View Full Version : Simple Fertilizer

01-14-2010, 11:50 AM
I have basic planted tanks ( Java ferns and moss, crypts., swords). What is a simple commercially available fertilizer that anyone can recommend? Or should I bother and risk the algae?
Also, how about a good basic article on the use of CO2 in tanks(for dummies type thing). Thanks in advance.

01-14-2010, 01:32 PM
DIY CO2 article:

As far as ferts go: It depends on how much light you have in the tank. That depends on how fast your plants will use it. You can get root tabs for cryps and swords. Liquid ferts from Seachem works well as long as you follow the directions on the bottle.

You can get lots of information on www.plantedtank.net

01-14-2010, 09:11 PM
Thanks. Good CO2 article. I didn't know it could be so easy to build a generator.

01-14-2010, 10:28 PM
Plantguild green from plantguild.com sells a everything but phosphate liquid fertilizer. It works pretty well for an all in one liquid fertilizer. A bottle will last you a very long time, even with a large tank so it could save you a few dollars over the Seachem line.
Another factor on fertilizer requirements is that emersed and floating vegetation have effectively unlimited CO2, and the brightest light in the tank, and will quickly have an impact on the tank's nutrient balance, even in med light tanks.

Holy Samosa
01-15-2010, 11:42 AM
I make my own liquid ferts from the DIY fertilizers sold by http://www.aquariumfertilizer.com/.

It's cheap, simple (with a little reading) and gives you control of exactly what's going into your tank.

Greg Watson's e-book "Guide to Dosing Strategies" is a terrific, easy to read introduction to giving your plants what they need. It's $4.95 but well worth it and the entire $4.95 is donated to the referring organization as support for the hobby. http://www.aquaticplantnews.com/

By the way, does the AAAA have a central email address? In order for the AAAA to get the kickback from Greg, we would need to have an email address coded into the above URL...