liquid fertilizer vs root tabs

Discussion in 'Plant Fertilizers' started by kidster9700, Jul 22, 2015.

  1. kidster9700

    kidster9700Well Known MemberMember

    Okay, I wanted to get liquid ferts for my planted tanks, but had some trouble finding them at my store. I ended up using root tabs, but which one is better? Or should I be using both?
     
  2. Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Yes you should use both, depending on what plants you have. I think it would cover whatever nutrients the other is missing, than if you only used one or the other.


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  3. KarenLM

    KarenLMWell Known MemberMember

    Plants that get their nutrients from the water benefit from the liquid form - Java fern, water sprite. Plants that absorb nutrients through the roots need the root tabs.
     




  4. OP
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    kidster9700

    kidster9700Well Known MemberMember

    i have a couple that are attached on driftwood so i should probably get both then. any recommendations on the liquid ones?
     
  5. Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1437601690.996063.jpg
    These are the two I use.


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  6. KarenLM

    KarenLMWell Known MemberMember

    Plants attached to driftwood will benefit mostly from the liquid ferts IMO. Read labels - you want the product to contain trace elements or micro-nutrients.

    I use Nutrafin Plant Gro, which is a Canadian product.
     
  7. Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    She's in the US, San Diego :)


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  8. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

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    kidster9700

    kidster9700Well Known MemberMember

    Is API leaf zone any good? There's also api liquid co2.


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  10. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    Yeah they are pretty good. I have both of them


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  11. Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Flourish comp is more complete than leaf zone though. Leaf zone only contains iron and potassium.


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    kidster9700

    kidster9700Well Known MemberMember

    well those are the two products i have access to.
     
  13. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    If those are the only two products you have available, I would get them. They still work very well, although flourish and excel work better IMO. They are still good.


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  14. Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    I know some Petcos carry Fluorish, seen it around here.


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  15. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    Yeah most Petsmarts, Petcos and even LFS carry them.


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    kidster9700

    kidster9700Well Known MemberMember

    yeah, i was at my store and we only had those two. maybe one of the bigger petco's will have it.
     
  17. Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Didn't you say your Petco was one of the bigger ones?


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    kidster9700

    kidster9700Well Known MemberMember

    nope my petco is very very small hahaha
     
  19. Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Sounds kind of like the one in Cypress that I been to... Their aquatics section is very very small.


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  20. Dolfan

    DolfanFishlore VIPMember

    The Seachem Flourish line of fertilizers is your best bet when getting started. The products work well and can be used together with other Seachem products like Prime. Here is a link that explains the various fertilizer products....

    https://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/plant-fertilizers/180151-seachem-fertilizers-what-they-do.html

    For starters you probably only need Flourish Comprehensive. The Excel (liquid CO2 substitute) may help a little but isn't "needed" if you only have a few plants and are just getting started.

    Also, I wouldn't buy anything locally. Local places mark things up at ridiculous prices. You will pay double on most products. Figure out all the stuff you need and order from places like bigalspets.com, kensfish.com, or even amazon and ebay are way cheaper. You save on shipping if you order stuff together. Figure out what fertilizers, fish food, water treatments chemicals, filter media, etc you will need in the next few months and place one order.

    Also here is a link to my article on getting started with low light planted tank...

    https://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/content/297-how-set-up-low-light-low-tech-planted-tank.html

    It should get you started on the basics, be sure to read all the links in there too.
     




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