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Old 03-09-2020, 07:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I setup my 55 gallon tank about 2 months ago and used flourite substrate in it with a 2in depth. I have several plants in the tank I bought online including amazon sword, red sword, wisteria, etc. They have been in my tank for about a week and a half. They are doing pretty good and when I got them it said it can take 3 weeks for the plants to adjust and thrive. That being said ate there any other nutrients I need to add to them? As far as lighting I'm using a fluval LEDs and have some angelfish and nerite snails currently. I also have 2-3in rocks sold by Margo garden spread throughout the tank and will be eventually adding in driftwood. I read online that the flourite should be enough nutrients but wondering if they would thrive better with either liquid fertilizer and or tabs. Would love the feedback and thank you very much.
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Flourite is an inert substrate: it doesn't provide any of the nutrients the plants need. You can use the Flourish family of fertilizers to make sure you are providing at least some of the total needs of the plants. Those are: Flourish Comprehensive, a trace element mix, providing iron, and most of the other nutrients that are needed in trace amounts. Flourish Nitrogen, which provides nitrogen, one of the main nutrients. Flourish Potassium, which provide potassium, another of the main nutrients, and Flourish Phosphate, which supplies phosphorous, the last of the main nutrients. Plants also need lots of carbon, usually obtained from carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, or from organic substances in the substrate which breakdown in the water, with carbon dioxide one of the resulting substances. If you have more than low light intensity, you will want to inject pressurized carbon dioxide into the water, to get enough carbon available to the plants. If you measure your water's GH (general hardness), and it is above about 120 ppm or 6 German degrees of hardness, you probably have enough calcium and magnesium in the water. You can also look at your water suppliers Water Quality report, and see how much calcium and magnesium are in the water. Those two elements are also necessary for the plants to do well.
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As a side note if you care to do a bit more investigation dry dosing your tank is a much more cost effective option. First things first establish the parameters of your tank it may be too early to tell if there are any deficiencies but the test kits are pretty cheap. Most of the bottled ferts are majority water. I liked to buy them once then remix my dry powders into there to a similar concentration. There should be several dosing calculators around this site or the web, and buying a couple bags will last you years if itís not a super high tech filled to the brim type setup. Hope to see some photos soon!


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