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Old 11-14-2017, 12:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Which method would be best for me?

I used to do IE. But I'm wondering if that's the best for my situation.

I have plants in ALL my tanks. Floating, rooted, etc. And I usually use pool filter sand substrate.

I try for medium to high light, but low tech. Eventually I'll go with LEDs. I'm not interested in CO2.

I have soft water well water and it's acidic. 6.8 pH, 3 kh, and 8 gh. I don't know my TDS yet.

I also keep hard water cichlids and I prefer fertilizers to marine salt for trace nutrients for them, since Malawi is low in salinity.

I also have some shrimp tanks.

Anyways, I sometimes fall behind on my water changes. I try to keep stocking low, but even so, I can't also follow a schedule. I have some health issues.

Which fertilizer method would be the best (and safest) for my situation?
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How are you determining how much light you have, and what does medium to high light mean to you? If you have high light I don't believe you stand a chance of avoiding big algae problems unless you use CO2. "Low tech" is really only good with low light.

If you are limited in how much attention you can give your tanks I would expect that the EI method of dosing would work best for you. Assuming the PPS (?) method is your other option, that requires more testing and more attention, which would make it less desirable for you I think.
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Default Re: Which method would be best for me?

My advice would be like hoppy said, use low light to keep things easy.
About the fertilizer: I would not fertilize the water at all! I would use a right substrate instead. Use plants that are easy and can take advantage of the substrate (Cryptocoryne, Echinodorus, Hygrophila etc.) When the plants are starting to do less, add some fertilizertabs to the substrate and they are good to go for a few months again!
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