Easy Green Or Nilcog Thrive?

Fishbro5

I have been recommended by MANY users on this forum to use Nilcog Thrive as it is more comprehensive than Flourish. Has any one had any experience with Easy Green? Which fert do you guys think is best?
 

AquaticJ

I’m actually about to do the opposite, I just finished my Easy green and want to try the Thrive. The Easy Green had big clumps of salt at the bottom of the bottle and it would clog the pump head. I also haaate the pumps, what if I need to use half the dose? I also don’t like how much these both raise the nitrates. I have heavily stocked tanks and don’t want to be adding 20-30 ppm of nitrates when it’s already there. I’m still deciding lol.
 

abarb

I have thrive c and my plants are growing well. My light is pretty bad though. Thrive c has less nitrate than thrive.
 

kallililly1973

I've been using Thrive since I started live plants. Never used Easy Green so I can't compare. But Thrive has really worked for me in my 5 planted tanks.
 

Fishbro5

Thanks everyone, I think Thrive is definitely the winner based on all the good feedback!
 

Wraithen

Just to add to the mix, you can buy his starter kit for dry ferts and mix your own. I just used a quarter the recommended nitrate salts. You can use rotalabutterfly and mix it as concentrated or as dilute as you want. Pro tip, add a little bit of excel to prevent algae growing in the bottle if you can't keep it out of the light. His bottles are also marked at 0, 15, and 30 ml. They are similar to those 2 stroke oil bottles where you squeeze a certain amount into the reservoir so you don't need a syringe or measuring cup or anything.
 

Guanchy

I use Easy Green I personally is my favorite fertilizer so far. Ever since I started using my plants have been doing amazing. I have never used Thrive but I also hear great things about it.
 

-Mak-

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.
 

Fishbro5

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.
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-

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.
Yep!
 

Wraithen

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.
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

Cool, thanks for the help guys!
 

fa4960

Make your own solution by using rotalabutterfly.com to calculate the needed amounts. Purchase the chemicals yourself, still cheaper than various starter kits in the long run, under the assumption that you can get small amounts of the less used components.

For preservation you can use Potassium Sorbate to avoid mould etc.

You can check some of my posts for my experiences. Also happy to share my Excel files for offline calculation based on same formulas as rotalabutterfly.com.
 

Vishaquatics

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.
 

Wraithen

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.
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.
 

ponitboss

Thinking of which to get but I guess it will come down to who have a black Friday sale. But if not how many of you are for easy green and how many for thrive c. ALeo if anyone here have like 20 plus tanks how do you fertilize all? Is they a wholesale place for buying ferts. And anyone whow uses them show your pics and state which you use please
 

Dennis57

4 planted tanks and I use thrive
 

FishNChipsAhoy

I use Thrive C in my Fluval Flex. I also pair it with Seachem root tabs. My plants are growing wonderfully.

-Edit- Thrive C is for low tech planted tanks. I don't use CO2 so Thrive C it is.
 

Dennis57

Which one
I use Thrive C as I do not use co2, I also dose with all of the seachem products
 

ponitboss

I use Thrive C in my Fluval Flex. I also pair it with Seachem root tabs. My plants are growing wonderfully.

-Edit- Thrive C is for low tech planted tanks. I don't use CO2 so Thrive C it is.

I use Thrive C as I do not use co2, I also dose with all of the seachem products

Can thrive c be used I shrimp tanks? And which thrivevis for co2 tanks
 

kallililly1973

I have 7 low tech tanks but I still use the regular Thrive

Can thrive c be used I shrimp tanks? And which thrivevis for co2 tanks
Thrive S for shrimp
 

ponitboss

Thrive S for shrimp

So in other words I need 3 different thrive wow that's to much
 

kallililly1973

So in other words I need 3 different thrive wow that's to much
Just do thrive S in all three tanks ... if u go to Nilog thrive site I think they claim all thrive is shrimp safe but check wit them first
 

ponitboss

Just do thrive S in all three tanks ... if u go to Nilog thrive site I think they claim all thrive is shrimp safe but check wit them first

I wish I had 3 tanks lol I got hit by the tank bug about 5 years ago I have around 45 tanks not including ponds, barrels, drums etc. Special what ever I buy have to be big bottle
 

Dennis57

All thrive products are safe to use with shrimp, they claim
 

ponitboss

All thrive products are safe to use with shrimp, they claim
I'll buy a big thrive S or big easy green both are shrimp safe just waiting till friday. Wait do thive ever get black Friday deals? Can't break the pockets already have to pay alotttttttt to get them to here
 

mimo91088

Lol why do they make a shrimp tank version if they're all shrimp safe? I feel duped!
 

mattgirl

I've not seen Thunder_o_b around for a while but I am thinking he uses the full Flourish line of ferts and buys them in bulk. I know he has beautiful planted tanks and lots of them.

I've just started working with plants. I use Thrive C and Thrive root tabs and am having petty good luck with them.
 

mikekey

Easy Green here. Very happy with results.
 

Vinh

I use thrive C and thrive tap here..cheaper than their selling cost at amazon..few bucks.
Thrive All In One – NilocG Aquatic Labs
 

honorstoise

What's the real differences between thrive and easy green
 

kallililly1973

What's the real differences between thrive and easy green
Most likely the name. The nutrients in either the easy green or thrive are most likely very similar. but willing to bet Thrive may add a bit more of some nutrients in the ingredients list.
 

sparklepixie

I started using Easy Green in my betta tanks, I noticed lots of roots coming out of my elodea within like a few days, and its' growing super fast.

Also depending on the size of your tank, the instructions for easy green are one squirt in 10 gallons.. So I do a squirt into a apI test kit vial and dose half into one tank and the other half into another. (I have 3 that are 6 gallon, the other 3 are five gallons) so it works well for me.
 

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