So if my tank isn't high tech do I just do 1-2 squirts a week? I've decided not to use Co2, it seems a little bit too complicated.-Mak- said:Easy green and Thrive have similar N and K, everything else is different. Easy green doesn’t have copper, which is a micro nutrient.
Also for those who don’t like the nitrate, Thrive only adds 7 ppm nitrate per dose. At the high tech recommendation, which is 3 doses per week, assuming your plants don’t use ANY at all, that’s only 21 ppm added, max.
It's really going to depend on what your plants use. High tech and low tech, in regards to fertilizer, just makes assumptions on how much your plants will eat. You just have to dial it in. Just remember, in normal amounts and ratios, some excess fertilizer won't do anything. As long as your lighting isn't too much, you won't get algae blooms or anything. You are just throwing a bit away with water changes.Fishbro5 said:So if my tank isn't high tech do I just do 1-2 squirts a week? I've decided not to use Co2, it seems a little bit too complicated.
A lot of people that are new to plants will not have a lot of plant mass soaking up nitrates and they are afraid of high doses accumulating. Once the momentum starts going, then you have to adjust to higher nitrate doses. My tank consumes nitrates with or without plants so I have to start dosing and feeding in higher levels and it's starting to show. I'll be whipping up a hotter batch tomorrow myself.Vishaquatics (Koiman) said:I prefer Thrive to Easy Green.
Also, what is up with the negative stigma against nitrates in a planted aquarium? I dose anywhere from 70-90ppm nitrate per week and my fish are super healthy. They are breeding like crazy and grow very fast.
In a lowtech tank, 7ppm nitrate per dose is not enough to hurt fish.