View Full Version : Best way to feed vals?

01-28-2010, 03:30 AM
Just put new plants in the 5 gallon betta tank. Some Italian(???) vals, a couple of small bunches of red ludwigia, a large anubias that I broke into 4 separate pieces and a small anubias nana 'petite'. The vals are currently looking a little yellow. I'm sure partly they need to acclimate, but I was wondering about fertilizer for the. They are currently planted in sand and I've dosed the tank a tiny bit of flourish and flourish excel. Would they benefit from a bit of iron as well? Or possibly root tabs?

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01-28-2010, 03:35 AM
The excel could be causing them to melt, excel and vals dont mix well. But the best way is to give them some root tabs especially in plain substrate and dose Flourish comp weekly. If they still show signs of deficientcy bump it up to twice a week with the Flourish. If that still isnt cutting it(usually only in heavily planted tanks) then I would dose some Potassium and Nitrogen twice weekly as well.

01-28-2010, 03:38 AM
So, a water change to remove some of the excel. Dose only with flourish comp on this tank and add some root tabs. Sounds easy enough. Luckily they were cheap enough that if they die I won't cry too hard. LOL

01-28-2010, 03:44 AM
lol, Vals are finiky...once established they will run your fish out of places to swim. But never do any preventative bleach dips or dose with any carbon additives...theyll melt for sure. They still look pretty good, so the WC should fix em.

01-28-2010, 03:46 AM
Yay! The betta is loving them even now. Hopefully for his sake I can save them. thumbs2: