What Ferts?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Fert Dosing' started by Acrantophis, 10 Feb 2009.

  1. Acrantophis

    Acrantophis Member

    31 Jan 2009
    With so many different fert options out there I feel a little intimidated when deciding what/whom to go with. So if I may tap the knowledge base of the forum and get your recommendations. Or is it just a case of trying them all and seeing what suits your planting theme the best.
    Any questions which need answering my end, please ask and I will do my best to answer them. ;)
  2. TDI-line

    TDI-line Member

    11 Nov 2007
    Yaxley, Peterborough
    For the easy option, i use Tropica Plant Nutrition +, or referred to as TPN+. This contains all essential nutrients needed including nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P).

    Not TPN which is only contains essential minerals.

    You can always go down the DIY route with the E.I. method, but i'm far too lazy for that. :D

    http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/index.p ... ts_id=1038
  3. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

    30 Jun 2007

    Fertiliser dosing types and qtys. depend on several factors; the biggest being what type of set up you have and budget.

    Dry ferts are by far the least expensive, but can be daunting for some newcomers to the hobby.

    Here is a great article on dry fert and Estimative Index dosing - http://www.ukaps.org/EI.htm

    Another option is to use off-the-shelf products. Tropica, Easy-Life, ADA, Dennerle, Seachem etc. all supply comprehensive products but they can work out relatively expensive, especially in larger aquaria.

    As mentioned; Tropica do ideal all-in-one, including added nitrogen and phosphorous.

    Finally, here is another great link that you should find useful - http://www.theplantedtank.co.uk/dosing-methods.htm

    What set up do you have?
  4. StevenA

    StevenA Member

    30 Jan 2008
    Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire.
    George is spot on with his comments, and both of those url's have been invaluable to me over the last year or so. Just make sure that you read all the information and understand it before making you're decision on dosing methods, but just because you try one method doesn't mean you can't change direction and try another. This hobby is all about learning, and if you're not sure about some things, then ask plenty of questions :D
  5. Simon D

    Simon D Member

    22 Sep 2008
    I agree with Tony.

    There's easy ways out and good off the shelf ferts are available but at a price.

    As George says:
    I went in feet first with Dry ferts (then mixed to a solution for ease of dosing) and was pedantic about the amount of dry ferts added. This was to start with and then relaxed a biit after seeing almost instant results with plant growth. Now I just make sure that the quantites are consistant and a monthly mix takes me about 10 minutes to make.

    Kind regards

  6. Acrantophis

    Acrantophis Member

    31 Jan 2009
    George its still in the planning stages at the moment, but I'm going to be re-instating my old tank which I broke down a few years back as a result of moving.
    But the basics so far are:-

    Tank 48x15x12 (inches)
    Lighting (new lamps, original T8 ballast units)
    - Hagen T8 Life Glo 48in 40W (1 off) Plus reflector
    - Hagen T8 Power Glo 48in 40W (1 off) Plus reflector
    External Filter (old skool Fluval 303, still going strong so why change it?)
    - JBL Proflora AquaBasis (2cm base depth)
    - Silver sand and 3mm gravel mix topping (4 cm depth)
    Planting scheme and decoration is still TBA.
    I'm also intending to purchase a CO2 as it is my intention to have a heavily planted tank with just the bare minimum of fish to act as points of interest.

    Any suggestions or recommendations you guys have will be greatly appreciated.

    T.I.A. :D

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