Plants: Dosing Nitrates And Wcs

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by Miles Green, Apr 24, 2018.

  1. Miles GreenValued MemberMember

    I have a newbie plant question:
    It seems I have to dose nitrates in my high-tech planted aquarium (100 gallons / 400 litres).
    Can i reduce my water changes (from weekly to every 2 weeks) rather than dosing more ferts?
     
  2. TeslaValued MemberMember

    In the high tech planted setup you are not just dosing nitrates with the ferts, there are lot many things like iron, phosphate - micro and macro nutrients being supplemented. Once in two weeks water would help nitrates go up a bit (though if heavily planted then the increase might be minuscule) but you would still need to dose ferts imo.
     
  3. -Mak-Fishlore VIPMember

    Water changes remove algae spores, replenish minerals, remove organic waste, etc as well as "reset" nutrient levels so that you may dose in the ideal ratios again.
     
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