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SouthernGal0682
04-09-2007, 06:09 PM
So what is everyones fertilization routine for their planted tank? Might be helpful to add how big your tank is, the ammount of lighting, and whether or not you use CO2...Just curious.

sergo
04-09-2007, 06:20 PM
i use some co2 and i think i'm starving my plants as well as not giving them enough light.
on a positve note i am getting it all worked out though.
i use flourish, equilibrium and diy co2

Chrona
04-09-2007, 07:08 PM
10g
28 watt
30ppm co2

2 ml Flourish 3x a week

1/16 tsp KNO3
1/32 tsp KH2PO4
1/32 tsp K2SO4
3x a week
(I found this tiny measuring spoons)

(I don't dose Iron because Flourish has some in it, and because I have a Flourite substrate. Furthermore, all my plants are root feeders)

This is more than my tank needs, but I do 50% water change weekly to ensure that the levels never get to more than double of whatever I add in. This is Estimative Index dosing, meaning you don't need to test for anything ever.

http://www.barrreport.com/estimative-index/62-estimative-index-dosing-no-need-test-kits.html

Here's a dosing chart depending on tank size. Note it's for high lighting (like 3+ watt/g - as well as heavily planted, so you may need to adjust accordingly)

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/water-parameters/21944-_dosing-regimes_.html

Make sure to alternate the trace and the dry fertilizer. Iron apparently has some chemical reaction in the presence of the phosphate and settles.

Chrona
04-09-2007, 07:15 PM
If you only have a few plants though, all of this may be overboard. Medium lighting + CO2 + few plants + high fishload means you only need to add trace and possibly potassium.

cocoa_pleco
04-09-2007, 08:11 PM
20g
medium stocked
regular 25W? (i think its 25W) light
heavily planted
Nutrafin CO2 system
fluval 205 filter

xoolooxunny
04-09-2007, 08:13 PM
I use two gallon recipe for DIY C02 in my 75 gallon. 2x40W powerglo bulbs. I also use flourish tabs in the substrate, and three 5 gallon water changes a week, as this keeps my nitrates at a desirable level, since my bioload is rather small. I also add iodine to the water once a month, and add flourish liquid fert once a week.

sergo
04-09-2007, 08:21 PM
ok seriously...
55gal moderately planted
slightly overstocked
15w x2 flourescent
diy co2
fluval 305 and a whisper 60
flourish x1-2 per week
equilibrium with w/c and topoffs (lightly)
i use unbuffered ro water and do my own buffering with acid and alkaline buffers (chemistry is fun)

cocoa_pleco
04-09-2007, 08:38 PM
(chemistry is fun)

until you accidentally add too much buffer. lol

sergo
04-09-2007, 08:52 PM
umm no! just very little at a time. i've been bringing down my ph for over a month now figuring out how everything works with each other. i talking .1 to .2 max per waterchange. i'm getting comfortable with it now.

SouthernGal0682
04-09-2007, 09:26 PM
I use two gallon recipe for DIY C02 in my 75 gallon. 2x40W powerglo bulbs. I also use flourish tabs in the substrate, and three 5 gallon water changes a week, as this keeps my nitrates at a desirable level, since my bioload is rather small. I also add iodine to the water once a month, and add flourish liquid fert once a week.


What is the iodine for? Plants like iodine?

sergo
04-09-2007, 09:29 PM
i didn't think freshwater fish could tolerate iodine, hense the reason you don't use tablesalt in aquariums.

cocoa_pleco
04-09-2007, 09:46 PM
i know saltwater anenomes like iodine, not sure about FW plants

Chrona
04-09-2007, 10:16 PM
I'm assuming the iodine is for shrimp.

xoolooxunny
04-10-2007, 04:01 AM
yes, the iodine is for the shrimp, they need it to molt properly. however, the dosage on the bottle is not to be used in the FW tank, hence using it only once a month, half dose. (dose for 40g in my 75g)