient Mix   once a week and see what that does. You can increase as needed.

    Here is a calculator you may find useful  
     
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    AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    Okay thank you


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  7. urbachNew MemberMember

    you need root tab with sword plant and Crypt. use osmocote plus DIY.
     
  8. jetajockey

    jetajockeyFishlore VIPMember

    Look up PPS-Pro dosing. I suggest the macro/micro mix from GLA, he's top notch.
     
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    AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

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    Is this a good mix? I don't know much about ferts so I don't really know what to get. I used to use Api leaf zone and co2 booster which is just Iron and Potassium. Or which ferts of these should I get? ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1405899861.580554.jpg


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  10. psalm18.2

    psalm18.2Fishlore LegendMember

    Look up E.I. dosing. I find it to be the easiest method.
     
     
  11. jetajockey

    jetajockeyFishlore VIPMember

    Either EI or PPS-Pro. I like PPS-Pro better since you premix it in bottles with water so it makes dosing much faster and simpler than measuring it out every day. However I don't recommend the standard PPS-Pro or EI method for a low light setup, since your fertilizer needs are going to be much lower than a high tech tank. Dosing one time after water change (on a weekly routine) would be a good starting point in a low light/low tech setup.
     
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    AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    Thanks


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  13. Marie1

    Marie1Well Known MemberMember

    I use 4 weekly pill boxes and measure them out for the month, and dump them in dry. Just how I've always done it. I have a graduated dispenser bottle to pre mix it with water, I've never really used it. This is what seems to work for me.
     
     
  14. psalm18.2

    psalm18.2Fishlore LegendMember

    I've done this too. I also premixed the dry with water and set out a bottle for each day of the week. Then just dumped in daily on my way to work.
     
  15. jetajockey

    jetajockeyFishlore VIPMember

    That's the basic premise of pps-pro dosing. All macros mixed into one container with water, and micros in another. I use the containers with the little measuring section on them from GLA so I can just eyeball it.
     




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