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This might not be the right place to ask this question. And if I'm treading in on the Big Boys and out of my league, then I appoligize ahead of time.

I have a thread located in the 'New To Planted Tanks' section that explains my problem without wasting space again here. My question(s) is in regards to ferts as to what I can and can't use. I read somewhere that you could use those Jobes plant sticks. I have also read that you couldn't because they'd cause massive algae blooms in your tank. Just as I've read that some people will put Duckweed into their tanks and others frown on it.

Can you use those sticks either whole or half if you burying them deep into the substrate? Or could you use them if you broke them up into pieces and dissolved them into water? Or is it best to just forget them unless you want to put them into house plants?

Where I live we don't even have a pet store or LFS. Wal-mart is the only place that even sells fish...no plants at all...and we all know the horror stories of Wal-mart without going into that. The closest LFS is about 50 miles away and those are PetCo and PetSmart. Both places I've bought plants from...they all die...they don't seem to have anything as far as plant ferts go. And worse they don't have anybody that really seems to have a grasp on this hobby that can help you with sound advice, hence why I'm here.

Is there a common type of fert that I can buy locally that isn't necessarily meant for an aquarium but I could use anyway? If the plant sticks are a bad idea, does the same apply to liquid fert like the one made by Miracle Grow?
 

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You can find everything on the internet. You can use the Seachem line of products:

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/pet_supplies.cfm?c=3578+3746

I order lots of stuff from Dr. Foster and Smith and have been very pleased.

You can also order dry fert's from:

http://www.aquariumfertilizers.com/.

There are many threads on this site that describe different methods of fertilization. See here for a good start:

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/...zing/15225-estimative-index-dosing-guide.html

Good luck!
 

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Hi Sterling919,

If you are considering the Jobe's Aquatic Plant Spikes, this might not be the best option. There are a couple of reasons. First, most of the available nitrogen is in the ammonium form, which can promote algae blooms. Also, the phosphorus amount is high relative to the nitrogen and potassium. High phosporus could promote algae, and also makes plants stretch between the nodes, not necessarily desirable growth characteristics.

Another fertilizer such as Miracle Gro is not recommended for similar reasons. Much of its nitrogen is in the ammoniacal form.

The links above from rjfurbank will be helpful. Your best option may be to purchase dry ingredients via mail and make your own recipe following the PPS or EI fertilization philosophies.

I hope this is helpful.
 

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You can also dose the ferts at Rexgrigg.com or Aquariumfertilizes.com dry. Just measure out the appropriate amount for the size of your tank and drop it in. That's what I do and it's so easy. It also very cheap. I bought one of Rex Griggs multi pack for $20. It's lasted me 6mths and I dose 3 tanks. I still have a lot left. If you order you'll get them quickly. It's as easy as 1-2-3. :D

Look here for a chart of dosage amounts for each size tank for the EI method. That's what I do and it works great!
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/forumapc/science-aquatic-fertilizing/15225-estimative-index-dosing-guide.html
 
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