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DrNic
09-17-2010, 04:05 AM
I want to start adding ferts to my tank. Does anyone know a good place to get them online? In particular I'm looking for Fourish Excel (250ml) and Tabs. None of the LFSs seem to carry them and all the typical places online have S&H that's almost as much as the ferts which seems a little ridiculous to me. Any suggestions would be awesome!

korith
09-17-2010, 04:28 AM
You could make your money go a lot further if you went with dry ferts in powder form. For me it just made sense once I had more than one planted tank set up, think I paid under $20 for around 3 pounds of dry ferts. Lasts a very long time. Here are 3 sites you can get it from.
http://www.aquariumfertilizer.com/

http://www.greenleafaquariums.com/

http://www.pfertz.com/

Lots of sites out there that have formulas for how much to dose.
I do this 3x a week
teaspoon KNO3
1/8th teaspoon KH2PO4
teaspoon K2SO4
10 ml Plantex CSM+B
2-4 ml Iron

mommy1
09-17-2010, 04:36 AM
i get my ferts from this place

http://www.aquariumplants.com/Aquarium_Fertilizers_s/38.htm

MCHRKiller
09-17-2010, 05:05 AM
Ive switched exclusively to RootMedic, I use the Micro and Macro liquid and the substrate line.

www.rootmedic.net

AdrienDeLaChicago
09-17-2010, 07:46 AM
You could make your money go a lot further if you went with dry ferts in powder form. For me it just made sense once I had more than one planted tank set up, think I paid under $20 for around 3 pounds of dry ferts. Lasts a very long time. Here are 3 sites you can get it from.
http://www.aquariumfertilizer.com/

http://www.greenleafaquariums.com/

http://www.pfertz.com/

Lots of sites out there that have formulas for how much to dose.
I do this 3x a week
teaspoon KNO3
1/8th teaspoon KH2PO4
teaspoon K2SO4
10 ml Plantex CSM+B
2-4 ml Iron

Hey, Korith. Thanks for the post. So what is that dosing for? What size tank do you use that dose for?

korith
09-17-2010, 09:34 AM
Hey, Korith. Thanks for the post. So what is that dosing for? What size tank do you use that dose for?

Forgot to mention tank size, I use that for a 40g breeder that is heavily planted. I originally go the dose from http://www.bestaquariumregulator.com/dosing.html , has worked well for me. For my 20g's I just halve the dose. I measure out the dose into a bottle or cup, add some water and shake it up, then dump into the tank. You could I guess just dump directly into the tank, but I like to make sure it is well mixed.

The first few times it took me a while to figure out the dosages, but once you get used it, hardly takes any time at all. Plus you can always fiddle around with the dosages till you find something that works well in your tank.

Also for root tabs, I've experimented using fertilizer tablets meant for ponds. Some store was getting rid of them, and I picked up a lot of bags of it, very cheap. I just break it up and use small portions of it. Using too much of it would be a problem. Probably not a good idea, but it's worked for me.

AdrienDeLaChicago
09-17-2010, 09:54 AM
Thanks! I may have to "quarter" your portions as I am in the process of upgrading my betta tanks to 10 gallons. Lots of room for my boys and will now have 12 inches of height to work with in terms of plants. I cannot wait to get this all going. I am almost done making my bookcase for the tanks. thumbs2:

gadget228
09-17-2010, 11:12 AM
Nobody around me sells Excel so I have to order it, Dr F+S has a flat shipping rate of $8.99 so I order the 2 liter size to offset the shipping cost.

DrNic
09-17-2010, 02:26 PM
Thanks for the tips, I'll see what I can find.


Nobody around me sells Excel so I have to order it, Dr F+S has a flat shipping rate of $8.99 so I order the 2 liter size to offset the shipping cost.
I looked at F&S, but I only want the small bottle of Excel and a box of 10 root tabs. I appreciate flat rate shipping but for such small items it seemed like a lot.

Lady Hobbs
09-17-2010, 02:33 PM
The link mommy1 gave you is the ferts I've been going to order. Same place I buy my substrate but I hear their ferts are very good.

DrNic
09-17-2010, 03:02 PM
Yeah I just finished looking at them. I think that's where I'm going to order from as well. Similar prices to other places I went to but free shipping on the stuff I need which was really the problem.

WhiteDevil
09-17-2010, 03:12 PM
I use aquariumplants.com total liquid fert and did use the root tabs but those are no longer needed. As far as dry ferts I use Rex griggs dry ferts

bestaquariumregulator.com

25 bucks for a starter pack, that starter pack has lasted me over 3 months now. and that includes shipping.