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Old 10-06-2007, 02:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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One of my 10G tanks is planted with Indian Fern, Java Fern and Java moss. I have a diy co2 setup as well, but am on the wall about ferts. I've never used them before and really the only reason I'm hesitant to use them is it's going to be a shrimp breeding tank. Will ferts have any unwanted side effects on shrimp or other inverts especially in breeding?
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The only ingredient in ferts that are harmful to shrimp is copper, which is found in a micro solution. With the plants you have you should be able to get by with very little ferts. So the amounts you will be using should have no adverse effects on your shrimp. There is those who choose not to use ferts at all in there shrimp tanks. So if your plants are doing well without ferts, then there is really no need to change things.



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Well, they were not looking great. Started to get some small brown areas. Nothing seems to be growing except a couple of the Indian Ferns.
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In that case, I would start adding small amounts of ferts and see how the plants respond.



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I'd stick to a lite ferts regime. Like PPS-Pro. Though I have dosed my cherry breeding tank with the EI method with no drop in breeding.

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You can use 1/10 of the recommended PPS-Pro Trace element dose and still have great plants and minimize any potential risk of copper presence.
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